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When does it make sense to purchase a used forklift?

  • Companies and managers purchasing used forklifts will find that reconditioned lifts make better fiscal sense in many cases depending on usage.   If you are using the truck no more than 5 hours a day – 5 days a week and are not in a high usage environment like a Distribution Center a used forklift could be a better option.
  • If you are using your truck a full shift or two shifts per day per week a new lift may be more cost effective than a used unit.

How to Buy a Used Truck

Determine what model forklift you need. Forklifts vary by model, application and how they will be used. If you have a previously owned forklift, determine what you like and don’t like about the lift.

  • How much weight does it need lift? Always purchase a lift which can handle at least the maximum load of your product to the top of your system.
  • What is the maximum height your load needs to reach? A good rule of thumb is to purchase a unit which will lift a minimum of 9” above your top load beam. This will allow ease of lift off from the top height.
  • Will the forklift be used indoors or outdoors? Typically electric lifts are used indoors and propane or internal combustion lifts are typically used outdoors.
  • Ask if extended warranties are available. This is a good way to control your costs on future maintenance and/or repairs.

Rent vs. Purchase

There are a number of reasons to rent rather than purchase below is some key factors.

  • Seasonality – you have a peak season where you need additional equipment
  • Inventory – you have a scheduled time where you inventory your stock.
  • Expense – you have an expense budget but do not have capital acquisition dollars for additional equipment.
  • Opportunity to use the model of equipment you are considering purchasing.