Forklifts are an expensive investment, and many companies choose to buy pre-owned vehicles because the average life of a forklift is long-7 years or 12 to 14 thousand operating hours.
Used forklifts are a cost-savings alternative to purchasing brand new forklift equipment. Forklift trucks and material handling vehicles are an expensive investment, especially for smaller companies. Pre-owned trucks are a worthwhile purchasing option if the operations for which they are needed will not exceed more than a few hours a day. However, if a lift truck is absolutely vital to the consistent operations of a company, it may be worth the extra cost for a brand new one.
Used forklift trucks will still be able to work well and they often perform the same tasks as effectively as new trucks but they may have been damaged by wear and tear. Forklifts typically have a long lifespan of consistent service, especially if they are well maintained. They provide years of work at a fraction of the price of a new machine. The average lifespan of a forklift is estimated between 12 to 14,000 operating hours.
Directory websites are becoming a more common forum from which to sell industrial products and equipment, and forklift trucks are no exclusion. Industrial trucks for narrow aisles, pallets and lifting are all posted by the individual owner. Many websites will list details such as year of truck manufacture, hours of recorded use and the specifics of the engine in the forklift.
Most of the forklifts available for resale are refurbished or reconditioned with reconditioned or new batteries. Depending on the surface wear and tear a forklift has undergone, it will typically be repainted as well in order for it to look as new. As well as the appearance of a forklift, is important to also keep in mind the quality of the machine.
Pre-owned forklifts should be sold with certification that the truck has been inspected for quality standards and that it is performing correctly. Operation and maintenance costs are a large part of the investment into a forklift and therefore it is vital to ensure a used vehicle’s quality before the sales transaction is completed. It is wise to use a certified dealer to avoid a costly purchasing error.
Aside from whole forklift vehicles, many parts and attachments are also available for resale such as: side shifters, rotators, fork positioners, barrel clamp attachments, pole attachments, man backets and telescopic forks. Forklifts can vary greatly in terms of size range, lift capacity and power source. The specifics of the application for which a forklift will be used therefore are used to determine the best type of forklift for purchasing. Different types include sideloaders, walkie forklifts, pallet trucks and more.