The Supralift forklift buying guide is designed to assist purchasers in choosing the right forklift for their needs. Gain an overview of the most important forklift models, their applications, and their advantages and disadvantages. Would you like to purchase a used forklift, or would you prefer to rent? Learn about important considerations to help you make the right decision here.
Profile: Indoor and outdoor use (depending on drive type), high handling capacity, long transportation distances, up to approx. 6.5t load capacity and 6m lift height, primarily used to transport pallets - accessories and attachments available for almost any other transported goods.
A classic forklift is also known as a counterbalance truck, and is an all-around choice for almost any logistics application.
The forks are attached to a lift mast, and can be lifted up to 6m from the ground depending on the lifting frame used. Because of this, counterbalance trucks are also known as mast trucks. To ensure easy maneuvering and allow them to drive through warehouse gates, for instance, forklifts have a low overall height, usually below 2m. A simple lift mast (simplex), therefore, can only lift up to this overall height, or approx. 2m. Multi-part lift masts are available to reach higher lift heights, and can be extended to 2 or 3 times the basic mast height. A double mast (duplex) can lift loads up to approx. 4m, and a triple mast (triplex) can lift up to approx. 6m. One important criteria when choosing multi-stage mast trucks is the free lift. The free lift is the lift height that can be reached without extending the lift mast. In models without free lift, the lift mast extends upward slightly even at low lift heights, increasing the overall height of the forklift and requiring sufficient overhead space.
The driver’s seat is located behind the lift mast, so that the driver can monitor the forks and the loading process. The motor and chassis are below the driver’s seat, and serve as a counterweight to the lift mast to prevent the forklift from tipping over when it is carrying a full load. Because of this, front loaders are also known as counterbalance trucks. Depending on the design, the driver may only be protected from falling objects by a safety guard over the seat - however, there are designs with a cabin, or even a fully enclosed, heated driver's cabin for use outdoors or in a refrigerated warehouse.
The chassis of a counterbalance truck is equipped with rear-wheel steering while the two front wheels are fixed. Rear axle steering makes it easier to maneuver the truck in warehouse aisles and to extend the forks into the shelves when stacking pallets. Most forklifts are 4-wheel counterbalance trucks. 4 wheels allow for good driving properties and sufficient stability when maneuvering. However, 3-wheel counterbalance trucks are also available. They have 2 front wheels under the lift mast and one rear wheel arranged at the center. Since they are steered via the center rear wheel, 3-wheel forklifts are extremely agile and can turn almost on the spot. This property is a major advantage particularly in narrow warehouse aisles, although it does result in reduced stability and load capacity. 3-wheel forklifts, therefore, do not achieve the same high load classes as 4-wheel forklifts, and they are also available only with an electric drive.
Another important point is the motor technology used on the counterbalance truck, which impacts its application and operating costs. We can differentiate between electric forklifts and forklifts with a combustion engine. Electrically operated forklifts are emission-free, quiet, and suitable for use in indoor areas, warehouses and high-bay shelving warehouses. The rollers or tires are often not designed for use outdoors, or only on very even ground. Current to supply the electric motor is delivered by a battery that requires regular recharging. The electric forklift will not be available for use while charging, which is an important consideration in shift operations. Counterbalance trucks with combustion engines are primarily either diesel forklifts or gas-powered forklifts. Both variants can be used almost continuously in shift operations. Diesel forklifts are quick to fill up, while gas-powered forklifts are supplied with gas via exchangeable bottles, allowing them to be used without long charging times. Diesel forklifts are very high-powered, and have a higher load capacity than electric or gas-powered forklifts. However, due to the exhaust they produce, they may not be used indoors; only gas or electric drives are permitted in indoor applications.
A wide range of attachments and accessories is available for counterbalance trucks, from forks for pallet transport to clamps, rotary devices, mandrels, and many more attachments that can be mounted to the lift mast to work with many different kinds of goods.
Counterbalance trucks are available from most major forklift manufacturers. You can rent or purchase used counterbalance trucks to meet your needs from Supralift from leading manufacturers like Toyota, Linde, STILL, Jungheinrich, Hyster and Yale.
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Profile: Outdoor applications, off-road use, high stability and resistance, high ground clearance, often available with all-wheel drive, primarily used in the construction industry, agriculture and forestry.
Similar to front loaders, all-terrain forklifts are counterbalance trucks, however they have a structure and tires designed for off-road operation. All-terrain forklifts are also equipped with a lift mast, to which forks or other attachments can be fastened and used to lift and transport loads. All-terrain telescopic forklifts are also available, with a telescopic arm in place of the lift mast that can also be extended vertically.
A high ground clearance is characteristic for all-terrain forklifts, allowing them to easily handle sections of potholes, bumpy areas and scree or gravel. Large tires with thick tread ensure good hold and stability. Rough tread, low pressure tires give the vehicle the grip it needs and help absorb impacts. Because of this, all-terrain forklifts are also known as large tire forklifts. All-terrain forklifts with all-wheel drive can be used in muddy and unpaved construction site areas or hilly areas in agricultural applications. Often, the tires on the drive axle are larger than those on the steering axle. Likewise, all-terrain forklifts are often equipped with twin tires to increase traction an improve load-bearing capacity. Normal forklifts are specifically designed for use on smooth asphalt or warehouse floors, and would quickly be pushed to their limits in these kinds of environments; they could even be dangerous, since they don’t deliver the necessary level of stability.
Often, good off-road capability requires a strong drive. Because of this, all-terrain forklifts are equipped with high-capacity diesel or gas motors. All units are protected from dust, dirt and water by encapsulation, a very important feature for use in rough outdoor areas in order to prevent damage due to moisture or dirt. Driver’s cabins are often tilting, to allow good access to the units and simplify maintenance work. The driver’s seat is spring-loaded, the cabin is sound-insulated, and often equipped with an air conditioning and heating system to provide the driver with a comfortable work area.
Many attachments and accessories are available for all-terrain forklifts. In addition to forks, bale clamps, mandrels, shovels, and many other devices can be attached. All-terrain forklifts with telescopic arms can also be used as cranes.
You can purchased or rent used all-terrain forklifts from Supralift from a variety of manufacturers, such as Manitou, Caterpillar, Ausa or JCB.
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Profile: Outdoor use, unpaved areas, horizontal and vertical movable telescopic arm, lift height up to 30m, load capacity up to or above 20t, designed for use in construction, agriculture and industry.
Telescopic forklifts are characterized by their telescopic arm, which they use in place of a lifting mast. Because of this, they are also known as telescopic arm forklifts or telescopic loaders. While a lift mast is primarily designed to lift loads, and allows for only a very limited range of fork forward movement, the telescopic arm can be used to make horizontal and vertical movements in almost any direction. The telescopic arm is located at the center rear of the forklift, and can be lifted and lowered via hydraulic components like a crane. In addition, the telescopic arm is extendable, allowing it to reach almost any position within the working range of the telescopic forklift.
Telescopic forklifts with a rigid frame only allow for the described horizontal and vertical movements of the telescopic arm. A telescopic forklift with a semi-rigid frame can be tilted on its front axle and swiveled slightly to the side, further extending the radius of movement of the telescopic arm when the vehicle is at a standstill. Rotating telescopic forklifts, also known as rotator forklifts or rotator telescopic forklifts offer maximum mobility. In these devices, the entire superstructure can be swiveled via a slewing ring. Additional support systems are built in to ensure the vehicle remains stable and steady.
Thanks to their design, telescopic forklifts are able to lift over 20t up to 30m. Side support systems are integrated into the vehicle to ensure it does not tip over when the telescopic arm extends far enough to the side. Since these forklifts are usually used in outdoor areas and on uneven ground, telescopic loaders are excellent for all-terrain use, and have large tires with thick tread. Often, telescopic forklifts are equipped with all-wheel drive and have variable operating modes. Quick trips from one location to another can be handled with front axle steering. Speeds of up to 50km/h are no problem. Select a synchronous steering system for a tight turning radius. With this kind of steering, both axles have an equal, opposite wheel angle. For very narrow spaces, choose crab steering, in which all wheels can be set to the same wheel angle so that the vehicle can move in any direction, including sideways or diagonally.
The telescopic arm is equipped with forks, but can also be fitted with a wide range of other attachments. Commonly used attachments on telescopic arm forklifts include crane booms, crane hooks, bale grabs, winches, augers, shovels, or work baskets.
You can purchased or rent used telescopic forklifts from Supralift from a variety of manufacturers, such as Manitou, Merlo, Caterpillar, Dieci, Sennebogen or JCB.
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Profile: Loading ISO containers up to three rows, load capacity of up to 50t, very high vehicle weight, designed for use in harbors and terminals.
Container forklifts and reach stackers are designed to load ISO containers used in shipping, the railway sector and on tractor trailers. In contrast to a forklift, where the load is supported by the forks and lifted from the bottom, container handlers have a so-called container spreader used to grip the container from above. The container spreader is attached to a boom and is similar to a frame - the so-called spreader - that is adjustable to different container sizes and grips the corner fittings of the container like a pair of tongs.
Container stackers and reach stackers differ both in their design and in their applications. Container stackers have a lift mast and may only be ale to stack containers in the first row depending on their construction. To do so, they weigh around 70t to act as a counterweight and ensure the necessary stability. There are empty container stackers with up to approx. 10t load capacity, and full container stackers with a load capacity of up to approx. 40t. Equipped with a double lift frame, empty container stackers can also lift two empty containers. Reach stackers are equipped with a telescopic arm, and can stack containers up to three rows high. This allows containers to be loaded from one train to another in railway applications, for instance, without having to move the reach stacker. To ensure stability, reach stackers are very heavy at around 100t, and can lift up to 50t.
Container stackers and reach stackers are usually kerosene or diesel operated. However, there are also electric models. Their flexibility, when compared to gigantic container bridges and gantry cranes, makes them an affordable alternative for small and medium-sized transshipment areas.
At Supralift, you can purchase or rent used container stackers and reach stackers from manufacturers such as Kalmar, Svetruck, SMV, Hyster and Linde. View available trucks here:
Profile: Indoor and outdoor use (depending on drive type), transportation of bulky, long goods, load capacity up to 6t, lift height up to 8m, small turning radius.
Side loaders are designed to transport long and bulky goods, such as pipes, paper rolls, rods, and timber. In contrast to a front loader, the fork is attached to the side. Goods are placed on a table, and can then be transported longitudinally in the direction of travel. Because of this, side loaders are also called cross stackers or lateral forklifts. The driver’s seat often rotates, so that the driver can look in the direction of travel or monitor the side forks during loading, depending on the current task. Similar to a reach truck, the lift mast is extendable. This means it can be extended in front of the table to pick up the load and then retracted again to place goods for transport on the table. Despite the long goods it transports, the side loader is only as wide as the vehicle itself as it moves, meaning it can be used in narrow warehouse aisles. Therefore, side loaders are also considered narrow-aisle trucks.
They can offer even better maneuverability if all four wheels can be swiveled by 90 degrees, allowing the vehicle to practically turn on the spot. This is then called a four-way side loader or four-way loader, and is much easier to operate in very narrow spaces than a traditional side loader. Four-way side loaders are available with a driver’s platform, driver’s stand or driver’s seat. These stacker types also have an extendable mast, so they are also called four-way reach trucks.
Side loaders are available with diesel or gas drive, or as electric side loaders, depending on their application. Tires must also be chosen to match the location where they will be used.
Supralift offers used side loaders, four-way loaders and narrow-aisle trucks from manufacturers like Combilift, Jumbo, Linde, Jungheinrich, STILL and BT. View available trucks here:
Profile: Indoor use, manual or electric, primarily ground level transportation of pallets, load capacity up to 2t, lift height up to 250mm.
Low pallet stackers lift goods only slightly above floor height for transportation. This means they are designed only for horizontal transport, and not suitable for stacking goods on shelves or loading trucks. Low pallet stackers have many different names. Manual variants are often known as hand pallet trucks or manual forklifts. The term Ameise is also used, after a Jungheinrich pallet truck model of that name. Hand pallet trucks have a simple design. They consist of a fork attached to a set of wheels. On the other side is a tow bar, which can be used to pull and steer the pallet truck. The fork can be lifted and lowered slightly using a hydraulic mechanism. Depending on the weight of the goods and the transportation distance, it may be very difficult to transport goods using a hand pallet truck, and an electrically operated low pallet stacker may offer better comfort. Electric low pallet stackers are primarily differentiated by whether the driver operates the low pallet stacker from sitting or standing, or whether they need to walk along with it.
Pedestrian low pallet stackers are very similar to manual hand pallet trucks. They are controlled via a tow bar and the “driver” walks along the transport distance. However, the pallet truck is electrically operated and does not have to be physically pulled along. These are also called semi-electric low pallet stackers. Electric pallet trucks are, therefore, primarily suitable for short transportation distances and do not require a forklift driver’s license
Called driver’s platform pallet trucks or standing pallet trucks, these offer the driver the option of driving while standing. Generally, a platform can be folded out for the driver to stand on if desired. This allows the low pallet stacker to be used while walking, or standing on it. However, there are also models that can only be used as a standing pallet truck, because the driver's area is surrounded like a cabin up to hip height. They are also steered via a small tow bar, and have an electric drive. Due to the option of riding on the low pallet stacker, these machines with a driver’s platform are also suitable for longer transportation distances.
If the low pallet stacker is in continuous use, then a version with a driver’s seat is a good idea. The driver can operate the device while seated, comfortably covering even long transportation distances. Since the seat is aligned transverse to the fork, these devices are also called lateral seat forklifts.
Hand pallet trucks and electric low pallet stackers are offered by many manufacturers. At Supralift, you can purchase or rent used low pallet stackers from manufacturers such as Linde, Jungheinrich, STILL, BT or Toyota.
Profile: Indoor use, manual or electric, transportation, stacking and loading up to 2.5t load capacity and 5.5m lift height.
High pallet stackers are constructed similarly to low pallet stackers, but have a lift mast so that they are able to stack goods in addition to horizontal transport. To ensure good stability while lifting loads, a counterweight is required. Generally, this consists of the battery and drive unit, as well as the operating area on a high pallet stacker. They are used primarily in applications where the goods turnover is not high enough to require a counterbalance truck, but where good load capacity and lift height are needed. In addition, they are agile and easy to operate, and much less expensive to purchase and maintain than counterbalance trucks. There are high pallet stackers with a manual lift, called hand stackers, and with a mechanical lift. The manual lift is operated via a hydraulic pump. The forks are lowered using a valve that can be opened with a hand or foot lever. However, electric high pallet stackers are more common, and like low pallet stackers are available as pedestrian trucks, stand-up forklifts or sit-on stackers.
Pedestrian stackers are high pallet stackers that are steered with a tow bar, requiring the “driver” to walk along with them. Therefore, they are also called walkie stackers. Manual stackers must also be pulled or pushed, which can be difficult given that they weigh 300kg before any goods are added. Semi-electric lift trucks and fully electric high pallet stackers offer better comfort and require less force, because the “driver” only needs to guide the stacker as they walk, thanks to the electric drive.
These lift trucks offer the driver the option of standing to ride on them, and are also called ride-on stackers. Some variants have a fold-down driver's platform, so that the high pallet stacker can be used both as a pedestrian stacker or stand-up forklift. However, there are also models with an enclosed standing area, so that the driver stands on the side and has a protective roof, forming a kind of cabin. A forklift with ride-on option is a good choice especially for longer transportation distances.
These ride-on stackers offer a seat for the driver which faces transverse to the direction of travel. A lateral seat forklift can be used to easily cover over 100m of transportation distance and up to 5 operating hours per day. For better handling capacity, consider purchasing a reach truck. However, reach trucks are significantly more expensive.
Electric high pallet stackers are universally used in logistics applications. At Supralift, you can purchase or rent used forklifts from manufacturers such as Linde, Jungheinrich, STILL, BT or Toyota.
Profile: Primarily indoor use, high-bay shelving systems, mostly electric drive, lift heights to over 14m at up to 2.5t load capacity.
Reach trucks are designed to maneuver in narrow warehouse aisles, and can reach very great heights of up to 14m. They usually have a load capacity between 1t and 2.5t, however there are also reinforced models that handle up to 6t. Reach trucks with diesel drive are available, but electric reach trucks are the most commonly used variant. The unique feature of reach trucks are the lift arms that can be used to push the mast forward and pull it back. The mast extends in a cantilever manner, supported by the lift arms. This allows the reach truck to remain stable even without a counter-weight, meaning the machines can be designed to be much shorter than common high pallet stackers. This shorter design is a major advantage in narrow warehouse aisles. In some reach truck models, the driver’s seat and mast are attached to the side, similar to the design of a side loader. This is an advantage primarily with long and bulky goods.
An important criterion for reach trucks is their feed - the distance by which the mast can be extended forward. This will be between 500mm and 1400mm depending on the model and manufacturer, allowing pallets to be stacked in the second row in some models. In general, as lift height increases, load capacity decreases.
Reach trucks are available both as pedestrian devices, or with a driver’s platform or driver’s seat. The transportation distance and daily length of use will determine which version is most useful in a certain application. Models are also available in which the driver stands, sits or leans while driving, allowing the driver’s cabin to be individually adjusted.
The disadvantages of reach trucks, compared to high pallet stackers, are first their higher acquisition cost and second their slower speed. The small rollers on the lift arms are designed only for very even floors, and wait times are required when stacking at very high heights, to wait for the movement of the mast. In addition, three and four-stage lift masts can restrict the driver’s view significantly.
Reach trucks are used frequently in warehouse logistics and are available from many manufacturers. At Supralift, you can purchase or rent used reach trucks from manufacturers such as Linde, Jungheinrich, STILL, Yale or BT.
Profile: Indoor use, high-bay shelving warehouse, electric drive, lifting both the driver and goods to working height, load capacity up to 2.5t and lift heights up to 14.5m.
Pickers are devices that can lift both pallets and goods, as well as the driver’s platform itself. This allows the driver to pick goods directly at the shelf because they are lifted up to them; this is particularly important in the age of online shopping. Pickers allow warehouse clerks to move directly to the needed areas of the high-bay shelving system, assemble the customer's ordered goods there, then deliver them to shipping. This eliminates lost time to lift and lower pallets in order to remove individual items on the floor. Pickers are differentiated based on their lift height.
Low-lift order pickers are also called horizontal pickers, since they are only used on the bottom shelf row. This work could also be completed with a hand pallet trucks, but the advantage of an electric picker is that the driver can pick directly from the vehicle, without having to constantly get in and out. Some low-lift order pickers can also stack to the second row, up to around 2.5m.
Medium-lift order pickers, also called vertical pickers, are used above the second shelf row, up to approx. 6.5m. They are also called man-up pickers, since they have a driver’s platform or driver’s seat that is lifted to the working height using the fork. Some models even have a load carrier the driver can walk onto, allowing them to handle bulky goods at the shelf. Since the driver can work at great heights, safety precautions are very important when using man-up order pickers. In addition to railings and cabin enclosures, fall protection is recommended to prevent serious accidents.
High-lift order pickers lift goods and the driver up to a height of 14.5m. In many models, the fork and driver's area can be lifted independently of one another. There are models with rigid fork tines for manually loading and unloading, and models with swiveling, movable forks for mechanical storage and removal. Safety systems are essential, with lift heights equivalent to a 5 story building. High-lift order pickers generally have automatic assistance systems that throttle their speed and braking force depending on the lift height, ensuring stability when traveling around curves.
Order pickers are essential in the warehouse logistics field, and the trend is moving towards automated warehouse systems that require no driver at all, or only require the driver to control some processes.
At Supralift, you can buy or rent used order pickers from many manufacturers such as Jungheinrich, STILL, Linde or BT.
Depending on the model, purchasing a forklift can be a major investment and should be carefully considered. If you purchase a used forklift, you will pay the purchase price in full and will then own the vehicle. Leasing a forklift means that the vehicle will be provided to you for a fixed term, and can then be returned or purchased at that time for its residual value. Monthly leasing payments will be charged for the duration of use, and the residual value will depend on the vehicle’s service life and wear. Generally, forklift leasing is a kind of long-term rental contract, with the option of purchasing or returning the device. Renting a forklift means that the vehicle will be provided to you for a short period of time, usually, after which you will return it. Rent is charged for the length of the rental, and can be calculated as a daily, weekly, or monthly price. Rental forklifts are usually rented for a certain time period and a specific project. Purchasing the devices after renting them is less common.
Purchasing a used forklift is a good idea primarily if the forklift will be used on a regular, continuous, and long-term basis. The range of available used forklifts is very broad, and many forklifts are available with various specialized equipment. However, if you do have a specific or unusual need, you may not find what you are looking for right away.
A used forklift may still be very expensive, depending on its model, age and previous use. This kind of investment does restrict a company's financial flexibility, but amortization of the device can offer tax advantages. As the owner of a used forklift, you can use the device as desired, and can then sell it again used at any time.
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Renting a forklift is certainly the most flexible solution available. Most forklift dealers have a rental fleet with commonly available forklift models, and can also handle transportation to your work site and pickup after the rental term. Forklift rentals are available even for short periods of just one day or more - the rental price is lower, the longer you want to rent the forklift. Rental forklifts pose no restrictions in terms of time or usage location. Rent is charged to rent a forklift, which is the most significant disadvantage with this option. Renting a forklift is one of the most costly options available, and is primarily a good idea if you only need the forklift for a limited, fairly short time period, for instance to handle an order peak time or test out different forklift models before purchasing one. In addition, it may not be possible to fulfill specific requirements for forklift equipment, or this may result in high additional charges. Most providers have popular models in their rental forklift fleets, and may not be able to handle unusual or special requests. Forklift operation is another important point. Generally, employees need a brief training session before they operate an unfamiliar forklift model. Frequently changing to different forklift models will always result in lost time as employees are trained or get used to the specific forklift model.
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Leasing is very similar to a rental, but with a longer term - you purchase the right to use the machine, without actually owning it. Leasing a forklift, therefore, means having it available to you to use for an agreed time period, without owning it. Generally, the forklift dealer or bank with which the dealer cooperates is the lessor. The parties determine a usage term, commonly 3 to 5 years, as well as a projected wear and tear that the vehicle will experience due to use. This will be used to calculate a leasing fee, to be paid either on a monthly or quarterly basis. At the end of the usage term, you can return the forklift, for instance to lease a new forklift, or purchase it at its residual value.
Leasing fees are usually lower than rental prices. In comparison to purchasing a forklift, you will often pay more over the years. Therefore, it is a good idea to consider whether forklift leasing will be an advantage to you or not. One major advantage is that you avoid the high one-time expense of purchasing a forklift. Often, servicing and maintenance costs are included in the leasing fees. Leasing costs can also be deducted from taxes as expenses. In addition, dealers often offer short-term replacements if the leased forklift is not usable for a period of time. The disadvantages primarily have to do with the binding contract you will enter into. The agreed costs will be charged for the agreed term of use, even if you do not use the forklift as often during some of the time, or even if your circumstances change. Generally, you will not be able to withdraw from the agreement prematurely, and you cannot sell the forklift because you do not own it. Because of this, forklift leasing is an advantage primarily if you do not have enough capital to purchase the machine - frequently the case if you are purchasing multiple forklifts - and if you can easily estimate your requirements during the term of use.
Before purchasing a forklift, there are many questions to consider. After all, purchase prices for these machines can be very expensive. One key question is whether to order a new vehicle or purchase a used forklift. A new forklift is, of course, somewhat more expensive than a used forklift, but you can exactly configure the characteristics and equipment you want your forklift to have. If you require specialized equipment, then you can speak with a dealer to build the vehicle precisely to your needs and requirements. New devices also require very little maintenance, and the warranty eliminates repair costs for a long period of time. Depending on their application and wear, new devices can also be sold used at good prices after several years. These considerations determine the advantages and disadvantages of a used forklift. Many used forklifts are available, but if you require certain specialized equipment, it may be more difficult to find a used forklift to meet your needs. However, you can quickly find popular, common models of almost any age and price class, and may benefit from up to a 50% lower purchase price. The price for a used forklift depends greatly on the year it was built and how many operating hours it has on the clock. Most dealers rework used forklifts before sale, and provide a warranty on the machine. However, more repairs and maintenance should be expected with a used forklift than with a new vehicle.
When does it make sense to purchase a new, or a used forklift? A new vehicle is a better choice if the forklift needs specialized equipment or needs to meet very individual requirements. If the forklift will be exposed to heavy loads or in use over 50% of the time during a shift, purchasing a new machine is the better option. Used forklifts have a higher probability of needing repairs. If the forklift will cause high costs or serious problems in the company when it is out of commission, then it is better to buy a new machine. Companies tend to buy used forklifts when they are getting started, or not able to afford very high purchasing costs. Used forklifts are also ideal as secondary or replacement machines for peak order times. Companies that only use the forklift occasionally should certainly consider a used forklift.
At Supralift, you can quickly and easily find used forklifts in every age and price class. Of course, you can also search for a dealer near you. Your dealer can advise you and configure a new machine for you if that is the best alternative.