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The history of factory stores in the forklift industry

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The majority of forklift dealers in the United States are independently owned companies, typically founded by entrepreneurs.  Some of these dealerships have existed for many years, now managed by second and sometimes third generation family members.  However,  some forklift manufacturers have elected, in some markets, to market their product through directly owned subsidiaries, also known as “factory stores”.

Here’s an overview of the various forklift manufacturers who own retail operations in North America.  This is by no means an exhaustive list–if you have information that you’d like to contribute to this blog, please comment below or email us.


Komatsu (formerly Allis Chalmers)

Komatsu forklift inherited a number of factory stores after taking over the Kalmar AC business unit from Kalmar in 1988.

Factory owned stores include:

  • Atlanta, Georgia (1960)
  • Chicago, Illinois (1963)
  • California (1963):  Fresno, Oakland, Stockton.  Ontario and Long Beach (2001).  Also Ontario, CA
  • Komatsu Equipment Company (construction division): Nevada, Utah, Wyoming

Unicarriers Forklift

(Nissan/TCM, division of Mitsubishi) began buying dealerships recently.

  • In 2014, New England Industrial Truck was acquired.
  • In 2015, Capital Equipment and Handling (Hartland, Wisconsin) was bought by Unicarriers.

MCFA

(Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America) owns multiple dealerships and a fleet management/rental subsidiary.

  • SCMH (Southern California Material Handling), based in the Los Angeles area, became part of the MCFA family in 2006.
  • Daily Equipment (Mississippi & Louisiana)  was bought in 2012.
  • FMS Equipment Rentals in Houston TX appears to have been part of the MCFA family since 1998.
  • Lone Star Lift was started in 2005 as a subsidiary of MCFA.  It was eventually folded into the Daily Equipment acquisition (store is now branded Daily Equipment/Houston TX territory though territory is non contiguous with historic Daily Equipment territory in states of LA and MS).
  • Equipment Depot was purchased by Mitsubishi Logisnext, part of the Mitsubishi family in 2019.   Equipment Depot has operations throughout the US, some locations in 2019 were Clark or Linde, it remains to be seen what Mitsubishi will do with those locations.

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Taylor

Taylor Machine Works owns a number of dealerships under the Sudden Service brand name. Intella LiftParts carries Taylor forklift parts.

Current factory store locations include:

  • Gillete, WY (covers North Dakota/South Dakota/Wyoming/Nebraska/part of Kansas)
  • Miami FL
  • Richmond VA
  • Hope Mills NC
  • Louisville MS
  • W Memphis AR
  • Alabama: Bessemer, Montgomery and Mobile
  • Covington GA
  • NJ/international: Taylor International
  • Texas: 3 stores (replaced Briggs as dealer in 2016)

Toyota Forklift

There appear to be two different ownership approaches Toyota takes towards dealerships in the USA.

Complete ownership vs minority share of ownership

These dealers are:

  • ProLift (Ohio/Indiana/Kentucky/W Virginia) Acquired in 2007.  Also known as Toyota Material Handling Midwest.  As of 2015, still a Taylor dealer though there’s this.
  • Liftow (Canada) and Badger (Wisconsin).  Acquired in 2011.
  • TMH Ohio (acquired former Interlift Enterprises in 2013)
  • TMH Northeast (Pennsylvania/New Jersey–acquired certain Kenco locations in 2012)
  • Atlas Companies (Chicago) 2011
  • Florida Lift Systems / Southern States Toyotalift
  • Garrison Service Company – 2018 Acquired and renamed Toyota Material Handling MidSouth

Ownership through other Toyota family companies:

Toyota Lift NW (Oregon) owned by Toyota Tsusho Group

Past ownership:

Toyota Lift of Los Angeles (pre 2000s)  (Sold in 2007 to S Basu)


Raymond

Raymond Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Toyota Group  (see history here).

Like Toyota, Raymond has a similar approach to dealer ownership.  Some dealerships are 100% Raymond owned, others Raymond holds either minority or majority ownership positions with past management holding the other portions.  The number of Raymond dealers is actually fairly small–there are only around 23 in the entire country, and Raymond effectively controls the majority of them.

As of August, 2017, there are a total of 16 Raymond dealerships where Raymond parent company Toyota Material Handling owns anywhere from 49% to 100% of shares.

Wholly or partially owned Raymond dealerships (verified)

  • GN Johnston Canada
  • Raymond Handling Concepts Corporation – 100% as of 2018
  • Pengate Handling Systems of New York, Inc.
  • Abel Womack, Inc.
  • Heubel Material Handling, In
  • Associated (Illinois/Indiana)
  • Carolina Handling, LLC
  • Malin Integrated Handling Solutions and Design
  • Raymond Handling Consultants Florida
  • Raymond Handling Solutions Southern California
  • Raymond Storage Concepts
  • Shaw Material Handling Systems

An interesting article on Raymond’s approach towards ownership of its dealers can be found here


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Crown

Crown Equipment Corporation‘s  has consistently grown the number of factory-owned retailers throughout North America, with a large number of new factory-owned stores launched in the last ten years.

Legacy Stores

There exists a core group of Crown factory stores which have existed for many years.  Those stores include:

Atlanta, Georgia (opened 1984), Detroit, Grand Rapids, Los Angeles,  San Francisco, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Denver, and Houston markets are all handled by long time Crown factory-owned stores.

In other markets, Crown has historically launched factory stores when dealers have failed financially, failed to hit Crown sales objectives, or, in certain cases Crown has purchased successful existing dealers.  There have been few recent instances where Crown ended relations with one independently owned dealership and awarded the product line to another independently owned dealership.    When Crown makes a dealer change, it invariably opens a factory-owned store.

1980s and 1990s

  • 1989: Ft Wayne / Elkhart IN opened (former dealer Hull Lift Truck)
  • 1994: Milwaukee opened (former dealer Stack & Store Systems)
  • Late 1990s: Pompano FL opened (former dealer Lift Systems Inc)
  • 1999: OKI Systems acquired by Dicke family (which owns Crown) (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana).  Operation ran as separate company for a number of years then eventually converted to factory-owned stores.

2000 through 2010 

  • Early 2000s:  Memphis TN (former dealer Equipment Engineering)
  • 2002: San Antonio: (former dealer Southwest Lift)
  • 2002: Tifton GA: (former dealer Carlton Co)
  • 2003: Dallas TX: Crown purchases former dealer Shannon Corp and rebrands stores as Crown
  • 2003: Salt Lake City UT(former dealer Material Handling Equipment Co)
  • 2004: Tampa/Orlando: (former dealer Florida Lift Systems, lawsuit, etc)
  • 2006: Rockford IL cancels dealer Material Handling Services
  • 2008: Minneapolis MN (former dealer Lift, Stack, and Store)
  • 2008: Charlotte NC (former dealer LiftOne /CAT dealer)
  • 2008: Las Vegas NV (former dealer Inland Hobbs/CAT dealer)
  • 2010: Des Moines IA (former dealer Liftruck Service)

2011 – 2019

  • 2012: Fresno CA (former dealer Quinn /CAT dealer)
  • 2013: Kansas City KS area (former dealer Lift Truck Sales & Service)
  • 2013: New Orleans & Shreveport LA (former dealer was Daily Equipment/CAT dealer who was purchased by MCFA)
  • 2013: Cleveland OH (former dealer Towlift/CAT dealer)
  • 2014: Eastern Canada:  Crown purchases Ryder Material Handling.  2018 Crown re-brands Ryder locations to Crown factory stores.
  • 2014: Wichita KS (former dealer Lift Truck Center)
  • 2015: Richmond VA (former dealer Virginia Forklift)
  • 2015: Akron OH (former dealer Fallsway Equipment/CAT dealer)
  • 2015: Providence RI Crown acquires long time dealer Crellin Handling
  • 2015: Raleigh NC  (former dealer Gregory Poole/was CAT dealer, dropped CAT in 2015 to become Hyster-Yale dealer)
  • 2018:  St Louis MO (former dealer Allied Industrial) apparently acquired; branding from Allied goes away, turns into Crown factory store
  • 2019: Reno/Sparks NV (former dealer Industrial Handling Equipment either drops Crown or is cancelled.  New Crown factory store opens March, 2019

Hyster Forklift

Until 1991, Hyster Company owned and operated the Hyster Sales Company with stores in Northern California, Oregon, and Washington.  In 1991, Hyster sold Hyster Sales Company to The Pape Group based in Eugene OR.

In 1998 Hyster bought the former Bode Finn and Quimby dealerships from Nationsrent and renames the company Hyster Mideast.  The dealership ended up being short lived, in 2003 Hyster sold the firm to dealer MH Equipment.


Yale

When Yale was an operating division of Eaton the firm operated a number of factory stores throughout the United States.  Eaton divested all of these stores prior to the Nacco acquisition of Yale in 1985,

Presently Hyster-Yale owns no dealerships in North America.


Doosan

As of 2018, factory stores in Georgia (Buford, Austell, metro Atlanta).  Doosan purchased All Lift of GA and American Forklift.  In California, Doosan operates a location in Buena Park after acquiring Industrial Forklifts from former Toyota president Shankar Basu.


Summary: Forklift OEMs with factory stores

Crown

Komatsu

Raymond

Taylor

Toyota

Unicarriers/Nissan

MCFA

Doosan


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Inspecting Impco Systems for High CO Levels

Step 1: Squeeze Hose

Impco VFF30 emissions
Impco VFF30 emissions

Use a needle-nose pliers to pinch the vacuum hose on the VFF-30. If the RPM speed changes, the o-ring seal is bad. If after disconnecting the hose the engine doesn’t die or the o-ring is bad, the Impco VFF-30 needs to be replaced or rebuilt. You can also test this using carbon monoxide readings.

*If you have an electric lockoff in your lift truck, you will also have a vacuum safety or an oil pressure switch. It is against regulations for these to be disconnected (see NFPA Pamphlet 58).

Impco VFF30 exploded view
Impco VFF30 exploded view

Step 2: Prime

impco model J
primer button model J

Push the primer button while the engine is running on the Model J vaporizer-regulator. IMPCO no longer manufacturers a model J with a primer button.  However, primer buttons are available on Impco model J generic units which we offer.  The engine should stall or completely shut off while pushing the button and start back up to idle as soon as you release. If this doesn’t happen or pushing the button causes the engine to speed up, adjustments are needed with the air-fuel mixture in the mixer.  To watch how a Impco model J is rebuilt, check out this video here.  A video on how to rebuild an Impco VFF30 can be found here.

Impco CA55 carburetorStep 3: Air-Fuel Ratio Adjustments

Turn the idle mixture screw (on the mixer) counterclockwise as far as possible. The emissions reading should decrease in carbon monoxide. 

 

CA100 Impco carb mixture screwStep 4: Air Filter

Take out the air filter and inspect it. Replace the filter if there is an increase or decrease in emissions after the air filter is removed.

Step 5: Mixer

If you haven’t had any problems with anything in steps 1-4 and CO levels are still too high, the mixer must be replaced. Usually, you can replace your Impco Model 50 carburetor/mixer with a new Impco Model 100 or 125 with minimal adaptations. If this is not the case for you, go with a Model 55.

Step 6: Air Valve

There are 4 screws holding the Impco Model CA100/125 mixer cover that need to be removed in order to check out the air valve. (It should be part AV1-14-4; if not, replace with the correct part.) Make sure the metering cone is clean on the inside and there are no signs of wear. If you see marks implying the valve is rubbing, either sand the guide gently or replace the air valve. A lean air shim or 2 may be installed at this point if the fuel mixture still isn’t right.  Install the first shim on the metering cone lip and check the emission levels; if only a minor improvement, add the second shim.

*Clean the air valve with a solvent solution. Do not wash the diaphragm or use an abrasive cleaner on any parts. Make sure the gas valve cone is tight in the body housing.

Step 7: Power Mixture Setting

Emissions should be at an acceptable level when the truck is idling. Set the power mixture and load the mast by tilting completely back or forward. If you have a rich condition based on the exhaust analyzer, turn the power valve, or gate valve as its also known, to the “L” position.

desired emission readings_Intella Liftparts


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Forklift backup cameras @ ProMat 2015

Day four!  Final day.  It could be argued that ProMat could simply be a 3 day show.  The fourth and final day lacks the energy of the first 2 days as exhibitors are worn out, and traffic in general is significantly lighter.  As an exhibitor, we tend to walk the show on Thursday simply because the traffic at our own booth is very light.

ProMat 2015 Intella Liftparts
Thursday, the slowest day of the ProMat show

 

We had the following goals at ProMat 2015:  first, introduce our new products lines: forklift backup cameras, ATIB Chargers, BlueSpot(R) Safety light, and LED work lights.  Our second goal was to find new customers.  On both points we succeeded in a big way.  ProMat is the largest material handling show of its kind in North America.  One could argue that there are a number of exhibitors which have nothing to do with forklifts, and that’s true.  However, the crowd is so large it dwarfs any other event out there.  Over 40,000 end users, over 3,000 forklift dealers…show me another event where 3,000 forklift dealer personnel are attending–yep, there isn’t one.

A big hit at the show was our new product line of forklift backup cameras.  We entered this market about a year ago; our product line includes wired and wireless forklift camera systems, along with a variety of monitors.  They help operators see what’s behind them before they back up.

 

Wired forklift camera systems start at $499.00 / wireless forklift camera systems start at $599.00

 

Forklift backup cameras
Intella’s line of forklift back up cameras help operators see what’s behind them!

 

 

 


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Forklift battery chargers | ProMat 2015 Day 3 observations

Intella launched a new line of forklift battery chargers at ProMat 2015 in Chicago.  Our long time European charger partner, A.T.I.B Elettronica showed off their newly designed models for the North American market.  We’re very excited to be entering the charger business.

Forklift battery chargers
Forklift battery chargers from Intella Liftparts

 

Our parent company, VanGent Forklift Parts, has been doing business with ATIB for nearly 10 years with great results.  The chargers ATIB sells in Europe are designed for European voltages and standards–a completely new series was introduced for the North American market.  If you’re interested in learning more about chargers please call us at 616-796-1288 or explore more here.

 

On Wednesday, day 3, traffic starts slowing and the energy takes a dip.  For future record, Monday and Tuesday are definitely the best days to take in ProMat from an attendee perspective.  Some might point out that it’s easier to navigate a show when it’s less busy.  Me–I’d prefer to attend when everyone is at peak performance, peak energy, peak excitement.  Let’s face it, 4 days of working a show does get tiring!

Below are some photos of things I found interesting to look at during the ProMat show.  Let’s start with what is perhaps the most interesting company name.

ProMat Daifu-what?
ProMat Daifu-what?

 

Interesting name, interesting display…

ProMat Conveyors Intella Liftparts
Real live conveyor systems on display

 

What better way to demonstrate your product’s lifting capability by lifting another one.  Literally!

 

Combilift parts from Intella Liftparts

 

Finally, on Wednesday night MHI celebrated its 50th anniversary with a cocktail hour and stand up comedy by Frank Caliendo.  Frank’s known for his celebrity impersonation of notables such as Morgan Freeman, Bill Clinton, Charles Barkley and many others.  He had a great show.

Below photo is from the back of the room, near the bar.  We were quite a ways back but the video screens projected pretty well.

Frank Caliendo | Intella Forklift Parts
Happy hour Frank Caliendo

 

And that’s all for the 3rd day ProMat 2015 wrap up!

 


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Blue forklift light @ ProMat 2015 and day 2 observations

At Promat 2015 we demonstrated our BlueSpot® Safety Light which has been a hit since we introduced it in 2012.  Yep, you read that right.  We sold our first blue forklift light in late 2012!

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Our model 01291296 features stainless steel hardware and it’s UL listed.  It’s IP67 rate which means it is suitable for outdoor wet applications as well as indoor settings.

If you stopped by our booth you would have seen 8 of these in operation– we had LOTS of blue spots on the floor in front of our booth!

In addition to the BlueSpots we displayed, we also displayed a red version of the blue forklift light.  Check out the floor in the image below and look at all the different lights.  If you look carefully, you’ll see 4 lights mounted on the walls, 2 lights on the Hyster forklift, and 3 more lights on the black counter.

blue forklift light
Blue forklift lights on display at Intella’s ProMat booth

 

ProMat’s second day, Tuesday March 24, 2015 started with a bang!  Doors opened early as there was a huge crowd awaiting in the McCormick Place foyer.

 

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Large crowds enter the 2nd day of the ProMat 2015 material handling show in Chicago

 

ProMat 2015 featured nearly 500,000 square feet of exhibits.  Intella has been at ProMat since the 2011 show and this was definitely the biggest ProMat in as many years.

 

The ProMat show covers all aspects of material handling.  Forklift manufacturer booths are fairly large but fairly straight forward.  Most forklift OEMs feature a large number of their models on the floor along with some chairs/bar area.

Hyster
Hyster H360, 36,000 pound lifting capacity

 

It’s interesting seeing the new models of forklifts, wondering what the forklifts will looking like after they’ve been used for a number of years and needing replacement forklift parts.

 

Conveyor and material handling systems companies tend to have the largest, most elaborate booths at ProMat.  Here’s a picture of one company’s booth: the operating conveyor runs beneath the 2nd story of the booth.

 

Large booths at ProMat
Large booths at ProMat

 

Raymond booth with EastPenn in front.

Raymond forklift | Intella liftparts
Raymond forklift booth

 

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ProMat 2015: Day 1 observations #promatshow

ProMat is the largest material handling trade show in the USA.  It happens every two years, typically in March.  Though it’s sometimes been in January, and I can remember a few times it was held over Valentine’s Day so February has been an option as well.

 

Why early in the year?  I don’t really know.  I wish it was mid September or early October.  Definitely would be better weather in Chicago during those months.  I have a feeling that Mccormick Place is booked during those months.  MHI, the show organizer is based in North Carolina so I would think they would be motivated towards warm weather.  One can hope.

 

ProMat 2015 was held from Monday, March 23 until Thursday, March 26.  Intella’s booth was 4207, towards the front.  Below is a picture of our booth on Sunday night.    Plastic on floor covers carpet until opening morning.  Thanks  Alta Equipment for use of Hyster 8,000 pneumatic electric.  Definitely would be thinking about electric pneumatic if I was in the market.

Booth 4207
Booth 4207

 

Forklift battery chargers from ATIB Italy.  Over the week we received great feedback and a ton of interest.

Getting ready for ProMat | Intella Liftparts | Forklift chargers
Getting ready for ProMat | Intella Liftparts | Forklift chargers

 

Here’s our booth on Monday morning.  Rock and roll ready to go!

 

Forklift battery chargers
Forklift battery chargers | Forklift parts from Intella Liftparts

 

On Monday March 23, Chicago was hit with around 4-5 inches of heavy, wet snow.  Airports saw multiple delays and traffic at the show was quite dead in the morning.  In the afternoon we started hearing stories of attendees who had flights diverted, stuck in traffic and generally had miserable drives to the show.  We arrived Sunday (no snow!) so we just had a short cab ride to McCormick Place.

 

Cab ride to Mccormick Place
Cab ride to Mccormick Place

 

Cool logos on steps going into McCormick.  Pity that most people take the escalators and missed this

 

Opening steps | Forklift parts at Intella
Opening steps | Forklift parts at Intella

 

In late afternoon the snow was already melting.  It still was a sloppy mess on the road.

ProMat 2015 Snow
Snow at ProMat 2015

 

More to come on Tuesday!


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Forklift Air Filter Storage and Handling Tips

Getting the most life out of your forklift air filter is important. This starts with storage and handling. Before you even start the installation process, make sure the new filter is less than 6 years old (based on the manufacturing date) AND it is clean/undamaged. Here are a few more quick tips to help with your forklift air filter storage:

Air filter forklift filter

1)  Make sure to always store air filters in a box, not out on a shelf where they can pick up dust in the air.

 

2)  If the box isn’t sealed tight, tape it shut.

 

3)  Individually wrapped

 

4)   When transporting air filters, make sure they aren’t rolling around. Throwing them in the back of the truck or the floor boards could cause damage.

 

5)   Don’t store the filters on anything metal. Metal condensates and could cause rust on the filter. Boxes are best.

 

6) Just like with food, put the oldest filters in the front. Make sure you put new stock in the back so you don’t end up with expired filters. (Remember, 6 years from the manufacturing date is the oldest you want to use.)

 

7) Make life easiest by ensuring labels with product information and manufacturing dates are visible.

 

8) Don’t store filters in extreme temperatures or excess moisture. The environment you store your filters in will effect their shelf life.

 

9) When installing or just handling new filters, make sure your hands are clean. Avoid contact with the outlet side of the filter if possible.

 

 

Intella has a complete line of forklift filters.  We carry filters for most brands of forklifts including Hyster, Yale, Toyota, Cat, Kalmar, Taylor Forklift, Nissan Forklift, Komatsu Forklift and most others.

 


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Servicing Forklift Air Filters using restriction indicators

Forklift mechanic changing forklift air filter
Forklift mechanic changing forklift air filter

Servicing a forklift air filter by restriction is the best way to get the most life out of your filter. Proper servicing can save you money and time. Dirty filters do not always mean they are trash. Many times, dirty filters can  go more hours!

Mechanic measuring the restriction to determine if there is a plug in the system
Forklift mechanic measuring the restriction to determine if there is a plug in the system

Don’t want to cause a problem in your air cleaner? Don’t service it too much. The elements in the filters are more efficient as dust builds up on the media. But  avoid dust and other abrasive particles when removing the filter!

There are a variety of choices when it comes to measurement tools to get the most out of your filter.

Restriction measurement tool options
Restriction measurement tool options

Looking for a continuous reading device to see how much life is left in that old filter? Check out The Informer and the Service Gauge for Instrument Panel.

Intella has a complete line of forklift filters for sale.  Easy online ordering allows you to quickly select the filter you need–at a great price!


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The best forklift brand to buy…from a parts perspective

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Often we get customers who ask us what the best forklift brand is to purchase.  Since we supply forklift parts, our customers think we may have some insight in terms of what brand is best.

 

We’ll start by stating the somewhat obvious (since this is a blog) comment that this is purely opinion.  Not fact,  but something more than conjecture since we’ve been in this business for over 30 years.

 

Here are what we, forklift parts experts, consider the top areas to consider when evaluating one forklift brand over another.

 

  1.  Good parts support.  We sell forklift parts and every day we get phone calls from customers looking for parts that are either backordered by the forklift manufacturer, or simply out of stock.  If we were buying a forklift, we’d want to make sure that parts are available and your equipment won’t be down and inoperable because a part is backordered.

 

Parts support comes in a few different forms.  Certainly having inventory of a part is the most obvious measurement of whether or not the manufacturer supports the equipment.  But other real world scenarios involve the support the manufacturer provides in the form of parts and service manuals.  We’ve seen plenty of instances where the manufacturer couldn’t even come up with a part number for the part needed, let alone give an answer on whether or not the part was in stock.

 

What sort of components are used in the forklift? Suppose you’re buying an electric forklift. Ask who manufacturers the electric motor. Ask who makes the control system. Certain control systems are easy to find parts for (such as GE, Curtis, Zapi) but others can be real difficult to obtain parts for. Years ago Yale used Mazda diesel engines. Not a bad engine, but Mazda Japan’s only customer for diesel engines in the USA was Yale forklift. That became a problem years after the trucks were sold as there was virtually no aftermarket support for Mazda diesel in the USA.

 

  1. There are forklift mechanics who will work on the model and brand of forklift you’re looking at buying.  This seems pretty simple.  But some newer models sometimes require unique software which is only available to the dealer.  That fact alone is not enough to condemn a particular brand of equipment since sometimes the software is only required for quite obscure repairs.  But there are certain brands and models of equipment that forklift mechanics don’t like to work on for various reasons.  Ask your mechanic if they’re OK working on the model of forklift you’re considering purchasing.  If there is only one dealer or one mechanic willing to work on the brand/model of forklift you’re considering, you’ll have very few options in case your mechanic can’t figure out a particular repair. Ask whoever is selling you the forklift if there are non OEM mechanics that work on the brand of forklift you’re considering.

 

  1. Good parts pricing.  We supply aftermarket forklift parts for most brands and models of forklifts.  We see parts prices every day and we  can make some general statements regarding parts prices of various brands. In general, forklifts made by American companies tend to be less expensive than European or Japanese brands.

 

Exceptions to this rule can be found but in general it holds true. Historically Japanese forklift manufacturers would keep their parts prices very high and defend those prices by pointing out to customers that their forklift was more reliable. The argument went something like this: Sure our forklift’s torque converter is expensive at $2200.00 but we only sell one torque converter for every 10,000 forklifts in population. Not a bad argument but pity the poor guy who indeed needs a torque converter and it costs 5 times the amount as an American built forklift.

 

  1.  Easy to work on — not proprietary systems. Some brands of forklifts are difficult for mechanics for non OEM dealers to work on. Or for your own mechanic to work on. Check out if there are service passwords required to access key maintenance information on the forklift.

 

  1.  Built in the region of the world where you are located. If you’re thinking about buying a forklift that has rarely been sold in your country, you’re probably asking for trouble. We’ve seen this countless times with obscure European brands coming to North America, and obscure American brands arriving in Europe. It’s very difficult for manufacturers to support equipment that is rarely sold in your area. Today they might say they have plenty of parts on the shelf, but what happens in 5 or 10 years when you still have the forklift but priorities have changed, parts for your forklift are considered ‘dead stock’ for lack of sales, and no one remembers the promises made to you. Which leads us to our final point.

 

  1.  Lots of forklifts sold—you’re not a buying a unique or rare model of forklift.

 

Why?  We’ve all heard the expression “success breeds success”.  Well, it’s similar with forklifts.  The more of a certain type of forklift that gets sold, the more likely there will be competitively priced aftermarket forklift parts, and the more likely that there will be technicians that can work on your forklift, and the more likely you will have competitive choices when it comes to maintaining your forklift.

 

 

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What’s OEM? What’s original? What’s aftermarket?

Find Common Forklift Parts at Intella Liftparts!

There are many conflicting articles and posts online about original OEM forklift parts and aftermarket forklift parts.  For the record, everything we sell at Intella Liftparts is aftermarket.

But what is aftermarket?   Is it the same as will-fit?  Knock-off?

Let’s get some terms out of the way.  First off, we define aftermarket forklift parts as any forklift part that doesn’t come packaged in an OEM box from an OEM dealer.  Now many OEM dealers will state the party line that all aftermarket parts are bad.  The only problem with that logic when it comes to Intella, is that we buy from many of the same suppliers than forklift manufacturers buy from.  We supply Donaldson filters, Axletech axle parts, Dana transmission parts, Perkins engine parts…you get the picture.    We try to buy parts direct from the same supplier that supplies the OEM.  Most times we can do that–sometimes we cannot.

In the cases we cannot buy from the OEM supplier, we reverse engineer the part.  Our parent company, VanGent Forklift Parts has been in business since 1968 so we quite a bit of experience engineering forklift parts.

forklift parts quality system
Measuring and managing quality

 

We take the original part, make a drawing from it and then from that drawing we manufacture the part.  Our manufacturing division, Inparts BV, often makes many of the machined parts and forklift cylinders which we offer.

Is using aftermarket forklift parts bad?   Sometimes you don’t have a choice.  Sometimes aftermarket forklift parts suppliers can supply a part that even the OEM can no longer supply.  In those cases you don’t have a choice.  But more important than the sticker on the box is the part itself and the company supporting the parts.  You can be assured that we stand behind everything that we sell!

An open secret in the industry is that most of the large OEMs supply aftermarket parts as well as OEM parts.  Toyota’s StarLift program is mostly TotalSource forklift parts.  Hyster’s Unisource program?  Yep, supplied by TVH.  In other words, OEMs act like this:  for parts on our brand forklift, you need to buy our OEM parts .  But if it’s any other brand, feel free to use our competitive parts program.  Which is, um, aftermarket.

 

 

 


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