Your first problem when searching Forklift will be terminolgy. For example, Forklifts are officially called Lift Trucks, being referred to generally as Lifttrucks. This is why most people get confused when trying to find them listed in directories. Most directories tend to list dealers under Industrial Trucks.
When purchasing a either a new forklift or a used forklift the likelihood of experiencing problems and breakdowns is inevitable. Therefore one of the first questions when buying a forklift is who is going to service it? Most forklift companies profit from servicing their equipment, not selling it.
Renting a forklift, often referred to as hiring or Contract Hire is an option many prefer rather than buying or leasing forklifts. This is because the dealer continues to own the forklift and therefore has all the responsibility its maintenance.
Beware of Grey Market Forklift Trucks that have been shipped in from foreign countries and were not made for the UK market. Parts for these forklifts can be difficult to source and therefore servicing and repairs can become a major issue.
Warranties are often available on both new and used forklifts. Refurbished forklifts will generally come with a longer warranty period than cheap secondhand forklifts. Always find out which parts of the forklift are covered by the warrranty and if another forklift is provided during any warranty work.
Consider how comfortable the forklift will be for the operator to use. Is it a forklift for frequent or minimal use?There are many things that will affect the operator's comfort level. It could be a big tall forklift, an outdated forklift with an old style that is awkward to work with, or a forklift that allows you to get on and off it from only one side.
Consider the operators visibility, many older forklifts have cylinders in the middle of the upright which takes a much more experienced operator to know where the forks are. Newer forklifts are more user friendly, they have a clear view mast, are lower to the ground, have nice hydraulic controls and a more fully adjustable seat.
Training is a key aspect of operating a forklift. Employers should not allow anyone to operate mechanical handling equipment, even on a casual basis, if they have not satisfactorily completed at least some basic training and testing. Failur to train operators could be considered a breach of PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations) or LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations). Implementing an effective and on-going training programme is a legal necessity of operating a forklift and the first step in reducing damage and injury to personnel.
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