Typically costing more than $80,000, a rough-terrain forklift represents a substantial investment to the masonry contractor. To ensure that the material handler performs efficiently for many years, following proper maintenance procedures is essential. At various intervals, a multitude of moving parts must be greased, fluid reservoirs must be replenished, and components must be inspected and replaced if necessary. Adhering to a rigid maintenance schedule will promote machine safety and productivity as well as minimize costly future repairs. Contractors can save money by doing some repairs themselves. But before servicing a telescopic handler, always consult the operator's manual to see what parts and systems are still under warranty. Any warranty work must be performed by the dealer or a factory representative. Be sure to read the appropriate manuals prior to doing repair or maintenance work. The guidelines that follow are general recommendations.