SIE Donates Forklifts & Pallet Jacks to Support Red Cross Hurricane Florence Relief

October 12th, 2018 — In collaboration with Toyota Materials Handling U.S.A. (TMHU), Southeast Industrial Equipment’s rental and parts departments responded to numerous American Red Cross requests for materials handling equipment rentals to assist in Hurricane Florence relief efforts at warehouse locations near SIE’s Florence, SC, Columbia, SC, Wilson, NC, and Hampton Roads, VA branches.American Red Cross Donation from SIE

Hurricane Florence has had devastating impacts in North and South Carolina. After making landfall in the Southeast, many rivers swollen with rain, have caused historic flooding and threatened homes, industries, and infrastructure. Preliminary information suggests that between 8,000 to 10,000 homes may have suffered major damage or were destroyed. More than 3,500 Red Cross disaster workers from all over the country are helping to shelter, feed and support people affected. Working with partners, the Red Cross has served more than 921,600 meals and snacks, provided more than 114,700 overnight stays (92% by the Red Cross), distributed more than 138,200 relief items like diapers and comfort kits for people forced from their homes.

The Red Cross submitted forklift rental requests to TMHU who then got in touch with executives at Southeast Industrial Equipment to respond with immediate assistance. SIE delivered 11 Toyota hand pallet jacks and 13 Toyota forklifts to Red Cross locations throughout the devastation to assist in warehouse facilities to move pallets of water, food, and other items needed. Southeast Industrial Equipment donated one month of the rental equipment to the Red Cross and TMHU will donate the remaining months expenses.

Nationally, Toyota Material Handling assists the Red Cross with volunteer forklift training and encourages employees to become certified Red Cross forklift operators. The national partnership with the American Red Cross is Toyota’s commitment to support local communities and neighbors to ensure everyone gets through tough times together.

It is a privilege of SIE to be able to partner with Toyota Materials Handling, U.S.A. to help those in need during hard times.

Forklift Tires: What You Need To Know And When They Should Be Replaced

Are you like most, wondering what type of tires you need for your forklift? What if you don’t know when to replace your forklift tires? These are critical factors that could save you and your company a great deal of time and money. In this blog we will cover the two main types of forklift tires and the wear and tear to look for.

Forklift tires come in three different varieties cushion, solid pneumatic and air-filled pneumatic. Cushion forklift tires are primarily used indoors or on smooth outdoor surfaces. These tires can puncture easily, therefore, they are not suited for rough terrain. Pneumatic forklift tires are similar to a car or truck tire when air-filled for more comfort. Solid pneumatic forklift tires are used in outdoor applications where debris can easily make your tire go flat. Both cushion and pneumatic tires are offered in treaded or smooth options, however, you need to be aware of the moisture around the operation in order to make an educated decision on what type of tire you will need for traction.

Worn forklift tires can cause more damage to your lift truck that you would think. The axle of your forklift is typically specific to what type of tire it should have. Forklifts do not have suspension systems so the tires absorb the weight of the truck and the load. Therefore, the more worn your tires are the more pressure is put on the axle of the forklift. In order to reduce the risk of axle and other damage to your lift trucks, tires must be part of the daily operator checklist for each unit before using them. “Did you know: after a tire has worn 40%, the forklift and the driver will absorb over 84% of the shock if it’s being run over a rough surface. The transmission has to work much harder to turn the tires the same amount of rotation, which can result in a breakdown.” – If an operator starts to see chunking, cracking, tearing and/or flat spots it is time to replace your forklift tires. Below is an example of tires that have worn down to the “safety line” that some forklift tires come with and an example of tire chunking.

Worn Forklift Tires

Replacing forklift tires can be very dangerous and should not be performed but anyone not properly trained to do so. If you are in need of tire replacement services, contact Southeast Industrial Equipment at any one of our 10 branch locations throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia or Virginia. See our forklift tire guide below for more details.

Forklift Tire Guide

Schedule your next forklift service with SIE. FORKLIFT SERVICE REQUEST