Skip to main content

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.

Green Clark Forklift
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!

Popular posts from this blog

Parts and Terms for a Forklift

When operating a forklift, it is crucial to know the parts and terms for the material handling equipment you use to help promote safe operation. At Trupar America , we have put together a guide on some of the main parts of a forklift to help you get started:  Cab  This is the area where the operator sits or stands. The cab contains the controls for operating the forklift, including the lift controls, steering wheel, accelerator, brake pedals, safety signals, etc. Counterweight This is an essential part of a counterbalance forklift truck. The counterweight works to prevent the trucks from tipping over when lifting and transporting a heavy load.  Forks Forks are two big steel tines that come out from the front of the truck and are used to handle materials, lift pallets, and remove products from high shelves.  Fuel Tank These are featured on gas-powered forklifts. The fuel tank is attached to the rear of the forklift and holds the fuel for the truck. Fuel type varies by model and can be d

How to Buy the Right Forklift

When shopping for a forklift, it is crucial to purchase the right one for your business. Without the right forklift, there can be a negative effect on productivity, operation costs, employee morale, and stock management. With a wide range of forklifts out there, each designed for a specific job, it is important to understand what you need when searching for “forklifts for sale near me.” Determining the Type of Forklift, You Need for Your Business There are several vital factors you need to consider when shopping for the right forklift, including: Load Size/Capacity Choosing a forklift that does not meet load capacity requirements would be a major mistake. When looking at forklifts, be sure to determine: •    Average load weight •    Type of stock the forklift will be handling •    Width of your loads •    Weight of the heaviest load you will need to lift It is also important to know the type of load the forklift will be handling to determine if you will require specific forklift attach

Clark Announces Expansion of Standard Warranty

CLARK Material Handling Company, one of the top-ten global manufacturers of forklifts and spare parts, is expanding their CLARK standard warranty for Carriage to Counterweight and Powertrain coverage for up to three years. What Does This Warranty Cover? As of April 1, 2021, the CLARK protection Plan standard warranty covers Full Carriage to Counterweight for two years or 4,000 hours, whichever comes first, and the Powertrain for three years or 6,000 hours whichever comes first.  With this warranty, clients can enjoy an expanded bumper-to-bumper warranty that will ensure that the purchase of a CLARK forklift is built to last for years to come.  What Does This Expansion Mean for Trupar America Customers? With this new two-year/4,000-hour warranty, clients of Trupar America will enjoy the peace of mind of protection and coverage when purchasing CLARK products for your business. This warranty works to ensure that if you experience an electrical or mechanical issue with your CLARK forklift