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Taking the “Boo” Out of Booms

JLG Boom Lift

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

Joey Narrow Aisle in warehouse

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

Clark C60 IC Forklift

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 Named Southwest Texas Clark Forklift Exclusive Authorized Distributor

Clark Material Handling

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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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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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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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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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


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


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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Have You Looked at Section 179?

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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Be Lean and Green this Earth Day

While the world marks Earth Day this Sunday, we ask ourselves: How can we operate as a leaner and greener industry leader ourselves?

Climate changes and ozone depletion have been linked to greenhouse gases emitted by fossil fuel-powered engines, among other causes. Liftmasters has a strong commitment to being an environmentally responsible steward, as well as finding the most cost efficient and productive ways for you to manage your warehouse and material handling applications. Today, electric equipment comes with the punch you need for your toughest jobs, as well as being environmentally friendly and, as an added bonus, healthier to your employees.

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Making The Right Choice: Forklift Attachments

An alternative option to owning multiple types of lift trucks or using a rental forklift for specific tasks is utilizing attachments on the same forklift for a lower cost solution.

Forklift attachments can effect more than you may think regarding your business’ productivity. Having the right attachments can really take your forklifts’ functionality to the next level while also improving operation costs and overall efficiency. However, choosing the right attachments can often be a difficult decision with all of the different options to consider.

With the sheer number of attachments to choose from, how do you know what will work best for your business?
Let Liftmasters help you.

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JLG Aerial Equipment Takes You Higher

JLG Aerial Equipment Takes You Higher

Not sure how to reach those burnt out light bulbs? Or clean lighting fixtures on the ceiling or roofline?

Aerial work platforms are ideal for elevated, hard to reach areas for facility maintenance and construction tasks. So whether its window cleaning or changing lights, aerial work platforms can turn maintenance projects into a one-man job.

Liftmasters has a large on-site inventory of aerial equipment including scissor lifts and boom lifts for rent or lease.

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Warehouse Products For All Your Needs

Warehouse Products For All Your Needs

Part of maintaining a productive warehouse is making sure that all the components within your operations are working efficiently and safely. Liftmasters understands this essential demand and offers the most dependable solutions for warehouse equipment. We offer an extensive line of warehouse equipment from loading dock and safety equipment to racking systems and much more. We even offer an online catalog to provide a one-stop shop for even your smallest warehouse storage or organization need.

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Forklift Financing: Lease, Purchase Or Rent To Own

Pneumatic Tire Forklift

Liftmasters takes pride in offering flexible leasing, rental and purchase options to meet the specific needs of our customers. We understand that it can be a difficult decision process when looking to add to your material handling fleet and we want to help make that course of action a little smoother for you and your account.

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Lift Up Production

Lift Up Production

It’s time to lift up your production with a JLG 1930 aerial lift. Scissor lifts are ideal for exterior and interior applications where more work space, lifting capacity and maneuverability are necessary.

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Dock Plates VS. Dock Boards: Tips To Remember

Dock Plates VS. Dock Boards: Tips To Remember

While dock plates and dock boards look similar and are often interchanged terms, they are not the same thing. Both are dock equipment tools, but they are not made for the same application use. Keep these dock plates vs. dock board tips in mind for your warehouse.

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Komatsu’s BX50 Keeps You Coming Back

Komatsu’s BX50 Keeps You Coming Back

The evolution of the forklift should include rugged yet refined versatility, and Komatsu’s BX50 does just that. Choose a maneuverable cushion tire model for indoor applications or a pneumatic tire model for flexibility and power for outdoor applications. 

Increase productivity and minimize operator fatigue while reducing operating costs and improving work environments with the BX50.

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Improve Forklift Safety & Performance with Keytroller Electronic Safety Devices

Improve Forklift Safety & Performance with Keytroller Electronic Safety Devices

Liftmasters has recently become a Keytroller electronic safety and performance device dealer.

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