Buying a forklift can be more complex than you think. There are many questions to consider as you make this important decision, but where do you start? This post is the start of our Guide to Buying a Forklift where we’ll tackle the new or used debate. We’ll walk you through some situations to help you make the right decision. Let’s dive in!
There are aseries of questions you should ask yourself when buying a forklift. But one of the most important questions to add to that list is: What is my budget? This will help you figure out if you should go new or used.
New warehouse style forklifts become increasingly expensive as you seek out more technical specs. Anything used is typically less expensive and you can often save money if you go that route, but there are some situations where you will want to consider a new forklift.
If you’re searching for a more economical option, there are always used forklifts on the market. However, you don’t want to buy something that won’t fit your operations. Here are some tips to make sure you get exactly what you need.
We highly suggest to avoid putting your heaviest inventory and pallets on your top shelves. It may seem convenient if that pallet is full of slow-moving product, but doing so can be risky. Some forklifts don’t function safely when lifting heavy materials at tall heights and some have limited driver visibility.
Trying to navigate heavy items when they are 25 feet high on the lift can get extremely dangerous. It’s very easy to knock or run into nearby racking. If you absolutely need to store heavy materials on high shelves, make sure you have the right forklift for the job.
Putting your heaviest materials on the bottom shelves allows you to work at faster speeds, making your operations more efficient.
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