Forklifts are important to many company activities and are a valuable piece of heavy load lifting machinery. For several business owners, the expense of acquiring a new fork lift will make it unattainable and saved capital can be applied elsewhere in their business. We specialise in new and used forklifts and supply a range of material handling equipment at Toyota Industrial Equipment, all available to hire or purchase.
If you choose to buy or rent a used forklift, there are a few factors that you need to consider. These include:
Establish where you are going to use the fork lift and for what purpose. Are you going to be lifting heavy equipment a few days a week or will you only need the forklift one day per week? Also, consider if you need to use the forklift indoors or outdoors. Fuel costs play a large role in determining which forklift is right for you, as you may prefer hiring an electric forklift.
Once you have identified a suitable used fork lift, you need to consider factors such as age, service hours and the condition of the forklift before committing to buying or hire it.
Pay close attention to the following factors when purchasing or hiring a used forklift:
Before committing to the hire or purchase of a used forklift, you need to test it. This should include a test-drive and use of the lift to ensure it meets the requirements for the job you need it to do.
Ask questions about the used forklift, such as:
Look at the maintenance history (if the forklift leaked fluids or if the engine had problems starting these could be indicators of poor maintenance). Remember that previous working conditions affect the wear and tear of the forklift.
All refurbished pre-owned forklifts are offered with a warranty. A standard warranty would be 6 – 12 months or 500 – 1000 hours depending on the model and age of the forklift.