Before investing in a product or equipment that has high value, we should be concerned about its service life. Diesel forklifts are also an important operating equipment in factories and warehouses, so the longevity of forklifts is always a great concern of managers and operators. Let’s  find out what is the issue around a diesel forklift lifespan with the below article:

1. How to determine a diesel forklift lifespan? 

Normally, the life of a diesel forklift is measured by its operating hours. A diesel forklift that operates regularly for 8 hours a day and is provided periodic maintenance can have a lifespan around 12,000-20,000 working hours.

However, operating a diesel forklift in extreme conditions, frequency and intensity can significantly reduce its service life.

Yale diesel forklifts which have a lifespan up to 100,000 working hours (based on the working environment, the frequency of operating and periodic maintenance)

Yale diesel forklifts which have a lifespan up to 100,000 working hours (based on the working environment, the frequency of operating and periodic maintenance)

2. How to increase a diesel forklift lifespan?

There are many factors that affect the service life of forklift trucks such as: frequency and intensity of operation, maintenance procedures, quality of forklift brand… Customers can save the below tips to increase a Yale diesel forklift lifespan:

Give the driver proper operation training:

Training drivers on proper and safe operation is a key to prolonging the life of diesel forklifts as well as provide a safe working environment for operators and warehouses.

Many diesel forklifts are damaged and unusable due to user error because of the incorrect process when handling goods. This damage can be costly to repair and significantly shorten the lifespan of the forklift truck.

Training drivers to operate forklifts properly and safely before letting them operate forklifts is the way to prevent the danger that can make the truck break down.

Follow vehicle specifications and manufacturer’s operating instructions:

When designing diesel forklifts, manufacturers have calculated operating capacity based on its specifications. Compliance with the manufacturer’s operating instructions, for example: do not exceed load capacity, have enough rest time after work… will help the truck extend its lifespan and provide good performance.

Proper and periodic maintenance:

Diesel forklift needs to be done maintenance monthly and properly so the truck can provide a good performance. Besides, the periodic maintenance helps us to prevent truck’s breaking down by finding out the wear and tear on spare parts.

Periodic maintenance help increase diesel forklift lifespan

Periodic maintenance help increase diesel forklift lifespan

When delivering trucks to customers, Yale Forklifts Vietnam always provides an operation and safety training. In addition, we also provide an operation guide book, periodic  maintenance to help customers operate the forklift in a proper way.

3. What is the lifespan of a Yale diesel forklift?

Yale forklifts, which is from the US, is one of the top brands in the material handling equipment field. With more than 150 years of experience in the handling equipment field, Yale forklifts diesel truck is designed to provide a good performance up to 10 years of operation.

Besides, Yale forklifts also recorded that some customers can use the truck for up to 100,000 working hours.  However, according to the design, we also recommend customers to have a suitable depreciation calculation and be ready to invest in replacing new forklifts to bring higher efficiency and safety.

4. When do businesses need to invest in a new diesel forklift?

In the view of Yale Forklifts Vietnam, customers should care more about a diesel forklift’s “economic life” than its “using life”. Which means, if the cost is higher than the truck’s economic  value, you should think about replacing it with a new truck.

Customers should care more about a truck’s “economic life” than its “using life”

Customers should care more about a truck’s “economic life” than its “using life”

When a diesel forklift runs out of its “economic life”, it will cost a lot to maintain and repair but brings little economic benefits in the long run. At this point, most customers should consider investing in a new diesel forklift.

If you need to evaluate the “economic life” and “using life” of a diesel truck or diesel forklift’s service such as: purchasing new trucks and second-hand trucks, rental service, repair maintenance service,…  Please contact Yale Forklifts Vietnam via Hotline: 0896.461.728 for dedicated advice. 

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