Three types of service report inspections are recommended by CSA's B335 "Safety standard for lift trucks". All inspections should be done by a trained, qualified maintenance technician.
- A planned maintenance inspection which should be done according to the manufacturer's recommended interval. If there are no recommendations, conduct the inspection approximately every 200 hours.
- An annual planned maintenance inspection which should occur approximately every 2000 hours, or annually, whichever comes first.
- A lifting capacity inspection which is carried out to determine whether the lift truck is capable of handling the maximum load specified on the nameplate. This inspection shall be done before the lift truck being used for the first time, each time the lift truck is acquired by a new owner, and as often as recommended by the manufacturer, but no less than once per year.
Other tips include:
- Check the bolts holding the counterweight to the body and replace any worn or missing bolts.
- Inspect by magnetic particle testing the main mast welds and forks annually or when cracks appear.
- Inspect by magnetic particle testing all hoses, couplings, fittings and connections to the cylinders in the main mast assembly and the tilt control system.
- Inspect forks for distorted, twisted or bent sections. If defects are found, test the area of concern.
- Determine if the forklift can handle the maximum recommended load limit.