CLARK S-Series Forklift, “SAFE” Video

From improved center of gravity, to optional rear view camera and automatic parking brake, see all the new features and improvements that make CLARK’s new S-Series
one of the safest forklifts on the market today.  Learn more about the S-Series

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Tips to Lower Your Material Handling Costs

Reducing your costs means increasing your profits and increasing your profits has never been more challenging than in recent years.  Our experience with hundreds of various types of operations, utilizing hundreds of pieces of equipment in more than a thousand ways, has exposed us to thousands of variations in facilities, equipment, and applications. In working with these diverse clients, we have recognized commonalities that, when implemented, resulted in lower total operating costs for materials handling most of the time. Following are five that we highly recommend:

Choose Application-Specific Equipment – In other words, “buy the right equipment for the job at hand.” We often see equipment being used in applications for which they were not designed. That results in accelerated wear, increased damage and ultimately, increased costs. Working with professionals who can survey your applications and recommend the right equipment for each job is one of the most important things you can do to decrease overall costs.  Using the proper equipment with the right specifications means efficient, productive results.

Planned Maintenance – Your fleet equipment works hard. And hard-working equipment needs proper maintenance.  Working with a professional and reputable fleet service provider that serves you at appropriate intervals is the key to catching small maintenance issues, before they become larger and much more expensive. In addition, well-maintained equipment operates more efficiently, experiences more up-time and results in improved operator morale.

Invest in a Robust Training Program – Operator safety training is required by OSHA, and a daily inspection of equipment is one of OSHA’s requirements. Most companies train their operators regarding safe operation, but more often than not, the training stops there. Clients that invest in training employees to perform daily inspections, and to know what to look for, see results. If you install a process for equipment that will eventually need repair, you can ensure that unsafe equipment stays off the operating floor, and small repairs can be handled before they blossom into colossal nightmares.

Work With Single-Source Dealerships When Possible – The more work you can assign to a qualified and reliable supplier, the fewer calls you have to make. In turn, the supplier becomes more familiar with your equipment, facility and applications. This leads to greater efficiencies for you. It also allows your supplier to better understand your operation and thus make logical suggestions that can reduce your costs, increase your efficiency and productivity, and ultimately improve your bottom line.

Fleet Management – Whether you do it yourself or assign responsibility to your materials handling partner, fleet management is a key part of knowing the useful economic lifespan of your equipment. And economic lifespan may vary by application within your operation. If you keep a finger on the pulse of your maintenance expenses and know when it’s time to trade in or re-lease, that process will more than pay for itself in the long run.

There are hundreds of other things you can do to minimize the total operating costs of your facility. We have addressed some of them in previous feature articles. We hope that you have found these Top Five useful.  If we can assist you further, or provide you with more information, please contact us at 888-322-LIFT.

BYD Forklifts, the Future of Forklifts

Meet the Electric Forklift Featuring Iron Phosphate Batteris
Imagine an electric forklift that can run up to 18 hours and a battery that can fully charge in 1.5 hours, requires no watering, maintenance,  or ventilation, and greatly improves safety.  IMAGINE IT NO MORE – Cal-Lift is NOW your source!  Oh yeah – the battery has a 10-year warranty! Click here to learn more.

Cal-Lift Earns Dealer of the Year, 2017 from BYD

BYD, (Building Your Dreams), the company has been revolutionizing the rechargeable battery since 1995 has announced that Cal-Lift Inc. has earned the Dealer of the Year Award for 2017.

Cal-Lift is honored to have received this award, having placed more lithium iron phosphate batteries (Le) forklifts in service than any other dealer in America. We are very pleased with the way that the Southern California materials handling, storage and distribution market has embraced lithium battery technology.

Our customers are seeing safer and more efficient electric forklift operations. No battery changing stations, one battery per truck and each battery is warrantied for ten years. And with a proven company like BYD standing by the product, it reduces fears of being “early adopters” of this technology.

We look forward to even more success with BYD products and their fleet offerings are expanded and more companies become aware of the savings and safety improvements of the BYD products.

To learn more about BYD forklifts, please visit their website. To see our line-up of BYD electric forklifts, please visit our BYD forklift showroom. Photos are below of the presentation.

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Mike Marrs, Vice President of Sales, Cal-Lift and Mark Maechling, President, Cal-Lift accepting the award from Brian Rippie and Macy Neshati of BYD.

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Section 179 Improved for 2018

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With the passage and signing into law of H.R.1, aka, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the deduction limit for Section 179 increases to $1,000,000 for 2018 and beyond. The limit on equipment purchases likewise has increased to $2.5 million.

Further, the bonus depreciation is 100% and is made retroactive to 9/27/2017 and good through 2022. The bonus depreciation also now includes used equipment.

See the fully updated 2018 Section 179 Calculator to see how this tax deduction affects your company.

2017 Section 179 Tax Information (Last Year)

The Section 179 deduction is $500,000 for 2017, with a 50% bonus depreciation in place until late September (see 2018 information for change).

Click Here for the fully updated Section 179 Calculator for tax year 2017 (Last Year).

Answers to the Three Most Common Section 179 Questions

How Much Can I Save on My Taxes in 2018?
It depends on the amount of qualifying equipment and software that you purchase and put into use. See the handy Section 179 Calculator that’s fully updated for 2018, and includes any/all increases from any future legislation.

What Sort of Equipment Qualifies in 2018?
Most tangible business equipment qualifies. Click here for qualifying property.

When Do I Have to Do This By?
Section 179 for 2018 expires midnight, 12/31/2018. If you wish to deduct the full price of your equipment from your 2018 taxes and take advantage of the new higher deduction limits, it must be purchased and put into service by then.

Many businesses are finding Section 179 Qualified Financing to be an attractive option in 2018, especially since the expected Federal Discount Rate increases don’t leave much time for action. Please apply today.

More Section 179 Deduction Questions Answered

Welcome to Section179.Org, your definitive resource for all things Section 179. We’ve brought together a large amount of information regarding Section 179, and clearly and honestly discuss the various aspects of IRS §179 in plain language. This will allow you to make the best possible financial decisions for your company.

Section 179 can be extremely profitable to you, so it is to your benefit to learn as much as possible. To begin, you may have a lot of questions regarding Section 179 such as:

Check out our line-up of new forklifts or used forklifts, then contact us at 800-322-5438 for more information or a quote.

Cal-Lift Receives Honors from CLARK

At the recent annual celebration for CLARK Material Handling dealerships, Cal-Lift Inc. was honored to be recognized as a CLARK “Dealer of Merit.” This award is reserved for dealerships whose service, parts and sales departments exceed CLARK’s stringent qualifications.

“We are very proud of all of our employees who helped make this possible” said our President, Mark Maechling. “Without the dedication of each and every employee at Cal-Lift, these types of honors would not be possible” he added.

Cal-Lift, Inc. believes that by operating at a high level of ethics and responsibility, we are best able to serve our customer’s short, and long-term goals, and is represented in our Mission Statement.

“We are Cal-Lift.  We succeed because we make a difference for our customers and manufacturers by providing the right equipment supported by superior parts and service.

Our success depends upon us being a customer-focused team. We empower our people to make good decisions. We partner with our manufacturers to deliver the highest value equipment solutions.  We seek to forge strong long-term reciprocal relationships with our customers.

By doing all the above, we establish the foundation to maintain consistently strong and stable financial and market performance.”

Along with our Dealer of Merit Award, Cal-Lift’s Rental Manager, Charlie Schwasz was recognized by CLARK as “Rental Manager of the Year.” Charlie received this national recognition above all other CLARK dealership’s rental managers because of his dedication to providing the rental equipment our customers need, when they need it, and making sure that it is in top operating condition. All of us at Cal-Lift Inc. congratulate Charlie and thank him for his dedication to our customers.

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DOM Award - smLeft to Right (Mike Marrs, VP Sales, Cal-Lift; Mark Maechling, President, Cal-Lift; Herb Michelli and Rick Dalhke, CLARK Material Handling)

Charlie SchwaszLeft to Right (Charlie Schwasz, Rental Manager, Cal-Lift Inc.; Rick Dalhke, CLARK Material Handling)