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

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CLARK GEX Electric Forklifts

In the past, one truck would be used for outdoor applications and another truck would be used for indoor warehousing. Now one GEX can handle both environments, leaving you with the thought…two “hands” aren’t always better than one.

  • Dual reversing drive motors and zero turn steer axle allow right angle stacking similar to that of a cushion tire electric. Solid pneumatic tires plus enclosed motors and sealed controls allow the truck to operate outdoors as well, making the GEX an excellent indoor/outdoor truck.
  • Zero turn steer axle provides the tightest possible turning radius. 2-wheel drive provides added traction, especially on wet or uneven surfaces.
  • The rear control cover is hinged and supported by gas springs for easy service access from a standing position. On board diagnostics allow servicing mechanic to check fault codes
    without service tool.

Visit our CLARK Forklift Showroom.

Cal-Lift Helps Daylight Transport “Go Green” with BYD Forklifts

Daylight FacilityCal-Lift has entered into an agreement with Daylight Transport to provide the first fleet of
BYD forklifts that include revolutionary, maintenance free, Iron-Phosphate (Fe) battery technology.  By using the world’s safest, most environmentally friendly batteries, Daylight Transport will eliminate all the hazards and liabilities associated with toxic lead-acid batteries and increase productivity and operational savings.

Using the BYD forklifts will enable Daylight Transport to meet their goal of having a 100 percent green terminal.  Cal-Lift has provided material handling solutions to Southern California since 1964 and sees BYD forklift as being the future of green technology.

When Daylight opened its new Fontana distribution facility, their goal was to minimize the carbon footprint and they’ve all but eliminated it. The 57,300 sq. ft. derives 85% of its energy requirements from a 600KW solar system mounted to the roof of the building (see photo). Motion sensors and energy efficient lighting help reduce consumption, as does the new fleet of 40 BYD  3, and 4-wheel electric forklifts, supplied by Cal-Lift.

We are proud to be part of Daylight Transport’s efforts to go green, minimize its impact on the Earth and provide them with forklifts that help them achieve these energy goals.

Learn more about BYD forklifts, then contact us at 800-322-5438 for a demo and a quote.

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Mark Maechling, President, Cal-Lift at Daylight Transports Fontana Distribution Facility

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Mike Marrs, Vice President, Cal-Lift at Daylight Transports Fontana Distribution Facility

BYD is the Future of Electric Forklifts

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BYD has been revolutionizing the rechargeable battery industry since 1995 in industries such as consumer electronics, energy storage, transportation and now the material handling industry. Compared to traditional electric forklifts, BYD’s extraordinary technology turns the industry inside-out by delivering a single-battery multi-shift solution.

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Designed to work together with its disruptive battery technology, BYD forklifts challenge the status-quo; creating a new standard of what operators expect from an electric forklift.

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The industry has voted. BYD was awarded the prestigious IFOY Award in 016. These world-class forklifts are designed and built for reliability and operational savings.

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INDUSTRY’S BEST WARRANTY
Included in each forklift is a warranty that will make others jealous. 10-year warranty on batteries, 5-year warranty on drive axle, and 3-year warranty on all remaining components.

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NON-TOXIC BATTERIES
Unlike Lead-Acid and most Lithium-ion batteries, BYD’s chemistry features environmentally friendly and non-toxic ingredients. This means no ventilation needed, no water needed and no worry needed.

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INDOOR AND OUTDOOR OPERATIONS
We made these forklifts so durable that they operate indoors and outdoors; rain or shine. Each forklift features a waterproof sealed battery pack that can be operated in even the toughest conditions.

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24 HOUR OPERATION — WITHOUT THE WORRY

Spare forklifts, cooling down batteries, and battery swapping are a thing of the past. BYD forklifts charge to full in under 90 mins and runs for 15+ hours. When using opportunity charging, on breaks and downtime, your operation can truly run for 24 hours without thinking about batteries.

Cal-Lift, Inc. is Los Angeles’ source for BYD electric forklifts featuring lithium iron batteries. To learn more about BYD, see our line-up of BYD Electric forklifts.

For a quote or further information, please contact us at 800-322-5438.

Purchase Price vs. Total Ownership Cost

When you are purchasing a piece of equipment, you obtain competitive quotes, verify specifications and generate a purchase order. For that matter, just about anything we purchase goes through the same process. However, there is much more to purchasing forklifts and other material handling equipment. We have found, over the years, that often there are variables that can greatly affect the total cost of ownership of anything, be it an automobile, forklift or a giant cargo container.

The price you pay for your piece of equipment, by most accounts, reflects about 10% of the total ownership costs of that piece of equipment. This leaves 90% of your total costs up in the air. Depending on many variables, you could pay much more for the equipment than you needed to, or much less. These variables include:

Performance and Reliability of Equipment – Comparing cost per hour to operate can give you a good idea of what competing pieces of equipment will cost you over their useful life. When comparing cost per hour to operate, you should be sure you’re comparing similar models under similar circumstances. A lift truck operating 1500 hours a year for a light weight product manufacturer will cost far less over its lifetime than the same lift truck operating at a recycling facility.  This cost should reflect general maintenance requirements as well as fuel costs.

Fuel Consumption – While this is often a part of performance and cost per hour, knowing the fuel costs for each comparing brand and calculating total costs over the life of the equipment can sometimes be quite an eye-opener. In addition, what are your fuel alternatives? Can you use electric models? Thinking outside the box may result in lower costs to power your forklift and other lift equipment.

Specifications vs. Operations – It is rare that two 5,000-lb-capacity forklifts from competing brands will have similar specifications. Knowing what your facility will accommodate and comparing that with each model will give you insight into how each model will perform, given your operating parameters. Factors include: aisle width vs. turn radius, draw bar pull, suspension and ergonomics compared to your floor condition, indoor/outdoor use and ceiling height/rack height vs. max lift height. You will also want to compare features between brands to ensure that each lift truck model is equipped with the proper components to meet your operational requirements. For example: Can it operate properly inside your ice cream freezer?

Ergonomics – A comfortable and smooth-running piece of equipment will provide you with increased productivity. These are costs hidden in equipment that are quite real in daily operating conditions. How much time and research and development, does each brand put into the comfort and ease of use of their equipment? Happy, comfortable operators are simply more productive.

Safety – Never underestimate the safety features of your equipment. What equipment is being specified and what equipment is optional from each manufacturer is very important to know.  Reducing your accident costs or product/facility damage can make a big difference in your total fleet operational expenses.

Useful Life – Finally, how many hours can you expect from each piece of equipment until the cost to operate becomes cost-prohibitive? This can vary widely depending upon brand and model. But having some qualitative and quantitative information on hand, if possible, will help you make a better decision about the total cost of operating each unit/model.

There are many factors beyond price tag or lease rate that can help you make good decisions about the equipment you purchase. Having a partner that listens, evaluates and fulfills your needs is essential in building a fleet that is most productive and less costly in the long run. Contact us at 800-322-5438 to speak to one of our material handling professionals about the right material handling equipment for your operation.