Prior to purchasing a new or used lift truck, there are several things that you must take into account. Think about the following things before deciding.
Step 1: What exactly are your requirements?
Knowing both the types and weight of your loads should be taken into account. Consider the maximum lifting height that you would need. Find out whether you will be using the forklift indoors or outdoors, or both. Measure the width of your narrowest aisles and calculate how much maneuvering space there is. What would be the duration of use every day when it comes to hours?
Step 2: Is a used forklift your best option?
Buying a used forklift is a good idea if you would only use it four hours the most per day.
Step 3: Fuel options
Electric forklifts are suitable for using indoors because they are quite quiet and make no exhaust emissions. They have big batteries which could last eight hours before recharging is needed. The purchase cost of electric forklifts is higher, but the costs of operation are lower. On the plus side, they do not require space for fuel storage. They also tend to last longer as they have fewer moving parts. However, the time it takes to recharge the battery needs to be taken into account. This can as long as 16 hours, including cooling and recharging. And battery recharging stations might be required.
Step 4: Tire choice
Cushion tires are used in forklifts. There are some alternatives when it comes to tires. Some are fabricated of solid rubber, a few are inflated, and some combine qualities of both - solid pneumatic tires. For indoor operation, cushion tires are suggested. For outdoor use, pneumatic tires are better. Solid pneumatic tires are less likely to be punctured by rough terrain or sharp objects so they are the best option for risky conditions.
Step 5: Think about additional options
Additional alternatives should be considered when purchasing a new or used forklift truck. Look at the different types of attachments that you may need to customize your forklift. Check out the ergonomics and safety features of the forklift
Step 6: Evaluate your options
In order to find out what type of forklift truly meets your needs, renting various brands and models is a good idea. A good dealer would agree to help you with this. This would guarantee that the kind of forklift you finally buy is the right one for your requirements. Be sure to consult with your dealer.