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    What Are Counterbalanced Forklifts?

    Last updated 2 days 5 hours ago

    Counterbalanced forklifts offer terrific capabilities for a variety of commercial operations. If you purchase or rent a counterbalanced forklift for your business, it is important to review the features of your machinery before you begin operation. For example, you should review the load capacity of the forklift and check its oil levels. To take a look at the features of a counterbalanced forklift, watch this video from IVES Training Group.

    At Lonestar Forklift, we provide our customers in the Dallas area with a terrific inventory of new and used forklifts. Whether you are considering the purchase of a new forklift, or you are seeking a forklift rental, we are sure to offer the right equipment for you. Call us at (214) 613-1327 to learn more about our forklift sales and services

    Essential Forklift Safety Information

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Forklifts are very powerful machines that should be operated with the utmost care. If you rely on a fleet of forklifts for your commercial business, it is essential to take the proper safety precautions. By maintaining your forklifts and providing your workers with safety training, you can help to prevent accidents or injuries on the job. Here is a look at some essential tips for preventing the most common types of forklift accidents.

    Forklift Overturns

    Forklift overturns are among the most common types of forklift accidents. When a forklift is improperly loaded or maintaining, it is at risk of turning over when it is in operation. To prevent forklift overturns, it is important to perform routine maintenance on your forklifts. In addition, you may also want to perform forklift safety inspections at least once every day. By inspecting your forklifts, you can ensure that your fleet is ready to safely handle your workload for the day.

    Forklift Collisions

    Forklift collisions are another type of accident that is seen frequently on job sites. When a forklift collides with another piece of machinery or an employee, serious accidents or injuries could occur. To prevent forklift collisions, you may want to ensure that all of your footpaths and traffic aisles are clear and free from clutter.

    Forklift Falls

    A fall from a forklift is a serious accident. To prevent forklift falls in your workplace, you may want to avoid lifting workers on the forks of a lift truck. When a worker is on a platform, it is also highly important to provide the proper harnesses and other safety equipment.

    When you are shopping for a new forklift that will provide you with the best safety features, look no further than the inventory at Lonestar Forklift. Our company provides the Dallas area with forklifts for sale and rent, and we will help you choose the perfect machinery for your business. For more information about the forklifts that we have in stock, give us a call at (972) 494-5438. 

    A Quick Look at Narrow Aisle Reach Forklifts

    Last updated 17 days ago

    If you’re looking for innovative ways to increase your bottom line, consider addressing space concerns within your warehouse or manufacturing facility. For example, if you renovate your racking from a counter-balanced system to one that accommodates a single-reach lift truck, storage can increase by 15 percent. Go to a double-reach narrow aisle configuration and you could realize a 54 percent increase in storage space—and the more space you have, the more products you can move and the greater your ROI. Watch this video to get a quick overview of the machine that enables space saving design in warehouse and manufacturing facilities: the narrow aisle reach forklift.

    If your warehouse or manufacturing facility could benefit from narrow aisle reach forklifts, contact Lonestar Forklift today. We are the leading supplier of new and used forklift sales and rentals in Texas. We also provide forklift service to keep your fleet up and running. Contact us online or call us at (972) 494-5438 to learn more. 

    The Benefits of Renting a Forklift

    Last updated 23 days ago

    There are a lot of benefits of owning your own equipment, but there are just as many benefits of renting—especially when the equipment is as expensive as forklift trucks. The most obvious benefit of renting a forklift is the fact that renting is significantly less expensive than the cost of buying a new or used forklift. You will also save on the cost of forklift maintenance, since the rental company will be responsible for maintaining the equipment. Another benefit is that you can rent newer and more advanced forklifts as you need them, instead of being stuck with forklifts that no longer meet your needs in a few years.

    For all your forklift rental needs, contact Lonestar Forklift. We have a wide range of equipment available for immediate delivery, including LPG, diesel, electric, and gasoline powered forklifts from 3,000 to 65,000 lb. lift capacity. We also rent scissor lifts, boom lifts, pallet jacks, and various types of forklift attachments. Call us at (972) 494-5438 to get a quote on daily, monthly, or yearly forklift rentals. 

    Implementing a Forklift Training Program

    Last updated 1 month ago

    OSHA requires forklift operators to re-certify on safety training once every three years. Whether you have one operator or 100, it’s important that you implement a thorough forklift training program for anyone involved in the handling and/or maintenance of forklift trucks. By having trained and certified forklift operators you can potentially save your company millions of dollars in personal injuries, damaged goods, and production setbacks. Even if you are outsourcing forklift training, there are some important steps to take that will increase the success of the training program, including:

    Determine the Type of Training Required

    Consider your fleet and the type of products and/or materials your operators transport to determine the scope and extent of the forklift training. For example, there’s no need to train your employees on sit-down rider-type lift trucks if your company uses only electric pallet jacks. Don’t waste time or money on training for equipment your employees will never use.

    Customize Training for Your Facility

    In addition to specializing for the type of equipment you have, it’s also important to customize training within the context of your facility. In other words, the training material should reflect the concerns and obstacles specific to those encountered by your employees on a daily basis. This is why you should have forklift training conducted at your site, and also why you should meet with the training providers prior to the training program.

    Include all Operators in the Training

    It doesn’t matter if some of your employees have decades of forklift experience, include all potential operators in your safety training. Not only will this ensure that all operators are up-to-date on the latest techniques and features, but it will also help build comradery between your operators since they are all subject to the same training, and not just a select few.

    In addition to forklift sales and rentals, Lonestar Forklift also offers OSHA Safety Training for up to 100 operators. We provide forklift training at our site or yours. Contact us online or call us at (972) 494-5438 to schedule training for your employees and avoid OSHA fines and costly forklift accidents. 

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