On the one hand, buying a forklift truck that was in operation is a tangible saving of money, which is especially important today. On the other hand, the purchase of a "beushny" forklift truck may entail significant repair costs. After all, the equipment is not ordinary, and it is not known in what conditions and how intensively its former owner exploited it.
First, you should show interest in the operation of the engine, if the loader is equipped with one. You should be interested in stability at idle, smoke exhaust, the absence of extraneous noise and vibration. Important factors are the smoothness of the gearshift and the condition of the hydraulic system, in which there should be no smudges, bully rods of hydraulic cylinders. The RVD should also be in good condition.
- Before buying, it is necessary to check the lubrication and cooling systems (levels and condition of liquids, oil presses), the serviceability of electrical equipment and security systems, in particular, the operation of the driver's presence system. The functioning of the brake working and parking system should also not cause questions.
Also pay attention to the condition of the lifting mechanism: there should be no backlash. It is advisable to check the loader when working with cargo and make sure that the machine easily copes with the task.
The average resource of Japanese forklifts (the most popular equipment on the market), provided proper operation and timely quality maintenance, ranges from 17 to 20 thousand hours. This is just over 5 years of operation.
- Give preference to machines with a sufficiently large residual resource.