Daily Power Pallet Truck Checks Guide

In order to keep our customers happy and help keep their power pallet trucks in top condition, Locators Ltd has created the below video tutorial.

If you do have any questions regarding Manitou checks please do not hesitate to call one of our friendly team members on 01202 854 200.

00:00 - Introduction
 So we’ve gone over the basic daily checks of forklift trucks fitted with masts on. This, obviously is a powered pallet truck. Umm, so again it’s a powered piece of equipment that still requires the daily check. One thing to know is all the equipment that we supply at Locators – and most suppliers and manufacturers will do this – has a daily check, sort-of crib sheet on the back of the truck. But obviously, that’s no good for actually recording the fact that you’ve done it. So you need some sort of physical sheet or if you have a telematics system on the truck that will keep a record of the truck having been checked.
00:33 - Tiller Arm
Okay, like you do on a rider seated forklift truck, you should check the controls are working properly. So on this machine (loud noise), you’ve got lift and you’ve got lower – sorry if it was a little bit loud. Horn (horn noise). Check the horn. Check the drives working in each direction. That the tiller arm’s okay. And also – quite importantly – all pedestrian equipment that has a tiller arm on it will have what we call like a bump button basically – to stop you from getting crushed. So just check that. Normally stand to the side. Drive into your hand and make sure that the truck pushes itself away from you and that that’s functioning properly.
01:05 - Wheels
So like you would do on a forklift truck. Lift the legs up. Check the wheels and the wheel assemblies. Make sure there aren’t any cracks or damage and make sure – importantly – that you don’t have any shrink wrap or banding caught around here that’s going to work its way into the bearings and damage the wheels.
01:20 - Back Wheels
But again with the forks raised, you can see through to the caster wheels at the back of the truck and the drive wheel in the centre. Again, check those quickly. Make sure there isn’t any obvious damage and you no shrink-wrap and banding caught around it.
01:31 - Lithium Battery
This power pallet truck is fitted with a Toyota lithium-ion battery. So, there’s no maintenance to be carried out or any topping. These batteries are designed to be opportunity charged so you’d treat them in exactly the opposite way that you would to a lead-acid battery (CAPTION: Locators offer a battery topping and maintenance service with all lead-acid batteries). Erm – but again – open the lid up, check there isn’t any damage to any of the cabling. This truck has a built-in charger so it plugs straight into a three-pin plug on the wall. Umm, if you see any physical damage or anything like that, then call your service people.
01:57 - Final Check
Okay so final things to do with a forklift truck, just check around the outside of the truck and chassis, make sure that there isn’t any damage. Err, and if you’re happy with everything then you’re good to go.
02:08 - Thanks for Watching
Thank you for watching. If you have any questions, please refer to the operator’s manual for the machine or contact us at Locators.
00:00 - Introduction

So we’ve gone over the basic daily checks of forklift trucks fitted with masts on. This, obviously is a powered pallet truck. Umm, so again it’s a powered piece of equipment that still requires the daily check. One thing to know is all the equipment that we supply at Locators – and most suppliers and manufacturers will do this – has a daily check, sort-of crib sheet on the back of the truck. But obviously, that’s no good for actually recording the fact that you’ve done it. So you need some sort of physical sheet or if you have a telematics system on the truck that will keep a record of the truck having been checked.
00:33 - Tiller Arm

Okay, like you do on a rider seated forklift truck, you should check the controls are working properly. So on this machine (loud noise), you’ve got lift and you’ve got lower – sorry if it was a little bit loud. Horn (horn noise). Check the horn. Check the drives working in each direction. That the tiller arm’s okay. And also – quite importantly – all pedestrian equipment that has a tiller arm on it will have what we call like a bump button basically – to stop you from getting crushed. So just check that. Normally stand to the side. Drive into your hand and make sure that the truck pushes itself away from you and that that’s functioning properly.
01:05 - Wheels

So like you would do on a forklift truck. Lift the legs up. Check the wheels and the wheel assemblies. Make sure there aren’t any cracks or damage and make sure – importantly – that you don’t have any shrink wrap or banding caught around here that’s going to work its way into the bearings and damage the wheels.
01:20 - Back Wheels

But again with the forks raised, you can see through to the caster wheels at the back of the truck and the drive wheel in the centre. Again, check those quickly. Make sure there isn’t any obvious damage and you no shrink-wrap and banding caught around it.
01:31 - Lithium Battery

This power pallet truck is fitted with a Toyota lithium-ion battery. So, there’s no maintenance to be carried out or any topping. These batteries are designed to be opportunity charged so you’d treat them in exactly the opposite way that you would to a lead-acid battery (CAPTION: Locators offer a battery topping and maintenance service with all lead-acid batteries). Erm – but again – open the lid up, check there isn’t any damage to any of the cabling. This truck has a built-in charger so it plugs straight into a three-pin plug on the wall. Umm, if you see any physical damage or anything like that, then call your service people.
01:57 - Final Check


Okay so final things to do with a forklift truck, just check around the outside of the truck and chassis, make sure that there isn’t any damage. Err, and if you’re happy with everything then you’re good to go.

02:08 - Thanks for Watching
Thank you for watching. If you have any questions, please refer to the operator’s manual for the machine or contact us at Locators.

What our clients say

We are very pleased with the change from an engine to an electric fleet. The trucks have been well received by our operators as they are comfortable and quiet to drive and give excellent protection from the elements. We even have the option and flexibility to use spare batteries and a simple battery change system if we ever want to work back to back shifts in the future. Locators also design, supply and install all types of racking and storage systems. They reconfigured the CooperVision warehouse for narrow aisle operation which increases the storage density and pallet locations. Locators supplied Aisle-Master articulated forklifts to work in this area.

Coopervision, Hamble

We have worked with Locators for nearly 20 years. We are confident they can always make the best use of the space we have available and provide us with forklifts that are well suited for the long loads and other stock we have to move.

Colin Macgregor
Director, Y Goldberg

Every time we look at an application, Locators approach it like a blank canvas and always recommend the best equipment for our business. Locators have proved themselves as a very reliable and proactive service provider by keeping our trucks working and our fleet costs as low as possible.

Adam Conrad
Group Transport Manager for Covers

Being able to work with one supplier for storage and materials handling has been a benefit to us. Locators managed the complete installation and ensured the correct materials handling equipment was specified for their design. They also service and maintain all of the equipment they have supplied and offer a rack inspection service to make sure our warehouse remains a safe working environment. We are very happy with our new facility and we believe we have made the best use of the available space.

Marc Congdon
Engineering Manager, Costa

We purchased our first Toyota forklift from Locators 14 years ago for our farm. This truck has been very reliable and is still in service so we had no hesitation in deciding to purchase another Toyota machine. Locators recommended an electric forklift for our machinery depot as it is very quiet, has low running costs and does not create any pollution, making it ideal for working both inside and outside. Our operators are very pleased with our new Toyota truck and our business is very happy to be operating a forklift that has such a low impact on the environment.

Ed Smales
Director, NFFM

Locators installed the new racking system within a tight timeframe while our business was fully operational. They have provided us with a facility that has a similar storage capacity and reduced the size of our forklift fleet allowing us to lease one building instead of two. We are very happy with the outcome.

Paul Bickell
Nippon Express

Locators gave us the benefit of working with just one supplier for all of the storage and materials handling requirements of this project. By mixing 3 and 4 wheel trucks from the same model range, we have gained extra pallet locations and have the option to battery change between them and work multi-shift in the future. I was initially sceptical that electric trucks could replace LPG, but I am very pleased with the successful outcome of this project.

Mark Davis
Logistics Supervisor for Hall & Woodhouse brewery

It is a great benefit to us that we have a single source supplier who understands the needs of our business. This saves us time, improves efficiency and ultimately reduces cost.

Richard Horrocks
Smurfitt Kappa