Frequently Asked Questions About Forklifts
Asking the right questions at the beginning, middle, and end of your forklift buying or ownership experience is key to maximizing safety, uptime, and ROI.
Here at Southeast Forklifts, we understand how difficult it can be to get answers or to find someone who has them. That’s why our industry-leading dealers are there with you during every step of your ownership, whether you’re looking to become one or are a seasoned veteran.
It’s part of the promise, and it’s one of the reasons we’re the leading forklift seller for used forklifts in Texas.
You’re right in asking this question because having the right forklift for your application and work environment is imperative for safety and productivity. And, Southeast Forklifts line of used equipment is extensive. If you don’t know which forklift you need, don’t worry. All of our salespeople on staff are qualified to do a site survey. The site survey will identify the forklift, or forklifts, that will be best for you and your business based on your unique needs
It is important that you purchase your forklift attachment from the forklift manufacturer and that the manufacturer installs the attachment too. We offer a number of forklift attachments for various applications. However, it’s important to know that adding attachments to your forklift can, and likely will, change the capacity rating. Anytime attachments are added to a forklift, the data plate should be updated to reflect the change in capacity rating.
Your best bet is to sign up for a planned maintenance agreement when you purchase your Forklift. A planned maintenance agreement ensures that your forklift will be maintained at the proper times by a qualified Technician.
The truth is, yes. Your New / Used Forklift came complete with all Parts (unless specified in sale agreement). If you start putting will-fit parts on your Forklift, you’re really compromising its durability and long-term value.
No. According to OSHA, when you get certified to operate a forklift, you’re only certified until:
- You’ve been observed operating the forklift in an unsafe manner.
- You’ve been involved in an accident or near-miss accident.
- You have received an evaluation that revels you were not operating the forklift safely.
- You are assigned to drive a different forklift than you were originally trained on.
- A workplace condition changes that could affect safe operation of the forklift.
We talk a lot about useful versus economic life and that’s because knowing the difference is important to you and your bottom line. Your forklift could be useful for a lot longer than it is economical, but it’s best to replace when it starts costing you money.
When it comes to new forklifts, you have three options. You can rent, lease, or buy. Of course, you can also purchase a used forklift, but you need to be sure the person or place you’re purchasing from is reputable, because forklift malfunctions can be very dangerous.
Top Forklift Brands
1. Hyster. Hyster is probably the best-known forklift brand in the world. …
2. Yale. Yale was first known as a lock manufacturing company back in the 1800s. …
3. Bendi. …
4. Combilift. …
5. Drexel. …
6. Crown Equipment Corporation. …
7. Toyota. …
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What is considered high hours on a forklift? On average, a forklift will last about 10,000 hours. Running eight hour shifts that averages out
to around 2,000 hours per year or about five years. Properly maintained forklifts can last substantially longer, however, even eclipsing the
20,000 hour mark.
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Of course, service and maintenance costs also need to be added to the equation. Since the average cost of servicing and maintaining an IC
forklift today is around $1.67 per hour*, over five years means our manufacturer will also be paying $10,020 to keep the machine in good
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The 7 Classes of Forklift Trucks
Class 1: Electric Motor Rider Trucks.
Class 2: Electric Motor Narrow Aisle Trucks.
Class 3: Electric Motor Hand or Hand-Rider Trucks.
Class 4: Internal Combustion Engine Trucks—Cushion Tires.
Class 5: Internal Combustion Engine Trucks—Pneumatic Tires.
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For a single-shift operation with an 8-hour work day, the average forklift runs 2,000 hours/ year. The average lifespan of a forklift is 10,000
hours, but this depends on the manufacturer. Above-average machines, such as Toyota forklifts, commonly last more than 20,000 hours.Dec 13,
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