There is a poor misconception about forklifts; it was once believed that forklifts lasted about 10,000 hours. Why? Because for approx. 70 years all forklifts did not have a 5th digit in the hour meter! No one had ever seen a forklift with over 10,000 hours because every time the meter hit 9,999 the meter started back over at 0000 again! So beware of the old forklifts & the seller claims “1970’s cream puff with only 3,000 hours!” Common sense…. Chances are the meter has rolled over several times or been replaced! In the late 1990’s most forklift manufactures added the 5th digit & now we see forklifts daily with 30,000, 40,000, 50,000 +, even 88,000 hours & still running strong! Maintenance is key, for the longevity of a forklift. We recommend having your forklift put on a “Planned Maintenance” schedule to keep it going strong for your business for many, many years to come.