Buying a forklift is an essential investment towards your business goal. In spite of its financial impact, very little has been written on how to make this decision. In this post are four tips on what to consider when buying a forklift.
- Research, research and research again
Just like vehicles, each forklift brand brings something unique to the market. While one manufacturer focuses on excavators, another specializes in aisle forklifts. You should reach out to friends and experts who are using forklifts or are in the same business as yours. Find out their experience, preference and brand prejudices. Once your research is narrowed down, seek out more information on online forums and interviews.
- The forklift capacity
Forklift capacity is the maximum weight it can carry safely at a specific load center. If the load is not centered correctly, the capacity is reduced significantly. Each forklift comes with a data plate that shows the amount of loading the equipment can hold at different mast height. Other details on the plate include load center, lift height, brand model number.
The load capacity is important as it determines the suitability of the machine to meet your needs. If you are not sure of the load capacity that can be the best for your workplace requirement, then contact a forklift rating company for help.
- Consider the return on investment
The main reason why you are buying a forklift is to improve the performance and productivity of your warehouse. As a result, the return on this investment should be worth the pain. The key issue that significantly cuts back your ROI is the running cost. It comprises of the cost of maintenance, repair, and depreciation, among others.
Talk to your supplier or the manufacturer about these costs to determine if you should continue with the deal or find a better option.
- Availability of parts
A forklift should come with two important documents, the manuals and safety guidelines. Besides these two should items be a list of all parts, their properties and if possible where or how to get the parts. Easy accessibility to spare parts will reduce downtime, and the consequent loses.
Talk to the supplier concerning the availability of the parts. It is prudent to purchase a machine that has its parts available locally. It gives you a peace of mind knowing that all the future maintenance requirement can be managed with ease.
All in all, when purchasing a forklift the best practice is to avoid haste and move cautiously. Take time to learn as much as you can through research and brain picking. Also, focus on the fork lift’s load capacity and buy only the that meets your workplace needs.