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Is Your Forklift Chain Worn Out?

Material Handling Best Practices, Tips, Information and More from Toyota

The forklift chain is an integral part of the way the forklift works and an old, worn out forklift chain can be extremely dangerous. It’s important to understand how to identify a forklift chain that is worn out and in need of replacement.Forklift Chains

Take a look at 3 common reasons forklift chains are condemned and consider whether or not it might be time to replace yours.

  1. Broken Links: Broken links can be caused by abnormal force on the chains whether from dropping a load or working on an uneven surface.

  2. Turned Pins: Lack of lubrication will cause pins to turn. If you see one turned pin, it’s likely there will be more.

  3. Wear or Elongation Over Three Percent: Over time, forklift chains wear out. You’ll need a chain gauge to measure wear and elongation. If your chain has elongated over three percent, it’s time to replace it.


Check your forklift chains. If your chain has broken links, turned pins or elongation over 3%**, it is generally accepted that it is time for a new chain. For more information, contact your local Toyota Forklift dealer.

** Any elongation of your forklift chain should be properly inspected by a qualified technician.



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