Debbie Dale Forklifts February 16th, 2018 - 11:08:13
When it comes to obtaining a forklift for a warehouse or industrial site it is important that the forklift is as reliable as possible. Brand new forklifts are always in excellent condition but they are incredibly expensive. Buying a used forklift will be much cheaper but you may find that the forklift has a number of mechanical and electrical issues that make the vehicle more trouble than its worth. The question of whether to buy new or used is often a complex one but most people dont know that there is a third option. Ones for hire are usually rented out by different companies and they are always in excellent condition. Rather than buying one brand new you will find that simply hiring a forklift can be the best way to obtain a forklift that will run smoothly and serve your needs.
Lack of Proper Maintenance: Failing to service the major components of the forklift such as the steering brakes hydraulic parts or the transmission can lead to an accident. Unreasonable Work Pace: Setting a work pace that is too high or creating a stressful work environment can lead to workers rushing which increases the chances of an accident. Lack of Safety Devices: Removing safety devices or having safety devices that are not properly functioning can be a recipe for disaster. For example if the forklifts rollover protection is not engaged or not functioning correctly the operator can be thrown from the machine or pinned underneath if it should over turn.
The price of a new forklift is twice the cost of a used model. Used forklifts are refurbished by the dealership then resold at retail value. While the dealership may drive a hard bargain upfront their prices are always negotiable. To get a good deal from the dealership compare models and prices of forklifts from 2 or 3 other dealerships. Outlining the product and services these dealerships provide will provide leverage when negotiating. Forklift dealerships offer product warranties and financing options on both new and used forklifts. Warranties typically last 1-2 years with the purchase and often include service contracts for minor repairs. Contingent on the forklift type brand year number of hours and overall condition forklift dealership prices range from $6-30000. Perks from higher prices include the warranties service contracts customer service and expert advice. There are countless pros and cons of purchasing a forklift from a private seller and or forklift dealer. To determine which avenue is best for your warehouse compare multiple models and prices from at least 4 sellers. The Internet is host to hundreds of websites showcasing forklifts for sale so consider all of your options and consult with your staff in the decision-making process.
Consider the following statistics: 18% of forklift accidents are from employees and other bystanders being stuck with forklifts 14% of forklift accidents happen when they are used to lift people 7% of forklift accidents result from being accidentally driven off of loading docks or in an area that is unsafe for proper use 7% of forklift accidents result from improper maintenance 3% of forklift accidents happen because the operator loses control and improper use (Statistics courtesy of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) These statistics can be attributed to a variety of factors including: Lack of Proper Training: Many forklift drivers have not received proper training to operate the equipment. This can lead to drivers parking in inappropriate spots backing up or turning without following safety guidelines and not being able to properly communicate with others near the forklift.