Used Forklifts for Sale: Huge Inventory, Helpful Advice at NITCO

If you’re in the market for a used forklift, chances are you’ve made some calculations about the pros and cons of purchasing a new machine versus a used machine that already has some work experience under its belt.

Of course, purchasing a used lift truck can be considerably less expensive than acquiring a brand-new machine. In many situations buying a used forklift just makes sense. But with so many options, how do you get the best possible value for your investment when buying pre-owned materials handling equipment?

For Sale: Used Forklifts, Aerial Lifts, Pallet Trucks, Order Pickers, Reach Trucks and More

The used forklift market includes a wide variety of versatile as well as specialized machines, so it is important to conduct a thorough assessment of what tasks you need the machine to perform in order to select the best forklift for the job.

  • For example, here at NITCO we have a massive selection of more than 1,000 top-quality used forklifts for every indoor and outdoor application. Our inventory of used materials handling equipment includes:
  • A wide variety of used electric, LP and diesel powered forklifts, dock stockers and reach trucks
  • Used aerial lifts and scissor lifts
  • Used narrow aisle forklifts
  • Used electric utility vehicles
  • Used walkies, pallet trucks and order pickers

In fact, we offer the largest selection of used materials handling equipment in New England. Whatever you’re in the market for, we’re likely to have multiple options in stock, each one inspected and serviced by our expert technicians.

Plus, with nearly 50 years of experience in the materials handling industry, we believe in working consultatively with each customer to help you determine the right equipment for your needs.

Our helpful, customer-centric approach includes special efforts to ensure that you’ll have all the information you need to acquire a used forklift that is not only ideal for your operation, but that is also in top condition so you can count on many years of dependable service.

We’ve even put together a free Used Forklift Checklist detailing the most important steps you can take to get the best value for your forklift dollar. These include:

  • Defining your used forklift needs
  • Factoring in work-site conditions
  • Anticipating future needs
  • Asking about pre-sale inspection protocols
  • Visually inspecting the unit for “red flags”
  • Seeking a dealer who provides top-quality service
  • Talking about warranties and service plans

The checklist goes into considerable detail on how to select the ideal forklift for your needs and how to be sure your used lift truck is in tip-top condition.

9 Things to Consider Before Buying a Used Forklift
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Tips for Inspecting a Used Forklift

When evaluating used forklift equipment, you will want to survey the cosmetic appearance of the lift truck to identify and record any pre-existing damage to the exterior. Also ask to see the maintenance records to make sure they are well maintained and up to date.

If possible, you can also gain valuable insight by arranging for a hands-on inspection by a qualified mechanic or certified operator who will buckle himself into the used forklift’s cab to make sure it runs smoothly and that the engine, steering, brake and hydraulic systems are operating properly. He can also help you check for red flags such as cracks or bends in the fork assembly, leaks, worn tires or any signs of damage or excessive wear.

Used forklifts are often divided into several categories based on running condition, hours of usage and warranty. At NITCO, these options include:

  • Inspected for Safety and Serviced: All safety items inspected; equipment in good running condition. These machines typically carry a 30-day warranty.
  • Reconditioned: This equipment receives our 200-point service inspection and is reconditioned to meet the manufacturer’s original operating parameters. Additionally, each unit is painted and carries a full warranty.
  • Certified Pre-Owned: These used aerial lifts, forklifts, lift trucks and other units are as close to new as is possible. Handpicked machines with low hourly usage and generally less than five years old, they are repainted and carry an extended warranty.

Buying a Used Forklift vs. Buying New

Of course, we also offer some of the best brand-new forklifts on the market today. If you are on the fence, unsure whether buying a used forklift or a new machine is best for you, here are some basic guidelines.

If the forklift is central to your operation and is run regularly throughout each day, perhaps across multiple shifts with an emphasis on minimal downtime, then a new forklift is likely the way to go.

However, if the machine is needed for a maximum of four or five hours a day and is not part of a fast-paced, non-stop warehouse environment, it may make sense to save money by purchasing used.

New or used, NITCO stands behind the equipment that we sell. We believe in nurturing long-term relationships with our customers, and we are proud to have an exceptionally strong service department (more than 160 top-flight technicians) to support your purchase.

We also go the extra mile for our customers — literally. Our team will often conduct site visits to better understand how and where the equipment will be used; sometimes we can even take the equipment on-site during the sales process. We also follow up afterward to make sure you are completely satisfied. We do all of this to help connect you with the ideal piece of equipment for your specific applications at the best possible price.

Contact us today to learn more about New England’s largest selection of high-quality used forklifts and for friendly, straightforward advice that is customized to your needs.

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Asking the right questions will help you select the right equipment to get the job done. We created this free eBook packed with valuable information to help you make a more informed decision.


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