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  • Life-Sized Forklift Boss Placard

    By Marshall Cromer, The Forklift Boss | Oct 28, 2013

    Marshall Cromer here. I'm at a management group meeting in St. Louis right now. The boys here surprised me with this.

    The Real Forklift Boss

    Life-sized Forklift Boss placard. Any doubt who's the Forklift Boss now?

    This bad boy's going on the main building. You'll see it from the freeway in a few days.

    To the guys in my Management Group: Thanks! This is a hell of a gift.

    Now, to turn this image into a bobblehead. Customers will love a Forklift Boss bobble in the office.

  • Use Blue Lights on Your Forklifts to Keep Workers Safe

    By Marshall Cromer, The Forklift Boss | Oct 01, 2013

    On October 17, Cromer Material Handling will celebrate 25 years in business! We are thankful to our many loyal customers for that success. We look forward to 25 more years supplying Northern California with its material handling equipment.

    This month, we're talking about one thing you can do to improve forklift safety. One simple thing that makes the entire warehouse safer.

    It's called a "Blue Light."

    What's a Blue Light Do?

    A Blue Light is an LED spotlight that mounts on a forklift. It shines a light on the floor a few feet in front of, or behind your forklift as it moves.

    This big blue spot on the floor acts as a warning: "Blue Light! Forklift Approaching!"

    When workers are heads down, they can see the blue light moving on the floor and know a forklift's coming. They can stop and safely let the forklift pass.

    Want to see a blue light in operation? Take a look at this video (only 39 seconds long):
    Blue LED Safety Spotlight for Forklifts

    How Blue Lights Keep Workers Safe

    This kind of light helps keep everyone aware of their surroundings. You can see them before you could ever see a forklift - between warehouse racks, out of loading trucks, and around corners.

    Better awareness leads to fewer bumps, fewer feet run over, and fewer crashes.

    Do your forklifts carry blue safety lights? If not, we have some. Cromer now carries blue safety lights as an add-on for all forklifts we sell. The lights are low-power, and will plug into any forklift model.

    Let's all avoid injuries and crashes. I want to keep you as my customer for the next 25 years!

    Watch your email for special offers from the Forklift Boss to celebrate Cromer's 25 years in business!

    3 Cromer Safety Training Sessions Left in 2013 - Are You Signed Up?

    We mention safety lights and similar procedures in our Safety Training courses.

    If you're attending a training session, ask us about installing Blue Lights.

    The remaining 2013 sessions are on October 18, November 22 and December 13. Call 510-534-6566 x239 to sign your crews up.

    Cromer Deal of the Month: CATERPILLAR 3-WHEEL ELECTRIC WITH ONLY 4100 HOURS - $10,950

    Our September Deal of the Month is a used Caterpillar 3-wheel electric forklift. This truck was made in 2000, and has only 4100 hours on it.

    We've replaced the battery with a brand new one, and it comes with a charger. Sale price is only $10,950. Call us at 800-974-5438!

  • Reminder: Keep All Your Forklifts Up to CARB Code

    By Marshall Cromer, The Forklift Boss | Sep 04, 2013

    Fall is coming fast. Soon some of us will begin the holiday shipping and distribution rush. Time will get away from us. Schedules will fill up with big orders.

    So NOW is the time to make sure your forklift fleets are in compliance with California's Air Resource Board (CARB) Code. That way you won't have to take up valuable time later...or worse, pay expensive fines if you're out of compliance when an inspector drops by.

    What is CARB?

    The California Air Resource Board (CARB) is a division of the California Environmental Protection Agency. CARB's goal is to maintain California's clean air. You can find their website at http://arb.ca.gov/.

    CARB has established air quality standards, which all businesses using 3 or more lift trucks must follow. You are responsible for keeping your trucks well-maintained, so they will stay within state emissions standards while operating.

    For all industries using forklifts and other material handling equipment, CARB regulations are a very big consideration. Cromer is aware of the regulations, and we know how to help you stay in compliance.

    What happens if your forklifts aren't up to code?

    Failure to meet CARB code may result in fines. If CARB inspectors stop by and find your business in violation, they can levy fines of up to $500 per day until you're in compliance.

    Severe violations may even prevent you from operating your business, requiring you to pay a settlement first. These settlements & fines can be very high!

    For example:

    1. Foster Enterprises was fined $300,000 in December 2012 for excessive diesel exhaust emissions.
    2. JLV Transport, LLC paid a $17,100 settlement in July 2013. They made changes to their refrigerated fleet, but failed to update the operator report within 30 days. Plus they didn't properly self-inspect their diesel trucks to meet state smoke emission standards.
    3. The San Joaquin Regional Transit District received a $35,000 fine for failing to comply with State air emissions requirements for its buses.
    4. Fines from $10,000 to $120,000 for failure to supply complete emissions information by the appropriate deadlines, against 9 energy & construction companies in late 2012.

    How to determine your forklifts' code compliance
    (And what to do if they aren't!)

    A quick way to tell if your forklifts are operating within CARB code (or if they're not) is to use a CARB Calculator.

    This free CARB Calculator spreadsheet will show you an estimate of your forklift fleet's emissions level. If your compliance is at risk, it will show you.

    CARB Calculator (Downloadable file, Excel Spreadsheet)

    If your emissions results indicate that you're not up to CARB Code (or are in danger of failing compliance), call us for help!

    Most of the time returning a forklift to CARB compliance is easy, with some light maintenance. Emissions Diagnostics are part of our Major Interval Service and Fleet Maintenance Service.

    Cromer is also happy to provide you with rental forklifts in the meantime.

    If a forklift is too worn down for maintenance to be cost-effective, we'll help you replace it with a clean electric lift truck. Zero emissions - instant CARB compliance!

    Cromer Material Handling does not want to see ANY of our customers facing CARB fines. Let's all stay up to code with a little preventative work.

    Deal of the Month: Clark C25 LPG "Pink" Forklift – Buy for 23,950 or lease for $341.90/month

    Cromer is participating in the Clark “Raising Hope Program” for 2013. We have 2 of these pink LPG forklifts in stock. Buy one and we’ll donate $500 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer.

    Sale price is only $23,950. Or lease one for $341.90/month.

  • Harvest Season is Coming - Did You Reserve the Equipment You'll Need?

    By Marshall Cromer, The Forklift Boss | Aug 07, 2013

    Harvest will be upon us before we know it. It's not too late to reserve your rental forklift and a bin dumper!

    Every year, Cromer receives many equipment rental requests for harvest season. We stock an extra-large inventory of rentals & attachments for exactly this reason. Everything is California ARB compliant and in perfect working order (or we won't rent it out!).

    We've expanded our forklift fleet for 2013. All rental trucks are the newest in Northern California. We stock LPG and outdoor 80-volt electrics. Our new electrics even deliver more productivity than LPG trucks - and they'll do 2 propane tanks worth of work on one charge.

    --Marshall Cromer, the Forklift Boss

    RESERVE YOUR RENTAL FORKLIFT NOW!

    We still have forklifts, rotators and bin dumpers available to rent. When you rent from Cromer, you will receive a forklift that is like new and free from breakdowns.

    Some of you have already called in to rent forklifts, bin dumpers and clamps for Harvest Season. For those of you who haven't, you still have time to reserve equipment before it's all spoken for!

    If you want to reserve a rental truck or attachment (or you still have questions about equipment you'll need for Harvest) please call Vince Williams at 800-974-5438 for help. His email is vwilliams@cromer.com.

    We'll help you make the arrangements necessary for a 100% successful Harvest.

    LOOKING FOR USED?
    #1 FOR USED FORKLIFTS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

    Cromer has an extensive inventory of Used Forklifts to help fit your budget. All brands, varying capacities and uses. Our used models are reconditioned.

    See prices along with our featured Used Inventory here.
    http://www.cromer.com/home/new-used

    2008 5,000lb MITSUBISHI LPG FORKLIFT FOR SALE OR LEASEThe Last Mitsubishi Truck for July 2013

    For July's Deal of the Month, we're offering this 2008 Mitsubishi LPG forklift. It has 188 triple stage with side shift. This is the last one we have!

    Buy it for only $12,850. Or lease it for as low as $296/mo. Call us at 800-974-5438 and ask for "the last Mitsubishi truck."

  • Jungheinrichs are Workhorses: A Video Testimonial from Mid Valley Foods

    By Marshall Cromer, The Forklift Boss | Jul 31, 2013

    Junghreinrich electrics are workhorses. They run long, they carry heavy loads, they keep operators safe and they require very little maintenance.

    But don't just take my word for it. Here's a video of Jungheinrich pallet jacks in action.

    Mid Valley Foods is a large wholesale food distributor in California's Central Valley. When they moved into a state-of-the-art facility in Oakdale, CA, the owner Cheri Casey called CAT for material handling equipment.

    They chose a fleet of Jungheinrich EJE pallet trucks to carry product around the warehouse, onto trucks and into customer locations. They loved the pallet trucks so much, they doubled the fleet!

    And they were kind enough to record a video testimonial about their experience. Watch this video for their story.

    Some of the things you'll hear Mid Valley Foods say about Jungheinrich:

    • A workhorse of a brand
    • Very low maintenance on all the trucks
    • 100% uptime in the field

    Cromer Material Handling is grateful to Mid Valley Foods for doing the testimonial.  We like hearing about happy customers using products we sell.

    If you want to try out a Jungheinrich workhorse in Northern California, call us at 800-974-5438!

  • Are Forklifts "Made in America" Better?

    By Marshall Cromer, The Forklift Boss | Jul 10, 2013

    Happy Independence Day! This week we celebrate the founding of our nation, and what it means to be an American.

    "Made in America" used to mean the highest quality product. You knew you had the best, because it was made right here.

    Does this still hold true today?

    We at Cromer think so. Many of our products do come from overseas manufacturing (and we wouldn't carry them if they weren't high quality), but much of our forklift inventory is made right here in the U.S.

    These are the top 6 forklift brands Cromer carries. Where do they make the forklifts you rely on? You might be surprised.

    Caterpillar/CAT

    In 1994, Mitsubishi and Capterillar formed a joint venture to manufacture their forklifts in Houston, Texas. In 2010, the MCFA joint ventured with Jungheinrich, to distribute their product in the US. They've recently announced an expansion of 200,000 square feet to manufacture MCFA and Jungheinrich electrics in Houston: Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA) Breaks Ground on Expanded Houston Manufacturing Facilities

    Clark

    Manufactures forklifts in Korea, but they have reshored some manufacturing & parts distribution to Lexington, Kentucky. Clark Material Handling Co. Resumes Manufacturing Lift Trucks in Lexington, KY

    Donkey

    Manufactures all of its forklifts at its plant in Southwest Denver, CO. Donkey Forklift.com

    Doosan

    Manufactures worldwide depending on product type. Doosan is the largest U.S. Skid-steer manufacturer in the world. They produce the Bobcat line in the U.S., and are North Dakota's largest manufacturer. Doosan Industrial Vehicles - Worldwide Locations

    Jungheinrich

    The #1 electric forklift in the world, based in Germany. Four production plants there, in Norderstedt, Lüneburg, Moosburg and Landsb. One production plant in Qingpu, China. One Manufacturing Facility in Houston, Texas (participating in the new MCFA facility), expected to begin operation by 2014. Facts and Figures about Jungheinrich (PDF)

    Kalmar

    Operates facilities in China, Finland, the USA, the Netherlands and Malaysia. Kalmar has its U.S. forklift manufacturing facility in Ottawa, Kansas. Facts and Figures about Kalmar North America (PDF)

    The question is: How do the American manufacturing facilities benefit these forklifts?

    • High quality. I've toured the U.S. facilities of numerous forklift manufacturers, including the new MCFA Houston site, and am always impressed with the quality. It's no wonder US-made forklifts last so long.
    • Local jobs & strong communities. More production is returning to our shores (a practice called "reshoring"), spurring local growth with new jobs and income within communities.
    • Shorter supply chain, faster turnaround. Manufacturing something as complex as a forklift takes a lot of time & effort. If you do so in the same country as your prime customers, you shorten the time it takes for them to receive your finished product. This can also lower costs.

    Quality labor. Reasonable costs. Faster delivery. These are all advantages to making forklifts in America, for American industries. Otherwise manufacturers like CAT wouldn't bring their operations back into the U.S. (or have never left, like Donkey).

    Cromer does carry some material handling equipment made overseas. But only if it matches up to the quality standard set by our forklifts "Made in America."

    --Marshall Cromer, The Forklift Boss

    CAT EKS20 4,000lb STAND-UP FORKLIFT FOR ONLY $15,800

    June's Deal (steal?) of the Month is a Cat EKS20 stand-up forklift. 4,000lb capacity, with end control. Only 1800 hours use. We've tuned up and reconditioned the battery.

    You get a sweet, fast-responding machine for only $15,800. That's a monthly payment of only $362.35 a month.

    Call Cromer at 800-974-5438 if you're interested. Don't put it off; this one will go fast!

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  • Facts About Propane

    By Marshall Cromer, The Forklift Boss | Jun 07, 2013

    Everyone knows propane. We use it to power everything from barbecues to fleets of forklifts. There’s a lot more to propane than a tank and a hose, though.

    Do you know how to tell if a propane tank is leaking? What’s an Overfilling Prevention Device (OPD) for? The answers to these and more questions are right here, straight from the Forklift Boss. Strap in—it’s a long list!

    What is propane?

    Propane is a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), used for cooking, heating, manufacturing, agriculture, propellants…and powering LPG forklifts. It’s a clean-burning fuel, made from crude oil or natural gas. Almost 87% of the propane used in the U.S. is made here. Most forklift manufacturers make forklifts that run on propane, including our Caterpillar, Doosan and Clark forklift trucks.

    Is all propane the same?

    No. Propane fuel quality does vary. There are several degrees of blends for Liquefied Petroleum Gas. The most common blends are commercial grade propane, commercial grade butane, HD5 and HD10 grade of propane, and butane/propane blends.

    Cromer uses HD10 specification or better for our LPG forklifts, because it’s the industry’s recognized standard for motor fuel. There are many propane service companies that will deliver propane tanks to your company.

    Why does propane smell so bad?

    Propane in its natural state is odorless. After it’s processed, an odorant (ethyl mercaptan) is added to the fuel. This way you can detect a leak by smell, before gas concentrations reach hazardous levels.

    How can you tell if a propane tank is leaking?

    If you think a propane tank or cylinder is leaking, check the following:

    • Smell. If you can smell the odor, there could be a leak or open fitting. (That’s why we add the odorant!)
    • Oily film around the valve or fitting connections. Small leaks often leave an oily residue at the leak point.
    • Sound. A severe leak will sometimes emit a sound, from a low “psssss” to a high-pitched squeal.
    • If you’re running out of propane fast, it’s possible that a leak exists on the container or its lines. Park the forklift and call for assistance.
    • Check for a frosting or freezing spot on the container surface.

    What do you do if you have a leaking propane tank?

    Get it outside and away from any source of ignition, right away! If the tank is attached to a forklift, DO NOT continue to drive the forklift. If the leak is on the fuel line (vapor or liquid), shut off the flow of fuel by closing the service valve. Once you’ve found the leak (or even if you suspect one), call your propane supplier (or us!) for help.

    Why does the forklift tank freeze up or sweat while on the forklift?

    A propane tank/cylinder will sweat or freeze if the forklift is drawing fuel from the vapor space of the forklift container. This can happen if:

    • The tank/cylinder is placed on the forklift incorrectly. (On a DOT cylinder, the two holes on the neck ring need to be on the bottom, so when the tank is in the horizontal position, the bracket peg will fit in one of the holes.)
    • The liquid tube is broken inside the container.
    • You are low enough on fuel that the liquid level is below the liquid withdraw tube opening.
    • A vapor withdraw tank/cylinder is being used on a liquid withdraw system.

    Where should I store propane tanks?

    Small cylinders up to 420 lbs. (100-gallons) should be outside and at least 15 feet from a building opening (windows, doors, vents). Most small multiple cylinders/tanks must be stored outside in a rack or secured area. A larger tank, 100-499 gallons, must be 10 feet away from the building or property line. Tanks from 500 – 2000 gallons are set 25 feet away from a building or property line. 2000+ gallon tanks are 50 feet away from a building or property line.

    Protective barriers or concrete foundations may be needed. Local fire departments and city regulators may be involved in the installation process. If you’re in a city with a Cromer facility, call us and we’ll advise you.

    Do we have to certify our propane tanks?

    Yes. If you have a DOT cylinder propane container, it must be recertified 12 years from the manufacturing date. Then it must be recertified again either 5, 7, or 12 years after (depending on your certifying method). The cylinder will be tested to confirm that it’s still safe to use.

    If you have an ASME tank, it does not get recertified. Instead, you should replace the relief valve every 10 years, per Dept. of Transportation standards.

    Cromer forklifts are sold with certified propane tanks only. Our repair technicians will verify tank safety in Planned Maintenance checks.

    What is an OPD?

    OPD stands for Overfilling Prevention Device. It’s a safety device incorporated into the filling valve of a propane cylinder. The OPD shuts off the flow of gas to a cylinder after 80% capacity has been reached. This limits the potential for release of gas when the cylinder heats, averting a fire or possible injury.

    Industrial trucks have 10% valves that are the gauge in filling up a Horizontal Propane tank. This valve is opened during filling. When gas escapes, the tank is full.

    If you use propane in your material handling equipment, now’s a good time to do a quick check of your tanks. If it’s a Cromer tank, it’s probably fine. But make sure!

    --Marshall Cromer, The Forklift Boss

    LEASE A NEW 3,000lb CLARK FORKLIFT FOR $298/MONTH

    These are some nice new machines. For a limited time, lease a new Clark 3,000lb IC forklift with 188 triple stage & side shifter for only $298 a month.

    Call Cromer at 800-974-5438 to reserve yours.

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  • New CAT and Jungheinrich Forklifts will be "Made in America"

    By Marshall Cromer, The Forklift Boss | Jun 05, 2013

    At the end of February, I attended an MCFA dealer meeting in Houston, Texas. The meeting was a whirlwind. Got back in touch with some old friends, got some new business going. Great time.

    But the highlight was watching the groundbreaking of a new 200,000sq. ft. Houston manufacturing facility for CAT and Jungheinrich forklifts, some of our favorite brands. This new facility will bring 300 manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. from overseas. By the end of 2013, CAT will bring all of its forklift manufacturing to U.S. facilities like this one.


    A photo of the groundbreaking. Unfortunately, they didn't let me join them!

    Cromer Material Handling proudly supports all efforts to promote a strong manufacturing base in the U.S. We have dozens of customers who rely on their CAT and Jungheinrich forklifts day in, day out, all across Northern California (and beyond).

    The more we support our neighbors, the better our businesses ALL become.

    Press Release for the MCFA Groundbreaking: Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America inc. (MCFA) Breaks Ground on Expanded Houston Manufacturing Facilities

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  • HARVEST RENTALS 2013: Reserve By May 30 and Take 15% Off!

    By Marshall Cromer, The Forklift Boss | Mar 29, 2013

    Harvest Season is on the horizon!  Is your material handling equipment ready to meet the demand?

    We would like to welcome everyone to the 2013 season. As Harvest/Crush approaches, and you start to think about renting forklifts and accessories, we’d like you to keep us in mind.

    For Harvest Season, we’re offering 15% off your monthly rental rate if you reserve before May 30.  And better yet, no minimum rental is required.

    The value Cromer adds to Forklift Rentals includes:

    1. Average fleet age - 2.5 years old (newest in Northern California)
    2. Service coverage for the Greater Bay Area and North Central Valley
    3. 24/7 Emergency Service Calls
    4. 24/7 Emergency Calls
    5. No rental minimum
    6. Over 160 Units in the Rental Fleet, including:
    • Front Bin Dumpers
    • Rotators
    • Solid Pneumatic, Late Model
    • Cushion LPG & Electric
    • Golf Cart/Burden Carriers

    Cromer Material Handling is the Preferred Vendor for:

    Gate Controls, Dumpers

    Clamps, Push/Pulls

    Clamps, Pallet Handlers

    Forks, Load Handlers

    If you just need some extra attachments to equip your forklifts for harvest, we’ll get them out to you.  Cromer is able to handle any and every attachment application in the industry.

    To reserve a forklift rental for Harvest Season, please contact our Oakland headquarters at: 510-534-6566

    P.S. - If you’re considering buying a new bin dumper or rotator, NOW is the time to do it.  Current lead time is 4-5 weeks.  In June/July, lead time will be 6-8 weeks+!

    15% OFF FORKLIFT RENTAL RESERVATIONS

    For Harvest/Crush, Cromer is discounting all rentals on forklifts and forklift attachments.  Reservations must be made by May 30.

    Cromer email subscribers are the first to know – but everyone else will soon! So call us at 800-974-5438 to make your rental reservation.

  • Crane Trying to Lift a Bulldozer - Not a Good Idea!

    By Marshall Cromer, The Forklift Boss | Mar 29, 2013
    How's this for "creative" material handling? This is a short video of a crane lowering a bulldozer down into a gulley, off a bridge. NOT SMART! As you'll see from what happens. Things don't quite go according to plan...

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  • Want High Value from Your Lift Trucks? Try a Doosan

    By Marshall Cromer, The Forklift Boss | Mar 06, 2013

    Cromer sells a wide variety of forklifts – CAT, Clark and others. Like Doosan.

    You won’t buy (or rent) a forklift from us unless we think it’s a high value truck. Doosan, a $20-billion company, has proven themselves a reliable forklift manufacturer.

    This month I wanted to go over one major value point for Doosan trucks – braking.

    What Kind of Brakes are on Your Forklift?

    Forklift braking is critical – not only to avoid accidents, but to keep the forklift from braking too suddenly & spilling its contents everywhere. If you’ve already watched the “Top 10 Forklift Accidents” video, you know exactly how bad forklift spills can turn out!

    Doosan went further than their competitors when it came to braking. They equipped all their forklift models with oil-cooled disc brakes (OCDBs).

    OCDBs Reduce Operation Cost by Saving You Money on Maintenance Work

    Oil-Cooled Disc Brakes operate inside of an enclosed and sealed system. This keeps out moisture & foreign materials (dust, sand), so they don’t cause lockups or degrade the brakes.

    OCDBs have superior stopping power too. The discs are run in oil, limiting their wear from friction. Plus they use 3-5 discs per wheel, compared to the standard 2 discs.

    Sealing the brake system up lowers maintenance costs as well. For an average 2,000 hours a year of operation, you can save roughly $4,920 over 5 years.

    That’s like never having to do a brake job for your car.

    Finally, Doosan warranties their brakes. A 5-year, 10,000-hour brake lining warranty on every truck.

    Want a look? This promotional video will show you the Pro5 and GX Range of Doosan forklifts.
    Doosan Forklifts Pro5 and GX Range - YouTube

    Doosan trucks are a great value. We’re glad to represent them at Cromer. If you’re interested in trying one out, here's an offer for you to try...

    LEASE A NEW DOOSAN FORKLIFT FOR $349 A MONTH

    If you’d like you to try out a Doosan forklift, we have brand new ones available at Cromer. Lease a fully-loaded 5,000-pound Pneumatic Doosan Forklift for $349/month.

    Call us at 800-974-5438 to reserve a Doosan. Mention the “Deal of the Month” for this special offer!

  • I've posted a list of my competitors - on MY website!

    By Marshall Cromer, The Forklift Boss | Mar 05, 2013

    I don't call myself "The Forklift Boss" for nothing. At Cromer, we're so confident in our forklift selection...this is how I'll prove it.

    I've just posted a list of our competitors' names and phone numbers. Right here, on Cromer.com. That’s how confident I am our company has the best products, forklift parts, service and rentals in Northern California.

    You can see the new "Competitors Page" here: http://www.cromer.com/Cromer's-Competitors

    If you're looking for a low-end forklift, call any of the people on the list. Tell them Marshall sent you.

    Please, call around.
    You'll be back.

  • Get Tuned Up for the Year

    By Marshall Cromer, The Forklift Boss | Jan 28, 2013
    It's January. The start of a new year. Ideal time for making sure your forklifts are in good working order.

    All forklift types require maintenance to function safely & at peak performance. Fuel system, brakes, lift operation…when was the last time you had those checked?

    Cromer Material Handling has a Major Internal Service Special going on right now. We run a series of checks (over 100), tune-ups, and (if necessary) repairs.

    Reasons to Conduct Annual Maintenance

    What does your forklift get out of maintenance?
    • Improved Performance
    • Meeting Safety Regulations
    • Reliable Brakes (good thing to have)
    • A longer lifespan for doing its work
    Just like your car, a forklift works better when you maintain it.

    Not only are there benefits to regular maintenance, there are risks if you DON’T have it done:
    • Un-maintained forklifts overheat & fail.
    • Un-maintained forklifts have sluggish performance.
    • Un-maintained forklifts are susceptible to wheel slippage.
    • Un-maintained forklifts are at risk of failing safety inspections.
    Every single Cromer forklift goes through our maintenance, so we can avoid all of these problems!

    What’s Involved in Our Maintenance Service

    Our Major Internal Service Special inspects over 100 check points on both IC and electric forklifts. Some of those points include:

    IC Forklifts: Lubrication, Gas Lines, Tires, Cooling System, Brakes, Hydraulic Oil, Mast Chain & Fork, Ignition System

    Electric Forklifts: Electrical System, Brakes, Cooling System, Tires, Wiring, Mast Chain & Fork

    When Was Your Last Forklift Maintenance Done?

    If you aren’t sure, it’s definitely maintenance time.

    Our Maintenance Special is only $1399.99, and INCLUDES a 2-day IC forklift rental – FREE! Yes, we give you a loaner while your forklift is tuned up.

    Or, if you want to try out new 80-volt electrics…we’ll rent you an electric forklift at the discount rate of $50/day!

    Call us at 800-974-5438 to schedule your maintenance appointment.
  • Schedule Your Safety Training for 2013

    By Marshall Cromer, The Forklift Boss | Dec 03, 2012
    Now is the time to sign your crew up for their 2013 safety training classes!

    All businesses using forklifts must have their workers trained for forklift safety. And they must renew this safety training regularly.

    This is training you don’t want to forget. It’s critical for regulatory compliance, licensing, and the #1 priority of any site foreman: Your workers’ safety on the job.

    Our area saw a tragic forklift accident occur just last month.
    Worker at Oakland plastics company killed in forklift accident – KTVU.com

    From the article:
    “(The worker) was using one forklift to lift up and service a second forklift”

    This is an extremely dangerous procedure, and should NEVER be allowed!


    Cromer Material Handling extends our deepest sympathies to the worker’s family, and his employer.

    This is just one reason why safety training is so crucial for all heavy industries. Don’t put yours off.

    Cromer will host forklift safety training on the following 2013 dates:
    • January 18
    • February 15
    • March 15
    • April 19
    • May 17
    • June 21
    • July 19
    • August 16
    • September 20
    • October 18
    • November 22
    • December 13
    Please visit our Safety Training and Train the Trainer pages for signup information. Joy Virnig is our training coordinator; you can email her directly at nsteel@cromer.com.
  • Choosing the Right Forklift Tire

    By Marshall Cromer, The Forklift Boss | Nov 27, 2012

    Tire selection is vital to lift truck operation. Demanding applications require the proper tire for a forklift's reliable performance. How do you choose the right tire? What tread and compound do you need? 

    Let me share some information about 2 types of forklift tires: Cushion Type and Pneumatic/Solid Type.

    CUSHION TYPE TIRES

    Cushion Tread 

    The rule of thumb is: 

    Steer Tires - Always use a smooth tread. 

    Drive Tires - Use smooth tread when possible.

    Smooth tire tread is the choice for most applications because smooth treads: 

    • Contain more rubber, for a longer service life  
    • Have a flat profile for greater stability  
    • Give a larger footprint for better traction  
    • Provide more effective cushioning, making a safer ride 
    • Resists cutting and chunking

    If that's true, why do new lift trucks ship with traction tread? 

    Traction tread tires are installed by most manufacturers because they: 

    • Cost less to OEMs 
    • Are perceived to provide better traction  
    • Look rugged and dependable

    Cushion Compound 

    Cushion tires are not just "black and round". Physical properties may be published by manufacturers. If they aren't published, a tire manufacturer can use lower cost rubber and additives for a cheaper and inconsistent product. Only MITL publishes specific physical properties.  

    There are two types of compound: 

    1. Universal Compound 

    • Designed for basic forklift cushion tires  
    • Formulated with standard quality rubber and additives  
    • Priced competitively 
    • Few problems in low- to medium-use applications  
    • Resists abrasion 

    2. Electric Compound (The best cushion tire to buy!) 

    • Lower rolling resistance o Formulated with high quality rubber and additives 
    • Runs cooler  
    • Resists tearing and chunking due to higher elongation  
    • Constructed of a softer material, protecting the equipment, operator, and load

    PNEUMATIC/SOLID TYPE TIRES

    With pneumatic tires, you have 3 choices on which type to use.

    1. Softuff Solid Pneumatic 

    • Long wearing, scuff-resistant tread
    • Cushion-rubber center reduces load damage  
    • Steel reinforced base provides absolute rim adherence 
    • Greater ground clearance 
    • Diameter meets/exceeds global size and safety standards 
    • Zero-maintenance solid tire 
    • Concave sidewalls increase deflection, reducing equipment and driver fatigue

    2. Softstandard 

    • Long wear, greater ground clearance and increased stability 
    • Constructed with a 70/30 rubber-to-friction stock ratio 
    • Precision interference fit helps eliminate spinning 
    • Rugged tread design provides maximum traction on all surfaces 
    • Concave sidewall improves shock absorption

    3. MPC Type - Black and Round 

    Very popular because of its price

    • European-type size which has less tread 
    • Soft riding center compound increases shock absorption 
    • Provides an economical solution for good tires

    Ask Cromer what tire works best for your application.  We're happy to help!

  • Choose the Right Forklift

    By Marshall Cromer, The Forklift Boss | Sep 13, 2012

    It's important to select the proper forklift for the job. If you aren't sure what type is best, watch this video to help you determine what type of forklift would best match your needs and budget.