If you are planning on buying a second hand forklift then there are many points to consider first. The points to consider include the usage that will be expected from it, how long you plan to use it for (lifespan) and also the type of role that it will be carrying out.
There are many different makers of forklift that offer innovative technology that has been especially designed to meet with the demands of organizations. If you are looking to buy a second hand one then you should also think about the model.
So here are some helpful points that you should think about before you commit to your purchase:
The lifespan of the forklift
This is one of the top questions you should be asking a seller when buying a forklift and with good reason. You will find that the older forklifts will be much cheaper than the newer models however be careful as they could be cheap for a reason you may discover that they will be more susceptible to wear and tear. Before you sign the dotted line check the forklift over for yourself, check that all of the parts are working as they should be. Although you may check and things may seem to be in good working order it can be difficult to fully know if there has been any previous repairs carried out on it. Make sure you purchase your forklift from a reputable dealer or distributer that will be able to give you the forklift’s full history and any problems it may have had.
The different types of forklifts
This is another important point to consider when buying a used forklift. The type and style should match your requirements and should match with the materials that are to be used. You will find that the narrow aisle forklifts are much cheaper than the larger ones. These types do have a specific use though.
They are ideal for tight mezzanines and also tiers, the larger forklifts would find these areas difficult to move about in. The larger more traditional forklifts are ideal for handling heavy goods and also for general floor usage. You have to make sure that they type of forklift you are buying can carry out the tasks that you want it to do. It has to be the right machine for the job that’s to be carried out. Only then will it be a really good investment.
There are so many different brands of forklifts out there at the moment. If you would like to go for a greener choice then there are ones that are equipped with Green Technology. These are great if you’re looking to be environmentally friendly and to also improve energy efficiency. You will find that many forklifts are either hybrid or are fully electric, and the bonus of these is that they both require fewer parts as well as no oil and no gas. Maintenance is so much easier and also less costly too. There are a few main distributors of these forklifts including: Nissan, Toyota, Starks, NFM and also Mitsubishi. Of course they each have their own benefits for instance the Toyota ones offer 50% improvements in fuel usage, Mitsubishi forklifts are certified with an industry leading ISO 14001 setting. The Nissan forklifts have a hydrogen fuelled fleet which goes on to gain a 0% remission in CO2. So as you can see there are many great manufactures of forklifts out there offering top quality forklifts with some fantastic innovations, they each offer fantastic choices, but that of course is down to you.
Well that’s it from me as you can see buying a second hand forklift does bring up some questions but once you do find one that’s fits with your requirements you’ll find that it will be well worth the investment. So good luck in choosing the perfect one for your needs!