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Where do I find my Caterpillar forklift’s serial number?

Note: This page is for Caterpillar and Mitsubishi forklifts only. To find a serial number for a forklift of a different brand, click here for our other guides.

 

The most direct way to find your Caterpillar forklift’s serial number is to check the forklift’s nameplate (also called a data tag). This helpful little label includes lots of various details about your lift–its model, its weight, its lifting capacity, and more. Most importantly, the nameplate also displays the forklift’s serial number. On a Caterpillar forklift, the nameplate looks like the image to the left and is often found near the dashboard, like in the image to the right:

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Caterpillar is also associated with the Mitsubishi brand, so if you have a Mitsubishi forklift, the nameplate may look something like this:Caterpillar forklift's serial number

Checking the nameplate is the quickest and easiest method of discerning the serial number of your forklift. But what if the nameplate wears down or has fallen off? You’re not out of luck just yet. Sometimes, a Caterpillar forklift’s serial number can be found physically stamped on its frame. Below is a list of different models of Caterpillar forklifts and some diagrams showing where their serial numbers can be found.

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Models and serial numbers

In general, a Caterpillar forklift’s serial number is stamped on the chassis frame above the right-hand front wheel. For certain models that are represented by diagrams, see the highlighted portions of the figures below.

 

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For models GP40K, GP40KL, GP45K, GP50K, DP40K, DP40KL, DP45K, and DP50K, see Fig. 1.

For models P30001, P35001, PC40001, P40001, P50001, P55001, P60001, P65001, and P70001, see Fig. 2.

 

Note: This list is a work in progress. Check back later for more Caterpillar/Mitsubishi models!

 

For your convenience we also offer a Cat Forklift Parts Manual where you can search by your Caterpillar Forklift’s Model Number.


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Forklift industry merger and acquisition history

From the very start, the forklift industry has been riddled with various mergers, buyouts, collaborations, and acquisitions. This can make it confusing to keep track of OEMs when ownership of a forklift brand is constantly changing. Check out this timeline of the history of the major manufacturers in the forklift industry to help you make sense of your products.

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The 1800s

  • 1868, Yale: Yale Lock Manufacturing Co. (USA) is formed, later becoming Yale and Towne Manufacturing Co.
  • 1890, Caterpillar: Caterpillar (USA) is founded by Benjamin Holt and Daniel Best.
  • 1896, Doosan: The Doosan Group (South Korea) is founded.
  • 1898, Baker: Baker Motor Vehicle Co. (USA) is founded to build electric cars. Soon, Baker increases its product line to include electric load trucks.

1900 – 1920

  • linde forklift1901, Allis-Chalmers: The Allis-Chalmers Company (USA) is founded.
  • 1903, Allis-Chalmers: Allis-Chalmers acquires the Bullock Electric Company.
  • 1907, Linde: The Linde Air Products Company (Germany) is established.
  • 1915 Lewis-Shepard is established in Watertown, Massachusetts
  • 1917, Komatsu: Komatsu Iron Works (Japan) is established, later becoming Komatsu Ltd. In 1921.
  • 1919, Clark: Clark Tructractor Company (USA) is established as a division of the Clark Equipment Company.
  • 1919, Towmotor: Towmotor Corporation (USA) is founded.

1920 – 1940

  • 1920s, Hyster: Hyster’s (USA) parent companies, Electric Steel Foundry and Willamette Iron & Steel Works, are established.
  • 1920, Mitsubishi: Shibaura Works of Ohte-Shokai K.K. is established as a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., which eventually becomes Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (Japan).
  • 1922, Raymond: Raymond Corporation (USA) is formed.
  • 1926, Toyota:  Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, Ltd. (now Toyota Industries Corporation) started building automatic looms.
  • 1929, Linde: Linde takes over Güldner-Motoren-Gesellschaft, a German engine and tractor manufacturer.
  • 1930s, Yale: Yale acquires BKS forklifts in Germany.
  • 1930, Raymond.  Raymond builds first material handling product under Lyon name.
  • 1934, Hyster: Electric Steel Foundry and Willamette Iron & Steel Works have combined into Willamette Hyster Company and an early straddle-carrier forklift model is produced.

1940 – 1960

  • 1942, CESAB: CESAB (Italy) is founded.
  • 1943, Cascade: Cascade Manufacturing Co. (USA) is founded.
  • 1944, Hyster: Willamette Hyster Company is renamed Hyster Company.
  • 1945, Crown: Crown Equipment Corporation (USA) is founded.
  • 1946, BT: BT Forklifts (Sweden) is founded.
  • 1947, Hyundai: The Hyundai Group (South Korea) is founded.
  • 1949, TCM: Toyo Carriers Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Japan) is founded.
  • 1950, Prime-Mover: The Prime-Mover Company (USA) is founded by the Home-O-Nize Company of Iowa.
  • 1952, Komatsu: Komatsu acquires Ikegai Automobile Manufacturing Co. and Chuetsu Electro Chemical Co.
  • 1952, Mitsubishi: Mitsubishi is renamed Mitsubishi Nippon Heavy-Industries, Ltd.
  • 1953, Jungheinrich: Establishment of H. Jungheinrich & Co. Maschinenfabrik (Germany).
  • 1953, Allis-Chalmers: Allis-Chalmers acquires the Buda Engine Co., adding diesel engines to its product line.
  • 1956, Toyota: Toyota Motor Corporation (Japan) introduces its first forklift model, the LA 1-ton truck.
  • 1956, Towmotor: Towmotor acquires Gerlinger Carrier Company.
  • 1957, Nissan: The first Nissan (Japan) forklift is produced.
  • 1958, Heli:  Anhui Heli (China) is established

1960 – 1980


  • yale forklift1960s, Doosan:
    Korea Machinery Co., Ltd. begins importing forklifts as part of a national machinery expansion project.
  • 1962, Halla: Hyundai International Inc. is founded.
  • 1963, Yale: Yale merges with Eaton Manufacturing.
  • 1963, Towmotor: Towmotor acquires Ohio Gear Company.
  • 1965, Caterpillar, Towmotor: Towmotor becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Tractor Company.
  • 1968, Hyster acquires Lewis-Shepard (USA Mass.)
  • 1976, TCM: TCM America (MBK), Inc. is established.
  • 1976, Doosan: Korea Machinery merges into Daewoo Heavy Industries Ltd.
  • 1977, Baker, Linde: Linde acquires Baker Material Handling Corporation.  Baker Forklift parts are now known as Linde forklift parts.
  • 1978, Halla: Hyundai International Inc. is rebranded as the Halla Group (South Korea).

1980 – 2000

  • 1980s, Allis-Chalmers: Allis-Chalmers begins selling off some of its subsidiaries in the face of rapid economic change.
  • 1980, Hoist: Forklift Exchange is founded in the suburbs of Chicago, IL.
  • 1983, Hyster: Hyster closes Portland OR manufacturing plant
  • 1984, Hyster: Hyster Company is acquired by ESCO Corporation.
  • 1984, Linde: Linde acquires Fenwick, the largest French lift truck manufacturer.
  • 1985, Yale: Yale is acquired by NACCO Industries, Inc., and Yale Materials Handling Corporation is established.
  • 1985, Komatsu: Komatsu America Manufacturing Corp. and Komatsu America Industries LLC are both established in the U.S.
  • 1986, Cascade: Cascade forms a joint venture with Xiamen Forklift Company of China (Xiamen-Cascade Corp., Ltd.).
  • 1988, Toyota: Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, Inc. (TIEM) is established in Indiana as a joint venture with Toyota Motor Corporation.
  • 1988, TCM: TCM Manufacturing USA, Inc. is founded.
  • 1988, Kalmar: Kalmar takes over Allis Chalmers forklift activities effectively ending Allis Chalmers brand name in forklift industry.
  • 1988, Prime-Mover: Prime-Mover is acquired by BT Industries AB of Sweden.
  • hyster forklift1989, Hyster: Hyster Company is acquired by NACCO Industries, Inc.
  • 1989, Linde: Linde acquires Lansing Bagnall, a British forklift manufacturer.
  • 1992, Yale: Yale Europe Materials Handling is established.
  • 1992, Caterpillar, Mitsubishi: Caterpillar and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries together form Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America, Inc. (MCFA).
  • 1993, Nissan: Nissan Forklift Corporation North America is established.
  • 1993, Komatsu: Komatsu Cummins Engine Co., Ltd. and Cummins Komatsu Engine Company are established in Japan and the U.S., respectively.
  • 1994, Hyster, Yale: NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc. (NMHG) is established.
  • 1994, Hoist: Forklift Exchange acquires Silent Hoist and Crane, a Brooklyn-based company. It is rebranded as Hoist Liftruck Manufacturing, Inc. (USA).
  • 1994, Jungheinrich.  Jungheinrich takes over UK based Boss group.
  • 1995, Toyota: Toyota Industrial Equipment, S.A. (TIESA) is established in France as a joint venture with Toyota Motor Corporation and Manitou B.F.
  • 1997, BT, Raymond: Raymond Corp. is acquired by BT Industries AB for $353 million, and BT Raymond is established.
  • 1997, Halla: Halla collapses under the pressure of the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis.
  • 1998, Clark: Clark Material Handling Company acquires the Samsung Fork Lift Company of Korea.
  • 1998, Allis-Chalmers: The remaining Allis-Chalmers manufacturing companies are divested.
  • 1998, Combilift:  Combilift started in Ireland
  • 1999, Kalmar-AC:  Kalmar sells the  former Allis Chalmers business unit it acquired in 1988 to Komatsu.  Kalmar remains a big lift truck/reach stacker specialist.  Komatsu attempts to market units under Tusk brand name but eventually discontinues Tusk in 2010.

2000 – present day

 

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This information was gathered from the histories published on the websites of the various companies included on the timeline. Supporting information was also found through news sites, like those linked in some of the information above.

 

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Caterpillar forklift fluid specs

Q: What lubricants do I use in my Caterpillar forklift?

A: It depends. Using the wrong lubricating fluids on your forklift can damage the truck and put the truck’s operator in danger. Check below for the correct forklift fluid specs for P3000 and P8000 models of Caterpillar trucks.

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Cat forklift model P3000 P4000 P5000 P6000 P7000 fluid specs

•  gasoline engine = SAE5w-30; API classification SJ and abovemotor oil Intella Liftparts forklift fluid specs

 diesel engine = SAE5w-30; API classification CF and above

 transfer and differential oil = SAE80 (below 14°F) or SAE90 (14°F and above); API classification GL-4 or GL-5

•  powershift transmission oil = Dexron II

•  hydraulic oil = ISO VG32

•  brake oil = FMVSS No.116-DOT3 or DOT4 or SAE J1703

•  wheel bearing grease = NLGI No.2 grade multipurpose (lithium base); consistency of 265-295

•  chassis grease = NLGI No.1 grade multipurpose type (lithium base); consistency of 310-340

•  antifreeze = long life coolant (non-amine)

Cat forklift model P8000 P9000 P10000 P12000 fluid specs

•  gasoline engine = SAE5w-30, API classification SJ and above

•  diesel engine = SAE5w-30; API classification CF and above

•  transfer and differential oil = SAE80W (below 14°F) or SAE90 (14°F and above); API classification GL4 or GL5

•  powershift transmission oil = Dexron II

•  hydraulic oil = ISO VG32

•  wheel bearing grease = NLGI No.2 grade multipurpose (lithium base); consistency of 271

 chassis grease = NLGI No.1 grade multipurpose type (lithium base); consistency of 315


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How much does your forklift weigh?

How much does your forklift weigh? It’s important to know the weight of your forklift when transporting it, driving it on trailers, moving it in an elevator, or using it in multi-story buildings. You don’t want your forklift to drop through the floor, causing thousands of dollars of damage and injuring workers!

 

The service weight of a forklift is different than its lift capacity.  Service weight refers to the actual weight of the forklift, including its battery and any attachments it has.  The best place to find the service weight of a forklift is on the forklift’s data tag.  Alternatively, you can search forklift manufacturer websites for product specification pages, but the truck’s data tag is typically preferred over this option. In addition, an industry rule of thumb is that the service weight of the forklift will generally be 1.5 to 2 times the lifting capacity of the forklift.  For example, if your forklift can lift 5,000 pounds, generally the weight of the forklift will be somewhere between 7,500 and 10,000 pounds.  But remember, this is simply a rough standard, and manufacturer information or the forklift’s data tag should always be prioritized.

 

See below for the weight of some of the most common models of the most widely-used forklift brands. The downloadable table lists the weight in pounds of Hyster, Komatsu, Crown, Toyota, Caterpillar, Yale, Clark, and Nissan forklift models. For starters, here are the weights of the most common models from these manufacturers.

 

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Q: How much does a Hyster H50FT forklift weigh?

A: 8,924 lbs.  (with NL; 3-stage, 189″ mast height)

 

Q: How much does a Komatsu FG18HT-20 forklift weigh?

A: 6,340 lbs. (2-stage, standard mast)

 

Q: How much does a Crown 4520-30 forklift weigh?

A: 5,974 lbs. (standard truck w/o battery)

 

Q: How much does a Toyota 8FGCU25 forklift weigh?

A: 8,000 lbs. (2 stage, 131.5” mast height)

 

Q: How much does a Caterpillar C5000 forklift weigh?

A:  8,157 lbs. (standard truck, empty)

 

Q: How much does a Yale GLC050 forklift weigh?

A: 9,016 lbs. (standard estimate)

 

Q: How much does a Clark CMP25 forklift weigh?

A: 8,254 lbs. (standard)

 

Download a PDF of the full table here: forklift weights by Intella Liftparts


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How to clear Caterpillar and Mitsubishi forklift error codes

Q: How do I clear Caterpillar and Mitsubishi forklift error codes?

A: Clearing codes for Caterpillar and Mitsubishi forklifts is a very precise process. It helps to be familiar with these steps before attempting to clear forklift codes. It is also suggested that you use a stopwatch to time yourself accurately, as many steps require precise amounts of time before proceeding to following steps. The diagram shown is meant to present these steps visually.    Be patient–even seasoned Caterpillar and Mitsubishi forklift mechanics get tripped up at times on these procedures!

Having trouble with error codes from another brand? Check out these other helpful links:

 


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1. Start the stopwatch and turn the forklift key switch on simultaneously. Do not press the accelerator.

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2. Wait 3 seconds, then press the forklift accelerator five times in
succession, ending the set of five with the pedal released.  You need to do this within 5 seconds–if pushing the accelerator five times in a row takes longer than 5 seconds you risk never clearing the codes.

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3. Wait 7 seconds, then press and hold the accelerator for 10 seconds or more until the malfunction indication light starts flashing.

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4. Immediately release the accelerator pedal. This starts a self-diagnostic test, and the dashboard display will show one or more blinking forklift DTC codes.

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5. Leave the pedal released for 10 seconds or more.

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6. Press and hold the accelerator for 10 seconds or more. Doing so erases the results of the self-diagnostic test, successfully clearing the forklift codes. Only the current hour meter will be displayed on the dashboard; no codes should be present.

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7. Release the pedal and turn the key switch off.

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8. Restart the forklift’s engine and make sure operation of the forklift is normal.

 

Important note!  Any service code related to the pedals themselves (such as brake light switches, etc) will never be cleared by this procedure.  The only way to resolve those codes is with the dealer provided service software.

 


 

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