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!
Too Much Servicing
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.
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!
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.
Important Points When Choosing a Brand
Here are what we, forklift parts experts, consider the top areas to consider when evaluating one forklift brand over another.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Aftermarket vs. OEM
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.
We take the original part, make a drawing from it and then from that drawing we manufacture the part. We often make 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!
The Open Secret
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.
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!