If you want to power your forklifts and make sure that they are going to last you as long as possible, you want to make sure that you use the right engine oil for your forklift. The right type of engine oil is going to ensure the lasting functionality of your forklift.
What Is It For?
Simply put, engine oil is going to ensure that your forklift is able to function as it should. Without having the right type of oil, your forklift is not going to have any power.
What Is The Right Type Of Oil?
The right type of engine oil for your forklift is going to depend on the design of your forklift’s engine. For example, if you have a traditional counterbalance forklift, 10W-40 or 5W-30 may be good options for you. If you use a diesel-powered unit, you might need additional additives in your forklift oil.
What Do Those Numbers Mean?
You may have looked at the numbers we just gave and be interested in learning what they mean. The numbers refer to the viscosity at lower temperatures. The second number when talking about these types of refers to the thickness of the oil when the oil is warmer (when the forklift is operating). If you are requiring your forklift to operate in colder temperatures, you want an oil with a lower viscosity.
Going A Bit Lighter
Many forklift manufacturers are recommending that users switch to lighter oil, including 5W-40 and 5W-30. The primary reason for using this type of oil is because of the benefits that thinner viscosity has in relates to fuel economy. The engine uses less energy (and thus less oil) because the lightness of the oil decreases the resistance of an engine turn.
Overall, it is important that the oil that you use actually matches what you want it to do. If you have a heavy-duty forklift, it is going to take on a great deal of pressure. You will probably notice less wear and tear with heavier oils.