Shoppa’s Material Handling is proud to participate in National Forklift Safety Day this June 11. Founded and sponsored by the Industrial Truck Association (ICA) NFSD promotes and brings awareness to the importance of keeping safety in all operations as the number one prerogative.
Capacity ratings are important for every operator to know and practice because it can potentially save a lift as well as save a lot of money. Every forklift comes with a variety of information the operator must take into consideration and one important factor is how heavy the load is and how to keep the load center with the forks to ensure a safe transport and delivery. OSHA stated that if the load is not centered in the correct position it could increase the chances of forklift accidents or damage to the load. The stated capacity for every truck applies to the load center and requires the operator to consider all other applications and conditions when justifying the appropriate weight and position.
Shopping for Forklifts is like buying a car. There is a list of things to consider and all are important to fulfilling production needs and maintaining safety.
First, you must decide what your needs are. Consider the weight of your load, lift height, how you plan to operate the truck, and in what conditions.
Hydrogen – Powered forklifts are here and ready to forever change efficiency and the overall cost of running a forklift on a daily basis. The concept of developing the zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell system is to promote better fuel times, reduce cost on batteries, and to free up space that is needed to currently fuel forklifts. Hydrogen fuel cell powered forklifts can provide significant benefits over the typical diesel and battery powered forklifts because they produce no local emissions and they can work a full 8-hours on a single tank of hydrogen fuel and refuel in about a minute.
Section 179 allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of new or used equipment, up to $500,000, from their gross income. The 2013 amount has increased from on $25,000 to half a million as an incentive for business growth. Bonus Deprecation allows an additional fifty percent deduction on new equipment only for any amounts spent over the $500,000 threshold. The equipment must be purchased and placed into service by December 31, 2013, so now is the time to save!
We recommend that you review this information with your tax and financial advisors.
Another excellent opportunity for Shoppa customers has also been recently extended. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 has extended the 50-cent-per-gallon federal alternative motor fuel tax credit through December 31, 2013.
At Shoppa’s Material Handling we want to make sure your electric lifts are working at optimum performance by providing you with the tools and service to keep your lift truck battery maintained properly. We understand the need for a reliable lift truck in order to be more competitive in tougher working environments. The ability to work alongside traditional lift trucks, yet doing so in an economically cleaner way, has made electric forklifts a preferred choice in the industry.
Forklift forks are the hardest working part of a forklift, yet they are often mistreated and forgotten. As insubstantial as it may seem, neglecting forks could make them dangerous. A simple 10% reduction in blade thickness results in a 20% reduction of capacity.
For many companies, managing a fleet of forklifts and other material handling equipment can be a real distraction. In fact, for many distribution companies fleet management is the most time consuming and costly expense after payroll.
There are three main steps that Shoppa’s takes to provide optimal fleet management solutions; fleet assessment, cost tackling and accurate reporting. Through this detailed process, Shoppa’s is able to provide a comprehensive plan that delivers long-term solutions.