MH Equipment Blog

  • How to Reduce Fleet Maintenance Costs

    Smart business owners are increasingly employing the services of fleet management companies, like MH Equipment, in an effort to monitor electric forklift utilization, equipment repair, fleet distribution across multiple locations, and of course, fleet maintenance costs. Using a fleet management company allows businesses to focus on their customers and products, while leaving the diagnostics and data analysis to industry experts. If you’re interested in maximizing your ROI and reducing waste, keep reading to learn how our fleet management solution can help your business.

    Many businesses are woefully unaware of the monthly operating costs of their fleet, including related expenses like replacing tires and repairing leaks. This lack of information is detrimental to a successful business, and can lead to issues like downtime, avoidable repairs, and underutilized equipment. Our goal is to keep our customers informed and better prepared through our work.

    Our Process

    The first step is to analyze your entire fleet and create a customized fleet management solution that will help you avoid common pitfalls.

    Our MH fleet maintenance software is a flexible and affordable solution that enables us to track the utilization of your fleet, the hours used per machine, repair history, scheduling, and more for maximum operation efficiency. This web-based program has an intuitive design and interface that allows you to easily see the data we have collected and the reports we have compiled so you can make smart decisions for your business.

    Analyze Utilization

    Analyzing the utilization of each machine is one of the most important aspects of fleet management, as it allows us to determine whether you are using each machine to its fullest capacity, or if you could benefit from modifying the size of your fleet. We help you determine your optimal fleet size based on your actual usage, instead of outdated planning models that your competitors are likely using. A secondary benefit of optimizing your fleet is that when you know which electric forklifts and boom lifts you’re working the hardest, you can schedule planned maintenance (our fleet maintenance software allows you to schedule repairs with our certified technicians, right from your wireless device) based on usage and aging, and more accurately anticipate repairs and projected repair costs.

    Reduce Downtime

    Downtime is costly, and can affect a business’ ability to deliver merchandise and meet production demands. Our fleet maintenance software enables us to analyze your usage and determine the reason for your downtime, whether it’s due to repairs you could have avoided with planned maintenance, unexpected damage, uncharged batteries causing forklift delays, or operator inefficiency. Shift overlap can also result in downtime, as too many machines necessary for a short period of time (say 2-6 hours of overlap per day) go unused during the remaining hours of operation. This underutilization is ineffective and cost-prohibitive.

    Ongoing Monitoring

    An added benefit of working with fleet management companies like MH Equipment is the continuous monitoring of the age and condition of equipment. This process allows business owners to instantly know the age of problematic machines, so they can determine whether repair or replacement is the most cost-effective. Additionally, this monitoring enables our customers to plan and budget for equipment retirement, which further helps in increasing uptime. When a customer decides to replace an electric forklift we help them determine whether it’s best to buy new or used, and advise them about the best technology suited to their specific needs.

    Working with a fleet management company and using their fleet maintenance software is a smart business decision and a great way to reduce costs. Highly trained professionals, like ours, can help you configure, maintain, and manage your machines for the toughest everyday tasks.

    If you’re in the market for fleet management software, contact MH Equipment today to discuss the best solutions for your individual needs.

  • 4 Important Forklift Training Tips

    As we mentioned in our blog “Why Electric? Breaking Down the Benefits of Electric Forklifts,” electric forklifts are becoming more popular, due in part to their ability to help create a safer working environment for employees. While the machine itself is a safer option than diesel and IC, forklift training is still necessary to keep the business protected and OSHA-compliant. Professional training classes from a material handling company, like those offered by MH Equipment, are the best way to ensure your drivers are knowledgeable and capable of handling your equipment. With security in mind, here are 4 important forklift safety tips that your warehouse managers and operators can put into practice immediately.

    Examine Your Forklift Before Use

    Operators should always examine equipment before operating: this includes the start of every shift, after taking lunch or a break, and when switching to a new vehicle. Train your operators to check for any damages or problems that need to be repaired, and to address those issues before use. Common items to check include steering, controls, brakes, warning devices, and tires.

    Refueling and Charging Batteries

    Smart forklift training advice mandates that operators follow OSHA guidelines when refueling IC and diesel forklifts. Refueling should happen in a well-ventilated area to protect all employees, the business/warehouse, and the equipment/merchandise itself. Operators should always switch off the machine’s power before refueling. Although electric forklifts don’t require fuel, they do need their batteries charged and maintained for optimum performance. Drivers should charge the battery overnight in a well-ventilated area, being sure to observe the charger’s voltage and amperage requirements to avoid electrical sparks.

    Be Aware of Your Environment

    One of the most important forklift training tips we can give forklift operators is to simply be aware of their surroundings. Drivers should pay attention to people and other machinery, always obey signs, and adhere to worksite procedures. Being aware of the machine itself, and the size and height of the load, will help employees drive safer and reduce possible accidents or tipping. One final note is to use extra precaution when driving near docks or ramps as the forklift could fall over and seriously injure the driver or another person.

    Load Properly

    Safe forklift operating can be achieved if the operator knows the capacity of his or her machine and checks to ensure it is not overloaded. Safely load the pallet to avoid damaging the machine and attachments, and ensure the loads are positioned evenly across both forks for stability and safety. Operators should be taught when straps or ropes are required, and the procedures for securing the load to the forklift in such instances.

    Equipping your forklift drivers with the knowledge and know-how to safely operate your machines is one of the best investments you can make in your business. Partner with a premier material handling company, like MH Equipment, that has offered industry-leading training and safety courses for more than 50 years. MH Equipment can help you ensure your business is OSHA-compliant and even create in-house training programs suited to your specific needs, contact us today to learn more.

  • PowerBoss Nautilus

    The PowerBoss Nautilus is a maneuverable mid-size scrubber sweeper with large capacities and long run time. Heavy Duty stainless steel parts with exceptional cleaning performance. Check out MH Equipment's PowerBoss Showroom or contact your local branch for rental options!

  • Higher productivity with Hyster Empty Container Handlers

    The Hyster H360HD2-EC4 container handler can stack 9’6” or 8’6” empty containers four-high. Hyster intelligent design delivers class leading lift speeds, 30% less RPM thanks to 5 gear transmission and extremely low noise levels.

  • Manufacturing Excellence - Building Hyster Big Trucks

    See how Hyster's 190-360HD2 high capacity forklift trucks are built in our factory in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Highly skilled craftsmen work with top quality tools and lean manufacturing processes to produce tough Hyster® Big Trucks.

  • How they are built: Empty Container Handler and ReachStacker Mast Assembly

    Watch the mast being assembled on the Hyster Empty Container Handler and ReachStacker as the trucks reach the final stage of the production line.

  • Why Electric? Breaking Down the Benefits of Electric Forklifts

    Electric forklifts are steadily gaining popularity over their older cousins, the diesel and internal combustion (IC) forklifts. Businesses favor the electric model for many reasons, including lowering their carbon footprint, lowering their ownership and maintenance costs over the life of the machine, and creating a safer work environment for employees. The electric forklift’s numerous benefits for both the owner and operator, combined with continual improvements by manufacturers, have made this workhorse the star of many warehouses.

    Business owners have increasingly chosen the electric forklifts over IC and diesel models for a variety of reasons. The cost advantages of electric in a new forklift for sale cannot be ignored, as they are quite significant. Average operating costs per hour range from $0.80 to $3.00, which is far below the costs of competing models. The electric forklift requires an initial purchase of a battery charger, but even that cost is minor when compared with fuel expenses, and the bonus is that the cost is quickly offset during the life of the equipment.

    Other cost advantages come directly from fuel: an electric forklift doesn’t require fuel, and thus, there is no need for fuel storage. Fuel prices are expensive and can fluctuate over time, leading to increased operating costs.

    Owners will also discover cost advantages with regard to maintenance, as electric forklift motors are easier and more affordable to maintain at optimum levels. Simpler routine maintenance (and a machine that requires that maintenance at longer intervals than diesel or IC models) also provides cost savings.

    Electric forklift operators typically experience fewer repetitive motion injuries and have greater productivity because the equipment is easier to use, and requires fewer hand/arm/leg motions for operation. The electric forklift for sale includes automatic braking activated when the operator removes his/her foot from the gas pedal, which decreases stress on the operator and in turn, the brake pedal itself. This increases the number of hours an individual can spend operating the machinery without fatigue, and also reduces the possibility of on-site injuries, which leads to downtime, insurance claims, and increased costs to the business and owner.

    Business owners, forklift operators, and warehouse employees all agree that the electric forklift has distinct advantages over IC and diesel models. Employees appreciate the enhanced safety that comes from zero tailpipe emissions, especially when the forklift is operated indoors in a closed environment.

    If you’re in the market for a Yale or Hyster forklift for your business, contact MH Equipment today to discuss the best solutions for your individual needs.

  • What to Look For in Your Next Rental

    In warehousing and construction, we know seasonal jobs make up a fair amount of your annual workload. Warehouse managers and construction site foremen understand that forklift and aerial equipment rental is just one way to reduce short-term costs. At MH Equipment, you can rent forklifts, scissor lifts and various other material handling equipment by the day, week, month or season. If you see a spike in business and can't afford to make an investment just yet, rental is your best option. But how do you know which kind of rental to go with? Begin by asking the right questions! We break down the best questions to ask when renting equipment in this blog.

    For specialty equipment like aerial and boom lifts, some of the most important questions to ask are about lift reach and maneuverability.

    1. Which is more important: Horizontal reach, or reaching difficult-to-see places?

    Horizontal reach refers to the height of the lift. If your main priority is getting your workers into very difficult to reach places due to height, ask about telescopic boom lifts—they’re perfect for indoor or outdoor applications and can reach up to 80ft. If you need to pivot or move around and reach multiple areas, you can’t go wrong with an articulating boom lift from Genie.

    Other options include:

    o Scissor lifts for tight spaces

    o Telehandlers for moving material to high locations—not people

    o Vertical mast lifts for moving/lifting products or people while completely elevated

    o Trailer mounted booms, which can be towed behind a pickup truck or SUV.

    Choosing the right forklift for rent, on the other hand, requires knowing the answer to different questions:

    2. Are you using your forklift inside or outside?

    Many forklifts are good for both indoor and outdoor usage, but if you’re working predominately in one or the other, picking the right forklift for the job is critical.

    For indoors, some of your best options include:

    o Yale 3 Wheel Electric forklifts are a perfect option for indoor use—they’re zero emission vehicles and can maneuver well in tight warehouse spaces.

    o Hyster 4 Wheel Electric forklifts are another good choice for indoor use and come in different tire configurations, too.

    For outdoors, your best bets are:

    o Hyster Container Handlers, which are essential for any shipping operation, especially as you’re loading and unloading directly from a semi-truck.

    o Hyster High Capacity Forklifts are another solid choice for outdoor lifting—especially when your lift needs are closer to the 20k lbs. range.

    o Hyster Internal Combustion Forklifts are ideal for either construction sites or warehouses since cushion or pneumatic tires are available for a variety of models.

    3. How narrow are your aisles?

    For very narrow aisles, you need to be mindful of how easily and safely your operators will move between aisles. Every forklift has a clearance radius, so you will need to measure your warehouse aisles accordingly and choose a forklift that best fits your needs. In general, a narrow aisle forklift from Hyster or a narrow aisle forklift from Yale would be the best forklift to meet your needs. With a minimum turning radius of 88.6’, you’ll safely be able to move in tight squeezes throughout your warehouse.

    For more information on rental options, please contact us at any of our 27 locations in Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania or West Virginia.

  • Increase Productivity and Fuel Economy with New Industrial Engines Featuring Hyster® Variable Power Technology™

    Hyster Company has launched a new line of industrial engines designed to increase productivity and fuel economy for its 3,000 – 7,000 lb. Class IV and V product lines. The new engines from Power Solutions International (PSI) feature Hyster® Variable Power Technology™ and offer a more powerful and efficient solution for demanding applications.

    The Hyster® S30-40FTS cushion tire trucks and H30-40FTS pneumatic tire trucks include the new PSI 2.0L LP engine. Higher capacity models including the Hyster® S40-70FT and S50CT cushion tire trucks and H40- 70FT and H50CT pneumatic tire trucks contain the new PSI 2.4L LP or dual fuel engine. The optional dual fuel engine provides flexibility to run on LP or gas, an ideal feature for rental applications.

    An advanced feature that comes standard with the new PSI industrial engines includes Hyster Variable Power Technology. This technology provides adjustable performance modes that allow customers to maximize productivity or fuel economy to fit their specific application requirements. Hyster Variable Power Technology offers the ability to achieve a balance of enhanced performance and superior fuel economy or to maximize productivity during peak business periods when moving more loads is integral to the success of the operation.

    To realize greater fuel efficiency and improve emissions, the PSI engines also utilize the latest E-controls fuel system with an electronically controlled regulator. Hyster® trucks powered by the new PSI engines see increased maximum travel and hoist speeds, with or without a load, and increased horsepower – up to 10 percent over the previous engine.

    “Our engine development and testing program is industry leading,” said Bill Pfleger, Vice President, Counterbalanced Solutions, Hyster Company. “We focus on developing engines that are designed to maximize the productivity and performance of the lift truck series they will power. The new PSI engines have exceeded expectations and will deliver great value to our customers.”

    During development, the new industrial engines endured over 30,000 hours of rigorous testing, confirming engine component durability and performance dependability. This toughness is reflected in the extended service intervals and elimination of previous maintenance requirements – helping customers incur less downtime and increase operational productivity.

    About Hyster Company

    Based in Greenville, N.C., Hyster Company ( is a leading world-wide lift truck designer and manufacturer. Hyster Company offers 130 models configured for gasoline, LPG, diesel and electric power, with the widest capacity range in the industry — from 2,000 to 105,000 lbs. Supported by one of the industry’s largest and most experienced dealer networks, Hyster Company builds tough, durable lift trucks that deliver high productivity, low total cost of ownership, easy serviceability and advanced ergonomic features; accompanied by outstanding parts, service and training support.

    Hyster Company is part of NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG), a wholly owned subsidiary of HysterYale Materials Handling, Inc. (NYSE:HY). Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc., headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and its subsidiaries employ approximately 5,200 people world-wide.

    About MH Equipment

    MH Equipment carries a full line of new Hyster and Yale equipment*, pre-owned equipment and a large selection of allied equipment including: personnel carriers, aerial lifts, compact forklifts, truck mounted fork lifts, bailers, compactors, waste management equipment, sweepers/scrubbers, and railcar movers. Additionally, MH Equipment offers industrial equipment, parts & service, fleet services, rental, and operator & technical training to keep your lift truck up and running in a safe manner. We also have a national fleet service group with a very unique software platform that provides better and more meaningful data than any other program in the industry.

    If you are interested in more information about MH Equipment please provide your information HERE and one of our Equipment Specialists will contact you.

    *Yale Equipment sold in limited territories

  • Hyster Receives GOOD DESIGN™ Award for Tough but Intelligent Walkie Pallet Truck

    GREENVILLE, N.C. (February 10, 2015) – Hyster Company announces that it has received a 2014 GOOD DESIGN™ award for its W45ZHD walkie pallet truck. Presented by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, GOOD DESIGN honors yearly achievements of the best industrial designers, graphic designers and world manufacturers for extraordinary design excellence.

    “The GOOD DESIGN award highlights Hyster’s continuing efforts to help boost customer efficiency and productivity through innovative design and technology,” said Matt Hoffman, Senior Functional Engineer, who led the design… READ MORE…


    About MH Equipment

    MH Equipment carries a full line of new Hyster and Yale equipment*, pre-owned equipment and a large selection of allied equipment including: personnel carriers, aerial lifts, compact forklifts, truck mounted fork lifts, bailers, compactors, waste management equipment, sweepers/scrubbers, and railcar movers. Additionally, MH Equipment offers industrial equipment, parts & service, fleet services, rental, and operator & technical training to keep your lift truck up and running in a safe manner. We also have a national fleet service group with a very unique software platform that provides better and more meaningful data than any other program in the industry.

    If you are interested in more information about MH Equipment please provide your information HERE and one of our Equipment Specialists will contact you.

    *Yale Equipment sold in limited territories