Tips for Buying a Used Forklift

Tips for Buying a Used Forklift

Buying a used forklift is not as easy as it sounds. There is more to it than just picking a forklift because most of the forklifts in the used market are past their best days. It takes a lot of scrutiny to find the diamond in the rough that will provide the service that you need without failure.

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Inspecting a forklift

Inspecting the Condition of the Forklift

Before any discussions about the forklift begin, you need to have a good look at it. It is advisable to buy used forklifts Toronto that have been physically inspected and scrutinized. Some of the keen areas to look at include:

  • Check the forks on the front of the forklift for any cracks, bends or distortion caused by overloading. If there are any cracks in the fork, it may not be able to lift to its full load capacity. The part should also be free of cracks and welds.
  • Check for welds in the mast rails. These welds show that the structural integrity of the mast is compromised and the machine may not be able to perform as expected.

  • A walk around the body of the forklift should identify any damages especially in the frame, cowling and canopy of the forklift. If there are any signs of damage, you should be worried about its ability to protect the operator.
  • Do not purchase a forklift without sitting in the cab and trying out its general operation, it can tell you a lot about its maintenance over the years.

Repair History

Always get a full repair history from the owner before purchasing the equipment. Most maintenance schedules for industrial grade equipment such as forklifts are often well documented. You can request for this paper work. If it is not available, it could be a sign of negligence on the part of the owner towards the maintenance and repair of the equipment. A piece of equipment without proper maintenance is likely to have many hidden problems waiting to pop up when you least expect them.


When buying a used forklift, getting a warranty could protect you from the financial loss in case the equipment fails after purchase. The warranty can insure various parts of the machine for the rest of its lifetime in use saving you a lot of money for repairs and maintenance. Repairs and malfunctions can be repaired at no cost to you.

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