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Liftmasters Named Southwest Texas Clark Forklift Exclusive Authorized Distributor

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Liftmasters has a new family member. We have added Clark Material Handling full product-line to our equipment line up. As the newly named southwest Texas distributor for the lift trucks, we now offer original brand manufacturer (OEM) parts and certified technicians to work on the Clark equipment already in the San Antonio, Corpus Christi and the Valley markets. 

Clark forklifts have been leading the industry for over 100 years. Since inventing the first forklift in 1917, Clark now manufactures one of the broadest product lines in the industry with five lift truck classifications and over 550 dealers throughout North America for product support.

Clark offers advanced features and capabilities on all of their equipment. With the wide range of products to choose from – internal combustion, electric, narrow aisle, pallet trucks and more – Clark is sure to make the right equipment for the application. The professionals at Liftmasters can recommend the right Clark lift truck or fleet to increase productivity at your operation.

For more information on the full line of Clark forklifts available at Liftmasters contact us today.

To read the official news announcement, click here. 

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How to Follow OSHA’s Fall Protection Guidelines Without Overburdening Your Business

How to Follow OSHA’s Fall Protection Guidelines Without Overburdening Your Business

As you probably know, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cracked down on fall protection standards in 2016 to try and lessen the ever-growing number of fall hazards, injuries and deaths in the workplace. While this is a great development for workplace safety, many businesses have had a hard time halting their day-to-day operations to dissect these OSHA standards and integrate them into their workplace environment. So, let’s talk about the OSHA standards and how they affect your business.

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Pneumatic Tire Forklifts vs. Cushion Tire Forklifts

Pneumatic Tire Forklifts vs. Cushion Tire Forklifts

It might surprise you to learn that all forklifts are not created equal. Each forklift is built for a specific working environment, and if you don’t know how to choose a forklift that fits your needs, you may have disastrous consequences such as tire blowouts, safety hazards and overall decreased productivity. Most of the differences between forklift types and abilities come down to one thing: the type of tires. And no, it’s not as simple as choosing the right tires for your forklift. Since most forklifts are designed to fit specific tires, the real task is choosing a forklift that will fit your desired tires. If you’re feeling ill-equipped to make this important decision, we’ve got you covered. By helping you to understanding the differences between pneumatic and cushion forklift tires, we can help you to make an informed decision about your future purchases.

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Planned Maintenance Gives Your Operations a Leg Up

Planned Maintenance Gives Your Operations a Leg Up

Every season, homeowners schedule an inspection and maintenance of their home HVAC system.  Every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, car owners schedule oil changes and follow the dealer recommendations for preventative maintenance for their personal vehicles.  Every new school year, parents schedule checkups for their children to make sure that they are growing and healthy and that there nothing is out of the ordinary which would prevent them from performing successfully in school and in sports. 

Such preventative measures are taken in many ways to protect our most valuable assets and investments, so it would only make sense that business owners would do the same to ensure that their forklift fleet and other industrial equipment investments are working at their best.  It’s a no brainer.

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National Forklift Safety Day: COVID-19 Pandemic Edition

National Forklift Safety Day 2020

 

National Forklift Safety Day (NFSD) is no laughing matter; it’s a matter of life or death. The sad truth is that there are far too many people who lack the proper training to operate these powerfully efficient — and extremely dangerous — vehicles, and their actions behind the wheel have serious consequences.

However, in recent months the prospect of leaving one’s home has also become a daunting ordeal. You might be wondering, “how are we supposed to gather to educate ourselves on the 7th anniversary of such an important event if we can hardly leave our own homes?” It’s true, gathering in public — even to go to the grocery store — has become just as much a matter of life or death as forklift safety. But fear not, dear reader; forklift safety awareness is still possible in our technological age, even if leaving our homes suddenly isn’t.

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Stand Up For Workplace Safety With Forklift And Aerial Training

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Your new material handling equipment operators have watched a video on how to safely operate forklifts and aerial equipment. Someone in your organization has asked them questions to make sure they thoroughly understood the material. Now you are ready to hand them the keys and let them get to work, right?

Not so fast! This may have been acceptable many years ago, but it isn’t anymore. For one thing, it’s illegal and could have you facing some hefty fines. More importantly, it puts forklift and aerial equipment operators, other employees and visitors at risk. It’s not worth it!

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Making Your Forklift More Valuable With Attachments

It’s okay to go to a party with just a bag of chips, but what happens when you bring that bag of chips plus some good salsa. You’ve just instantly made the bag of chips a more valuable commodity!

The same principle applies to your forklift equipment. We all know how much work your forklift puts in at your material handling facility or distribution center. You may be congratulating yourself on purchasing, leasing or renting that forklift. You can actually see the benefits: more productivity, increased efficiency, less workman comp claims and a better bottom line. But are you getting the most out of your forklift fleet? Are you making it a more valuable commodity?

Best practices call for using your forklift in the smartest manner possible. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to make use of proper forklift attachments to get the job done. Sure, in many cases, you can ask your operators and your forklifts to attempt to complete a task without the proper forklift attachment, but you’ll most likely soon realize that you are decreasing productivity and efficiency – and quite possibly increasing injuries. 

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Do I Really Have to Do a Daily Forklift Checklist?

The short answer is yes! OSHA legally requires you to do a daily walk around before putting your forklift into service – every day and every shift change for 24-hour operations. But really, even though it’s required by law to perform this action, that’s not the most important reason to make this part of your daily routine without fail.

Yes, you can get in trouble for not doing it. But more importantly, it can cost you much more in terms of safety and equipment uptime when you or your employees don’t do a routine check of your equipment.

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Three Things to Know About the New Komatsu FH-2 Forklift Series

If you are a Komatsu material handling fan, then you already know Komatsu’s reputation for building rugged, durable and reliable forklifts with groundbreaking technology designed to save you money through lower cost of operation and less downtime. Komatsu’s FH series forklifts are popular worldwide for these values and now Komatsu has released its Tier 4 final FH-2 forklift, powered with the promise of providing the highest in strength, safety and robust features you’ve come to appreciate.

Called “construction strong,” the FH-2 series forklift operates with Komatsu’s tier 2 final engine and comes in six capacities – 8,000 lbs., 9,000 lbs., 10,000 lbs., 11,000 lbs., 15,400 lbs. and 18,000 lbs. Komatsu FH-2 series forklifts are designed to perform in all types of weather, in fast-moving and high-throughput operations and facilities that need maneuvering skills with quick loading and unloading speeds. Let’s take a look at some of the FH-2 series advantages.

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Two Things To Know About Warehouse Organization

Has your company made a list of resolutions to celebrate the New Year? Successful companies, of course, have their projected goals and finances mapped out well in advance of Jan. 1 – but is making sure you know the ABC’s on your list? We aren’t talking about the alphabet. We are talking about a proven method for materials management using the ABC analysis to help manage inventory. And, of course, understanding how products move in and out of your warehouse or distribution center is critical, as is using the best form of shelving and racking to facilitate that movement.

Let’s touch briefly on the ABC’s and then talk about how Liftmasters has many years of experience setting up racking and shelving that makes your warehouse more efficient and productive. Reviewing your ABC practices should be done at least annually to allow for corrections and updates.

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Ho,Ho,Ho. It’s Time For Big Joe!

Are you in a business that experiences seasonal upticks? For many in the retail and distribution center business, November and December are times of increased movement. At S&L Liftmasters, we have holiday solutions to help you save time and money, as well as employee injury, with our line of Big Joe equipment. As your demands grow, let us show you how Big Joe can provide new ways to increase productivity and efficiency, while helping to maximize your employees.

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Beat The Heat: Summer Forklift Service Preparations

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Business owners and managers are tasked with taking measures to help protect their employees from brutal summertime heat. While summer time temperatures can affect the way employees work, likewise is the same with the equipment they are operating. So while its important make sure that your employees have cold water and other measures are in place to make sure they capable of getting the job done it is also important to have measures in place to keep your forklifts operating efficiently.

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National Forklift Safety Day Promotes Safety First Every Day

 

At S&L Liftmasters, we believe in a culture of safety first, safety every day. We are proud to celebrate and support the 6th annual National Forklift Safety Day, sponsored by the Industrial Truck Association, on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.

National Forklift Safety Day brings awareness to the troubling fact that we still see roughly 20,000 workers injured in forklift accidents every year in the United States. Some of these injuries result in fatalities. Bringing awareness to forklift safety has helped the numbers go down, but it’s still vital to always keep safety – and proper training - as a priority. As an owner/operator of forklifts, you want to make sure that everybody goes home healthy at the end of their shift.

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Liftmasters Linde Lift Truck Lineup Linde High Performance Lift Truck Product Overview

Liftmasters has been your go to source for quality industrial forklifts in and around central Texas for decades. And as a provider of quality forklifts, we want to give you an overview of the latest lineup of Linde lift trucks. Known for German engineering and manufacturing, Linde equipment is synonymous with quality. That’s been true in the past and is still true today.

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More Than Just Heavy Duty - Komatsu Lift Trucks For Every Need

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Here at S&L Liftmasters, we know that not everyone needs the heavy duty lifting capacity of the FH Series. That’s why we offer a wide range and variety of Komatsu forklifts to meet your specific needs. Application use differs for most end users and we want to make sure you’re getting the right equipment fit for your needs right now, while also looking toward the future.

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Flexible Warehouse Solutions Designed For Your Unique Needs

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San Antonio area S&L Liftmasters has the pallet racks, resources and know-how to help you maximize your warehouse space and increase your productivity and safety. Liftmasters warehouse systems specialists can design and install a custom plan to improve your operations and increase your ROI.

At Liftmasters, we know that your warehouse needs more than just racks. We are dedicated to making sure your entire facility is organized, efficient and safe. That's why we offer a one-stop shop for a wide variety of warehouse products, including shelving, dock equipment and workshop equipment, to help you create the safest, most productive work environment for your entire facility. Let Liftmasters show you how to streamline your workflow with a fully integrated, engineered warehouse system designed for your specific application needs.

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Have You Looked at Section 179?

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Whether you are planning to buy or lease new or used equipment in 2018, the Section 179 tax deduction brings plenty to the table to help you save money. And it’s not super complicated to understand: You can deduct the full purchase price for buying or leasing a piece of new or used qualifying equipment – up to $1,000,000 (yes, that’s one million dollars!).

The Section 179 deduction is an incentive to encourage qualifying businesses to buy (or lease) equipment, thereby improving the economy, as well as themselves. Section 179 is used by businesses of all sizes, but small-and medium-sized companies are realizing much-needed tax relief.

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Your Dock Parts and Equipment

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Your overall warehouse efficiency and safety plays a large part in how you maximize your day-to-day operations. Your dock equipment, whether mechanical, hydraulic, powered and/or air powered, needs to be an important factor in how you control and optimize dock parts and warehouse solutions.

As your trusted material handling partner in San Antonio and South Texas, S&L Liftmasters provides dock equipment that is durable, long lasting, and easy to install and maintain. Well performing and maintained dock equipment may not be the first thing your customers and employees notice, but when it is in bad repair or malfunctioning, it sends a clear message that decision makers are not placing a high priority on taking care of assets and possibly even safety.

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Yes, We Have Your Pallet Rack Storage Solutions

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At S&L Liftmasters, we’ve perfected solutions for material handling and warehouse storage needs for San Antonio and surrounding areas. With our experience, we know what you need to prosper and we generally have it in stock in our large, local warehouse or you can order online from our catalog here. Our pallet racks cover many types of warehouse applications.

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Take A Look At The New Komatsu FH Series Forklifts

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While Komatsu is already the world’s second largest producer of construction equipment, the new Komatsu FH Series forklifts are making a huge impact in many other applications, as well.

S&L Liftmasters is proud to be a Komatsu dealer, a company known for reliability, quality and excellence. The new Komatsu FH Series diesel forklifts offer many advantages over conventionally-designed forklifts, including a 30% reduction in fuel costs when compared to current models.

Currently, there are four models in the Kotmatsu FH Series to choose from: FH35 (8,000 lb.), FH40 (9,000 lb.), FH45 (10,000 lb.) and FH50 (11,000 lb.). All models have a load center of 24 inches.

Let’s take a hard look at some of the advantages of Komatsu’s new FH series forklifts.

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