About Us

Bear Country Forklift Parts and Supply LLC was created in part from the vast experience Scott has with material handling equipment as well as farm manufacturing equipment.
Our prices are at or lower than competitor prices.We look forward to helping you with price quotes, ordering, and keeping your business run as efficiently as possible.

Our faith in God is what made us decide to take this journey in becoming business owners.
Our faith in the customers will make our business a success.

We are up to the challenge of hunting for your parts for your forklift, aerial, farm equipment, and any material handling parts.

Give us a call at 715-627-7770 today for a quote or an order.

 

Bear Country Forklift Parts and Supply LLC
816 1/2 Superior Street
Antigo, WI  54409
bearcountryforklift@yahoo.com
715-627-7770
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* * Merry Christmas To Everyone * *

I hope that everyone has a very special and blessed Christmas. I am so very grateful to all my customers / friends again this Holiday Season . Remember, The best presents are not the ones under the tree, but are truly our Family, Friends and having our Health.
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* Forklift Chain Importance

Have you ever been carrying a bag full of groceries as a small hole in the bag was growing larger and larger? Perhaps the hole kept growing bigger until just before you got inside, the bag ripped and your canned fruit and vegetables flew everywhere. That scenario is a bit like what happens when your forklift chain isn’t properly maintained.

The pins in your forklift chain are extremely important.

The pins in the chain are what hold your entire load.

Over time, those pins wear out.

If your pins are wearing out and you’re either unaware or not addressing the issue, you’re playing roulette and your odds aren’t good.
Dropping your groceries is bad. Dropping a 3,000 lb. load can be catastrophic.

At the very least, when you suddenly drop thousands of pounds, you’re going to scare yourself and other people. Unfortunately, that usually isn’t the only outcome. If pedestrians are walking by when you drop a load, the outcome could be fatal.

Take a look at 3 common reasons forklift chains are condemned and consider whether or not it might be time to replace yours.

Broken Links: Broken links can be caused by abnormal force on the chains whether from dropping a load or working on an uneven surface.

Turned Pins: Lack of lubrication will cause pins to turn. If you see one turned pin, it’s likely there will be more.

Wear or Elongation Over Three Percent: Over time, forklift chains wear out. You’ll need a chain gauge to measure wear and elongation. If your chain has elongated over three percent, it’s time to replace it.

Fortunately, proper maintenance can help get ahead of old forklift chains before they break. Make planned maintenance a priority.
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11 QUESTIONS WHEN CHOOSING FORKLIFT SAFETY ACCESSORIES

Forklift Safety Accessories
Which of these forklift safety accessories could improve safety at your warehouse?
When placed in the proper warehouse atmosphere, forklift safety accessories can be effective for accident prevention; however, they should never replace the use of horns, spotters or areas restricted to pedestrian traffic. And, because an accessory is only as effective as the person using it, advantages of using the safety accessory should be stressed to those employees conducting pre-shift forklift inspections and operating the forklift.

11 QUESTIONS

Could a safety accessory have prevented a recent accident?
Are blind spots prevalent throughout the warehouse or in a specific area?
Have operators complained of neck strain?
Do operators frequently forget to sound the forklift’s horn?
Is the warehouse well lit?
Are forklifts used primarily in daylight?
Is the warehouse very large or small, causing sounds to be distant or overwhelming?
Is the warehouse naturally noisy?
Would a back-up alarm potentially cause hearing loss?
Are forklifts operated near flammable materials?
Were the forklifts manufactured with a safety accessory?
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FORKLIFT OIL SELECTION

forklift service
Oil selection can have an impact on your forklift. What works for your model or application?
What oil should be used when doing maintenance on my forklift?
The type of oil recommended for your equipment will depend greatly on its engine design. A standard sit-down counterbalance forklift may use 5W-30 or 10W-40 while diesel units require oil with additional additives.

FORKLIFT OIL VISCOSITY

The first number of the oil’s description describes its viscosity at lower temperatures. The second number relates to the thickness at operating, or warmer, temperature. A lower viscosity will perform better in winter’s colder temperatures.
The recent trend for many forklift manufacturers is usage of lighter oil such as 5W-30 or 5W-40 for its fuel economy benefit. The lightness decreases the resistance of an engine turn, using less energy and oil.

MANUFACTURER GUIDELINES

Included in the forklift operator manual are guidelines for oil; however, it’s good to question what is best for your application. Forklifts are built for industrial, heavy-duty work. Without a quality oil that includes the right additives, major components of the forklift may show early signs of breakdown.
Matching oil and grease to the forklift’s application can have a positive impact on its parts. For example, the mast pivot takes on a lot of pressure. It’s also affected by water and dirt thrown up from the ground. After switching the grease placed on the bushings, wear and tear was less noticeable.
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ENFORCING RULES FOR SEMI-TRUCK UNLOADING
The majority of semi-truck drivers are paid by the mile or number of delivered loads. When their truck is sitting on a dock waiting to be unloaded, the driver’s schedule and paycheck can be affected. To put pressure on the dock crew, the driver may stand on the dock or back of the truck. He may also offer to help by using the company’s forklift to unload his semi-truck; however, these actions create a dangerous environment.
Out of the Trailer
To stay safe, it is imperative for companies to have enforced guidelines related to semi-drivers & unloading.
To have a safe workplace, it is imperative that companies enforce rules regarding semi-trucks, drivers and unloading product.
SEMI-TRUCK DRIVER REQUIREMENTS:

the driver to surrender truck keys to the dock office
the trailer to be dropped for installation of a jack stand and wheel chocks
glad-hand locks to disable the driver’s capability of releasing the trailer’s brake
the driver to relocate to a waiting area
dock lock systems with operator controls

FORKLIFT HAZARDS

These rules, processes and safety equipment are rooted in the reality that semi-truck drivers have been involved in forklift accidents. If the company hands paperwork to a driver, she may assume the trailer has been unloaded and pull away from the dock prematurely. Unfortunately, this miscommunication can leave a forklift and its operator inside the trailer or in transition from dock plate to trailer. The result is a devastating accident.
Another hazard occurs when truck drivers remain near production. To ask a question, the driver may approach the forklift operator from behind while the trailer is being unloaded. Many near-miss accidents occur on the dock while other instances report truck drivers being struck by the forklift.
Control of truck drivers and their semi-truck during unloading is very important. Communication, rules and enforcement can save all parties from a deadly forklift accident.
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* Prepping Your Heavy Equipment for Winter

FORKLIFT

Winter is coming — is your forklift ready? If you’re like most people, you probably don’t have a file marked “Heavy Equipment
Maintenance Schedule” on your desk or a “Winter Forklift
Maintenance” reminder on your calendar.

That’s OK. But whether you rely on a planned maintenance program to make sure your forklift or fleet is set for the season or you prefer to maintain the machinery in-house, conducting some essential pre-season maintenance is absolutely imperative to protect your operation from unexpected repair bills, downtime and related cold-weather headaches.

Here’s a checklist of some key areas to pay attention to:

The Battery

Test it with a load tester to make sure it’s close to maximum strength. Check and clean the cables too. Cold weather can be extremely rough on batteries. If the battery is borderline, it may be cheaper to deal with it proactively to avoid possible downtime when the mercury starts to plunge. Thorough maintenance of the battery is, of course, even more imperative for electric forklifts. Be aware that batteries may discharge more quickly in extra-cold temperatures.

Cooling System/Antifreeze

Use a hydrometer to test the antifreeze and make sure that the level is sufficient and that the coolant is in good condition. Inspect hoses and other components for leaks.

Tires

Check your tires — both for proper air pressure (for pneumatic tires) and to ensure that you have sufficient depth on your treads (do this for solid tires as well as air-filled).

Tuneup / General Maintenance

Getting a tuneup ahead of winter is generally recommended. The most important thing is to make sure that you are up to date on all of your scheduled service visits and inspections.

Lights

Making sure your lights are in good working order is especially important during wintertime, when the days are darker and visibility can be compromised by weather conditions. If your equipment uses halogen lighting it may be a good time to consider upgrading to LED, which lasts longer, shines brighter and is not affected by freezing temperatures or the vibrations created by your forklift during operation.

Hydraulics

Keeping all of your moving parts well-lubricated is always essential, but especially so during winter when frigid temps can cause those joints to stiffen up.

Cabs

For materials handling equipment that has an enclosed cab and windshield, be sure the heater, windshield wipers are functioning properly and latches are all lubricated.

Operators

Of course, pre-winter planning is not limited to the equipment itself. Especially for work that takes place outdoors, you’ve got to make sure your operators are equipped to do the job under more challenging conditions — for example, warm work clothes, layers to transition comfortably from indoor to outdoor duties, gloves to prevent numb fingers. (For obvious safety reasons, you never want to see an operator trying to warm his hands over the engine block!)

Additional Winter Forklift Tips

Keep trafficked areas clear: Remove any snow and ice or other hazards that could impede the safe operation of your equipment. For high-trafficked outdoor areas, you may need to spread some grit (sand/salt mix) to increase traction.

Take it a little slower:

Though it may seem obvious to suggest that drivers reduce speeds in challenging conditions, many drivers are so skilled at operating their machines that they may underestimate the potential impact of icy or wet conditions.

Take a break:

Winter work can be more fatiguing as the body generates extra energy to combat the cold. Operators should be encouraged to pay attention to signs that their energy or focus is flagging and, if so, take a quick breather and refuel with some carbs and calories.

Warm it up:

Yes, there’s lots of work to be done, but it’s still essential to properly warm up your forklift during cold weather for the sake of your engine and hydraulic systems. Recommendations include letting the machine idle for a few minutes with no load, then operating each hydraulic function to help allow the oil to circulate.

Clean it up:

After operation, be sure to thoroughly clean the forklift of any and all wintertime grime it has accumulated during its shift — sand, salt, snow, dirt and grit, etc.

Yes, most of this advice is common sense. But in addition to snow, winter also brings a flurry of additional activity that can distract your focus from proper planning for maintenance and safety needs.
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SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR FORKLIFT FORKS AND
DO YOU HAVE THE RIGHT FORKS ON YOUR FORKLIFT?

Worn or altered forks are a safety hazard. Learn answers to common fork issues.

As a forklift and material handling provider, Bear Country Forklift receives questions regarding forks and how to maintain safe forklift operation. Common questions include:
We are planning to drill a hole in our forklift’s forks to install a chain that will help us move our product. What are the guidelines for modifying forks?

Forks that have been altered without the manufacturer’s assistance (i.e. drilling, welding) have been compromised and no longer meet industry standards. Drilling a hole in your lift truck’s forks put you at risk for accidents and OSHA-issued fines. Manufacturer approval must be gained in order to have a hole drilled in your forks. Modification of the forks must also be performed by the manufacturer.
One of my forklift’s forks is damaged. Can I replace just the one I need?
Forks should be replaced in pairs. Not doing so will cause your load to be uneven and may cause a tip-over. Uneven loads also put stress on the mast and other major components of the lift truck.

How often should I inspect my forklift’s forks?

Federal law mandates that forks are inspected 1x/annually. Forks become thin over time due to daily operations and dragging. A 10% wear on your forks decreases the capacity of the lift truck by 20%.

DO YOU HAVE THE RIGHT FORKS ON YOUR FORKLIFT?

Having forks the same length as your load is a misconception. For stability the forks must reach under only 75% of the load.
There’s nothing standard about a pair of forklift forks. They are a key component to your forklift and not having the right type puts your product and employees at risk. If your company frequently switches forks or purchased the forklift secondhand, you may be at higher risk for having forks that aren’t compatible.
Ensure you have the right forks by answering 3 questions:
What type of forklift are you operating?
Forklifts are divided into classes based on factors such as fuel type and function. Forks must meet industry standards that make them interchangeable, regardless of the lift truck manufacturer; however, they are specific to the capacity of the forklift. If your company has a mixed forklift fleet, never assume forks can be traded.
Are you using an attachment?
Forklift attachments also specify the use of specific forks. Research your operator manuals to know which forks are required.
What are you picking up?
Not everything is transported by pallets. You must know the basics of what you are picking up such as weight, dimensions and load center. “Having your forklift rated for capacity isn’t enough. Your forks must also be thick enough to safely carry the product
If you’re picking up mixed loads, determine the heaviest product. For forks the same width, increasing the thickness from 1-1/2” to 2” doubles the fork capacity, making them more versatile.”
Having forks the same length as your load is also a misconception.
For stability the forks must reach under only 75% of the load. It is also important forks aren’t too long. Forks that stick out beyond the transported product are a driving hazard as operators hit racking, pedestrians and other obstacles.” Product damage also occurs when long forks bump items already sitting on the rack.
If the fork tips have a strong impact, it can push product off. “If a co-worker is on the other side of the racking, they could be severely injured by falling product

Forks are not “one size fits all”. A better understanding of specifics about your forklift and loads will uncover the best fork options for your application.
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