When is it the Right Time to Replace Your Forklift? Affordable Forklift Rentals and Leasing In Vancouver and Lower Mainland BC

While forklifts are a durable and efficient investment, they won’t last forever. 

Our comprehensive scheduled maintenance programs done by our fully licensed technicians can extend the life of your machine handling equipment, but there will come a time when you will need to replace your forklift. BCCM provides you with the best quotes for forklift rentals in Vancouver that can help you get back to the task at hand, cutting waiting around time drastically and increasing staff productivity. 

While we supply parts and services, sometimes the best solution is to rent or purchase equipment to save on costs and increase overall work productivity. We have your guide on when you should replace your forklift and all the available options for your facility to smoothly run daily operations without workplace injuries.


BCCM provides expert schedule maintenance programs to all of our forklifts

We have been your trusted loading dock equipment company in Vancouver and lower mainland BC for the last 90 years, and continually provide you with great customer service and advice. Your facility’s operations are highly dependent on tenacious machinery, and when that machinery no longer functions properly, it’s time to look at replacing it. 

BCCM can assist you with controlling and reducing costs by providing you with a comprehensive evaluation of your existing forklift and dock loading equipment and recommend improvements to increase productivity, safety and lower operating costs.

We will properly assess your needs – possible replacements and repairs. We can then suggest a Scheduled Maintenance program to increase your productivity, lower your material handling expense and increase the life of your equipment.


How long does a forklift last?

While there is no set time that a forklift will last, the easiest way to estimate its lifespan is basing it on the daily use it goes through. The ‘forklift age’ is measured in hours; for example, if the forklift runs for an entire 8-hour work shift, the average hour usage would be around 2,000 hours a year. 

The average lifespan of a forklift lasts anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 hours, however, the brands that we provide including Komatsu, Caldwell and Blue Giant have a lifespan of nearly 20,000 hours.


What can shorten my forklift’s lifespan?

Several other factors can contribute to the shortening of your forklift’s life span including:

  • Lifting above the weight range recommended by the instructor guidelines,
  • If the forklift is left outside in freezing temperatures for the majority of its life,
  • Used for multiple shifts a day,
  • If regular maintenance and tune-ups are missed.


When should I replace my forklift?

The best time to retire your forklift is when it is no longer operating at an optimal level. Whether that time comes after seven years of rigorous usage, or after using your machinery for more than 15,000 hours. Additionally, if your forklift is either a gas, electric or diesel machine, the lifespan will vary, so it’s important to ensure that you’re getting the best use for your facility’s application.

Depending on the individual usage and weight your forklift is operating under, we can help you determine if you need to replace your forklift, or just need comprehensive maintenance to help run it as good as new!


Need a new forklift? We can help with affordable forklift rentals in Vancouver and parts of BC!

To run an efficient and productive operation, the timely replacement of material handling machinery is vital. Prevent costly maintenance procedures as well as loss of profits due to downtime and delays by replacing your forklifts at the optimal economic time, productivity and profits can increase within your business.

Call us today to get a quote and speak to one of our licensed industry experts!