Marion Harrell Forklifts February 14th, 2018 - 13:48:04
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.
It may be that a company is trying to get rid of old machinery or you may find that a construction company is selling off the machinery after a project is finished; whatever the reason an auction can be a great place to shop for a forklift. Classified ads in local papers can be a great source of information about used forklifts. You can check magazines newspapers and special papers dedicated to providing classified ads. All of these sources of information can provide you with leads on good deals on used forklifts and you can easily pick up the phone and make a few phone calls to find out more information about the prices and conditions of the used forklifts for sale. You can simply turn to the section dedicated to construction equipment or warehouse machinery and you should be able to find a few forklifts for sale on nearly a daily basis. The internet is one of the best resources that you have at your disposal.
These lifts are usually older models (20+ years old) with several thousand hours and a handful of technical issues. If you are an experienced forklift operator or service technician you may find yourself a steal if you dont mind the extra work to fix it up. A few splashes of paint and you might even be able to make her look brand new. Dont expect the private seller to explain the mechanics of the forklift; he will not be a viable resource to determine if his forklift best suits your warehouse. The private sellers goal is to get the best offer and may drive a hard bargain. Buying Forklifts From A Forklift Dealer Forklift dealerships offer a wide range of used forklifts rentals and forklift parts. While you may not want a tour of the facility or listen to a sales pitch sales representatives are forklift experts and will survey your own warehouse to determine what model you are best suited for. Unlike private sellers forklift dealerships supply forklifts with various equipment types weight capacities fuel engines and reach heights.
3. Towing Finally you can use a forklift on a farm to not only lift and move items but also tow (pull or drag) them. Towing would be used for objects or loads that are too big or too heavy to be lifted by the forklift safely. Forklifts can be used to tow trailers tractors other vehicles machinery large and/or very heavy pieces of equipment and very large loads. Keep in mind that proper procedures and safety precautions need to be followed in order to prevent damage to the forklift to prevent damage to the large items being towed and to prevent accident and injury. For example proper tow ropes must be used but they should never be attached to the mast to pull or drag loads. In addition appropriate attachments must be fitted and used in order for the forklift to be used for towing or pushing safely.