Have you been thinking about whether or not to invest in Essex County used forklifts? Whether you need to move bundles of wood at a construction site, pick up pallets at a warehouse, or unload crated cargo from containers, forklifts are one of the most efficient things to own for lifting and handling heavy materials. If you are considering buying Essex County used forklifts, below are some things to look into to be sure you’re purchasing a quality unit.

Things to Look Into When Buying Essex County Used Forklifts

Forks and Mast:

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Begin your inspection facing the front of the forklift. Check the forks for any cracks, bends or other types of distortion possibly caused by overloading. For minor bends, consider having the forks straightened. Be wary of any cracks in the forks. Large, deep cracks can make it unsafe for a forklift to lift a load at full capacity. As you inspect the forks, check fork heels for signs of wear. The thickness of heel forks should closely match the thickness of the upright fork shank. Inspect mast for any cracks or welds, and then ensure that the mast pins and tilt and side-shift cylinders are secure.

Mast Rails, Lift Chains and Cylinders:

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From the forks, continue your forklift inspection by looking at the mast rails, again checking for any cracks or welds that could affect the mast structural integrity. Look for signs of excessive wear on mast rollers such as a compressed oval shape rather than a round shape. After inspecting the rollers, follow the length of the lift chains, noting any damaged/missing links or anchor pins. Inspect the hoses running parallel to the chains for any indication of leaking hydraulic fluid. Check both hoses and lift chains for equal tension distribution as well. Follow the length of chains and hoses to the tilt cylinders attached to the forklift carriage, again looking for any signs of damage or leaks and for missing or insecure bolts.

Frame, Cowling and Canopy:

Essex County Used ForkliftsWalk around the Essex County used forklifts and check the body for any signs of damage, pausing on both sides of them forklift to inspect the cowling as well. Check the canopy main supports for any bends or damage that could affect the canopy’s ability to protect an operator in the event of a dropped load or rollover. Remember to check the integrity of side screens. If the forklift features an enclosed cab, make sure there are no missing or damaged windows. Look at the chassis, paying close attention to any welds, cracks or signs of repair or modifications. Finish the body/frame inspection by checking the tires for missing rubber and the wheels for missing lug nuts.

Cab and General Operation

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Step into the forklift operator’s seat and fasten the seatbelt. Check whether the seat is securely fixed into position and the condition of the seatbelt. Start up the forklift and listen for any odd sounds coming from the engine compartment. Check the hydraulic levers and lift and lower the loader arms, tilt arms back and forwards, and finally side shift the arms left and right. Check for smooth operation as you operate the loader arms and as you tilt, pivot and run the mast through its various stages. Drive the forklift forwards and backwards and in a figure eight pattern, stopping and starting in order to test the responsiveness of steering and braking. Check all other controls and safety devices for operation, including rear back-up alarm and flood lights if included. Check the load capacity noted on the rating placard and compare to the maximum weight requirements you need.

Engine Compartment, Exhaust Guard and Counterweights

Essex County used forkliftsAfter running the forklift, open the engine compartment and check for any leaks, dirt buildup or cracks on hoses. Check the oil, note the level of the oil on the dipstick, and also look at the condition of the oil. Check that belts are tight and not worn or cracked. Inspect the air filter and make sure it is clean. If you are inspecting an electric forklift, check that all battery connections are in good condition. If the machine is propane-powered, check integrity of tank brackets and bolts once you’ve finished your engine compartment inspection. Move to the rear of the forklift and look at the exhaust guard, noting and damage. Also check that the counterweight bolts are securely in place.

Looking for Quality Essex County Used Forklifts?

Family owned and operated, EFR Corp. has over 50 years of experience and is proud to be a leader in the forklift industry. Serving New Jersey since 1987, our philosophy for impeccable customer service is what sets us apart from the competition.  We are proud to be an affordable “One-Stop Source” when it comes to forklift repairs, maintenance, sales and rentals. Not only do we offer the best quality Somerset County forklifts for sale and supreme forklift repair & maintenance, but we also offer scissor lifts, boom lifts, sweepers, scrubbers, pallet jacks and many other types of material handling equipment. For more information, call us today at (732)249-7757 or visit the website.

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