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New vs. Used Forklifts

Need a Forklift? When in the market for a forklift, it’s important find the right model that’ll get the job done for the right price. When thinking about making this purchase, there are some common questions to consider. Whether buying for personal or company use, this is a good overview of forklifts and how to go about making the right choice.

New Vs. Used

The first decision to make is whether to purchase a new or used forklift. Of course, a new one is always desirable but budget concerns may be a significant factor. The fundamental issue is that there will be a significant savings with a used forklift. A new model will cost at least 2-3 times a refurbished used one and possibly even more.

To get an idea of what you really need, it’s important to factor in the usage as well. Usage costs can be high so purchasing a new model is best if using the forklift on a daily basis. A used model is best if it’s used on a single shift, not more than 5 hours on five days of the week, and not needed for an always in-motion warehouse job.

Also consider where you purchase the forklift. Not all sources are equal and you should buy only from a trusted seller. Individuals are going to be the riskiest choice while certified used forklift dealers are the safest option. Other dealers not certified will be a riskier choice so be sure understand the business before making a purchase.

Choosing a Used Forklift

If you’re going to purchase a used forklift, always have a thorough inspection performed. This step can save you both time and money down the road. There are a few key areas to inspect before purchasing. The forks and mast at the front should be checked for cracks, bends, and any other distortions. Inspect this area thoroughly, especially the cylinders for any signs of leaks.

Take a look at the mast rails, lift chains, and cylinders. Once again, look thoroughly for crafts or welds. Mast rollers will be compressed if they have excessive wear. The cylinders should be free form leaks and damage without any missing bolts. From that point, walk around the forklift to check the frame, cowling, and canopy. The side screens and windows should be intact without any damage. Finally, look at the tires and wheels for any missing rubber or lug nuts.

Get an idea of the general cab and operation by stepping into the seat. Check each level and take the forklift through its basic operations to see if there are any problems. The owner should allow you to drive it to get an idea if it’s what you need. Finally, after you’ve run the forklift, open the engine. Complete a thorough inspection by inspecting it similarly like you would a car. If you’re not familiar with the components of an engine, be sure to ask a professional to check it over.

Finalizing Your Decision

If you’re not familiar with forklifts, it’s not a bad idea to spend some time researching the different makes and models before making a decision. Forklifts have specific parts that many people may not understand. One example would be the cab and carriage, the central part of the lift and the support structure for the lift. You should be familiar with terms like mast which is the part that lifts and lowers the load. Knowing the structure will help your purchasing decision.

Whether purchasing a new or used forklift, using a careful and methodical approach can save you thousands of dollars. Use this guide to get started

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