First patented in the United States about 200 years ago, the forklift was never really considered an essential tool until the first World War where massive transportation of goods in a fast and efficient manner was vital. In modern times forklifts are an important automobile used for lifting and transporting heavy goods throughout various industries around the globe.
Within the following Surplus Record buyers guide, we shall cover some of the basics regarding how some of our available forklifts function, as well as some of their primary purposes. Additionally, we’ll also include some tips and tricks to help with the purchase process of new and used forklifts alongside some notes that buyers should be aware of when they are on the lookout for used forklifts for sale.
What is a Forklift and how does it work?
A Forklift is an industrial automobile which is used to lift heavy objects over short distances. Gas, petrol, diesel and electricity are all common power sources used to power the lifting system (made up of pistons and hydraulics). This exact system is what is used to move objects up/down, side to side or forward/backwards on the attached forks. The forks (or a similar attachment) can be found on the front of the machine and act as the arms which are used for scooping up and handling the desired object. Due to the weight of the loads a forklift carries, the forklift’s body is always designed to be low to the ground with counterbalance weights attached to the rear end of the machine. This is to prevent the forklift from tipping forwards under the stress of a load.
On the Surplus Record catalog one can view a range of used Forklift types from known manufacturers including:
Uses and Applications
Forklifts are used to complete various tasks such as:
- The lifting of heavy objects
- Moving objects from one location to another over short distances
- Hoisting loads
- Loading and unloading trucks
- AND MORE!
Forklifts are commonly found and used within:
- Horticultural or Agricultural businesses
- Post Offices & Shipping Centers
- Construction sites
- Recycling sites
- Engineering workshops
- Shopping Malls
Important Considerations Before Buying Used Forklifts
Use and Maintenance history
Although the majority of forklifts are designed for heavy use, the regular maintenance and proper use of the machine is important. Try to do a thorough background check on the forklift of interest before purchasing, view a service record or test the equipment out on the job, if possible.
The size of the forklift will determine its output and potential. It is important for you, as the buyer, to know what sort of lifting you will need to do. 3000lbs – 70,000 lbs. (1 – 30 ton) is the general range of forklift loading capacity.
Forklift masts (the part that does the work) have a huge range of options. They can be capable of lifting loads over 10 meter high, specially designed for easy pallet pickup or with a wide girth which would allow the operator to handle awkward loads. Whatever a forklift mast has to offer, you will find it undoubtedly. Understanding the tasks you’ll be performing will help determine the correct mast for your business.
Gas, petrol, diesel and electricity are all common power sources for the engine. Depending on your own unique needs you can select which option works best for you. In general: Electric engines = environmental and economical friendly, great within food grade/health factories, Gas = Convenient to refill with no major lack of power and Petrol / Diesel = heavy duty and rural friendly.
By using forklifts and accessories made by the same manufacturer across your lifting-fleet you can help your business and staff maintain efficiency. Forklift operators don’t have to learn the quirks of each and every machine and repairs can be made easier.
Surplus Record: Tips and Tricks
To assist further when searching for used Forklifts for sale on our platform, we have attached our best tips and tricks to use when navigating.
- Make use of our location settings: At the top of the page, when on the list for your desired piece of equipment/machinery, enter your desired location and you’ll be taken directly to what we have available in your area.
- Look for an auction: On the listing page, select the blue checkbox on your right which says “Auction” and you’ll be taken to our available products for sale via auction.
- On a budget: Select the toggle “Sort by Relevance” and then click “Price low to high” to view our cheapest to most expensive products for sale.
- Don’t forget the search bar: Already know what you are looking for? Utilize our search bar at the top of the website to find specific listings out of hundreds available.
Quick Access: Forklifts
- Ecrecon Inc | New Jersey
- Smith Machinery Co. | Iowa
- Discount Forklifts | Colorado
- Federal Equipment Company | Ohio
Quick Access: Dealers Specializing in Forklifts
Quick Access: Industrial Forklift Manufacturers
Our top manufactures available at Surplus Record for used forklifts include:
Need More Help? Or further information about Industrial Forklifts? Then head on over to the “Wanteds” section of our website and select “Buy” at the top and “General Equipment” for the industry. Fill out the form and a dealer who specializes in Forklifts will get back to you ASAP. It’s free to do, and our dealers are happy to help!