There are some steps involved in buying a used or new forklift truck. Think about the following things prior to choosing.
Step 1: What are your needs?
Consider the kinds of loads you would be carrying and how heavy they usually are. Consider the maximum lifting height that you will need. Find out whether you will be using the forklift indoors or outdoors, or both. Measure the width of your narrowest aisles and estimate 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?
Purchasing a used forklift is a good idea if you would just use it four hours the most per day.
Step 3: Fuel options
As electric forklifts are relatively quiet and produce no exhaust emissions, they are suitable for indoor use. They have large batteries which could last eight hours before recharging is required. The cost of purchasing 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 less moving parts. However, the time it takes to recharge the battery must be factored in. This can take up to 16 hours, including cooling and recharging. And battery recharging stations might be needed.
Step 4: Tire choice
Cushion tires are used in forklifts. There are several alternatives when it comes to tires. Some are made of solid rubber, a few are inflated, and some combine qualities of both - solid pneumatic tires. For indoor use, cushion tires are recommended. For outdoor use, pneumatic tires are best. Solid pneumatic tires are less likely to be punctured by sharp objects or rough terrain so they are the best choice for risky conditions.
Step 5: Consider additional options
Additional alternatives should be considered when buying a used or new forklift truck. Look at the various attachments that you might need to customize your forklift. Check out the forklift's safety features and ergonomics
Step 6: Evaluate your choices
It is a good idea to rent different brands and models and see what meets your needs the best. A good dealer will agree to help you with this. This would ensure that the kind of forklift you ultimately buy is the correct one for your requirements. Be certain to consult with your dealer.