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When Is the Right Time to Replace Your
Forklift Truck?

Forklifts are the backbone of warehouses and companies that require a lot of handling and
moving of goods and materials. It is good for business to have a lift truck that is in a good
condition and can drive maximum productivity in company operations. It is however, difficult
for most businesses to realize when their lift trucks are no longer in a condition to continue
being part of the operations. It is even a greater challenge to decide to get rid of a costly piece
of equipment, regardless of how ineffective, risky, and costly it gets to run it. Many feel that not
using their forklift is a waste of their investment but need to realize when it is no longer an
asset but an unnecessary liability. If you are in Georgia, it is easy to get used lift trucks for sale
in Atlanta that are in a great condition to replace any undesirable elements in your fleet. To
help you make an informed decision, we look at the two aspects that are supposed to influence
the best way forward.

Forklift operating hours

Merely considering the forklift’s age in years is often not the best way to check if the forklift has
actually seen better days or not. Some operations use forklift only once a week for 1 or 2 hours.
Such a forklift may get up to 10 years but still be in a pretty good condition. Check the forklift’s
operation hours, as it is a more reliable measure of the lift truck’s ‘age’. A forklift’s life
expectancy is usually between 10 000 and 20 000 hours, although some may last longer than
that. A lot more comes into play to decide on letting go or holding on to your lift truck. This
includes the lift truck’s working conditions, the weight of the loads it carries and, to a limited
extent, its operator. If a lift truck works indoors carrying light loads, it may eventually work for
more hours.

Maintenance costs
When a forklift is still new, maintenance costs are quite low or next to nothing. As time as well
as wear and tear increase, the cost of maintenance also increases steadily. To keep
maintenance cost reasonable, your lift truck must be serviced regularly without fail. Irregular
servicing maylead to very high maintenance costs, which eventually makes the forklift a liability
to the company. Keep a close eye on your maintenance costs, and if the annual total costs are
more than 10% of the lift truck cost, you must consider getting rid of it. When you have to
replace major parts such as forklift battery or engine, you need to strongly consider replacing
your forklift truck. As a rule of thumb, if maintenance costs get excessively high, it’s better to
stop using the forklift.

Know your Options
If the cost of a replacement forklift truck is keeping you hooked to one that is way past its
useful life, there are many options that you can explore to find affordable options. Conduct
some research online and talk to your peers in the trucks for recommendations on where to go.
You can find many used forklift trucks for sale in Atlanta online and all you need to do is
establish if the seller is legit and whether the used lift truck for sale is a good investment before
putting your money down. Hope this has helped you to make a better decision.


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