This contains Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Used Forklifts; here we will post the most commonly asked questions and answers about Used Forklifts. Just click on a questions below.
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Is a forklift going to make my life easier and my business more productive?
OF COURSE! Forklifts are an amazing invention! They have made massive improvements in business! We can do so much more in a shorter period of time while improving safety! Forklifts are an essential part of running a productive, successful business these days. A forklift is a true ASSET and INVESTMENT to your company. A forklift, bottom line, will truly MAKE YOU MONEY!
Is it going to do what I want it to do? Will it lift enough weight? Will the forks lift high enough?
Absolutely! That is why we must know exactly what you are lifting up; the actual weight, dimensions, balance, etc. Along with what surfaces you will be driving on, how high the forks need to go and how much room we have to maneuver in for starters. There are all kinds of different forklifts for different applications which is why we have such a large inventory to choose from (700 plus pieces of equipment!) as well as hundreds of other connections and sources for forklifts.
If the forklift you purchase does not meet your requirements, we will accept it back AND apply that money toward another forklift that will better fit your needs.
Where do these forklifts come from?
We have several connections for you. Many come from rental fleets; a great place for a great bargain. Every time a forklift goes out on rent, they are inspected. Upon return, paint is touched up and it is serviced regularly if not over serviced! (Not a bad thing!) Rental companies update their equipment very frequently; long before the lifts are worn out. As a value to their customers, they always keep the newest equipment in stock at all times.
Leasing companies are also a great source. Many large companies never intend to own their equipment. They want to use them for a predetermined number of years and then replace them. They never want to own them to a point of failure so the lifts are returned while still in great shape. A major advantage with leasing companies is that they require Periodic Maintenance on all lifts. To you, that means the forklifts are inspected & serviced approximately every 100 hours. They are well maintained and perfect to buy right after their existing lease term expires.
The third source of our forklift supply is often trade ins. As companies grow so does their need for larger forklifts or different requirements. We often know the company it’s coming from and the repair history of the forklift and the overall condition of the machine.
Is my forklift going to start when I need it to? Will it be dependable?
We take all the reasonable precautions we can. Every forklift has been inspected; we address the starter, battery and terminals, alternator output voltage and give it a tune up in most cases. It is inspected when it arrives by one of our trained, experienced forklift technicians. It is inspected again when the forklift is sold. The technician must sign off on it and salesmen personally test out every lift before it goes home to you. ALL SALESMEN MUST sign off and agree the unit is functioning correctly and ready to be put to work at your facility.
Like anything in life, “You CAN spend TOO little.” We all know this and may have experienced this in our lives. A little more money typically buys a newer, more updated, lower hour forklift. With this decision, we anticipate better dependability. Not rocket science, just common sense. -”The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the thrill of a cheap price is forgotten.”
Am I getting a good price from you or paying too much?
I WILL GIVE YOU A GREAT VALUE! Don’t just take my word for it. Please, do your homework and you will prove it to yourself. Also, no one likes shopping where the price is purposely inflated so they can fight or haggle with you to get the price to your liking. No one likes that! Who would? Especially from someone who is supposed to be helping you, not battling with you as their customer!
Here at Discount Forklift, you get our combined decades of experience, education and selection on dozens of tested, double and triple inspected, serviced, repaired, reconditioned, painted forklifts, Our prices are great; we simply post the lowest, up front price we can accept. No games, no battle. We keep it simple. We strive to become friends with our customers to ensure a lasting business relationship. Go see for yourself now…
Do you have a calculation I can use to calculate my lifting capacity needs?
OSHA Field Calculation of Safe Load Capacity
The stated capacity of a forklift only applies to the load center indicated on the data plate. If the load is not centered at the specified position, the forklift’s capacity will be reduced. Loads come in all shapes and sizes, not just symmetrical boxes. The load size, position, and weight distribution critically affect the forklift’s capacity and the stability of the truck
Measure your loads length parallel to where the forks slide trough. Divide that number in half. That is your actual “Load Center.”
Fill in the blanks below…
Take 24 divided by your actual load center.
The number you get, you will multiply that times the stated max capacity of the forklift you are considering.
Use the formula below.
24 in/____ in x __, 000 lb. = _______ lb.(approximate safe load capacity)
Example: 24″ /30 ” (Your Load Center) x 5,000lb cap forklift = 4,000lb (approximate safe load capacity)
I hear the batteries can easily cost approx. $5,000+?
If you owned an electric forklift & the day comes your battery is failing. If you call a battery specialist in, common sense, they will want to sell you a brand new battery that can cost you approx. $4,000-$6,000! That’s how they make their living! What they don’t tell you is that you can buy a Reconditioned battery with warranty for approx. ½ that price. They also won’t tell you, you can buy a used battery for approx. 1/3 the price of new. The Battery Company definitely won’t tell you, a forklift battery is made up of 18-24 smaller cells. The battery is only as good as its weakest link. When a battery fails it’s usually only one or two cells that have failed. The cells can be purchased & replaced for hundreds of dollars, not thousands! For not much money we can have an electric forklift up & going again.
Are electric forklifts bad to buy?
I would not shy away from buying an electric forklift and here is why… Electric forklifts cost 50% less to operate. As a result of the rise in oil costs, electric lift trucks are 20 – 50 % less in costs per month to operate than fossil fuel (LP) (Gas) (Diesel) drive vehicles today. Savings is immediate and is seen from month one of the lease or purchase. With electrics you are buying your fuel up front. The advantage of owning electric over propane is maintenance cost is less. Electric forklifts have less moving parts than LP or Diesel forklifts and have no emissions.
Do used forklifts have warranties?
Usually not. Buying a used forklift is just like buying a used car. They are sold “AS IS.” However, there is a company that offers after-market 1 year / 1,000 hour warranty. The forklift must qualify for it, being 6 years or less old & less than 8,000 hours. Click this link to learn more: Equipment Warranty Information
Do forklifts have titles?
No title for forklifts because they were not meant to be licensed. They are legally transferred with a bill of sale (Invoice) that includes the serial number and the date. If there is no warranty the invoice will be marked “AS-IS” so there is no question about future maintenance or any potential problems down the road. If there is a warranty the terms of warranty should be printed on the invoice.
Can I trust the Hour Meter on a forklift?
Not always, BUT it depends… On newer forklifts the meters are digital in the dash. It is not easy to replace these & the meters will show you the 5th digit so you can usually trust what it reads. Older hour meters roll over every time they hit 10,000 & start back at zero again. Also it is fairly easy to replace the older hour meters so you never know if the meter has rolled over or been replaced before. When buying from Discount Forklift, we report to you what the hour meter READS. Since we are not original owners of the machine we cannot verify accuracy, all we can do is report to our customers what the meter reads. However, we use our best logic & determine if the meter seems to be accurate. We look at indicators such as pedal pad wear, mast wear, the play in hydraulic levers, etc.
How long will a forklift last?
There is a poor misconception about forklifts; it was once believed that forklifts lasted about 10,000 hours. Why? Because for approx. 70 years all forklifts did not have a 5th digit in the hour meter! No one had ever seen a forklift with over 10,000 hours because every time the meter hit 9,999 the meter started back over at 0000 again! So beware of the old forklifts & the seller claims “1970’s cream puff with only 3,000 hours!” Common sense…. Chances are the meter has rolled over several times or been replaced! In the late 1990’s most forklift manufactures added the 5th digit & now we see forklifts daily with 30,000, 40,000, 50,000 +, even 88,000 hours & still running strong! Maintenance is key, for the longevity of a forklift. We recommend having your forklift put on a “Planned Maintenance” schedule to keep it going strong for your business for many, many years to come.
Do forklifts have Odometers like cars?
No they do not. Most forklifts travel very short distances inside warehouses or yards. Forklifts are not measured in miles driven but in hours the machine is running. Most of the time forklifts
sit at idle but the hour meter is counting. Forklifts with enclosed cabs & heaters typically have double the hours from idling because employees sit on the machines to stay warm or cool if the machine has air conditioning.
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