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    A Forklift Operator's Guide to Forklift Attachments

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Forklifts are incredibly useful industrial machines, but they can be even more useful with the right attachment. Depending on what industry you are in, different forklift attachments can greatly increase workplace productivity and efficiency. Whether you own or rent a fleet of industrial lift trucks, this brief guide will help you select the right attachment, avoid potential hazards, and operate upgraded forklifts within OSHA requirements.

    Types of Forklift Attachments

    There are several common forklift attachments to choose from. Slip-sheet attachments help avoid the use of pallets, side-shifters shift the forks right and left for oversized and undersized pallets, and container handlers can help lift large shipping containers. There are even personnel platform attachments specially designed for lifting personnel.

    Potential Hazards When Using Attachments

    While forklift attachments can certainly help improve efficiency and productivity, there are a few inherent dangers of operating a forklift with attachments. The biggest hazard is overloading, which can reduce the lifting capacity of the truck and increase the risk of tipping over and dropping loads. When using an attachment, drive slowly and pay attention to how the load looks on the forks and how the lift truck handles.

    OSHA Safety Requirements

    As per OSHA regulations, operators must be trained in the attachment adaptation, operation, and use limitations. Every time a new attachment is added to the forklift, operators will need to be retained. OSHA also specifies that you treat unloaded forklifts with attachments as partially loaded.

    For forklift sales, rentals, parts, and attachments, contact Lonestar Forklift. We are the largest volume Hyundai forklift dealers in the United States, and your source for forklift and equipment sales, service, parts, and rentals in Texas. Visit our website to see all of the forklifts and forklift accessories we offer, or call us at (214) 613-1327 to speak with one of our experts. 

    Tips for Renting a Forklift

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Whether you need a forklift for a short period of time or you’re waiting on your equipment to be repaired, forklift rentals can help stay productive without having to purchase a new or used forklift outright. When renting a forklift, consider where the lift will be used. This can help determine what type of tires is needed and whether an electrical, gas, or diesel forklift is more appropriate. Also consider how heavy the equipment or pallets you will be moving are, as different forklifts have different lift capacities.

    For help renting a single forklift or an entire fleet of forklifts, contact Lonestar Forklift. We are the leading forklift rental supplier in Texas, as well as the largest volume Hyundai forklift dealer in the United States. Visit our website or call us at (972) 494-5438 to learn more about our short-term and long-term forklift rentals. 

    Pre-Shift Inspection Tips for Your Forklift

    Last updated 19 days ago

    When used properly, forklifts are incredibly capable industrial machines. However, it’s easy for a forklift to become a safety hazard, especially if the proper precautions are not taken. Before you operate a forklift, make sure to check that all of the lift’s vital safety features are in proper working order. Check the lights, horn, brakes, and fork mechanism before operating the lift truck. In this video presented by the Fork Lift Truck Association, you will learn some essential pre-shift inspection tips.

    For all of your forklift sales, rentals, parts, and service needs, contact Lonestar Forklift. We are the leading forklift supplier in Texas, as well as the largest volume Hyundai forklift dealer in the United States. We can keep your forklifts in tip-top shape, and we can provide you with new or used forklifts when any of your lift trucks become outdated. Contact us online or call us at (972) 494-5438 to learn more about our forklift services

    Key Features of the Hyundai Electric Motor Narrow Aisle Forklifts

    Last updated 25 days ago

    Family owned and operated, Lonestar Forklift is the largest volume dealer of Hyundai forklifts in the world. If you require a forklift that can operate within narrow aisles, we have a Hyundai forklift that is perfect for your needs. Continue reading to learn more about the features of the Hyundai electric motor narrow aisle forklifts.

    Ergonomic Features
    Hyundai narrow aisle forklifts are equipped with a headrest cushion pad, storage compartment, cup holder, and console box. This allows the driver to get comfortable and to put all of his personal objects safely into the cabin of the forklift. The dual-articulating load wheel absorbs shock when traveling over ground imperfections, while keeping the forklift composed and safe. The Hyundai narrow aisle forklifts have a vibration dampening floor mat, adjustable backrest, and adjustable arm pad to reduce driver fatigue and maximize productivity.

    Outstanding Control
    To deliver smooth, efficient control, Hyundai narrow aisle forklifts come with a steer control handle with a proportional hydraulic fingertip control. The compact design of these Hyundai forklifts ensures a minimum turning radius that enables narrow aisle operation and maximizes space utilization and work efficiency. The Hyundai narrow aisle forklifts feature a versatile reach stroke that enables controlled, smooth, and safe load handling. This enables unparalleled versatility during an extended reach.

    Safety Features
    With a powerful drive motor and four-wheel design, Hyundai narrow aisle forklifts provide outstanding stability and gradeability. An anti-roll back function ensures the safety of the driver and nearby pedestrians when the forklift is restarting after stop on a slope. With a wider mast view, a non-slip floor mat, a protection fence between the mast and operator room, and a strong overhead guard that meets EEC and ANSI guidelines, you can be sure that a Hyundai narrow aisle forklift is one of the safest forklifts out there.

    To take a test drive in a Hyundai electric motor narrow aisle forklift, come to Lonestar Forklift. In addition to forklift sales, we also offer forklift rentals and even forklift training services. Call us at (972) 494-5438 or check out our website for more information about our forklifts and forklift services. 

    Understanding Forklift Classification and Design

    Last updated 1 month ago

    According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are seven different classes of forklift. But there are many other ways to classify new forklifts, including fuel type, mast design, and tire type. Read on to gain a deeper understanding of the different types and designs of forklift to find the right one for you. 

    Class
    Class I forklifts are electric motor rider trucks with three or four wheels. The Class II forklifts are electric motor narrow aisle trucks, which are designed for maneuverability in tight spaces. Class III forklifts are electric motor hand trucks or hand/rider trucks, where the operator stands to operate the lift or walks behind the forklift while operating it. Class IV and V are internal combustion engine trucks meant for heavy, outdoor use. Class VI-VIII forklifts look like tractors and are usually used for agriculture or carrying lots of people or cargo.

    Mast
    The mast is the hydraulically operated vertical assembly that raises or lowers a load. Some forklifts have a swing mast that can swing in one direction in a 90-degree angle, making it easy to operate in narrow aisles.

    Power Source
    Some forklifts are electric, powered by a rechargeable battery. These are ideal in work areas with limited ventilation. Other forklifts take liquid propane gas, which is cheaper than electricity. Forklifts powered by diesel or gasoline are also common, and have the advantage of having greater reliability and a longer usable lifespan.

    Tires
    Forklift tires are generally solid tires, also known as cushion tires, which are for indoor use on a hard and flat surface. Pneumatic tires are made of a thicker rubber, which enables the forklift to be used outdoors.

    At Lonestar Forklift, we can help you choose the right forklift for your needs. With a great selection of forklift rentals and forklifts for sale, you can rely on us for any of your forklift needs. Call us at (972) 494-5438 or visit our website to learn more about what we offer. 

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