Forklifts require regular maintenance to keep them operating safely and within acceptable weight lifting and hauling tolerances. Part of your forklift maintenance also needs to include evaluating the overall condition of the seats and knowing when it is time for new replacement forklift seats.


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Some of the more common signs it is time for a new seat are:


  1. Drivers are complaining their rears are sore after operating the forklift all day. Your drivers will let you know when the seats on their forklifts are wearing out and need to be replaced, as their comfort levels will start to decline.
  2. The seat is being held together with duct tape. If your seats used to be black and are now all silver because they have been duct-taped excessively, you know it is time for new seats.
  3. The springs are starting to push through the seat bottom and are squeaky. When seats start to go, springs can start to push up through the seat. There is nothing more uncomfortable than having to sit on top of a spring all day long.


driver operating the forklift


  1. There are cracks, holes, or other damage to the exterior seat cover. One of the earliest signs you should start looking at new seats is when the outer cover is wearing out.
  2. The padding has fallen out and is a fraction of what it once was when the seat was new. If the sides or back of the seat have split and padding has fallen out, the seat needs to be replaced.
  3. The seatbelt mechanism is no longer working. The mechanism to release the seatbelt needs to be functional to keep drivers safe. If it is broken, it is time for a new seat.
  4. The seatbelt is fraying. If the seatbelt material is fraying and coming apart, the seat is probably also due for replacement.


When your forklift seats need to be replaced, you can find a wide range of new forklift seats at Suburban Seating & Safety. Please feel free to give us a call at (844) SAS.SEAT or (844) 727-7328 for further assistance today!


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