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An important decision people considering a long-term landscaping project will make will be whether to rent or buy a used forklift. The average cost of a forklift per day can exceed $150 per day. If it is cheaper to buy a used forklift, there are a few critical things you need to consider.

Your Responsibilities

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Do you know the responsibilities of caring for a forklift full-time? Are you aware of how to care for it? What is the average maintenance costs? Will you need to train operators on how to use it? It is important to go through all the financial responsibilities to ensure it is something you want to take on. Are the advantages better than the disadvantages?

Where Will You Use Your Forklift?

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A typical question you need to ask is if you will need a forklift that will be used both indoors and outdoors. It will make a difference in the type of equipment you need to purchase. Forklifts come in all shapes and sizes, which is why you need to know before you go shopping so that you do not get one that does not fit your needs.

How Does a Used Forklift Operate?

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Some jobs require a forklift that is durable on rough terrain. Others need forklifts that require entrance to a confined space. Take the time to research each model available so that you know which one is ideal for a home improvement job.

What Are the Forklift’s Specifications?

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Used forklifts come in all types of weight, width and length restrictions. Do you know what your home improvement job will require? Securing the wrong forklift that does not live up to your needs may cause damage to occur to your used forklift. It may also cause harm to you or your operators who are caught in the forklift if a turnover occurs.

Choose Between a Sit or Stand Forklift

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Did you know that forklifts have unique operations where you can sit or stand when using the forklift? You will want to decide which model will work best for your circumstances so that you are comfortable during the work week.

What Are Your Forklift Needs?

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Will you need a forklift that lifts and unloads? Does it need to turn fully around? Will it need to access areas that require accessories? You need to figure it out before buying. Look at applications to ensure you get the right capabilities for your needs.

When Ready to Shop, Ask Model Information

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When you know what you need, it will be easier when you shop. Now you need to change your focus from what you need to what fits your needs. How old is the aged forklift? How many operating hours does the model have? What information is available on the maintenance reports? It can tell you a lot about the health of a used forklift.

Lastly, warranties are only good when you buy from a legitimate company. Check with your Better Business Bureau to ensure the company you are buying from has a stellar A+ rating.

What to Know Before Buying a Used Forklift for Your Next Landscaping Project
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