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What to Consider when Buying Forklift Parts

Filed under: Forklift Maintenance & Upkeep

If you are in the market for a forklift part, ensuring you purchase the correct one is important in guaranteeing the productivity of your business. All mechanical equipment eventually needs repair and you will quickly realise the importance of each forklift part when one of them becomes damaged. One of the best ways to ensure the smooth functioning of your forklift is to regularly maintain, check and replace worn out forklift parts.

Today we will highlight important tips you will need to consider when purchasing forklift parts. We will also explore the different benefits of new and used parts, which you can use as a reference when choosing between the two.

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1. Compatibility

Most importantly, when you are purchasing a forklift part you must make sure that the part is compatible with the make and model of your forklift. It is vital that you know the serial number and the make and model of your forklift so you are able to use it as a reference when dealing with your supplier. This will ensure you buy the correct part the first time.

2. Research

Do not assume there is only one option and rush into purchasing the first compatible part that you come across. There are often benefits to purchasing genuine parts over aftermarket parts, from quality to warranty and support.  Cheapest does not always mean best, neither does expensive.

It is important that you gather as much information as you can about the part you are considering purchasing. Ask the suppliers for their advice and knowledge.

3. Delivery Time & Freight

Check if the forklift part is available at the time of your enquiry or what lead time it would be for your part to arrive. Also are there any freight charges? If you can, choose the forklift supplier who can provide you with your required part as soon as possible so you do not waste any time and run the risk of losing customers.

If you are required to wait for the part to be delivered ask for the delivery dates so you are aware of the length of time your forklift will be out of action.

4. Avoid Using Older Spare Parts

If you are looking at buying used forklift parts, try to avoid buying used parts that are over seven years old.

Although you will be saving money initially, they are cheaper than other used parts for a reason. They will break easier than more expensive parts and will therefore be costly in the long run. 

5. Cost

Make sure you are provided with a quote on how much your part is going to cost in order to avoid overspending.

6. Check the fine print

Before committing to the part, check the fine print. Make sure the forklift parts have passed all certifications and testing.

It is also advisable to check if the part has a warranty and how long it lasts for.

7. Used Parts

If you are open to purchasing used parts, professional dealers are usually the best to go through. They employ trained staff to clean the parts, inspect them and categorise them properly. Many companies also have an established inventory of used forklift parts for emergency situations when new ones are not immediately available.

Ask how long the part was previously used, make sure the dealer is reliable and you have paid for something that is functional.

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New Vs. Used Spare Parts

The decision to purchase new or used forklift parts comes down to the reliability and cost of a used part in comparison to a new one. Below are some points to consider when choosing between the two.

Used parts – benefits:

• Used parts can cost 50-60% of a brand new component. If you find a used part in good working condition it can result in real savings.
• When new parts are not immediately available, a used part may be the only option in order to avoid work interruptions and delays.
• If the model of the forklift is no longer manufactured, you will most likely, only be able to find the replacement part in used part shops.
• Used parts can be purchased individually and not as a part of an assembly the way many brand new parts are sold. 

New Parts – benefits:

• You can be sure that you are getting a part that will last a long time.
• Unlike used, new parts carry a manufacturer’s warranty, which will protect you from any factory defects.
• Brand new parts will also increase the resale value of your forklift if you decide to trade or sell it.

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When purchasing a forklift part one needs to be careful as to what they are spending their money on. Not all parts suppliers are reliable and you must be clear on what you expect from them. Ensure you have as much knowledge as possible about your forklift and the forklift part you are considering before purchasing it.

Are there any tips you would like to suggest to anyone looking for forklift parts?


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