what to expect when buying a new forklift
Buying a new forklift is often the preferred route for customers who value the peace of mind and the reliability and safety that come with purchasing new.
Also, finding a lift truck that meets a company’s unique specifications (height, weight capacity, etc.) can be more difficult in the pre-owned or rental market. The same is true when factoring in the particular conditions of the warehouse or work environment in which the equipment will be operating. In either case, purchasing new tends to offer a broader selection of options.
Generally, acquiring new equipment tends to deliver a long-term cost advantage to companies geared toward the heaviest usage of their fork trucks. Buying new allows you to purchase a machine that meets the exact specifications you need for the job.
- To ensure that you’re buying from a reputable dealer
- To ensure that you buy the right truck to fit your application
- To get the best warranties in the industry
Your truck is equipped with many safety features and controls as well as many individual components. Make sure to read and familiarize yourself with the trucks Operator’s Manual, which will provide you a better understanding of the truck and its controls.
To ensure all parts operate properly and consistently, you must maintain your unit. Maintaining and taking proper care of your equipment will maximize the life and performance of your vehicle. Regularly scheduled planned maintenance is your best assurance to reduce breakdowns and keep your equipment running at peak performance levels while reducing repair costs.
Your truck is equipped with a battery discharge indicator which shows you the state of charge of your battery. It is very important that this item be functioning at all times. You should never run the truck below 20% charge. Once the battery begins to discharge, it will begin to pull higher Amps through the system which results in higher heat. Heat is the enemy of all electric components. Running your truck below 20% charge can result in heat related damage to many components.
The battery is very integral to the operation of the truck. Batteries must be maintained properly to ensure the truck runs effectively. One of your main duties with your battery is to make sure that it is properly watered.
Upon receipt of your forklift and battery, make sure to complete a full discharge and charge cycle. Check and add approved water (never acid) if needed.
Always check and add water, if needed, after the charge cycle has been completed. Never overfill your battery with water. If you notice moisture or corrosion build up on the top of the battery this is a clear indication that you are overwatering the battery. Again, never discharge your battery beyond 80%. Every time you charge your battery you are using a cycle off the battery life. If your battery has enough charge to last another shift before it reaches 80% discharge, you are better served waiting to charge it.
For your battery to be more effective it needs to cool down after a charge cycle. A normal charge cycle is 8 hours and a standard cool down period should be 8 hours as well.
Your charger is also very integral to the overall operation of your truck. Your charger needs to be of the correct voltage and correct output to match up to your battery. The Amp Hour of your battery must be within the specified range of what your charger can handle. Just because a charger and battery are the same voltage does not mean they are compatible. You should run the “Equalize Charge” function on your charger a maximum of once a week.
Make sure all gauges on your charger are fully operational. Periodically inspect the cables and connectors to ensure they are in good condition. Never plug the charger into the truck as this can result in severe damage being done to the electrical components on your forklift.