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Taking the “Boo” Out of Booms

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As we prepare for all the little ghosts and goblins of Halloween, it’s a good time to talk about the “boo” in boom equipment. We can think of a couple of things people might find scary about material handling and distribution center warehouse boom equipment: heights and price! With proper training and planning, however, those things will become a little less frightening. One of the reasons we are proud to partner with award-winning JLG aerial equipment is because we trust this company to produce the best and safest equipment with the highest ROI.

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We’ve Got Narrow Aisle Solutions For You

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At S&L Liftmasters, our number one focus is customer satisfaction and our line of products reflects that mission. We want you to find the material handling product you need when you need it. You’ll find that as San Antonio’s oldest locally-owned material handling specialist, we’ve learned a few things about providing top-of-the-line material handling and warehouse distribution equipment and accessories.

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When A Heavy-Duty Forklift Is The Right Answer

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One of the most important items on your checklist for any job big or small is to have the right tools. Knowing what those tools are comes with experience and knowledge. You’ll likely not have to tackle too many jobs with the wrong tools, since it’s a quick study to learn how much more effort, time and money you’ll save when you choose the right tools. Deciding what kind of forklift to use for your company’s jobs depends on exactly what you will be asking that forklift to do. If your application calls for moving tonnage instead of poundage, you will need a heavy-duty forklift. At Liftmasters, we partner with Komatsu and Clark for your heavy-duty forklift needs. We believe these companies offer world-class options to answer your material handling application challenges.

As you know, forklifts come in a wide variety of capacity sizes. How can you know what size forklift you need and what forklift will handle your requirements? If your typical job deals with loads that weigh tons instead of pounds, a heavy-duty forklift will save time, increase productivity and efficiency and give you a better ROI. At Liftmasters, we have knowledgeable material handling professionals who will be happy to give you guidance on choosing the right forklift for your job. Let’s dive into some of the reasons why we like Komatsu and Clark for heavy-duty applications.

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Liftmasters Proudly Supports National Forklift Safety Day

We Support National Forklift Safety Day

Register now for June 8th Free Webinar

National Forklift Safety Day is a great to time learn about the importance of forklift safety and how to reduce industrial truck accidents.

Forklift accidents are more widespread than most people realize. In the United Sates there are nearly 22 non-fatal forklift accidents daily with fatalities averaging around 100 annually. Safety must be the number one priority in your business.

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Top Reasons to Use a Forklift Caliper

Why Use a Caliper on Your Forklift

If you don’t already know what a forklift caliper is, you’re going to want to hop on this bandwagon. These small tools have such a wide range of utilities, and it’s almost unbelievable that so many essential jobs can be fulfilled using them. At the end of the day, a forklift caliper is essential to maintaining the efficiency and the safety of your forks.

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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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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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