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Forklifts have to stop sometimes while moving loads about and good forklift brakes make sure they do. Brakes work by transferring the pressure on the brake pedal to the brake shoes through the brake fluid in the master cylinder. The brake shoes press against the brake drum which is attached to the wheel. This reduces the wheel's rotation and causes the lift truck to stop.
The essential parts of a forklift braking system, therefore, are the master cylinder, brake fluid, brake shoes and brake drums. These are connected to each other through master cylinder cables and brake lines. Although forklifts move at low speeds, the loads they carry make it essential for the truck to stop when it needs to.
The forklift's braking system is one continuous process. Any interruption along the line can cause the brakes to fail leading the truck to roll unstopped down a ramp or crashing a load into a wall. This makes it essential to conduct regular maintenance of the brake system using the right parts. Here are some things to keep a sharp eye out for:
- Brake fluid reservoir – Leakage from the reservoir of the master cylinder, brake fluid line or seals can result in delayed braking action.
- Brake drums – When brake drums are worn out, they can speed up the wearing out of brake linings.
- Brake linings – Worn out or damaged brake linings can cause improper braking and damage the brake drums.
- Brake lines – Air in the brake lines can cause improper braking due to reduced hydraulic pressure. Bleeding the brakes following the sequence specified for the particular lift truck is necessary.
Other parts of the braking system that need to be properly maintained in order to avoid braking problems are brake calipers and brake adjusters.
By keeping forklift brakes well-maintained, you can make sure that it's the forklift that stops and not the business.