Is the Rental Option for Us?

There is a huge variety of lifting equipment out there, from pallet jacks to rough terrain vehicles or telehandlers, how would you determine what you need?

Renting a lift truck is a great way to find out!

Discuss your project needs with the rental company, they will assist you in figuring out what equipment options will work.  This allows you the opportunity to test the lift truck to make sure it will meet the needs of your business.

Other great reasons to rent:

  • A temporary influx in production
  • Your forklift is in the shop for a major repair
  • Seasonal business operations
  • You temporarily need a cost-effective way to get out of the ordinary work done
  • Reduction in overhead business costs
  • Lack of storage space for multiple vehicles when not in use
  • Cost stability for contract jobs

Safety is key! Be sure to let the rental company know what tasks the lift truck is required to perform; this will allow them to provide you with the correct equipment for your project.

Winter’s here… Are your forklifts ready?

As winter progresses, we know it brings ever changing conditions with ice, snow, sleet and bitter cold temperatures. Here are some tips to keep in mind for your forklifts and their operators:

  •           Operator attire – keep your drivers safe, healthy and warm with winter work boots, gloves, hats, and winter safety jackets and pants
  •           Block heater – if you leave your machine outside ensure your block heater works and is plugged in over night and when not in use for long periods of time
  •           Tires – check your tire pressure, make sure it’s adjusted for the temperature change, check the tire grip, consider installing tire chains
  •           Preventative maintenance – check your antifreeze condition and levels and make sure your machines are lubricated
  •           Lights – it gets darker earlier this time of year, ensure your lights are working properly and provide enough light for the operator to maneuver safely
  •           Slow down – use extra caution and be prepared for unexpected black ice
  •           Keep your lots clean and sanded. Reduce the amount of salt you use!

Stay safe this winter!

Guest Article: An Xtremely Big Forklift for Provincial Lift Truck

Canadian forklift sales and rental company, Provincial Lift Truck, Inc., has taken delivery of an Xtreme XR7038 telehandler to meet the requirements of one of their customers in the power generation industry.

The XR7038, that can lift up to 70,000 lbs. (31,750kg) was selected for its incredible lift capacity, which will be used to pick and place sea containers, as well as other applications on the jobsite in Manitoba, Canada.

Whitney Glaubitz, from Provincial Lift Truck, said, “Xtreme Manufacturing has been a great choice for us in the sectors where we have needed telehandlers, and we are excited to be taking delivery of this huge piece of equipment.”

Provincial Lift Truck, Inc. was founded in 2003 by Ron Fritz and Chris Glaubitz, specializing in high quality forklift sales, rentals, service and parts to the material handling industry in the tri-cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge in Ontario, Canada. Today, the company employs more than twenty people and has established customer base in the construction, industrial and agricultural sectors.

The XR7038 was sold to Provincial Lift Trucks, by Ahern Canada sales representative, Tom Bell. At World of Concrete 2018, Don Ahern, accompanied by Tom Bell and Rhett Nickerson, of Ahern Canada, officially handed over the keys to Provincial Lift Trucks, and the lift was delivered shortly after the show.

Thank you so much to Xtreme Manufacturing for this article! Check out the Xtreme Mfg Website here: https://www.xmfg.com/product/telehandlers/ultra-xtreme-capacity-roller-boom/xr7038/

Image From left: Tom Bell, with Chris Glaubitz and Whitney Glaubitz (in cab) of Provincial Lift Trucks, with Don Ahern, and Rhett Nickerson

From the Frame, Up!

A Frame-up Rebuild is exactly what it sounds like; a piece of material handling equipment that has been completely rebuilt from the frame, up. This often times means that a part of the truck has been structurally modified in some way to increase its capacity rating or lift height capabilities.

Much like when renovating a home, the demo of the forklift is the easy and fun part. Everything must go! Once you are down to the frame itself it is checked for structural stability and reinforced. If the lifting capacity is to be changed, a counterweight must be added or modified at this stage. The calculations here must be incredibly accurate for the counterweight as it is used to counter-balance the load the forklift will be lifting in the future. The counterweight is opened and molten lead is poured inside to add to its over-all weight.

Once the counter-weight has been filled and completed all the internal components must be reinstalled. This includes parts and systems like controls, joysticks, axles, fuel system, electronics, transmission and finally engine. Reassembly takes a seasoned and experienced technician. Not only must you ensure that the systems are installed correctly but that you have the expertise to guarantee everything is compliant with regulations and standards. Engineered drawings are a must for any alterations to custom structural parts or alterations to the forklift mast that is to be installed. Each piece along the way must be inspected for structural integrity and safety. The engine, transmission, axles and fuel system are all inspected prior to installation to be sure of working quality and safety.

Next comes the installation of the overhead guard, tires, mast and any other external pieces. Each piece is inspected for safety and quality. New mast fittings and hoses are checked for leaks and cracks as well as to make sure that they aren’t being compromised or pinched. Tires are checked for quality and stability making sure there are no gouges or splits. When everything has been installed, fluids checked and fuel added, the fully rebuilt forklift is started for the first time and sent off for the final step, paint.

Every frame-up rebuilt forklift goes through testing and gets a Safety Inspection prior to shipment. The forks, mast capabilities and capacity are all tested and then a technician does a full 21-point Safety Inspection to ensure it is fully CSA Standard compliant. Once a pass has been completed fuel and fluids are topped up and it’s off to the customer!

Now you have an all new lift truck with all the benefits of its former model. The most significant benefit of this is that you can customize some of the capabilities to meet the unique needs of the job at hand. Often a frame-up rebuild is a cost-effective solution to buying a brand new unit with the same specs. Although it is often a challenging job, you can ensure you are getting exactly what you want in the forklift you are building.

 
 

Provincial Lift Truck Inc. Brings North America’s Largest Capacity Rough Terrain Telehandler to Canada

KITCHENER, Ontario Oct. 27, 2017—Provincial Lift Truck Inc. announced the arrival of North America’s largest capacity rough terrain telehandler to their location in Kitchener, Ont. The telehandler is the first of its kind in Canada, purchased for use in the energy sector in Ontario. The truck will be put into operation late November 2017 for the purpose of moving sea containers at a nuclear facility. This deal signifies solid growth for Provincial Lift Truck Inc. and a first for material handling in Canada.

Provincial Lift Truck Inc. facilitated the purchase of the Xtreme XR7038 rough terrain telehandler from Howell Tractor & Equipment Co. located in Gary, Indiana. Talks for the deal began in early June 2017 and finished up this October. With needs growing in Ontario for specialty, high capacity equipment, this is a sign of strong growth both for the local forklift firm as well as Canadian mining, energy, oil and gas industries. Provincial Lift Truck Inc. has met the demand for such equipment both locally and across the province, providing much needed access to high capacity forklifts and telehandlers.

The Xtreme XR7038 has a rated capacity of 70,000 lbs. (31,750kg) at 48-in. (121.9 cm) load centre and can lift up to a height of 38-ft., 2-in. (11.63m). As an award-winning telehandler, it contains a 300 horsepower Tier-4 Cummins engine, Long Life Boom Rollers and foam filled rough terrain tires designed for tough applications. To meet the unique needs of the customer, Provincial Lift Truck Inc. has specially designed a scale system up to 70,000 lbs. capable of reading up to 10 different attachments. The unit will also be outfitted with a custom winch to be used as a crane and a custom jib, both also designed by Provincial Lift Truck Inc. With continued GDP growth powered by the energy sector in Canada, the demand for high capacity equipment such as the Xtreme XR7038 is expected to increase.

When asked to comment on what the unit’s arrival means for the industry, Chris Glaubitz, President of Provincial Lift Truck Inc. said, “The arrival of a truck like the Xtreme shows the beginning of new opportunities for companies like Provincial Lift Truck. It means that the market for high capacity trucks is evolving and there will be an even greater need in the future for Canada. That is a need we are ready to address.”

Does your racking stand up to the test of time?

Let’s talk racking!

Racking systems are an often unthought of necessity when it comes to your warehouse. We tend to set and forget this vital part of operations and more often than not we miss some very important considerations.
Some systems can be large scale and others can be quite small, but no matter which you have there are 3 main things to account for; racking structural safety, warehouse layout optimization, and budget value. Let’s take a look!

These three factors work in tandem to ensure you are truly getting the most out of your racking, both new and existing systems. You must ensure that your racking in both cases is engineered and maintained for safety in accordance with OHSA standards.

“The OHSA requires the employer to ensure that the equipment it provides is maintained in good condition. Racks must be maintained in good condition by replacing/repairing damaged components of a racking system [OHSA, clause 25(1)(b)].” – Learn more here
https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/sawo/pubs/fs_rackingstorage.php

Safety accordance also includes ensuring there are no obstructions and having adequate lighting. This can be addressed from the start when considering your racking layout.
There are many factors at play when looking to design or install a new racking system, whether it be structural, push back or simple shelving. Your racking specialist will look at key points for safety such as lighting, aisle allowances, height restrictions and the location of fire extinguishers, exits and sprinklers.

Warehouse optimization
They will also optimize your space, ensuring that you get the most out of your racking and warehouse. A balance must be struck between floor space and vertical space usage. It’s their job to make sure you are getting the best possible value based on your needs. This also means creating a system that can house your inventory as well as improve your efficiency, making accessing that inventory easier.
That’s where budget and value come shining through! For new or older racking, ensuring that components are well maintained, up to date and that your racking is working for you means you can get the most for your dollar. Your racking specialist wants to ensure that they can go above and beyond what you expect within your budget. What may seem like a small problem now can result in large, expensive problems down the line. A properly maintained racking system can increase pallet density and reduce labour costs. Even staying on top of minor repairs can save hours of downtime for your business!
Racking Components

Damage caused by forklifts and moving products can lead to structural damage or even a collapse. Structural failures lead to downtime, product loss and even tragic accidents. A good investment in maintenance or proper engineering can save you in the long run. Many companies offer racking assessments that are tailored to help you find existing issues or to help you plan a new racking set-up. A bit of planning and a solid budget can help you address all these things and get the very best value!

Are you wondering how well your structural racking system is holding up? Confused about who to call for a new racking build? A good place to find these answers can be found at the Ontario Labour website. You can also visit our Racking Page to learn what we do and how we can help you!

Mantiou is taking the world by storm!

Manitou MRT2470  

Manitou is a global powerhouse. They have dominated the world market for more than 60 years starting with their creation of the world’s first rough terrain forklift for the construction market. They serve millions of customers globally and their success is evident in the fact that 1 in 3 rotating telehandlers is a Manitou.
June 2017 marks another huge innovation with their launch of the new MRT 2470 and MRT 3050. Manitou has completely re-engineered the MRT 2470 to bring out the world’s highest capacity model of rotating telehandler. It boasts a 15,400 lbs. capacity and lifts 81 feet! What really sets this powerful machine apart is its compactness. There is no jobsite too challenging for these units!

Manitou has also announced their new ME electric forklift and MI industrial forklift lines. We can expect to see their expertise and high-quality equipment breaking into the very competitive warehouse/industrial market over the next year. Competing with companies like Toyota, Komatsu and Mitsubishi, Manitou Forklifts really will be giving them a run for their money.
There will be even bigger and better things to come from Manitou. Their tale of success has been told time and time again in Europe and they have had great expansion into many markets. We will see the same in North America. Despite stiff competition and some established brands here, Manitou will be changing the game and setting new standards across the board. Dedication to customers, safety and quality will lift them to the top of the N.A. material handling market.

Manitou Quick Facts:
1957- the first Manitou Forklift, MC50 created
1971- Manitou becomes international, opening Manitou UK
1985- Manitou Italy opens
1988- the first Manitou agricultural telehandlers are born
1993- Manitou Portugal is established
1995- Manitou opens a subsidiary in Germany
2003- 200,000 machine is manufactured and sold worldwide
2004- Australia welcomes a Manitou subsidiary

Production facilities located in: France, Italy, Brazil, United States, India
Subsidiaries in: Chile, China, Spain, Malaysia, UAE, Germany, India, Italy, Belgium, USA, Poland, Singapore, Australia, Portugal, Brazil, South Africa, Russia, UK, Romania, Latvia

Top three things to consider when buying a forklift

I believe that one of the biggest decisions you can make for your business operational efficiency is whether to purchase material handling equipment and alternatively, what do you actually buy?
Maybe you’ve experiences a complete breakdown of your current equipment, you are fed up with costly service expenses for the unit or maybe you’ve decided that a forklift is what you need to help you out. Whatever your reasons, it’s a pretty major choice to make. Where on earth do you start?
Now don’t get me wrong, you may already know exactly what you want. First ask yourself; is it exactly what you need?

Let’s start with the three major areas I feel you need to consider when it comes to your purchase.

The environment and the job at hand

Assuming you have absolutely no idea of what you need in a forklift let’s consider the job the equipment will be doing and where it will be doing it. Every place has special environmental requirements and they need to be discussed with your sales rep to find the most efficient and effective unit.
When I say environment I mean the actual physical surroundings and conditions the machine will operate in. For example you are a farmer looking for a unit that will work outside and in a barn or you own a large warehouse that requires forklifts for moving freight onto racking. In fact, let’s use these two “customers” as the example.
Joe Farmer owns a dairy farm in North Western Ontario. He has used a small tractor for many years to move hay to and from his barn as well as to clean and remove manure. His trusty old tractor had to be retired and his neighbor told him to call PLT because their sales team really knows their stuff!
Now Joe doesn’t need a masted Hyster electric forklift because that simply will not get any job done based on the environment (the farm). I’m going to suggest a Manitou diesel telehandler for Joe but before I can quote him on a particular model, we need to hit a few more points to narrow it down.
• What are you moving? How much does it weigh?
• How high do you need to lift?
• Will the machine be outdoor or indoor or both?
• What are the ground conditions like? Concrete? Fields and grass? Gravel?
• If it’s going indoors; what are the door height restrictions? Are there narrow aisles

These same questions can be applied for Jim Foreman the warehouse owner who needs to move pallets from a truck onto racking. I would never recommend a Manitou telehandler to Jim because again that just would not work. In fact, I’d be quite bad at my job if I did that!
Even though both of these customers are looking for completely opposite things, the same questions need to be considered before they talk to any sales representative. Understanding your needs will make you an informed buyer.

New vs. used
Obviously every business and business owner comes into the sales situation with a budget number in their head. Sometimes that number works and sometimes it doesn’t. No one wants a lemon when making a large equipment purchase so you have to use a few factors to determine if a new or used unit is what you need and if you can match that up with your budget.

What’s your long term investment and how much does it get used?
Ask yourself how many people will be using the forklift and if they are trained or will need training. If you are purchasing something that will require new training for employees that will add to the overall cost.
Wear and tear is another major point. Don’t get fooled by a “too good to be true” price or a “fixer-upper”. Service costs can add up quickly so much like mileage for a car, you want a used unit with low hours.
A new unit may be the way to go if your budget allows it. Initially it is a higher cost but you have a machine that has come right off the lot. Many brands have really great warranties and parts for repairs are readily available when purchased from a dealer. Brand new generally means a longer life and lower service costs in the long run.

Brand
This particular consideration is very much a personal preference but I definitely think it is important to your purchase. Everyone has brands that they trust and that is the whole idea behind a “brand”. I am not going to get too specific here as I do have a certain bias however I will say that just because you know a name doesn’t mean it is the best choice and vice versa. Do some research, demo a few different brands and see how you feel about their operation. Ask about warranty and parts which can save you money down the line and don’t get distracted by the “bells and whistles” that are offered as extras. Most of all, shop around.
There are tons of great brands with both new and used units on the market so meet some reps and find out which one is the right one for you!

Many considerations
Much like a car purchase, there are many considerations when it comes to buying the right material handling equipment for you and your business. It really comes down to knowing what exactly you need and doing a bit of research. Often we have an idea of what you want but you may be missing a key factor that could be the difference for your business. Consider what you want to accomplish with the equipment, how much you are willing to invest and what a name means to you. Material handling equipment is a worthwhile investment that truly can change the way you do business.

Why we are Manitou

We have been a proud Manitou Forklift dealer for more than 14 years and there is one reason, because Manitou creates the best, top-of-the-line equipment world-wide, hands down.

A bold statement I know, but here is why;

Expertise

Manitou has been around for more than 60 years. The very first model, the MC50 was created as many of the very first forklifts were being built. Not only the company itself, but the machines they create have grown and developed to meet changing demands. Now, Manitou has become a global powerhouse, reaching many markets and countries, trail-blazing in areas such as mining and now industry. They boast a robust world-wide

dealer network, as well as service depots and spare parts facilities. What has helped Manitou grow in so many markets? Reliability and quality from years of experience. Their attention to detail, innovations and the understanding that you must meet the individual needs of every customer. I suspect that Manitou Forklifts will be around for a long time to come.

Innovation

Manitou has always been at the forefront of design, ergonomics and core standards. The science comes from experts in the field applying the latest and greatest technologies to create better products. With the recent announcement of their new electric line of industrial forklifts, they set a new standard when it comes to operator safety, environmental impact and high quality standard features. The ME range will be the Teslas of the forklift industry! From the engine under the hood to the controls, you can expect to find ground breaking design and diagnostics.

Quality

A Manitou is a sound investment. You are not only investing in a piece of equipment you can trust but in a company that makes quality a core concept. Every component is engineered from the ground up and created with durability and long lifespan in mind. Their goal is to make lift trucks and telehandlers that will reduce downtime and increase efficiency as well as set a high standard for service and parts from all dealers. They carry a plethora of attachments and options and their dealer network is impressive. This maintains ease and availability of parts and service across the world. All technicians at every dealership are highly trained, expert individuals that can quickly solve any service issues. Parts are readily available within 48 hours to guarantee a quality experience. To further ensure the quality of your material handling equipment, Manitou has an extensive warranty and extended warranty options. Forecasting, diagnostics and years of experience in every industry means that quality is assured for every piece of equipment manufactured.

I can promise you one thing, we believe in Manitou. A Manitou Masted forklift or Telehandler is a piece of equipment we can stand behind. They have brought years of expertise, tried and tested technologies, innovative designs and concepts and high quality equipment to North America. PLT has had more than 14 years of seeing happy customers using Manitou equipment and with confidence I can say that a Manitou is a purchase you will not regret. For everything that they stand for, we are Manitou.

Telehandlers Attachments: How safe do YOU operate?

Telehandlers are an awesome solution when it comes to construction operations, however you’ve got a lot of things to consider when using attachments to get the job done.

The majority of telehandler accidents occur because of improper load calculations and misreading the load chart. Unlike a typical masted forklift, you also have to consider the arc of the load movement when raising and lowering the boom of a telescopic truck. This has a great effect on the overall forklift capacity at different positions. Then add in the capacity restrictions of various attachments.

Yes, there are a wide variety of attachments and variations and they all add new dynamic factors to the job. However, let’s review two of the most popular and some of the considerations you have to make when using them.

 

Man Baskets

A man basket or personnel platform attachment is a great solution when you don’t have a scissor lift, boom lift or a rough terrain personnel work platform to get the job done. According ANSI Regulations that is really the only time you are supposed to use a man basket and telehandler; when there is no other available solution.

There are some differences when it comes to the overall operation but the most important one is that in a man basket you cannot control the machine from the basket. The operator must remain in the cab while workers are in the basket. With this in mind it is absolutely crucial to establish and maintain an effective means of communication between the operator and the personnel in the basket. Radios, hand signals, a complex mixture of both, whatever works, just be consistent!

Know your load chart!

Seriously, know your load chart. Make sure you understand and actually calculate capacity properly. Man baskets have a significantly lower capacity than forks and the load must be calculated differently than what a standard load chart shows. This is VITAL! Load with forks is typically calculated using a 48 inch cube base and a 24 inch load centre however a man basket or platform is nearly always above and beyond this load centre and is generally constantly in motion. You must factor in the capacity changes at different heights and angles then factor the weight of the platform, the personnel and their tools and supplies. A lot of times the weight alone of those three things will be more than the allowed capacity at a specific height and angle.  A single worker with a tool belt can be more than 300 lbs.! Two guys plus a man basket and additional tools can be more than 1500 lbs. and you are only rated at 1000 lbs. capacity at height. Do the math then the work!

Tipping, toppling and overturning, oh my!

So what if these two guys move to one side of the platform and you are over capacity? Oops! You tipped! How about you are on uneven ground and you didn’t use outriggers and frame levelling? The machine overturned! Or you were driving with personnel in the basket and you hit a bump? Oh dear they toppled out! You have to remember that as the boom is raised it moves the centre of gravity and causes instability. There is also a lot of bounce and play in the boom both during driving and while attempting to change the angle. OHSA Regulations state that you cannot move or drive a forklift with people in the platform. There is a significant reliance on the operator to make the correct judgement when it comes to safety and corrections. Ensure that you have a plan and your workers are trained.

 

Jibs and slings

The same rules generally apply here. You must still ensure that you know and understand the proper load chart for the particular telehandler as well as consider the attachment capacity allowances, arc of movement, and what that jib or sling is rated for. Just don’t forget that swing and long/bulky loads also play a key roll in your material handling success. Always use the right attachment for the materials, don’t use chains or slings hanging off forks to move or lift a load and ensure that you utilize the stabilizers or outriggers so the unit doesn’t tip over.

Here’s what you should know when travelling with a suspended load:

  • Ensure your chains are the right length so the load can be transported as low to the ground as possible
  • Retract the boom as far as possible without interfering with the operation/visibility of the telehandler
  • If visibility is low or obstructed, use a guide and make sure they are visible to the operator
  • Travel low and slow
  • Minimize load swing by going slow and being delicate with the controls
  • When braking or turning- dynamic forces transfer through the boom and decrease stability
  • Follow the manufacturers recommendations for inclines and slopes
  • Be aware and assess your environment- overhead obstructions and wires, wind, ground conditions, path obstructions

So ask yourself…

How safe are you when operating a telescopic boom with an attachment? Do you have a solid plan and the proper training to get the job done?

Telehandlers are versatile machines and many newer models come with a number of safety features and aids but you have to remember that in the end it is down to the operator to make sure that safety is the priority.