PennWest and Material Handling Industry News

What is Forklift Free Lift?

If you’ve ever wondered what forklift free lift is, you’re not alone!

Free lift is the maximum height you can raise the forks without changing the mast height. There are two instances where this typically happens: when the inner mast rails extends past the outer mast rails or when the load backrest or carriage exceeds the height of the outer mast rails. It is important to understand forklift free lift, especially if you are stacking or unstacking in confined spaces such as trailers, containers, and racking systems. These applications have height restrictions and might cause product or equipment and possible safety concerns for operators or nearby pedestrians. There are two types of free lift a forklift can have: limited free lift or full free lift.

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Limited Free Lift

When a forklift has limited free lift, it means that the inner mast rails will extend […]

5 Ways to Maximize Your Material Handling in the Summer Months

It’s the start of the summer – the busy, hot, productive season. During these 3 -4 months its important to pay attention to the health and safety of your material handlers; from your human operators to the equipment doing the heavy lifting. A great production and output month can easily be undone by an equipment breakdown or an operator accident or loss of valuable product. I spoke with the experts at PennWest, who gave me a run down on the top 5 ways that you can maximize your business in the summer.

Top 5 Ways to Maximize Your Material Handling in the Summer Months

  1. Get your Operators trained – Not all forklifts operate the same way, and with new hires during the busy season, it’s easy to overlook the very basic training […]

Industrial Battery Watering Methods and Best Practices

The battery for your electric lift truck is designed to give you power for 5 years and even longer.

The maintenance is easy if you have the proper knowledge. Flooded Lead Acid batteries are still the most reliable and most environmentally friendly power sources available. Your battery is almost 100% recyclable. Lead and Copper go to secondary smelters. Plastic is recycled and even the acid is separated and refined to later be used in fertilizers, cleaners, and purifiers in alkalia based materials.

Your battery has a Life Cycle. The life cycle is based on usage (Energy Out) and Charge (Energy In). One discharge and subsequent complete charge constitutes one cycle. Therefore, if you fully discharge and recharge your battery every day the life cycle of your battery is approx. 5 years. (1,500 Cycles / 300 working days a year. Every situation varies and the 1,500 cycle measurement is not absolute. Once 1,200 to 1,500 cycles […]

PennWest Industrial Trucks Wins Top Honors from Toyota Material Handling

Mt. Pleasant, PA – [April 8, 2019] – Toyota Material Handling (TMH) announced PennWest Industrial Trucks is a recipient of the annual President’s Award which recognizes the top Toyota forklift dealers in North America. The revered award recognizes the top dealers who perform at the highest level in parts, service, equipment sales, customer satisfaction and overall operations. Out of the seventy-five Toyota forklift dealerships in North America, PennWest was one of fifteen dealerships to win this top honor.

PennWest owner Mark Gaier and his wife, Libby, pose with the President’s Award next to Toyota’s signature orange forklift.

The winners, announced at Toyota’s Annual Dealer Meeting last month, will celebrate together on a Toyota-sponsored trip to Prague and Vienna in May.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award from Toyota and I am very proud of my […]

KION North America Corporation honors PennWest Industrial Trucks with “Palmetto Award” and “100 Club.”

Tuesday March 12, 2019

PennWest Industrial Trucks recently earned two top dealer awards from KION North America Corporation. KION North America awarded top dealers based on 2018 performance at its 2019 Dealer Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina last week. The 2019 Dealer Meeting gave dealers the opportunity to be the first in the industry to see the new full line of warehouse equipment that Linde Material Handling will release in North America.

PennWest Industrial Trucks: Pictured from left to right: Mark Gaier, Rich Bevington, Scott Bennington, G.R. ClemencePictured from left to right: Mark Gaier, Rich Bevington, Scott Bennington, G.R. Clemence

PennWest Industrial Trucks, LLC dealer Principal and Owner, Mark Gaier, attended the KION North America dealer meeting. PennWest was one of only 17 dealerships to receive the prestigious Palmetto Award for meeting their annual market plan goals. For context, there are currently […]

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