A Comprehensive Guide To Buying A Used Forklift

A Comprehensive Guide to Purchasing a Forklift

When purchasing a used forklift, there are many considerations that you may need to take into account. Much of the assessment required to ascertain the right used forklift is derived from a variety of variables, including expected usage, anticipated lifespan and the function and role of the device itself. There are many different manufacturers that all offer innovative technology to help any organization meet their material handling needs. The next time you are in the market for a used forklift, it is imperative to find the right model. Here are some things to look for when purchasing a used forklift:


The age old question that circles the minds of all prospective forklift buyers is the age of the forklift. For starters, older models are less expensive but could possibly be more susceptible to wear and tear. With this being said, it is important to check all working parts and inspect the device thoroughly before moving forward. Nevertheless, in many instances it may be hard to determine previous repair history or any malfunctions the device may have had over the span of its life. When searching for a used forklift, be sure to acquire the machine from a reputable dealer or distributor that can provide a comprehensive history of the use of the machine and any problems that may have occurred.

Type of Forklift

Another fact that must be considered when shopping for a used forklift is the type or variety of forklift must suit the needs of the material handling application. In addition, the vehicle must meet general utilization requirements and specifications of any organization. Generally narrow aisle forklifts are cheaper than larger forklifts. However, these material handling appliances have a specific use. Narrow-aisle forklifts are optimal in tight mezzanines and tiers where traditional forklifts are hard to maneuver. However, traditional forklifts are ideal for heavier bulk and general floor use. It is paramount to ensure the task fits the forklift and staff are ready and able to master the new addition to the fleet. Selecting the right variety of forklift can aid in this endeavor and prove to be a fruitful investment.

Going Green

There are many different brands available. You can reduce your choices to selecting a forklift equipped with Green Technology. Green forklifts are a great to promote the environment while also increasing savings and improving energy efficiency. Many modern operating forklifts are either hybrid or fully-electric. As a result many of these devices require less parts, no oil and no gas. As a result, maintenance is easier and also less costly. Some leading distributors of these devices are Starks, Nissan, NFM, Toyota and Mitsubishi. Each offer their own benefits, for example Toyota boasts 50% improvements of fuel use while Mitsubishi is proud to certify its vehicles with an industry-leading ISO 14001 Certification in warehouse and production settings. Nissan features a cutting-edge hydrogen fueled fleet which achieves a 0% remission of CO2. The choice is yours, each offer their own unique upside.

About Tom Reddon

Tom has been involved in the forklift industry since 1986. He loves doing research, blogging, and speaking about forklifts. You can contact Tom on his Twitter or Google+ profiles.

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