Forklifts are built to last for many years especially if they are maintained very well. Used forklifts then is a sensible decision especially if one knows how to spot a used forklift that is in excellent condition from a run down junk. Used forklifts can save you a lot of money provided your reasons to buy one are well thought of. There are some things to ponder when deciding to buy a new or used forklift.
It is obvious that buying a used forklift will save you money since it costs less to buy one then a new unit. However, if you purchase a unit that breaks down easily and costs much in maintenance, then, in the long term, it will cost you more than purchasing a new forklift. The possibility of spending a lot in maintenance for a used forklift becomes more of a certainty when it is used for a long time per day. A long time per day means about four or more hours of continuous operation, so, if you plan to use it that much, then buying a new unit is wiser for your business.
The disadvantage of using a used forklift for long working hours can be seen in the downtime you will experience once the unit breaks down and needs to be repaired. The unavailability of the unit will entail work stoppages making your business inefficient. Considering this scenario should prompt you to study your business very well before deciding what kind of unit to buy.
Buying from an established, dependable company is a good idea because even if you may have the bad luck to buy a bad unit, it should run well for a few months before problems begin to pop up. Unlike buying from a previous owner with no warranty for his unit or a dealer that sells other vehicles who just fortuitously have a forklift on the lot, buying from a reputable Miami used forklift company is more in your best interest.
Moreover, buying a used unit from these good dealers will make you return to him in a few years of good forklift use for replacement parts.
Accidents from forklifts can be serious. Some accidents are caused by operator error and ineptitude and some are caused by mechanical failure. Proper maintenance should always be afforded the unit to prevent these accidents.
Buy a used forklift that still has the capacity plate attached to it on its back to know its maximum safe load.
Be sure to allow for inspection of the safety gears in your unit and make it a daily part of your forklift safety evaluation. Inspect harnesses and/or seatbelts, the lights both the visibility and warning lights, and if there is one, check the integrity of the canopy or the overhead protection device. Look for any signs of operator misuse or accidents such as dents, wear and tear or replaced panels.