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Jacking up a Forklift?


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Old 01-31-2013, 05:27:09 PM
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Default Jacking up a Forklift?

I traded in the old Clark forklift for a newer forklift last fall, got to use the new forklift 3 times before the starter died. Of course the starter is way down at the bottom of engine and its a hard tire machine so there is only like 3" of clearance. So my choice is jacking up the forklift and putting it on blocks, or pulling the intake, and maybe exhaust manifolds(I need to go back and look) and trying to go in from the top. Any suggestions on doing this without dying?
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If you can get at the starter selenoid, try jumping that first. Most times, it is on the firewall. Make sure power is getting to the starter. Your only other recourse is to jack it up and block under the rires AND the machine, before getting under it. Make sure tires are chocked, so it cannot roll. When you are under it, make sure you have a buddy near by, just in case. Your other choice is to have someone come ansd fix it on site. BIG $
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Default Re: Jacking up a Forklift?

Try some of those oil change ramps from autozone.....

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In all seriousness, you may be a able to get to it by pulling the counter weight.
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Years ago while working for the Quaker Oats co. as a Millwright / Multicraft Mechanic I was assigned to the forklift shop for several years, while we had 2 hoists to lift the fork lifts up on there were times that just did not allow us to do what was needed.

My partner in the shop and I would them , remove the forks,
align the lift under an overhead winch/ crane, rig up a chain from the rear center pin in the counter weight to the overhead winch/ crane and slowly lift the fork truck up and allow it to pivot on the front drive wheels, gently setting it down on the mast , which would allow full access under the lift.
I know most folks don't have access to the equipment to allow this to be done, but it was an option for us.

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What ever you lift it with, make sure you have something else underneath it also so it can't fall and crush you. I jack up cars, then put cement blocks under them , but I protect the cement block from cracking by putting a wood 2x10 over them to cushion them. And I only go 2 blocks high , and lift front and back of car so car is level and not pushing blocks sideways to make them roll over.
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And always place your blocks "Eye Up".
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Dealing with that much weight and having your head under the forklift, I wouldn't even trust cement blocks.

I would go with hardwood timbers or I-beams.
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What ever you lift it with, make sure you have something else underneath it also so it can't fall and crush you. I jack up cars, then put cement blocks under them , but I protect the cement block from cracking by putting a wood 2x10 over them to cushion them. And I only go 2 blocks high , and lift front and back of car so car is level and not pushing blocks sideways to make them roll over.
If you are using blocks like this one then that's a dangerous practice. These are a much better (safer) alternative and can be custom built to suit whatever you are supporting.
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Default Re: Jacking up a Forklift?

Unless you have those little stacks of wood spiked together, It seems unstable to me. Especially if you are on less than a perfect surface.
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Default Re: Jacking up a Forklift?

Can ye put the machine in gear and pull start it and then drive it up on something wood to get it up a bit higher?
I wouldnt want to get under a forklift with anything under it but STEEL or wood.
I beams would work.Something STRONG.
A starter aint worth kicking the bucket over.
A friend of mine when he was young had a 39 Ford chained to a tree limb changing out the rear axle and the limb broke.He has had artifical legs for 60 years or so.Lucky to live thru it.
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