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Things to look for when purchasing a used forklift

Jul 9th 2015 at 3:01 AM

When buying a second-hand/used forklift you might thing that it is just the matter of choosing one, inspecting, and purchasing it. But in order to get the best out of the lot you need to consider a number of other things too. The listings briefed below highlight various factors that you need to keep in mind when buying a used forklift.

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Condition- Make sure you thoroughly evaluate the condition of the asset. It should be well maintained and in a good condition. Review the records of forklift's maintenance, if they’re available. If there are no maintenance records, inspect its performance before buying the vehicle.

Thorough inspection- Hands-on examination of used forklifts is important. Get the asset thoroughly evaluated by an expert or a mechanic. Check its operation with both full-rated load as well as without any load. Make sure a highly qualified operator carries the inspection. If the vehicle is in good condition, it will run smoothly and will be free from any binding. Tilt its mast back fully and forward to know about the condition of mast channels. Additionally, you also need to check for the side carriage. If there is, an attachment in the forklift truck fixes it back on right on its place in order ensure that t smoothly does the job for which it’s designed.

Make sure that the forklift has no leaks from its transmission, tilt cylinders, differential, mast, radiator, and engine. These checks should be carried after the truck is warmed up fully.  Avoid investing in those assets that have even a small leakage point. Examine the leak carefully as well as its source before buying the forklift for determining its repair cost.

While carrying the rated load of the forklift inspect the brakes carefully. Make sure it stops smoothly when it is traveling at the speed of 4 miles per hour.

Test Drive- Before testing the forklift truck on road you should examine the appearance of the vehicle. Gouged body and badly dented panels is a sign of careless or rough operation.

When testing the forklift truck on road, drive it in eight-figure pattern in both reverse and forward gears. The truck should’ve quickly response to accurate tracking and steering wheel. It isn’t necessary to kick the tires but still do not forget to check their condition. If they haven’t been recently replaced look for the uneven wear. It is the sign of axle misalignment.


Buying a used forklift isn’t a bad decision but you need to make sure that the asset is in a good condition. Buying a worn out product isn’t worth considering and will be a total waste of money. So make sure you thoroughly check it before buying.

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