Your forklift is a valuable investment, so it’s essential that you know how to keep it in working order. However, it’s easy to mislay the manuals that come with it. These days, the manufacturer might not even provide a manual. They just publish the manuals online. Even if they do not, you are rarely without recourse. With a few keystrokes, you can find precisely the manual you need.
First, determine the make and model of your forklift. On most forklifts, this will be clearly visible on the machine. However, if you don’t see the make and model, try looking on the forklift itself for a sticker that might tell you. It could be on the inside of the door. If you bought it online, go through your search history and see if you can find it again. If you purchased it from a physical store, they might keep records of the models they sell and will be able to help you find what you bought. Alternatively, try just typing in what you do know in your search engine. Possible keywords could include the make or any defining features it has. Most times, your forklift will pop up in the results.
Often, forklift manufacturers will publish manuals for their products on their website. You can read them online, or usually, you can download them as PDF’s. Even if your forklift is several years old, chances are you’ll still be able to find the manual for it. Just find the make and model and find the “support” or “customer care” section on the manufacturer’s website and see if they have a place to search for manuals.
Note, however, that if your forklift is several years old or if the manufacturer makes several different products, the manual you are looking for might be buried deep. Depending on how user-friendly their website is, you might have to mine through several pages and manuals to get to the one you need.
However, you might be able to just type the make and model and “manual” into your search engine and let it comb through the manufacturer’s website itself, and any other database that could have the right manual. If there are too many search results, you can narrow it down to only results from the manufacturer’s site by typing “site:[manufacturerswebsite.com] [Forklift Model] Service (or Parts) Manual” into the search engine.
If it still doesn’t pop up after that, try searching through one of the websites that specifically compile manuals for forklifts. There are several of these sites, and they have databases of hundreds of manuals.
Unfortunately, a lot of manufacturer’s websites aren’t terribly user-friendly, so finding the specific manual need might take a bit of work. However, with just about any manual you could think of being uploaded online, at least you can be pretty sure nothing you need is lost forever.