Friday, April 20, 2012

Check the Used Forklift you are Buying!

There is a huge market for used and reconditioned forklifts. Used forklifts often sell for thousands of dollars less than new ones. A used forklift has all of the features and advantages of a new forklift at a much lower price. There are several ways to purchase a used forklift. People can purchase used forklifts on eBay, from stores or online retailers, from forklift exchange or used forklifts wholesalers like Continental Lift Truck Corp.

It is a good idea to check out the used forklift before putting any money down. As with other used vehicles, used forklifts can be in bad shape and need extensive repair. It is important to be sure that the used forklift is not a lemon. Many used forklift dealers offer “better than new” guarantees that assure buyers that the used forklift is in good condition. Many of these warranties are longer lasting and offer more extensive coverage than warranties covering new forklifts.

So, in order to buy a used forklift, please consider the following:

First, whether or not you are a good candidate for a used forklift. Typically a used forklift is best suited to an application that will require the truck to be used for a single shift daily and used no more than 25 hours per week. If you will be operating the truck in a high throughput application consider a new, or very low hour truck.

Determine what kind of used forklift and any attachments that your application will require. What kind of capacity, lift height, sideshift, etc., will you need?

Carefully consider the forklift make and model as some trucks are easier to get reliable maintenance for and have greater parts availability than others.

Ask to see any available maintenance records. If none exist be sure to have the truck mechanically evaluated. Bring a mechanic with you to physically inspect the forklift if possible.

Check all the trucks operations. Operate all attachments to ensure proper function. Lift a load with the forklift to see how it operates under normal operating conditions. Be sure to see how the brakes work while carrying a load.

Look for leaking or weeping hydraulic hoses before operation and especially after you run the truck through its paces. Also look for leaks in the transmission, mast and tilt cylinders, differential, radiator and engine.

Evaluate the used forklift dealer you are considering making a purchase from. How long have they been in business? Do they have forklift mechanics on-staff?

Used forklift are an economical solution for the right application. Do your homework and you can save yourself a whole lot of money on your next forklift purchase.


About Continental Lift Truck & Used Forklifts
Continental Lift Truck, located in Minneapolis, MN, is one of the largest wholesalers of Used Forklifts in the World. Established in 1984, the founder of the company, Douglas Tamasi, has been in the forklift industry since 1969.

Our huge inventory includes: Cushion Tire Used Forklifts, Pneumatic Tire Used Forklifts, Rough Terrain Used Forklifts, Three Wheel Electric Used Forklifts, Sit Down Rider Electric Used Forklifts, Reach Trucks Used Forklifts and more used forklifts.


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