Used Forklifts: Great Way to Cut Your Overhead Costs

For workers in freight warehouses, factories, shipping facilities and other various workplaces across the country, forklifts are an essential tool they need to do their jobs. Forklifts are used to lift, transfer, and stack pallets of supplies or other loads of goods or equipment for sale or storage wherever they fit best. They are a necessary tool for employees to do their jobs properly, but can add expense to a budget if bought brand new. For this reason, many times it is best to invest in a used fork lift for workers to use in your business or warehouse. Used forklifts are maintained to certain standards, and offer reliability at a more affordable price tag.

Used Equipment Benefits

In recent years, many manufacturing companies or warehouse businesses have closed or moved a portion of their operation to another country. Because of this, the market for used forklifts has boomed . Many are available for sale and are practically brand new. It is for this reason used forklifts can be a wise investment if you're looking to save money on equipment purchases.

Other benefits of purchasing a used forklift include:

1. High Quality, Lower Cost - with the market full of forklifts that have hardly been used, purchasing one of these enables a company to get the full value of a product at a lower cost than an all new machine. Low cost doesn't equal low quality, and these machines will provide a business with years of use if properly cared for, saving them money both on the initial investment and in the long run.

2. Easier Maintenance - with more used forklifts available from closed businesses, there are more maintenance technicians out there who can be contracted to work on and maintain the older models of forklifts at a lower cost. Often, the older designs of these machines are easier to work with, meaning maintenance and repairs can be done in less time, also saving money in the long run.

3. More Equipment for Same Costs - With the abundance of used machines, being able to purchase one a at a lower cost means you can often purchase multiple models for less than you would pay if you purchased an all new fleet. Operating multiple vehicles puts less wear and tear on vehicles individually, and increases productivity by allowing workers to accomplish multiple tasks at the same time.

These are just a few of the reasons why used forklifts can be a good investment for growing or established manufacturing warehouses. Cost savings are important in order to achieve economic stability and success for your business. Having one or more forklifts at your disposal to accomplish multiple tasks means productivity will increase, as will business revenue.

Precautions When Buying

When purchasing any piece of used equipment, you must be careful to ensure you're getting the best value for the price you're paying. When shopping used forklifts, ask the retailer their reason for selling, and check the hour meter reading on the models you're looking at. This will tell you how long and how often the forklift has been used, and help determine an approximate maintenance schedule and costs for repairs if needed. Also, look at any attachments offered with the equipment, and the general condition of the machine before making the final purchase.

Used forklifts can save businesses a lot of money in overhead costs and assist with worker productivity by providing reliable equipment for their use. When looking to purchase equipment for your business, research the value of used forklifts and visit local dealers to determine your best investment.

Coby McGibbons is the business operations manager for Associated Forklifts. To view the latest range of second hand forklifts on sale now, go to

This article was published on 23 Nov 2013 and has been viewed 560 times
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