There are a number of companies that have brand new and used forklifts for sale, but before making such a large investment it's important to determine if this type of equipment will suit the needs of your business better than other, potentially cheaper alternatives.
Forklifts and pallet jacks are both used for primarily the same reason. To get goods from one area of your warehouse to another, is just about where the similarity ends. Or some would say. On the side of the pallet jack, you've got cost, maneuverability and little or no maintenance – but you really and truly lack the power and versatility of a forklift.
If you've got a very small space of operation and the material that you are moving is mainly on the lighter side, a pallet jack may fill your equipment needs with room to spare – but if you operate a large, high volume facility with abundant stock and high racks for storage you may need something a little more powerful.
If your business is based around product that is exceedingly heavy and you operate a very fast paced environment where freight is constantly coming in and going out the door, a new or used forklift can be a very wise investment. You'll need more room to store a forklift and a pace to store fuel or charge the battery, but the upgrade in power is certainly worth it. Finding forklifts for sale both new and used online is pretty simple.
Forklifts are built to handle heavy loads, you can remove 2000 lb skid after 2000 lb skid off of a truck with your forklift in a fraction of the time it would take you to do so with a pallet jack – and with the forklift, you won 't be breaking a sweat or breaking your back while doing it.
A good forklift will also give you the versatility to take your freight up into the air, if you've got room for the sturdy racking in your warehouse a forklift will allow you to take full skids up to shelves some twelve to fifteen feet in the air or more where a pallet jack would require you to break down the load and manually store it if it were going above ground level.
Both forklifts and pallet jacks have their positives and negatives, but if you've got the room and you move freight in high volume a forklift can drastically improve the speed of your operations. The cost will be higher with a new or used forklift, but the versatility that it offers makes up for the difference in dollars, and if you have an annual maintenance contract for your forklift the likelihood of needing major or expensive repairs is greatly reduced. Plus, if you ever do need to have some maintenance done you can find companies online that will do it cheaper than any retail store. Why, because you can get discount coupons for shopping online.