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Ham Lake, MN

Forklift & Materials Handling Equipment Dealer

For over 30 years, we’ve been partnering with businesses throughout the Midwest to offer new and used forklift sales. We work with your business to find ideal solutions to your operation’s requirements.

Our Location Services & Offerings

Brands we carry at this location

  • Yale Forklifts
  • JCB Construction Equipment
  • Advance
  • Cascade Forklift Attachments
  • Bolzoni Forklift Attachments
  • Felling Trailers
  • Genie Lifts
  • JLG Lifts and Access Equipment
  • Motrec Electric Vehicles
  • UTILEV Forklifts
  • Long Reach
  • Rightline Equipment

Used Equipment Inventory at Ham Lake 54 Items

Fairchild Equipment’s Ham Lake location is a full service Yale dealership serving the Minneapolis, Minnesota area.

Forklift Service and Repair in Ham Lake, Minnesota

Along with our extensive inventory of used materials handling equipment, we also stock a huge selection of parts and accessories to keep you running through any breakdown. Our certified technicians are available to help you manage any emergency. We offer maintenance plans and fleet management services so your fleet gets the care it needs to keep your business running without any downtime. 

Forklift Rental in Ham Lake, Minnesota

For short-term solutions, we maintain forklifts for rent and additional used materials handling equipment to solve seasonal problems and keep your operation running. We carry high capacity used Yale electric forklifts, dependable used aerial lifts, and lift trucks with narrow aisle maneuverability. Our dynamic rental fleet also includes used construction and agriculture equipment to assist workers on a variety of jobs. Plan for the winter months by renting or owning snow removal equipment from JCB. Pick from skid steer loaders, wheel loaders, pay loaders, snow pushers and snow blades to clear driveways, walkways and parking lots with precision.

Ham Lake, Minnesota Forklift Service, Maintenance & Warehouse Design

We form lasting partnerships with our Minneapolis area customers that are more comprehensive than simply equipment sales. Our materials handling services in fleet management help you control your bottom line. Our warehousing solutions such as optimal warehouse design make sure you’re getting the best use out of every inch of space. Our forklift operator training programs ensure the safe operation of your fleet. Get in touch with our reliable staff today to learn how we can help your Ham Lake, Minnesota business grow.

Ham Lake, MN
  • 15735 Central Ave. NE
  • Ham Lake, MN 55304

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  • Phone: 763-434-3832
  • Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
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Training Lessons & Safety Tips

Training & Safety Part 1 - Operator Training

The Subject of Safety and Training

In the days that are leading up to National Safety Month, there are many aspects that we’ll be talking about. These subjects will help prepare you for a multitude of situations when it comes to safety. Did you know that National Forklift Safety day is June 13th? So, how can we know for sure that we’re being safe in our workplace? One answer is proper training.

Not only is training important to operate powered industrial trucks and heavy equipment it, along with certification, is required by OSHA for employees who will be driving forklifts.1 Additionally, recertification of forklift operator training is required every three years or after any incident involving a forklift; and for a good reason. Equipment and standards can change rapidly, so it’s imperative that operators are up-to-date on the latest training and safety available.

What is Training Designed To Do?

Operator training is specifically designed to apply a hands-on approach to learning the basics about forklifts and safety of the equipment and in the workplace. Forklift operators will learn an array of topics for basic lift truck stability, proper load handling techniques, proper inspection before operation, charging and fueling procedures, identifying lift trucks by class and how to determine lift truck capacity. Did you know that a forklift is actually more stable when it is loaded than when it is empty? Operator training will teach you why.  

One of the biggest aspects of operator training is the pre-operator inspection. A daily inspection is a required component enforced by OSHA before the forklift can go into service.2 Additional requirements for completing pre-operation inspections pertain to applications that use forklifts in 24/7 facilities, and OSHA says that trucks must be examined after each shift in this scenario.3 These inspections are not just required, but are essential in identifying problems before they occur. The intention of the inspection is to keep the operator working in the safest possible workplace environment and help preserve integrity of the equipment.

Classes for forklift operator training are usually pre-scheduled, but most training departments are flexible and can work with your schedule, especially for large group classes. Additional resources are typically available for additional costs (like DVDs and books), but are great resources to keep on-hand. And if you ever have any questions, there is no harm in asking a professional who will either supply you with an answer or help you locate an expert who can.

Operator training for other types of equipment isn’t necessarily required by OSHA, but the more the operators are familiar with the equipment that they use, the safer they are. In-turn, operators who practice safe driving and operating minimize a business’ exposure to unnecessary incidences.

Other Equipment Training Available

Aerial equipment is another type of equipment that is typical to train operators. Scissors Lifts and Boom Lifts actually fall under two different regulations. Familiarizing your employees on aerial equipment is important. Walking an operator around the unit will help them learn and identify potential hazards to watch for when using the equipment. Learning to properly operate aerial equipment will also help the employee understand the appropriate way to maneuver the unit without endangering themselves, others or property. And lastly, and most importantly, operators will learn what kind of personal protection equipment (PPE) that is required to use when operating aerial equipment and how to wear it.


Make the first step of onboarding your new employee operator training. In some cases it will be necessary, but even if it isn’t it can enhance safety awareness, promote proper operation of equipment and demonstrate positive value toward your employee.

Do you have a lot of turnover in your organization? Getting someone within your organization certified to train new operators can be a solution to some cost savings and compliance. Usually, a Train-the-Trainer class for one or more employees can solve this concern. And again, empowering your employees with job preparedness can make a significant impact.  

Fairchild Equipment can offer an array of training services which include comprehensive operator training or train-the-trainer training. Make sure to find the next available training date and schedule you or your employees today. When it comes to safety, you have to start somewhere and operator training can be your stepping stone.
 

Register online and schedule your operator training or train the trainer session. Or, contact us today or call 844-432-4724 to answer questions or talk to someone about training. 
 
Sources:
1 https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/poweredindustrialtrucks/
2,3 https://www.osha.gov/dte/library/pit/pit_checklist.html

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The Subject of Safety and Training

In the days that are leading up to National Safety Month, there are many aspects that we’ll be talking about. These subjects will help prepare you for a multitude of situations when it comes to safety. Did you know that National Forklift Safety day is June 13th? So, how can we know for sure that we’re being safe in our workplace? One answer is proper training.

Not only is training important to operate powered industrial trucks and heavy equipment it, along with certification, is required by OSHA for employees who will be driving forklifts.1 Additionally, recertification of forklift operator training is required every three years or after any incident involving a forklift; and for a good reason. Equipment and standards can change rapidly, so it’s imperative that operators are up-to-date on the latest training and safety available.

What is Training Designed To Do?

Operator training is specifically designed to apply a hands-on approach to learning the basics about forklifts and safety of the equipment and in the workplace. Forklift operators will learn an array of topics for basic lift truck stability, proper load handling techniques, proper inspection before operation, charging and fueling procedures, identifying lift trucks by class and how to determine lift truck capacity. Did you know that a forklift is actually more stable when it is loaded than when it is empty? Operator training will teach you why.  

One of the biggest aspects of operator training is the pre-operator inspection. A daily inspection is a required component enforced by OSHA before the forklift can go into service.2 Additional requirements for completing pre-operation inspections pertain to applications that use forklifts in 24/7 facilities, and OSHA says that trucks must be examined after each shift in this scenario.3 These inspections are not just required, but are essential in identifying problems before they occur. The intention of the inspection is to keep the operator working in the safest possible workplace environment and help preserve integrity of the equipment.

Classes for forklift operator training are usually pre-scheduled, but most training departments are flexible and can work with your schedule, especially for large group classes. Additional resources are typically available for additional costs (like DVDs and books), but are great resources to keep on-hand. And if you ever have any questions, there is no harm in asking a professional who will either supply you with an answer or help you locate an expert who can.

Operator training for other types of equipment isn’t necessarily required by OSHA, but the more the operators are familiar with the equipment that they use, the safer they are. In-turn, operators who practice safe driving and operating minimize a business’ exposure to unnecessary incidences.

Other Equipment Training Available

Aerial equipment is another type of equipment that is typical to train operators. Scissors Lifts and Boom Lifts actually fall under two different regulations. Familiarizing your employees on aerial equipment is important. Walking an operator around the unit will help them learn and identify potential hazards to watch for when using the equipment. Learning to properly operate aerial equipment will also help the employee understand the appropriate way to maneuver the unit without endangering themselves, others or property. And lastly, and most importantly, operators will learn what kind of personal protection equipment (PPE) that is required to use when operating aerial equipment and how to wear it.


Make the first step of onboarding your new employee operator training. In some cases it will be necessary, but even if it isn’t it can enhance safety awareness, promote proper operation of equipment and demonstrate positive value toward your employee.

Do you have a lot of turnover in your organization? Getting someone within your organization certified to train new operators can be a solution to some cost savings and compliance. Usually, a Train-the-Trainer class for one or more employees can solve this concern. And again, empowering your employees with job preparedness can make a significant impact.  

Fairchild Equipment can offer an array of training services which include comprehensive operator training or train-the-trainer training. Make sure to find the next available training date and schedule you or your employees today. When it comes to safety, you have to start somewhere and operator training can be your stepping stone.
 

Register online and schedule your operator training or train the trainer session. Or, contact us today or call 844-432-4724 to answer questions or talk to someone about training. 
 
Sources:
1 https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/poweredindustrialtrucks/
2,3 https://www.osha.gov/dte/library/pit/pit_checklist.html

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