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When to Replace Forklift Chains?

As a forklift chains supplier, Yorkshire’s YB Components know how important they are for safe and efficient fork truck work. It is the forklift chains that support the entire load during the lifting action, and thus they can be very dangerous if allowed to gather too much wear and tear.

The danger of a snapping chain under a heavy load is clear for all to see and hopefully avoid, but the general health of the chain is also important for working efficiently. Without forklift chains in good working condition, the fork truck’s handling of loads is less efficient and productive, which causes more wear and tear on the forks.  

Maintaining your forklift chains in good condition is therefore strongly advised, and replacing them when the wear starts to show is the best way to keep everyone in the work area safe while maximising the productivity of your forklift truck.

Of course, you will need to know what signs to look for that your fork truck’s chains are worn, so here is a quick guide to help you identify the right time to contact your forklift chains supplier in Yorkshire for replacements.

Chains Noisier Than Usual

If your chains sound noisier than usual then it is likely down to wear and tear. The kind of noise associated with worn chains will be a clicking or slapping sound while the mast is being moved. That sound indicates that the pins are getting stuck.

Rust Marks on the Chain

Rust on your forklift chains absolutely means it is time to replace them. The rust weakens metal and thus makes it much more likely to snap under a heavy load. Don’t take any chances, even if the rust spots are small.

Chains Slacking on One Side

If the chain is slacker on one side then you may have some wear and tear to be dealt with. First check to see if you can adjust the chain tension to be more even, but it is probably time to get new fork truck chains from Yorkshire’s YB Components.

Forks Dragging on the Ground

If the forks of the truck are dragging on the ground, it means the chain has lost its original tension and needs to be replaced. You should do this quickly as being dragged along the ground will put a lot of wear and tear on the forks very quickly.

Excessive Elongation

Chains should be replaced if they have suffered 2% or more elongation. You can use a chain wear indicator to measure the amount of elongation of the chain. If the indicator states the chain has less than 2% elongation, then the chain is still good. When it gets to 2% elongation, then it is time to order a replacement from your forklift chains supplier in Yorkshire. Also note that should you find your chains at 3% elongation or more, then you should avoid using the forklift truck until a replacement chain is fitted.

If you require fork truck chains in Yorkshire or anywhere else around the UK and the rest of the world, then contact YB Components who are the UK’s leading forklift chains supplier in Yorkshire. We keep local stocks of all such parts and more ready to ship out fast and free.