What should be considered before buying a Forklift?
When considering purchasing a forklift, some factors to consider include:
- The type of application or task that the forklift will be used for, such as indoor or outdoor, heavy-duty or light-duty, and the type of loads it will be handling (pallets, drums, rolls, etc)
- The forklift’s load capacity, lift height, and overall size, and its suitability for the available space.
- The type of power source, such as electric, propane, or diesel, and their corresponding advantages and disadvantages.
- The ease of operation, including the availability of safety features, and the ease of maneuverability.
- The availability of attachments and accessories, such as side shifters, rotators, and clamps.
- The cost and availability of maintenance, parts, and technical support.
- The forklift’s compliance with relevant safety standards, such as OSHA and ANSI.
- The company’s existing fleet and the compatibility of the new forklift with the current fleet.
- The current market scenario and the type of machines and automation available.
- The overall cost and return on investment.
It would be helpful to consult with a forklift professional or an application engineer from the manufacturer to evaluate the machine and its suitability for your application before making a final decision. It is important to have clear and specific needs before making a purchasing decision.