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Tips for Buying Your First Forklift

Buying a forklift for the first time can be an overwhelming process as you start researching and choosing the right equipment for your operations. As with any purchase for your business, it is crucial to consider all the factors that go into making the best purchase. When buying a forklift, there are a variety of factors that come into play.

You should primarily focus on the tasks you will use the forklift to help you find the perfect match to help you get the job done. At Trupar America, we have put together a list of factors that first-time forklift buyers should keep in mind to ensure they make the best purchase.

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How Frequently Will You Use the Forklift?


Consider how long you will be running the forklift and how often you will need to use it. This will help you determine whether you want to purchase a lift that is battery powered or one that is powered by gas or electricity.

Will the forklift be used Indoors or Outdoors?

Determine whether you will need to use your forklift inside of your warehouse or if you will need a forklift that can be used outdoors. This will help you determine whether you need am outdoor lift that is designed to withstand the weather and navigate different terrains and uneven surfaces, or a lift designed for use indoors.

Determine Your Lift Capacity


Forklifts vary widely in the amount of weight it can carry based on their size and design. Before purchasing a forklift, you will need to have an idea of the weight limits of most of the jobs you plan to use the forklift for. Overloading your forklift can be dangerous for the operators and can cause serious damage to the lift.

Figure Out Your Reach Capacity

You will also need to research how high you will need your forklifts to be able to reach. Most standard forklifts can elevate loads up to roughly 15 feet, whereas some are equipped with tools that can help the lift reach up to 40 feet.

Are You Interested in Energy-Efficient Options?

Choosing the type of power you want in your equipment is another factor to consider. If you prefer to “go green,” it is recommended that you consider an electric forklift.

What is Your Budget?

Purchasing a brand-new forklift is a significant investment, but if this equipment plays a major role in your operations, it will pay for itself, so if it fits into your budget, buy brand-new.

If purchasing your forklifts brand-new doesn’t fit into your budget, consider used forklifts. Trupar America, we serve as your top choice for forklift sales in Pittsburgh, offering an extensive selection of both new and used forklifts to help you build out your fleet. Contact us today to learn more!

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