4 Things Not to Do With Your Truck Hoist

TruckHoist_small.jpgProper installation, servicing, and operation of your truck hoist are absolutely vital to the performance of your hoist and the safety of you and those around you. Whenever you purchase a new truck hoist, make sure that you thoroughly review the manuals provided and keep them in a safe place. Everyone operating or working on the hoist should be familiar with safety requirements outlined in the manual. To help you stay safe when maintaining your hoists, we are going to review 4 of the top things you should not do with your truck hoist.

1. Do Not Exceed Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW)

Before purchasing a new truck hoist, it is important that you understand the applications you will be using it for. This will help you determine what size of hoist your job requires. Getting the correct size is necessary because overloading a hoist can cause serious damage or injury. The gross vehicle weight (GVW) indicated by your manual should not be exceed by the combined weight of the truck frame and body, hoist and load. If you think it is possible that your truck body or load could vary greatly, always ensure that you are covered for the greatest possible weight.

2. Do Not Install Incompatible Hydraulic Components

When you purchase a hoist, the hydraulic system supplied will be built compatible for that hoist. If you decide to replace the hydraulic components, such as the pump or valves, you will need to ensure they are compatible with the hydraulic system and its other supplied components. Incompatible hydraulic components could cause the hoist to fail which could lead to vehicle damage or injury. If you need to replace components within the hydraulic system and are unsure how to proceed, Future Line Manufacturing can assist.

3. Do Not Leave the Vehicle Battery Connected when Servicing or Installing Power Unit

When it is time to service your truck hoist, you will want to ensure everything is unplugged. That specifically means the vehicle battery. “Inadvertent shorting of the vehicle’s electrical supply can cause fire or equipment damage,” warns a manual for a Rugby truck hoist. To avoid serious injury or death the vehicle battery must be disconnected prior to installing or servicing the power unit.

4. Do Not Position Yourself under a Loaded Body

Whether you are making a quick repair or checking something on the hoist, it is never safe to do so under a loaded body. Any time that you raise the hoist with a loaded body you must be on full alert to avoid any possible injury or damage in the case of failure. If you do need to raise the hoist to service it, ensure the body is empty. If you do not feel qualified to service or repair your own hoist, contact Future Line Manufacturing.

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