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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.

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Bear Country Forklift Parts and Supply LLC
816 1/2 Superior Street
Antigo, WI  54409
bearcountryforklift@yahoo.com
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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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INDUSTRIAL FLOOR SWEEPERS AND SCRUBBERS: SELECTING THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT

When you’re making the investment in floor cleaning solutions for your warehouse, think about the overall process, including cleaning goals and floor space.
industrial floor sweeper
Determine the actual cleaning floor space.
“Do I need an industrial floor sweeper or scrubber?
This is the first question every company should address before their investment. Very quickly you can determine the right solution by asking – “Do we use a broom and dustpan? Or mop and bucket?” If a broom is sufficient, an industrial floor sweeper will handle your needs. For a mop and bucket solution, invest in the industrial floor scrubber.
“Our company has decided to invest in an industrial floor sweeper or scrubber. Should we select a rider or walk-behind?”
Whether you need a rider or walk-behind depends greatly on the floor space square footage, how often you clean and the results you expect to maintain. A rider scrubber is larger and holds more cleaning solution. It can clean 58,000 sq ft/per hour. A rider sweeper will also handle a large area, cleaning 52,000 sq ft/per hour. A walk-behind will cover a smaller range, approximately 30,000 sq ft/per hour for a scrubber and 30,000 sq ft/per hour for a sweeper.
When calculating the floor space, consider how much it covered by offices, racking and product. On average, most companies have only 30% of their building exposed for cleaning.
Frequency of the cleaning is another factor. Will you clean the floor space in its entirety once a week? Or, do you tend to break down the area, cleaning a smaller portion each day? Your expectations of a maintained area matter as well, possibly increase the frequency of cleaning.

INDUSTRIAL SWEEPERS AND FOUR QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER WHEN PURCHASING EQUIPMENT

A sign of a safer, healthier warehouse environment is a clean floor. While the food and medical industries are mandated to provide a sanitary environment, manufacturing and industrial processes typically use processes that are dirty. When care is taken to minimize the resulting dirt and debris, not only are slip and fall hazards decreased but employees and visitors are impressed with the company’s commitment to a safer workplace.
Industrial sweepers offer a more efficient cleaning method for warehouses. The equipment’s main purpose is to pick up dust and debris on the warehouse floor. Instead of pushing dirt to the side – something that occurs when using a broom – the industrial sweeper vacuums the dust and tosses it into a built-in container. Operation of the equipment is quiet and its lightweight components make it user-friendly for the operator.
To help you evaluate your industrial sweeper options, we are sharing our top four questions to consider:
What are you picking up? Knowing the cleaning challenges on your warehouse floor is key to equipment and brush selection. You may be struggling with materials only such as fine dust and broken pallets. However, if you are dealing with the residue or oil and grease, an industrial sweeper may not be your full solution.
Where are you cleaning? Some warehouses have an open area but yours may involve obstacles like aisles, docks, parking areas and work bays. Also consider your surface and if it is wet, smooth, rough, etc.
How large is the area being cleaned? While your warehouse is 5,000 square feet, the industrial sweeper may need to clean only 50 percent of this area. For an accurate calculation, decrease it where flooring is covered by work bays, equipment, racking, etc. If you clean aisles, measure the width of the aisles to ensure the equipment can maneuver within the space. Understanding the size of the area will also determine if your operator should use a walk-behind or ride-on model.
How often do you clean? For the best productivity results your industrial sweeper must maintain a charge during the cleaning. Many models operate on battery; however, some equipment uses gasoline, diesel or liquid propane. To project a return on investment in time-savings, benchmark the current time spent on cleaning the warehouse floor.
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* PERSONNEL CARRIERS: WALK OR RIDE? 8 QUESTIONS TO ASK.

How many repetitive trips in the warehouse are your employees making on foot?
Pedestrian interaction with material handling equipment traffic is one of the most dangerous situations in a manufacturing, warehousing or distribution environment. Without protected walkways it is difficult for operators to visually locate pedestrians. Personnel carriers can not only increase the safe transport of employees but it can also increase their productivity.

Forklift fatality statistics teach us an operator is more likely to kill a pedestrian than themselves in an accident. Putting an employee in a personnel carrier with running lights or a flashing beacon and horn reduces pedestrian traffic and risk of injury. Visibility of personnel is also increased while riding on this equipment.

Productivity does work hand in hand with safety.
An employee only has so many hours to accomplish work each day. Minutes wasted on walking cuts into the time they have to do other tasks. The employee may rush throughout the day, taking shortcuts in the facility instead of staying in marked-off walkways.

Additionally a person may think, “If I do this the safe way, it will slow me down.” For example, if a maintenance worker needs a tool to safely finish a repair, he may decide not to walk back to the shop to find it. Instead, he will use tools he has on-hand to finish the job which may result in an injury.

The right machine for the job is as important to safety as it is to productivity, customer satisfaction and reliability. Ask these 8 questions when considering a personnel carrier for your facility:

What distances do you need to travel?
How many trips through the facility do you expect to make with the equipment per shift?
Will you need to travel outside, even when it rains or is dark?
Do you have grades or rough areas to travel?
How tight are areas you must maneuver?
Will you need to carry materials or tools? If yes, what is the combined weight of the load and personnel?
How big are the materials you need to move?
Will you need to tow product?
A personnel carrier may be seen as a luxury item for the warehouse; however, it can reclaim production time lost during walking through the facility. It also decreases the risk of workplace accidents or injuries.
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Why Are Forklift Safety Lights Needed?

Even though safety devices like back up alarms and strobe lights were being added to forklifts from many manufacturers as standard issue equipment, a better solution was needed. Whatever value these devices had as safety systems was negated by the fact that they were so annoying to operators who watched the strobe lights and listened to the grating alarm all day, every day, that they were being intentionally disabled by many forklift drivers. Obviously, a safety precaution that doesn’t work properly is no good to anyone. What was needed in the industry was an obvious, yet unobtrusive warning system that would allow both inattentive pedestrians and other forklift operators to quickly identify not only that a forklift was headed in their direction, but also precisely where it was coming from and how fast it was moving. The forklift blue safety light solves all of these problems in one neat package. Blue forklift spot lights are a favorite of operators for their unobtrusiveness, pedestrians for their prominence and easiness to notice even while distracted, and management because they actually get results and increase the safety of the whole team.

What is the purpose of the Red Zone Danger Area Warning Light?

40% of all forklift accidents involve a pedestrian. Ensure pedestrians stay a safe distance away from the forklift with the Red Zone Warning Light. The Red Zone puts a bright red line on the floor, near the forklift, to show pedestrians where they are not allowed. This zone can also be called the HALO zone and can be adjusted to the distance of your choice. The Red Zone helps prevent foot injuries and collisions from rear end swing, as well as, showing the NO GO ZONE around any piece of mobile equipment. How is the Red Zone mounted, wired up and adjusted? The Red Zone lights are mounted to the sides of the forklift and can also be mounted on the rear and/or front. One Red Zone light is required for each side of the forklift you want to protect. They come with a tool free bracket so that you can quickly and easily mount them to the forklift’s overhead guard without modifying or damaging it in any way. Our Red Zone video shows the complete mounting process. They are mounted slightly in back of where the operator sits so as not to interfere with their progress as they get on and off the forklift. Heavy duty zip ties hold the lights firmly to the overhead guard. The Red Zone lights are then adjusted with the swiveling mounting bracket to the distance of choice. Each company can set their own NO GO ZONE or HALO ZONE distance, typically between two and five feet from the forklift. Installation of each light bracket should take only a few minutes on most makes and models of forklifts. Once all the lights are mounted, a qualified maintenance person or forklift technician can wire the lights into the forklift’s power. Exactly where to connect into the truck’s power will depend on each make and model, see your local dealer or contact the manufacturer if you have any questions on how to connect them. You will want the Red Zone lights to be on all the time the forklift is on, even when it is stopped; when the forklift is shut off, the Red Zone lights should also turn off
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