Telehandler Forklifts

Buying a Telehandler Forklifts is a big investment for small businesses, and you need to make sure you get one that can handle your requirements and expectations without overspending.

The Telehandler Forklifts are one of the workhorses of modern industry. Warehouses, distribution centers, manufacturing plants, and lumber yards depend on forklifts of many types and sizes to keep their operations running smoothly. Other businesses only need a forklift to unload deliveries for an hour or two a day. Either way, having a forklift that can perform well for your specific needs is important. Telehandler Forklifts; JLG Industries, Inc. offers four brands of commercial Telehandler Forklifts. JLG, SkyTrak and Lull telehandler brands feature all-wheel steering, including two-wheel, four-wheel circle, and four-wheel crab to meet various maneuverability requirements. Gradall models feature rear pivot steering while our Lull telehandlers have a unique precision placement system. 

What to Look For

If one or more of these fit your company's situation and you decide to purchase a used forklift, you need to know how to spot used equipment that has had trouble. Here are four tips to help you select a used forklift that will add to your bottom line instead of sucking it dry.

Forklift Inspection Checklist

1. Availability: The main sources of used forklift are dealers; either trade-ins, former rental fleet units, or lease retirements.

In general, a used rental is often the better buy, because owners of new forklifts run them, on average, for seven years before trading them in.

Typically, they are operated for 1,500 hours per year in single-shift operations. Over the past five years, availability of retired forklifts that were leased three to five years has increased. This generally means companies have more low-hour machines available. A short-term-rental forklift accumulates about 1,000 hours of use per year and usually is traded in every three to five years to eliminate possible break down time. This lower use level generally has a higher price.

2. Maintenance: When you find a good machine, be sure to evaluate its condition. Consider how well it has been maintained. Ask to review the forklift's maintenance records, if they are available. If maintenance records are not available, make sure a thorough mechanical inspection is performed prior to purchasing the lift.

3. Inspection: Now it is time for a hands-on examination. If possible have a mechanic come along to give the forklift a thorough evaluation.

Start by checking boom operation, both without a load and with the forklift's full rated load. Only a qualified operator should do this inspection. Look for smooth operation and lack of binding. Tilt forward and back fully to see if there's excessive play (3/8 in. or more). Also check for excessive carriage play. If the forklift has an attachment, such as rotating forks, put it through the motions to make sure it will do the job it was designed for.

Forklift Inspection List

Look for leaks from the transmission, differential, boom and tilt cylinders, engine, and radiator. It's best to do these checks after the forklift is fully warmed up.

Be aware, even small leaks are warning signs. Carefully examine the extent of the leak and its source to determine the cost of the repair before purchasing. Possibly even have a phone number to the repair shop for a quote if the deal seems right.

Inspect the brakes while carrying the forklift's rated load. Remember that when it's traveling at 5 miles per hour, a forklift should be able to stop smoothly within one to two truck lengths.

4. Test Drive: Before road-testing a forklift, take a moment to examine the vehicle's appearance. Badly dented or gouged body panels may signify rough or careless operation.

Now it's time to put the prospective acquisition through a road test. Drive it through a tight figure-eight pattern in both forward and reverse gears. The forklift truck should have a quick response to the steering wheel and accurate tracking.

Although kicking the tires is not necessary, don’t forget to check them. If they have not been replaced recently, look for uneven wear. This may signal axle misalignment. 
Looking For Used Forklift Forks?

SkyTrak all-wheel steer Telehandler Forklifts feature an all-steel, rugged chassis that have made the all-wheel steer telehandlers one of the industry's best selling, most popular brands. SkyTrak telehandlers are simple, reliable and easy to operate.

A Cummins engine and three steering modes give you all the power and maneuverability you need to handle rough and varied terrain. The patented Stabil-TRAKT system offers improved stability and a higher level of operator confidence to boost performance. Plus, all SkyTrak models can be equipped with versatile attachments to help keep productivity high. 

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