After Market & Brand Name Forklift Tires, Forks, and all
If you plan on owning a forklift for the long term, then
maintaining it and repairing it will eventually require you to
acquire forklift parts to add to your forklift or replace parts
that are no longer functional.
There is a huge selection of forklift items from specialized nuts
& bolts to forklift attachments. For some jobs, a forklift
must be customized to complete it. Other times, a forklift
experiences wear and tear, and the owner must replace the old
parts with new ones.
- Hydraulic lines
- Steering Axle
Common Forklift Parts
Forklift carriage bars assist in the loading process. Carriages
include load rollers, which are guaranteed lubricated for a
lifetime. Replacing this part can cost as low as 40% less the
cost of the O.E.M. version. There are many different carriage
bars available, the most popular brands being Toyota, Mitsubishi,
Nissan, TCM, and Komatsu. Specifications for the common carriage
bar include classes II, III, and IV; upper and lower bars; a
thickness of 1.25" to 2"; and a width up to 72".
Replacement forks for forklifts come in taper, full taper,
polished and chiseled point forks from ITA classes I to IV.
Over time your forklift's transmission can undergo wear and tear,
collect oil and dust, rust, and crack, which is why it needs to
be periodically maintained and eventually replaced. Replacing a
transmission can be expensive, but it is usually always best to
purchase a transmission by the forklift's original manufacturer
to ensure a right fit and proper functionality. Substitute
transmissions are fine too as long as its design fits, it is
assembled with top quality craftsmanship, and each piece is
pressure washed and oven cleaned. This process of build ensures
the integrity of the forklift transmission and prevents long time
wear, tear, and cracking.
Forklift steer axles attach to the wheels and steer the forklift
in the direction that the operator wants to drive to. Like the
transmission, it is a complex and important part of the forklift,
so when replacing one, make sure you're getting one that has been
cleaned in a hot tank and pressured washed inside and out. You
want to make sure that the steer axle is in proper working
condition, and inspected to meet the highest O.E.M. specification
standards. Items you may want to ask about to make sure it is in
your steer axle are king pins, tie rod ends, bearings, center
pins, seals, shims and bushings. These items are important
because they ensure the integrity of the steering axle.
Like all other parts, water pumps can either be purchased as a
new or used part. However, when replacing your old water pump, it
is usually best to replace it with a new one, but some buyers are
fine with purchasing old water pumps, because they work just as
well. Water pumps inject fluid into the hydraulics, allowing the
forklift to carry heavy loads. Well maintained water pumps are
disassembled and cleaned inside and out, and inspected to be on
par with manufacturer specifications. Make sure to purchase the
water pump from a trusted reseller, and check for any leaks and
proper lubrication, as these will be important for the proper
functionality of the hydraulics.
Alternators play a part in power output to life heavy loads.
Replacing an alternator is like replacing any other important
piece of your forklift. You must make sure you get a good quality
alternator, so it doesn't fail on you when you're doing some
heavy lifting, otherwise the consequences could be dangerous.
Replacing an alternator follows all the same rules as replacing
the transmission or steer axle, which is purchasing an alternator
from a trusted reseller of forklift parts, making sure that any
used alternators are cleaned inside and out and inspected up to
manufacturer standards, and that the starters are thoroughly
tested under full voltage and for amperage output. For an
important item like the alternator, a trusted reseller would
usually provide you with a 90 day warranty, which will give you
the confidence that they are selling quality forklift parts.
The "heart" of any vehicle, the engine is the most important part
to take careful consideration on. Replacing an old, worn out
engine may not be necessary since it is made from so many other
parts. You may sometimes even need to replace a part within the
engine to get it working again. However, in the case you do want
to replace your engine with a new or used one, then the first
thing to look for is that your new engine is O.E.M. certified or
inspected and guaranteed that it meets manufacturer specification
Some tests that you may want to ask is if the engine has been
tested to run for at least 1/2 an hour at each major R.P.M. and
checked for leaks, oil pressure, noises, and vacuum. Also, if
you're purchasing a used engine, purchase one where all the
smaller parts have been replaced, such as with all new pistons,
rings, gaskets, spark plugs, bears and seals. The engine will be
your biggest replacement and purchase when shopping for a
forklift part, so it is your duty to spend the most time and
scrutiny on this item.
These are the typical forklift parts. There is no set standard
when it comes to forklift parts, however, because of the many
different brands of forklifts and engineering put into their
design. For situations as such, it is handy to know of a
trustworthy, quality, one-stop forklift shop where you can pick
up any forklift part for almost any brand at your
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The problem with forklift parts is that there is such a multitude of different parts and for different brands that you may end up taking a whole day trying to find the right part for your forklift. Below are some tips that will facilitate your search and also let you know what to watch out for before purchasing a used or refurbished forklift part.
Forklift Parts in the U.S.