It May be Time to Upgrade that Maintenance Plan

Are Your Satisfied with your Forklift Periodic Maintenance Plan?

VossEffective Periodic Maintenance Plans Reduces Emergency Breakdowns
Discounted Labor Rates and Reduced Travel Charges
Available for gas, propane, diesel and electric powered equipment

Voss 2Not just an oil and filter change, 4 comprehensive levels of PM service
Flexible plans based on time interval or equipment operating hours
Factory Trained Technicians


2Powered by a GM 4.3L V6 propane engine or Kubota 3.0L diesel engine. Transmission options include Auto Deceleration and Controlled Ramp Descent. Continuous Stability Enhancement system enhances lateral stability on uneven surfaces.

Optional Accutouch hydraulic mini levers offer considerably less effort than common hydraulic levers. Excellent operator visibility is afforded through the Yale Hi Vis mast. Standard Oil Cooled Wet Disc Brakes lower operating costs and are ideal for tough environments.

For more information on this Yale Lift Truck, contact:
Dan Wheeler
708-596-7000 x351

Interested in Becoming a Forklift Operator? Here’s How You Can.

Are you interested in gaining a valuable new skill that will help you advance in your career? If so, consider getting trained to operate a powered industrial truck, or forklift. Forklifts are heavy-duty equipment used to raise and lower supplies, materials, and large crates or pallets. Learning how to drive a forklift properly will not only open the door to better job opportunities, it will also help improve your safety and the safety of others in your workplace. Voss Equipment, your leading supplier of forklift equipment wants you to be fully prepared when you begin your forklift training. Some things to keep in mind include:

  • You Must Be Over 18: If you’re under 18, you can’t legally operate a forklift.
  • You Can Be Trained by Your Employer: If you don’t have the money to take certification courses, rest easy – your employer can train you on the job for free, with lectures and practical driving experience.
  • You Can Take an OSHA-Approved Course: You can take a course on forklift driving to earn a certification – just make sure that your course is OSHA-approved, and taught by qualified instructors.
  • Evaluation is Every 3 Years: All forklift drivers have to be evaluated at least once every three years by law, or when equipment and workplace conditions change. You can be trained and evaluated by your employer, with no need to take outside classes.

If you are an employer looking to update your workplace with the newest, highest quality forklifts, Voss Equipment carries the forklift equipment you need. Contact us today or browse our wide inventory to learn more!

How to Help Your Industrial Equipment Withstand the Cold

Winter is the time of year when many things stop working, especially with the sudden record low temperatures affecting many parts of the country. We all hear stories of how doors freeze shut, cars won’t start and batteries have to be jumped, but what about industrial vehicles?

Industrial equipment is designed to be tough, but cold winter weather is still hard on any type of machinery. Your dedicated specialists at Voss Equipment want to ensure that your industrial vehicles run perfectly, even in those frigid -10° temps. In extremely cold weather, make sure you:

  • Get Proper Maintenance Done: If you haven’t done so already, get the coolant system checked and grease the joints of your vehicle. Make sure you change the oil before your put your equipment in storage to avoid sulfuric acid buildup and damage.
  • Store Inside: If you have a heated shed or warehouse to use, store your equipment inside when it’s not in operation.
  • Keep the Battery Warm: Keep the battery warm or remove it if absolutely necessary to protect it from the cold. This will minimize the amount of time it takes your engine to fire up, and will allow you to get more work done.
  • Prevent Fuel from Gelling: Use a diesel fuel additive to keep your fuel flowing in even the coldest temps, and prevent stalling and slow starts.

Your knowledgeable experts at Voss Equipment carry a wide array of lift trucks, railcar movers, and other industrial vehicles designed to perform in extreme temperatures. Contact us today and tell us how we can help your business meet its objectives in this Polar Vortex weather.

Important Tips to Know When Using a Forklift

Landoll Lift TrucksIf you want to operate a forklift, there are some important tips you should know first for safe and effective use. Forklifts are extremely useful for moving heavy loads and saving work, but if they’re not operated correctly, they can be dangerous. At Voss Equipment, our number one priority is making sure our equipment is safe and effective. Some tips you need to know when operating lift trucks include:

  • Proper Training and License Get licensed! Proper knowledge of forklifts will prevent accidents and injuries.
  • Prepare! When you approach a load, make sure the forks are set at the right height and direction control is neutral. Position the forklift directly in front of a load, around 8-12 inches away.
  • Stop! When you raise or lower the forks to pick up or set down a load, make sure the forklift is stopped and the brake is set.
  • Center the load. You can adjust the forks to correct a load that’s off-center. If you have a load that’s off-center, put the heaviest part near the front wheels.
  • Look up! Make sure you have enough overhead clearance and that operating your forklift won’t interfere with pipes and sprinkler systems.
  • Drive and turn slowly. The load can tip or fall off during fast turns or at high speeds – take your time to ensure the safety of yourself and your cargo.
  • Don’t overload! This one is pretty obvious. If you overload your equipment, chances are it might not work as expected.
  • Avoid tilting the load. The only times when you should tilt a load forward are when you pick it up and set it down.

If you follow these simple tips, you’ll be able to drive and operate lift trucks safely! At Voss equipment, we only sell forklifts manufactured by the most trusted experts, such as Yale, Landoll, and Drexel.  Contact us today with any questions or to learn more about our premium selection of products!

Buying Used Industrial Vehicles

Desc2Buying all new industrial vehicles can be an extremely expensive process.  When you work with a company like Voss Equipment, we can offer you the cost-effective solution you are looking for.  You have the opportunity to purchase used industrial vehicles in Chicago from our equipment experts.

We ensure that each piece of equipment is in good working condition.  You can rest assured that when you buy our used industrial vehicles that they have been well-maintained and kept in good quality.  Buying used equipment can be just as safe as buying all new vehicles when you work with experts like Voss.

We offer a variety of used vehicles to suit your needs.  You don’t need to purchase brand new vehicles to get the job done.  Let our experts provide you with the safe, well-maintained industrial vehicles you require.

Tight Squeeze

Yale Cushion TruckIn order to maximize floor space many warehouses will create very narrow aisles, but how do warehouses reach items in storage once they’ve been crammed away in tight quarters? One simple solution Voss Equipment has come up with is narrow aisle lift trucks.

With these Yale lift trucks, narrow aisles in a warehouse are no longer a dilemma to people trying to reach items in storage. Instead of scaling the walls and climbing around the storage room like a jungle gym, employees can quickly and easily access items in storage to attend to their customers. The narrow aisle lift trucks make your stored items easy to reach and easy to deal with.

So if you want to maximize your storage floor space, consider acquiring some Yale lift trucks. That way, no one will get stuck in a tight squeeze trying to reach their stored items.

Choosing a Reliable Forklift Dealer

When you are in the warehousing industry, you know the importance of quality forklifts to operate your warehouse with the greatest efficiency possible.  But how do you find the right forklift dealer to provide you with the equipment that your company can rely on?  The best way to choose a provider for any service or product is to talk to several from the beginning.  Not only getting quotes from but also talking to dealer like Yale forklift will give you a feel for the type of product the dealer can provide you.  Three things you should look for when talking to the forklift dealers are:

1)      Forklift Experience. Get to know the company’s history when talking to them.  An experienced forklift dealer will be able to help you pinpoint the exact type of forklift that will work most efficiently for your warehouse.

2)      Trust.  This may be an experienced company, but do you trust them to provide you with quality products and services?  Can you rely on this company to offer you the correct information when choosing new forklifts for your company?  A company that you can trust will offer you written estimates and guarantees and will be upfront about the costs.

3)      Variety.  Does this company offer you a variety of products to choose from?  The company you choose should offer not only quality new AND used forklifts, but it should also offer forklifts from a range of manufacturers.

When you are choosing Yale lift trucks, be sure that the company you are working with has experience, variety and integrity. Ensure that you make the smart investment for your warehousing company.

Trackmobile Railcar Movers: It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This

9TMAt Voss Equipment, our clients prefer Trackmobile railcar movers to any other brand for two reasons: efficiency and pricing. First and foremost, when it comes to cost-effectiveness, a railcar mover will run you significantly less than buying or renting a switching locomotive. Furthermore, it’s a superior option for most of our clients because of the flexibility it offers and the sheer performance capabilities a Trackmobile has compared to most everything else on the market. When it comes to heavy-load railcar moving and material handling operations, nothing beats our brands or our prices.

Trackmobile railcar movers feature simple on/off track mobility, a function which allows for the easy transport of loads by road or by rail. It’s even designed with a weight transfer system that allows for heavy-duty construction. This gives the Trackmobile a long lifespan and dependability.

For a more in-depth look at Voss Equipment’s Trackmobile selection, browse our websiteand explore your options today!

Training Requirements for Operating a Yale Lift Truck

Yale forklifts are a critical component of any warehouse or distribution center. Its uses are virtually endless – helping industrial workers transport objects of all shapes, sizes and weights. A Yale forklift undoubtedly makes a warehouse workers job easier; however, in order to operate one of these efficient machines, some prerequisite training is in order.

According to OSHA, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, a fork lift operator must understand the physical capabilities of their machine. Did you know that even though lift trucks are less than four feet wide, they can often weigh more than a car? Now that’s a lot of power!

OSHA also provides lessons in:

  • Fork lift Physics
  • Lift Truck Operation
  • Lift Truck Safety
  • Maintenance
  • Refueling & Recharging

Naturally, your training wouldn’t be complete with a test run and written exam. To learn more about what you can do to certify yourself in Yale lift trucks operation, there are plenty of training courses you can take on-line and in-person.

Happy lifting!

The Voss Equipment crew