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Frequently Asked Questions!

I know nothing about a forklift, except I need one! Where do I start?

The first point of consideration is: what do you want the forklift to do? What is the heaviest weight you will be lifting with the forklift? How high do you want the forklift to lift? Where will the forklift be used? (What type of surface will the forklift operate on?) How much will you use the forklift every day? What type of fuel do you want to power your forklift? (gas, L.P. gas, diesel, or electric battery powered.) What is your forklift budget and how much do you want to spend?
These are the questions that need to be answered when you are considering buying a forklift. Call and let us help you with your needs!

Is a forklift going to make my life easier and my business more productive?

OF COURSE! Forklifts are an amazing invention! They have made massive improvements in business! We can do so much more in a shorter period of time while improving safety! Forklifts are an essential part of running a productive, successful business these days. A forklift is a true ASSET and INVESTMENT to your company. A forklift, bottom line, will truly MAKE YOU MONEY!

Is it going to do what I want it to do? Will it lift enough weight? Will the forks lift high enough?

Absolutely! That is why we must know exactly what you are lifting up; the actual weight, dimensions, balance, etc. Along with what surfaces you will be driving on, how high the forks need to go and how much room we have to maneuver in for starters. There are all kinds of different forklifts for different applications which is why we ask all the questions we do and have one of our Equipment Specialist’s show you just the right lift for your needs.

What type of fuel is the best for forklifts-internal combustion (Gas, LPG, Diesel) or electric?

It depends on your application. Each power source has its advantages and disadvantages. Internal combustion engines have more variable power, generate more torque, and are much more mobile in that refueling the forklift can be done anywhere. They do, however, require more maintenance and emit noticeable emissions. Electric forklifts have the lowest overall operating cost. Electric forklifts are fume free, have less moving parts, which means less overall maintenance, quiet and clean, and easy to use. Their drawback is an eight hour recharge time when it runs out of power and the forklift needs to be returned to a charger every time. How and where you use a forklift will be a big determinate in what will be best for you. We can provide the solution if you ask us!

Can you put pneumatic tires on a solid tire forklift?

No, this is physically impossible due to the frame differences between a solid tire forklift and a forklift with pneumatic tires.
Some forklift manufacturers made a model that would take either tire, but they are still a bit of a compromise between a solid and a pneumatic.

Do you have a calculation I can use to calculate my lifting capacity needs?

OSHA Field Calculation of Safe Load Capacity. The stated capacity of a forklift only applies to the load center indicated on the data plate. If the load is not centered at the specified position, the forklift’s capacity will be reduced. Loads come in all shapes and sizes, not just symmetrical boxes. The load size, position, and weight distribution critically affect the forklift’s capacity and the stability of the truck. Measure your loads length parallel to where the forks slide trough. Divide that number in half. That is your actual “Load Center.” Fill in the blanks below…

Take 24 divided by your actual load center. The number you get, you will multiply that times the stated max capacity of the forklift you are considering. Use the formula below.

24 in/____ in x __, 000 lb. = _______ lb.(approximate safe load capacity). Example: 24″ /30 ” (Your Load Center) x 5,000lb cap forklift = 4,000lb (approximate safe load capacity).

Can I trust the Hour Meter on a forklift?

Not always, BUT it depends… On newer forklifts the meters are digital in the dash. It is not easy to replace these & the meters will show you the 5th digit so you can usually trust what it reads. Older hour meters roll over every time they hit 10,000 & start back at zero again. Also it is fairly easy to replace the older hour meters so you never know if the meter has rolled over or been replaced before. When buying from Buy Right Forklift, we report to you what the hour meter READS. Since we are not original owners of the machine we cannot verify accuracy, all we can do is report to our customers what the meter reads. However, we use our best logic & determine if the meter seems to be accurate. We look at indicators such as pedal pad wear, mast wear, the play in hydraulic levers, etc.

Do forklifts have titles?

No title for forklifts because they were not meant to be licensed. They are legally transferred with a bill of sale (Invoice) that includes the serial number and the date. If there is no warranty the invoice will be marked “AS-IS” so there is no question about future maintenance or any potential problems down the road. If there is a warranty the terms of warranty should be printed on the invoice.

How long will a forklift last?

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.

Do forklifts have Odometers like cars?

No they do not. Most forklifts travel very short distances inside warehouses or yards. Forklifts are not measured in miles driven but in hours the machine is running. Most of the time forklifts sit at idle but the hour meter is counting. Forklifts with enclosed cabs & heaters typically have double the hours from idling because employees sit on the machines to stay warm or cool if the machine has air conditioning.

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