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How do you figure out what forklift part to order?

At Intella, a common question we receive is “how do I figure out what part number to order?”  Fortunately at Intella we have a huge library of forklift parts manuals from a variety of different forklift brands and models.

Forklift parts manuals
Parts and service manuals

 

Our parent company VanGent Forklift Parts has been in business since the late 1960s.  They’ve been collecting parts manuals for forklifts for many decades from brands such as Hyster, Yale, Toyota, Caterpillar, Komatsu, Taylor, Nissan, Komatsu, Kalmar, and most others.  Paper manuals are pretty difficult to maintain, however, so fortunately we’ve scanned all of our paper manuals to electronic copies.

 

If you need a part and you don’t have a part number, first you need to find the model and serial number of your forklift.  Typically a forklift will have a data tag / serial number plate somewhere near the dashboard of the forklift.  It will typically have the make, model, and serial number of the forklift stamped.

forklift serial number tag
Mitsubishi forklift serial number plate

To figure out what part number to order, we need model AND serial number.  No other information will help us like the model and serial number.  The color of the forklift really isn’t too helpful either, it’s really the model and serial number which is most helpful.

 

Once you provide the forklift model and serial number, it’s useful to know that there are two different types of parts manuals supplied by forklift manufacturers:

 

Specific forklift part number manuals:  Like the name implies, these manuals are real straight forward.  They provide pictures of assemblies, descriptions of parts, and the actual part number of the part.  Forklift manufacturers such as Cat, Hyster, Yale (modern era), Crown, Komatsu, and Nissan have parts manuals like this.

 

Group number forklift parts manuals:  At some point along the way, certain forklift manufacturers realized they really didn’t want end users shopping around for parts.  They’d prefer end users to simply rely on the OEM dealer and they’d like the end user to be a little in the dark.  For this reason they created group number manuals.  A group number forklift parts manual does not show unique part numbers in the manual.  The manual shows pictures, descriptions of parts, but then instead of showing a part number, it will show a group number.

 

A group number is simply a numerical value assigned to a particular part type.  In Clark, for example, group number 02.242 is ALWAYS an air filter element.  In each group number manual, the air filter element will show 02.242 next to it.  You’ll assume this is a part number and try to search for it…but alas, that’s only a group number and really doesn’t help–you need the serial number with it.

 

Clark and Toyota utilize group number manuals.  Yale Materials Handling used a system like this before they merged with Hyster.  But most Yale forklifts in the market today will not use group number manuals.

Either way, Intella Liftparts can help if you don’t have an OEM forklift part number. Simply provide us the model and serial number and we can help figure out what you need. To check out our Nissan forklift parts catalog click here.

Often customers will wonder why the exact serial number is needed when ordering parts for their forklift.  The simple answer is that often forklifts are ordered with custom options.  Take forklift radiators for example.  You can have the same model Hyster forklift, built during the same month with the same engine and one customer ordered the forklift with an open core radiator and the next customer ordered with a standard forklift radiator.  In that case, ordering by serial number would be the only way to get the right parts!

 

 

 


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See Intella at Promat 2015

We’ll have a booth again at Promat…and it’ll be bigger and way more awesome than our last booth.  We’re at booth 4207, right near the front, real close to the Jungheinrich, er, I mean MCFA booth.

Promat will be held inbooth 2015 promat Chicago at McCormick place on  March 23 through March 26

 

People ask us why we attend Promat.  For us it’s pretty simple.  Promat is the largest event in our industry, with over 40,000 attendees, nearly 2000 forklift dealer personnel, and hundreds of exhibitors.  There is no other event in our industry that attracts that sort of audience.

Anyone wanting to get new ideas on anything related to material handling should attend this show!

 


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Common questions on the blue forklift light

Note: Buy the forklift blue light online now!

 

We get a ton of questions on the blue forklift safety light, our BlueSpot®.  Here are some common questions along with answers:

What makes your blue light better than others?

– It’s UL listed (most are not).  If you operate a UL listed forklift and install a non-UL listed accessory you will void the UL rating of your forklift

– Stainless steel hardware

– Integrated wire harness (no custom AMP connectors required)

– Polycarbonate lens – suitable for food manufacturing environments

– IP 67 rated – suitable for wet environments

– metal case (compare to others with plastic case)

– beefy, heavy duty 2.3 pound construction

What voltages are offered?  Our part number 01291296 comes in 9 through 96 volts DC.

 

SIS forklift radar

 

How do you wire the Blue spot into the forklift?

You can wire the lamp into a rear work light circuit or strobe circuit.  Depends if you want the lamp to always be on or only in reverse.    Customers have told us that they pigtail into existing reverse/tail lights on forklifts.    The amp draw a VERY low 0.52 amp @ 12 volts.  (it’s an LED light!)

 Does the light stay on only in reverse?

This really depends how you connect the light to the forklift.  We recommend that the lamp automatically turns on whenever the key switch is on.  It’s sure to attract attention if the forklift is going forward or backwards.   We recommend that a professional forklift mechanic install the blue spot.

What other colors are available? 

We offer blue and red versions.

How bright is the beam of light?  The blue spot has an effective lumen rating of 33 lumens.  It’s designed to be a bright blue spot even in the brightest factory–white lights on a white floor, for example.

How far does the BlueSpot® shine?

BlueSpot® can be angled in a bunch of different positions.  On most forklifts, the blue spot around 7-8 feet behind the forklift.  The distance depends on the angle mounted.

How do you mount the blue spot to the lift truck?

They are usually mounted on the overhead guard.  Many forklifts have holes pre-drilled in the overhead guard for work lights, you can use one of those holes.

Is there a pulse setting so it can flash a bit?  No, it just projects the beam on the ground for people to see.


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Impco stuff you probably never knew

Impco is a manufacturer of fuel system components for alternative fuels like LPG/propane gas.  You’ll find Impco in a variety of forklift brands like Hyster, Clark, Yale, Cat, and many others.

The most popular Impco regulator is a model J.  Here’s a picture of it below.

model J
Impco model J

We offer a few different versions of the model J

Model JB The B stands for blue spring.  This is by far the most common model J regulator.  The blue spring offers negative 0.37 kPa (1.5 inches w.c.)  The Impco model JB diaphragm is made of hydrin and is suitable for most applications.

Model JB-2 is similiar to the JB–only difference is that the diaphragm is made of silicone and is suitable for cold climates.

We offer a generic model JB which has a primer button.    Some old models of forklifts still have a primer button on the LP regulator and we’re one of the few online that offer this version.

 

SIS forklift radar

 

REBUILDING MODEL J REGULATORS:

You can repair and rebuild model J regulators using repair kits made of hydrin or silicone.    There’s no limit to how many times you can rebuild a model J regulator.

COBRA

Impco developed the next version of regulator after the model J and called it the model K.  Impco but quickly changed the name to COBRA after learning that the US trademark office would not trademark an alphabetic letter.    The COBRA will work perfectly in place of a model J.  COBRA will work for a model J application but model J should not be used for a COBRA application.

We offer COBRA repair kits and yes you can rebuild COBRA units as many times as you wish.

COMMON QUESTION:  My forklift came with a model JO.  Can I use a model JB or JB-2?    Yes–as long as you understand the difference between hydrin and silicone there’s no problem.

 


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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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Shipping options from Intella Liftparts, Inc.

For most of our orders, we ship FedEx.  FedEx generally has the latest pickup here and they offer the best level of service throughout the United States.  If you are shipping to a residential address, FedEx Home delivers on Saturdays but not Monday.  That helps if you need a part for Saturday–there’s no extra charge.

We can ship on your account as well.  If you prefer that we use DHL or UPS, please supply that information when you place your order and we’ll use your account.

 

If you need forklift parts quicker than ground service, we can ship any air freight method–2nd day air, 3rd day, next day, priority one, and so on.  We’ll get you your forklift parts quick!

 

SIS forklift radar

 


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