Monthly Archives: October 2021

Average Lifespan of a Forklift

Forklifts, and any heavy equipment for that matter, are a pricey investment. We want to get the most for our money, and want machinery that will last for years to come. So, what is the average lifespan of a forklift?

How Old is My Forklift?

A forklift’s lifespan is measured by hours of use, not years. The industry measures forklift lifespans in hours because every business utilizes their machines at different rates.

For example- if you are wanting to purchase a used forklift from, say a Hugg & Hall salesmen, which would you rather purchase:

A 1-year-old forklift from a prominent local warehouse company that ran its forklift 8 hours per day, seven days per week. (Approximately 2,912 hours total) OR

A forklift from a family owned business that utilized their forklift 12 hours per month for five years. (720 hours total)

This is why we look at machinery in terms of hours instead of actual physical age. The stress on a forklift’s lift mass and the process of constantly lifting and lowering equipment is what causes most machines to break down over time, not so much any parts wearing from age.

How Long Should I Expect My Forklift to Last?

The average lifespan of a forklift is 10,000 hours. This may vary depending on the manufacturer, brands like Doosan and Toyota typically have longer lifespans of 15,000-20,000 hours. When your forklift starts sounding like the junkyard will be its new home soon, a refurb program may save the day! Your forklift will receive a through inspection based on its history and needs. To utilize Hugg & Hall’s refurb program, contact your local PSSR!

Employee Spotlight: Dusty Newell

Let us introduce you to one of our Utility Services Field Technicians, Dusty Newell! 

Where were you born and raised? 

I was born in Rogers, AR and moved just down the road to Bentonville, AR.

Where did you go to school/college?

I graduated from Bentonville High School then attended Northwest Technical Institute.

How long have you been with Hugg & Hall?

I started with Hugg & Hall in February of this year.

What does a day in the life of a Field Technician look like?

In a typical day my workload varies between utility services equipment and any help our rental department needs. I spend a lot of my time problem solving and finding the best course of action to take

The best part, or your favorite thing, about working for Hugg & Hall?

There is a very wide range of work here, I enjoy coming into a different situation everyday, and the very generous group of coworkers I have. (Swell group of old guys)

Do you have a favorite memory of your time here at Hugg & Hall?

The time Chris T laughed so hard his drink came out of his nose.

What do you like to do in your free time?

When I’m not working I enjoy going to the gym and playing golf.

What is an interesting or random fact about you people may not know?

I have all ten fingers and toes. 

Tell us your favorite quote and what it means to you.

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – don’t be  scared of attempting something because you’re worried of failure, be confident. I think of this quote every time I Ether an engine, the thought of it running like a scalded cat gets me going. I don’t think about the potential of locking the engine up or throwing a rod. 😊

Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety- Fire Prevention Week

 

Fire Prevention Week is observed during the week in which October 9th falls and was first proclaimed in 1925 by President Calvin Coolidge. Knowing the right time to change the batteries in your smoke or carbon monoxide (CO) detector can save your life! 

What if someone in my home is deaf or hard of hearing?

There are smoke detectors and alert devices that alert people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These devices include strobe lights that flash to alert people when the smoke detector sounds. Other items such a pillow or bed shakers designed to work with your smoke detector can be purchased and installed. For more information on this topic, visit the National Fire Protection Association website.

Is there a beep or chirp coming from your smoke or CO detector?

A chirping alarm ( one chirp every 30-60 seconds) means the battery needs to be replaced. If the detector continues to chirp after you’ve replaced the battery, then it’s time to replace your detector! 

Did you know, smoke detectors should be tested monthly and replaced every 10 years!

What do the beeps/chirps mean?

Three (3) loud beeps means it has detected smoke or fire.

Four (4) loud beeps means it has detected carbon monoxide.

If you hear beeping- get out to safety and call 911!

To learn more about Fire Prevention Week visit firepreventionweek.org or the National Fire Protection Association website.