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Customer driven and highly trained, the team at Barclay Brand Ferdon can help you outfit your company for efficiency. Our expertise can help you streamline your operations to fulfill projects as quickly as possible.

Forklifts use hydraulic pressure to raise the mast up using lift cylinders. These cylinders lift the inner mast rail, but the mast chains are what actually lift the carriage and forks. Like any part, mast chains wear out.

 They should be regularly inspected and part of your planned maintenance program. Barclay Brand Ferdon in South Plainfield, New Jersey, can help with planned and full maintenance programs, parts and service for all forklift brands.

forklift mast chain fallchain 1

forklift mast chain fallchain 1

Mast Chain Wear

Chains are what hold your load in the air. Carrying the bulk of the load weight can take its toll and eventually causes wear. When the majority of your lifting is done on even surfaces and in single-shift operations, forklift mast chains may last three to five years. However, outside forces can cause chains to wear out sooner.

forklift chain guage inspection

Chain Inspection

Inspecting chains is a part of OSHA’s forklift pre-operation inspection, but some damage is easily missed. Forklift chains should be addressed daily in detail. When inspecting chains, look for signs of obvious damage and other warning signs your chains could fail like:

  • Rust or corrosion.
  • Broken links caused by dropping loads or working on uneven surfaces.
  • Turned or protruding pins caused by lack of lubrication.
  • Elongation over three percent, as measured with a chain gauge.
  • Plate cracking or enlarged holes in the plates caused by corrosion, stress, environmental conditions, too heavy a load or various other reasons.
  • Misalignment, which may manifest in enlarged holes on the outside plates or the heads of the pins holding the chain plates together being worn down.

Chain Replacements

  • If you notice a slack or broken chain while performing an inspection or operating the forklift, tag the forklift out of service until the chain is replaced.
  • NEVER attempt to repair forklift chains, they should always be replaced!
  • NEVER cut out worn sections of chain and splice in new pieces!
  • ALWAYS have trained forklift mechanics work on your forklift, instead of harming yourself or your equipment by attempting repairs yourself.
  • Both chains must be replaced if it's a matched set.

Inspecting chains should always be part of your daily inspection, but we also recommend a professional assessment annually. If you’re ever in doubt about your chains or any part of your forklift, call our trained service technicians for assistance. Contact us at 908-561-2100 to learn more about inspecting and replacing your forklift chains or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Used Equipment
Used Equipment
Used Equipment
Purchasing used equipment offers several benefits, including significant cost savings. Used equipment often costs as much as half the cost of new equipment. If your application is lighter duty and you utilize a lift truck for only a few hours per day, why pay for a brand new piece of equipment? Purchasing a quality piece of pre-owned equipment is key to saving your company money.
Safety Training Programs
Safety Training
Safety Training Programs
Our trainers have worked with more than 500 plant, warehouse, and management personnel in 2015 alone. We routinely provide training for lift truck operation, as well as other equipment safety classes. Our general warehouse safety program meets OSHA guidelines and can be documented toward your 30-hour OSHA certification requirements.
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Careers
We're Hiring
We are always seeking individuals with experience in the material handling industry or a similar business such as heavy equipment sales and service. The perfect person for us is high-energy with a strong work ethic, great people skills and a drive to succeed! A Business Management, Engineering, Financial or other related degree is a plus.
Material Handling Resources
Resource Center
Material Handling Resources
Find a wealth of material handling information, including free downloads of a variety of safety and inspection checklists, and whitepapers on innovative and new Yale technology. Our Resource Center puts valuable information at your fingertips.

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