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Choosing the right forklift tires

If you’re renting or buying a lift truck for the first time, choosing the right forklift tires is an essential part of the selection process. While you might not know it, having the right tires on your forklift is as important as knowing the maximum load you’ll be asking it to lift and knowing just how high you’ll be expecting the forklift to lift that load.

There are three main types of forklift tires – pneumatic, solid rubber and polyurethane. Here’s a very brief explanation of each.forklift tires, cushion tires, pneumatic tires, choosing right forklift tires

Pneumatic tires: Should your forklift needs be for one operating outdoors on rough terrain the pneumatic tire would be the one you’d want on your lift truck. They are made from strong, thick rubber and have a deep tread. These tires are air filled and help the forklift last longer by providing that air cushion between the forklift and the ground.

Solid rubber tires: The solid rubber tire looks similar to the pneumatic tire though they’re not filled with air, but are made of solid rubber. They are long lasting and will never become deflated like the pneumatic tire. They do not, however, extend the life of your forklift because they offer no air cushion between the vehicle and the ground. These tires are somewhat versatile, in that they can be used indoors and outdoors – though not in outdoor situations too extensively.

Polyurethane tires: These are simple press-on tires that are easy to install and most commonly used on electric forklifts. They are not be able to withstand an outdoor rough terrain like the other tires and are suitable for indoor use only.

Choosing the wrong tire can add an increase in operating costs and create safety risks. If you choose the right tire you will realize a substantial savings and improve safety in your workplace. It has been estimated that a forklift tire, properly chosen, will last as much as 40% longer.

“Where the rubber meets the road” was a 1960’s advertising slogan used by the Firestone Tire Company to promote its products. Over the years, it has come to mean even more. That is, it is important to make the right choices. Remember this, when choosing the right forklift tires.

Hyundai Forklift of Southern California is ready to assist you in making those right choices. We’re here to help at 800-661-5241
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What We Talk About When We Talk About Forklift Training

We’re not sure the writer Raymond Carver ever talked about forklifts, but we do – a lot. Sure, we are in the business, so the subject naturally comes frequently. Unfortunately, almost daily forklift accidents are reported for all to read. How can we help to cut down on these incidents? Obviously, it’s not enough that forklift drivers are just sent to school for training and refresher courses. We must be sure that the lessons taught there are fully understood and practiced.Avoid forklift accidents - get trained at Hyundai Forklift of Southern California

It is imperative that both the students and the teachers make forklift training programs a true learning experience, if there is ever a hope in lowering workplace accident statistics. That is, a trainee should be given adequate time, post classroom, to apply the lessons learned in school, with extensive behind the wheel practice. Similarly, the trainers, themselves, must not just hand out passing grades based on time constraints. They should allow their pupils any extra time they need to polish their lift truck driving skills. Better drivers equal fewer accidents.

Without a doubt, forklift driving jobs come with a great deal of risk and responsibility. Should you as a business owner need to have employees trained or if you are seeking employment as a forklift operator yourself, then here are some of the things to expect when “going to school.”

Prospective new forklift operators will be taught the importance of the pre-op checklist. That is, before starting up their forklifts for the day, they must be sure that such things guards, fluids, chains, forks, brakes, and batteries are in proper working order.

There is a correct way of properly getting on and off of a forklift. Students will be shown the right way. Each one will be made thoroughly familiar with the operating controls of every lift truck they potentially might be operating. And as is true when driving automobiles, the importance of wearing a seat belt will be stressed.

Even before trainees first are allowed to drive a lift truck, their instructor will emphasize and reemphasize the importance of being aware of their surroundings and of any pedestrian or other equipment that might be in their immediate area.

When forklift training is first started, it will be in a restricted area where students will be taught how properly accelerate and stop the vehicle. Then they’ll move on to the practice of making turns – not too fast, but not too slow either. Tooting the horn, while not always appreciated elsewhere, is a good thing here. They will want to let everyone know that there’s a forklift operating near by.

Next, they will be taught the skill of loading the lift they’re driving, all the while, being aware of its weight distribution and the importance of carrying a load in a level manner. These are both among the many techniques that should be acquired in training during all forklift training programs.

At this point, trainees will be shown how to move a loaded lift truck from one point to another and to carry it at the proper height to avoid tipping over as they drive on flat surfaces and on inclines and declines too.

Finally, they’ll be instructed how to correctly load and unload other vehicles using their forklift. The ability to expertly maneuver materials from place to place using a forklift is a talent always in demand.

In the end, however, only superior forklift operating skills can keep everyone safe. To avoid becoming another OSHA statistic, employers and employees should seek out the best forklift training they can get.

That’s where Hyundai Forklift of Southern California comes in. We have successfully certified hundreds of operators for a range of businesses in the Greater Los Angeles, Orange Riverside county and surrounding areas. Our Forklift Trainers are skilled at customizing a training program for your specific needs. Operator SafetyTraining can be conducted in Spanish or English, at Hyundai Forklift of Southern California or at your site. We offer a scale based fee depending on class sizes and requirements. Forklift Training - call Hyundai Forklift of Southern California

Call us today at 800-661-5241.
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Do you need to rent a forklift? We can help.
In most cases forklifts are the most expensive piece of equipment that material handlers use in their day to day operation. And when one or more of them is out of commission for any reason, it can cost you dearly to replace them. That’s where Hyundai Forklift of Southern California comes in. You ponder the rent or buy option. Should you buy a new forklift? Or – Do you need to rent a forklift? We can help. Rent a forklift from Hyundai Electric Forklifts

We think forklift rental is a wise choice not only for the short term, but in many cases it’s the most economic and the smartest business strategy decision you can make for long term as well. In addition an unexpected need for lift truck repair, other reasons to come to us for forklift for rentals are:

Your experiencing an unforeseen seasonal demand such as stocking up for the Summer season. Temporarily, you’ll need an additional lift truck.
One of the products in your warehouse has become the new “iGadget” and customers can’t get enough of them. You need another forklift just to keep up with demand.
You’ve rearranged your warehouse in order to maximize floor space and now need a narrow aisle forklift.
A short term rental for any reason allows you the time to evaluate a new lift truck to see if it truly meets your specific requirements.
Hyundai forklifts have the longest warranty in the industry – 3 years or 4000 miles. Be sure to take a look at our electric lift trucks powered by state of the art AC technology including our line of 9 Series models that are extremely eco-friendly.
Before you come to see us you might want to consider making and list and checking it twice. This will help assure you get the right forklift for your job.

What is the maximum weight you’ll need the new forklift to maneuver?
How high will it be expected to reach?
On what surface will it be operating?
How many hours a day or a week will it be in use?
Inspect your prospective forklift rental. Is it in good shape?
Read and understand the rental contract before signing it.
The dealer’s insurance covers the forklift, but do you have adequate coverage for drivers and other workers at your facility?
How will the forklift be transported to your job site?
Rent a forklift from a reputable dealer.Rent a forklift from Hyundai Forklift of Southern California logo
Now that you’ve planned ahead and with list in hand or in mind (whatever the case might be) we can help you make this most important decision. Don’t get caught short. Hyundai Forklift of Southern California has its own forklift transport and can get your new rental lift truck anywhere in the Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside County. Do you need to rent a forklift? Don’t wait, give us a call Today at 800-661-5241. We can help.
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Do Your Forklift Operators Need Forklift Safety Certification?

The New Year is upon us. Do your forklift operators need certification?. Now is a good time to check your records and be sure that all of your drivers are OSHA certified. Forklift operators are required by OSHA to undergo an evaluation once every 3 years, or when they’ve been assigned to operate a different type of vehicle or if they’ve been involved in an accident or a near miss.

Maybe you yourself are a OSHA certified trainer and could do the job yourself, but chances are you are not. That’s where we come in. Hyundai Forklift of Southern California Safety Trainers have successfully certified hundreds of operators for a range of businesses in the Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties and the surrounding areas.hands on training 2

There’s an old saying we’d like to paraphrase here. It goes something like this – “When you see me, don’t think forklift (training), but when you think forklift (training), see me.

Do Your Forklift Operators Need Certification? Then consider that we offer you the most comprehensive training sessions available locally.

Our forklift safety training sessions include:

• 2 to 3 hours of classroom instruction

• Video of forklift being operated safely

• Review and breakdown of the material covered in the video

• Written evaluation of forklift operator’s understanding and comprehension of the material covered

• Review of forklift pedestrian safety precautions

• One hour of forklift operation and driving evaluation

◦ Maneuvering of forklift equipment backwards and forwards

◦ Moving up and down ramps, forwards and backwards

◦ Moving in and around the facility

◦ How to lift and handle actual material loads safelySkilled forklift operators wallet card

Upon completion, each operator will receive Forklift Operator Safety Training documents including a Wallet ID Operators Card, Certificate and the Test Results For more information or to schedule a class, please contact Hyundai Forklift of Southern California at: 800.660.5241 or email us at sales@hyundaiforkliftsocal.com
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Do you know when to replace your forklift’s tires?

If you know when to replace your forklift’s tires, you’ll have it over most. They say knowledge is king and when you use that knowledge to keep your lift trucks up and running you will be highly thought of. Not as a king, perhaps, but highly thought of. Good enough, don’t you think.
A lot rides on your forklift’s tires – really and virtually. Many of you don’t know or might not realize that lift trucks don’t have suspension. So the “a lot rides on” phrase is quite appropriate here. The knowledge of just when to replace your forklift’s tires is extremely important. There can be long term detrimental ramifications to not knowing when to replace worn forklift tires, so if you don’t know what to look for, we’d like to talk about some of the warning signs.
Cushion tire forklifts warning signs
First let’s consider cushion tires, they’re used mostly on indoor forklifts. These tires are made of solid rubber. They wear slowly, but can be gouged and otherwise damaged quite easily.
Simple wear Most cushion forklift tires have a 50% wear line indicator visible on each tire. When the top of the tires reaches that line, it’s time replace the tire.
Forklift cushion tire 50% wear indicator
Chunking and Tears Sometimes debris on the warehouse floor can gouge large chunks from or cause tears in the rubber of the lift truck’s tires. If this happens, replacing the damaged tire is in order.
Flat Spots At times, a misaligned tire and excessive acceleration can combine to create a flat spot on a tire. A very dangerous situation that could lead to a forklift tip over. Replace the tire immediately.
Pneumatic tire forklifts warning signs
Next, pneumatic tires are generally used on outdoor forklifts and there are slightly different warning signs to look for.
Inflation As with automobiles, but even more important with forklifts, properly inflated tires are of the utmost importance. Under inflation can compromise the lift truck’s stability, increase tire wear and reduce fuel efficiency. On the other hand, Over inflation will greatly reduce stopping ability. Check your forklift’s tire air pressure frequently.
Sidewall Cuts Can cause a loss of tire pressure and result is load shifts and possible damage to man, machine and material.
General Wear Over worn and less resilient tires can cause an uneven ride, particularly on harder surfaces and thus lessening the driver’s ability to control his lift truck.
Obviously, we cannot emphasize enough how important it is to be vigilant about checking your forklift’s tires – significant safety hazards will most certainly result should you be lax. Do you know when to replace your forklift’s tires? If you are still unsure, give us a call at 800-660-5241. We’ll evaluate them for you. We service a wide area in Southern California including Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside Counties.
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