PennWest and Material Handling Industry News

Forklift Batteries: What to do on Day 1

Receiving the Battery:

Upon receiving the battery inspect the battery immediately for any signs of damage that might have occurred while in transit.  Look for broken or missing blocking boards that keep it upright and prevent it from shifting on the pallet.  Broken or missing boards may indicate that the battery may have tipped over and a closer inspection should be performed.  Wet spots on the top and the sides of the battery generally indicate that the battery has been tipped over and there may be some electrolyte loss and internal damage.  Any damage or electrolyte loss should only be corrected by a qualified battery repair person.  Contact your servicing dealer as soon as possible.


Upon receiving the battery make sure that if there is evidence that the battery was damaged in transit be sure to make note of it on the shipping papers.  Keep in mind that if you sign the papers receiving […]

Forklift Planned Maintenance: Top 3 Reasons

Your forklift works hard, and you should want to keep it working hard for as long as it can. This is why planned maintenance can be so important. Planned maintenance (PM) isn’t just for the forklift, it’s for you! When you use PM for your forklift, there are many benefits. Just to be sure, I asked some of our Toyota Certified Technicians.

  • Planned maintenance helps prevent avoidable breakdowns!
    • When you are regularly scheduling maintenance for your forklift, it may lead to early detection of a potential maintenance need, offering peace of mind.  PM makes sure that you are getting that inspection and catching potential problems. It is better to catch these small issues with a PM program than it is to catch them after they have already become a larger issue.
  • Planned maintenance actually saves you money!
    • One of the most expensive costs associated with owning a forklift is downtime. When you’re forklifts not working, that takes […]

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 […]

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