Forklifts & Warehouse Equipment in St Louis

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St. Charles, MO 63301

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Forklifts, Industrial Equipment & Warehouse Supply in St Louis, MO

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We provide sales, installation, service, and repair for the critical equipment in most warehouses.

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About Us

Benco Industrial Equipment has proudly served the material handling needs of customers in the St. Louis Metro Area and throughout the Midwest for over 10 years.

Whether you’re looking for equipment for your newly purchased warehouse or you’re looking to replace aging warehouse supplies, Benco Industrial Equipment can help. We are the best source for forklift service, repair, sales and leasing in St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson County, and the surrounding areas!

We also provide MacroAir fans, warehouse doors and docks, warehouse racks & racking, floor sweepers, and more!

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We respond in minutes, not days, to assure our customers always have the material handling equipment they need to keep their warehouses running smooth. Our staff are experienced in handling all sorts of industrial equipment issues, from forklift repair to installing new warehouse doors, so no matter your need, our team of industrial equipment experts can help.

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Knowing When to Conduct Forklift Maintenance

The key to getting the most out of your forklift and maximizing its lifespan is to keep up with regular preventative maintenance. Remember when you bought your first car and a stern older relative informed you that keeping up with your oil changes and tire rotations would save you money and help you avoid costly repairs? The same is true for the forklifts in your warehouse. Unfortunately, there’s much less common wisdom—i.e. “Change your oil every 3,000 miles”—for forklifts than there is for cars. So what do you need to do? And when do you need to do it? First and foremost, you should know that OSHA has put together an official guide to forklift vehicle maintenance. It may take a little while to read. In the meantime, here are a few tips to get you started.

Daily Checks

One of the most important OSHA requirements is to inspect each forklift daily before it’s used in order to ensure that it’s safe for operation. A daily checklist will help you make sure that all of the essential items are looked over.
  1. Fluid Levels – Fuel, water, and hydraulic fluid should all be at the right levels to ensure smooth operation.
  2. Tires – Check the pressure and the condition of your forklift tires to maximize safety and comfort.
  3. Safety Equipment – Are the seatbelts working? What about the overhead and finger guards?
  4. Brakes – Always make sure that your brakes are in good working order.
  5. Forks – Carefully inspect the forks for proper operation, and for any damage. Failing to notice issues here could impact your ability to safely move items in the warehouse.

Maintenance Schedule

Daily checks will help you notice warning signs before they become serious issues. But periodically, more extensive maintenance is required. You’ll want to set a regular maintenance schedule. When developing that schedule, there are several factors to consider.

Recommended Guidelines

Check the recommended guidelines for the type of forklift you have—internal combustion, propane, electric—and for the brand of forklift. Typically, these guidelines will be available from the manufacturer, as is the case with Hyundai forklifts.

Age of the Fleet

For older forklifts, you’ll want to make your maintenance intervals closer together in order to keep on top of issues that may be developing.

Size of the Fleet

This is another constraint that will determine how much risk you can take on. If you’ve got a large fleet with some redundancy built in, you can spread maintenance out a bit more. If you’ve got exactly as many forklifts as you need, you can’t afford to have one go down. In that case, you’ll want to be sure you stay on top of your forklift maintenance with frequent inspections.

Trusted Forklift Repair

Here at Benco Industrial Equipment in St. Charles, MO, we pride ourselves on providing comprehensive forklift repair and maintenance services. We can also help you develop a maintenance schedule that works for your forklift fleet and your business. Our job is to make sure you never miss a beat. Call us today at 636-486-1693 or 888-946-8236 for reliable forklift repair in the St. Louis Metro Area and throughout the Midwest. Christmas is around the corner and the best gift for any occasion is a Rubik's Cube that you can easily solve with this cube puzzle tutorial.

Keeping Your Warehouse Dock Secure

When someone is on the outside of your business looking in, what message is your warehouse sending? You want your business to be inviting to your clients, but you don’t want someone who would do your business harm to see a target of opportunity. A secure warehouse dock means a safer business, safer assets, and — most importantly — safer employees. If you’re a St. Louis area business trying to secure your warehouse, Benco Industrial Equipment is here to help.

How to Secure Your Loading Dock

Securing your warehouse doors and docks drops your chances of theft, accidents, injuries, and shrink. That means a safer workplace, but it has a spillover into other aspects of your business as well. Construction costs can be written off as part of your CODB, while your insurance company is also likely to look favorably upon your efforts and price your policy accordingly. Here are some starting steps.

Inspect Your Perimeter

There’s a lot that goes on around your loading dock that contributes to safety and security. That includes barriers — like fencing and bollards — to restrict unwanted access, restraints for trailers (necessary for OSHA compliance), and well-maintained components like dock levelers.

Keep it Clean

Safety goes hand-in-hand with security. Keeping the loading dock area clean and dry helps to prevent slips, falls, and other accidents that could dampen morale and lead to increased workers comp costs.

Install Ventilation

High volume low speed fans, or specially-designed warehouse doors that provide warehouse ventilation aren’t just about keeping cool. They’ll help keep you safe. In the summertime when your dock heats up, you won’t have to keep the doors wide open just to keep your employees from sweltering.

Know Industry-Specific Requirements

Whether it’s OSHA, FAST (Free and Secure Trade Program), or any number of other entities specific to the industry, their guidelines can be a valuable source of intel on securing your premises. Reach out when you have questions — they will often offer assistance, and may even be able to point you toward grants and other resources that make it easier to harden your facility.

Go High-Tech

You can’t be on-site 24/7/365, and not every business has the resources and payroll to hire a security guard to patrol and secure the premises during your off-hours. A bit of well-chosen and properly deployed technology in the form of surveillance, monitored security, and electronic access controls goes a long way toward keeping your dock area secured.

Know Your Neighbors

It’s not uncommon for SMBs to have their warehouses as part of a larger complex with multiple tenants. This poses certain challenges from a security standpoint, but it also presents an opportunity. Look out for one another. Pool resources and coordinate security plans so that you’re sharing the load.

Ask for Help

Each business has something it does very well. It’s likely that you know your product, and know more about logistics than most people. However, it’s not uncommon for business owners to have a blind spot around security, so it’s always a good idea to get an assist from outside companies, whether it’s loading dock maintenance or a comprehensive security audit.  

St. Louis Industrial Equipment and Services

We know our way around warehouses and loading docks. We proudly install warehouse doors by ThermoMark and Wayne-Dalton, and we’re always on call for warehouse door and dock problems for businesses throughout the St. Louis area. Whether you need sales, maintenance, warehouse design services, or anything else that keeps your warehouse humming along, contact Benco Industrial Equipment today!

5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Forklift Tires

Tires are a crucial component of any vehicle that drives, but they play a special role in forklifts. That’s because, unlike other vehicles, forklifts don’t have a suspension system. In your car, the suspension system absorbs the bulk of the impacts and irregularities from the road, as well as the weight of whatever you’re carrying, protecting both you and your vehicle. The difference between a smooth ride and a jarring one is the quality of your suspension. But when it comes to forklifts, that lack of a suspension system means all that work goes to the tires. They absorb the shock and impact of every bump in the warehouse floor and are often supporting several thousand pounds at a time. Making sure your forklift tires are in good working order is paramount to worker comfort and safety, not to mention the life of your forklift. Pushing tires beyond their lifespan puts your equipment at risk, and by extension your workers. So what signs can you rely on to let you know when it’s time for new tires?

Wear Line

The wear line is the tire manufacturer’s way of letting you know when it’s time to change out the tires. As tires wear down, they lose rubber. Eventually, that loss of rubber reveals a brightly colored wear line. Past that point, the lack of rubber impacts tire reliability, so be sure to heed the warning and retire your worn tire. Chunking Chunking refers to the instance when pieces or “chunks”—of a forklift tire are falling off. You’ll find these chunks lying around your warehouse, or you’ll notice the pieces missing when you inspect your forklift tires. These missing pieces cause the tires to become uneven, which can cause the forklift to rattle as it drives, making it unstable. Another safety hazard? Those chunks lying around turn into debris that can trip up workers and equipment.

Flat Spots

Flat spots also affect the stability of your forklift. It’s common knowledge that tires should be round. If they’re not, you’ve got a problem. Frequent sharp turns while carrying heavy loads can contribute to the creation of flat spots. If the tires are spun during acceleration, this can also cause flat spots to form. Like chunking, these spots contribute to a bumpy ride and affect the stability of the forklift.

Tearing or Cracking

Like chunking, tears or cracks are an indication that the integrity of your tires is breaking down. Sometimes, these tears are caused by age. In other cases, running up against a piece of machinery may have caused a tear. Regardless of the cause, once tire integrity has been compromised, it’s time for a replacement.

Balding

Take note of the tread on your forklift tires when they’re new. When tread depth decreases by two inches or more, or if bald spots form, your tires have outlived their usefulness.   Benco Industrial Equipment is a proud forklift dealer here in St. Charles, MO. Our expert forklift repair team is here to provide repair or refurbishment services to keep your forklift running and your warehouse moving. And if you’re in the market for a new forklift, you can look to our selection of reliable Hyundai forklifts. Give us a call today at 636-486-1693 or 888-946-8236 for more information, or shoot us an email at info@bencoindustrial.com.
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