There are several steps involved in the purchase of a used or new forklift truck. Consider the following things before making a decision.
Step 1: What exactly are your needs?
Knowing both the kinds and weight of your loads should be taken into consideration. Consider the maximum lifting height that you would require. Determine whether you will be utilizing the forklift outdoors or indoors, or both. Measure the width of your narrowest aisles and gauge how much maneuvering space there is. What will be the duration of use per day when it comes to hours?
Step 2: Is a used forklift your best option?
Purchasing a used forklift is a good idea if you would just use it four hours the most a day.
Step 3: Fuel options
Electric forklifts are recommended for using indoors because they are relatively quiet and make no exhaust emissions. They have big batteries that should last eight hours before needing to be recharged. The cost of buying electric forklifts is higher, but the costs of operation are lower. On the plus side, they do not require fuel storage area. They also tend to last longer because they have less moving components. On the other hand, the time it takes to recharge the battery has to be taken into consideration. This could as long as 16 hours, including cooling and recharging. And battery recharging stations may be needed.
Step 4: Tire choice
Forklifts have cushion tires. There are some alternatives when it comes to tires. Several are fabricated of solid rubber, some are inflated, and some combine qualities of both - solid pneumatic tires. For indoor operation, cushion tires are suggested. For outdoor applications, pneumatic tires are better. Solid pneumatic tires are less likely to be punctured by rough terrain or sharp objects so they are the best choice for risky conditions.
Step 5: Think about additional options
Additional alternatives must be considered when purchasing a used or new forklift truck. Look at the different attachments which you might require to customize your forklift. Check out the forklift's ergonomics and safety features
Step 6: Evaluate your alternatives
To be able to know what type of forklift truly suits your requirements, renting various models and brands is a good idea. A good dealer will agree to help you with this. This will ensure that the model you ultimately purchase is the right one for all your requirements. Be sure to consult with your dealer.