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Everyone wants a bargain, especially when purchasing an expensive piece of material handling equipment. Companies looking for a deal on material handling equipment often look at used forklifts.
Beyond the usual questions about price and hours of use, what other things do you need to know? Here are three important questions to ask before you buy your next used forklift.
How many hours do you plan to use the lift?
Ask yourself realistically how many hours you need a forklift each day to be productive.
If it’s truly just a few hours a day, a used forklift is probably a great choice. If you need a forklift for more than a few hours a day, you may want to consider a new forklift purchase.
What’s the general history?
Find out the previous application and history. The answer is more important than you might think.
For example, what if you find out it’s used in a cold storage facility? In this case, you want to make sure the lift has an anti-corrosion protection system, which provides maximum resistance to harsh environmental factors.
If you’re purchasing from a second owner, ask about previous applications, too.
What’s the service history?
You want to buy a used forklift that has been maintained well and serviced by trained technicians. Ask the lift owner for the forklift’s service history to get a feel for the frequency and type of repairs.
Maintenance logs often reveal weaknesses. Has the mast or engine been serviced more than usual? Look closely and ask questions if something doesn’t seem right.
The safest way to buy a used forklift is to purchase from a trusted dealer. This way, you’ll know the equipment has been looked at by material handling experts and serviced by factory-trained mechanics.
We carry an extensive inventory of used reconditioned forklifts for various applications. Contact us and let our experts do the “heavy-lifting” to find the perfect used forklift for you.
Just like an automobile, tires have a significant impact on the safety and performance of a forklift. It’s critical to be aware of your options, what you need for your specific situation, and when it’s time to replace your tires. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know.
Know your application.
Weight. What is the average and maximum weight you carry on your forklift?
Terrain. Where do you drive the forklift? If indoors, are you on wet or slippery floors? If outdoors, is the terrain rocky or uneven?
Space. How much space do you have between aisles and exit/entry points? Are you working in a small area with a tight turning-radius?
Know your options.
There are two common forklift tires: cushion tires and pneumatic tires.
Cushion tires are solid rubber tires best for indoor applications. Cushion tires are perfect for lighter loads, light use, and small spaces. If you have a narrow aisle forklift or an order picker, cushion tires are probably the right tires for you.
Pneumatic tires are best for indoor-outdoor applications, unpaved surfaces, and uneven terrain. Pneumatic tires are more durable, more stable, and offer better traction than cushion tires. If you operate in a lumber yard, or on gravel, pneumatic tires are most likely the right choice for you.
There are also several uncommon forklift tires. Polyurethane tires and foam fill tires are two options usually recommended for particular material handling applications only.
Know when to replace.
Here’s what to look for to decide if you need to replace your forklift tires.
Cuts or cracks. If you see cuts or cracks, it is a sure sign you need to replace your forklift tires.
Wear. Inspect forklift tires often for tire tread and balding. If you have pneumatic tires, use the two-inch rule. Check the height of the forklift tires. If the tires had worn down two inches or more from when they were new, it’s time to replace them.
If you have cushion tires, balding in any area of the tire is a sure sign to replace.
Know who to call.
We are experts at forklift tire applications, options, and use. Do you need help to determine exactly which forklift tire you need or if it’s time to replace?