When the time comes for you to replace a part on your forklift, and it will, you need to have a good idea of not only where to purchase your parts… but also how to shop around for the right ones.
Knowing how to assess the quality of a part and recognize certain red flags will help ensure that you purchase forklift parts that are going to extend the life of your machinery versus needing to be replaced again in a short amount of time.
Believe it or not, this can actually be a lot trickier than it sounds.
So, in this blog post we are going to take a look at some of the best practices to keep in mind while shopping around for used forklift parts.
Is it compatible?
Before you rush out to your local used parts shop, it is a good idea to do a bit of research on the parts that you are going to be replacing.
A few things to consider:
- Take measurements of the part
- Note the model and year
- Research alternative parts that are compatible with your machinery
Equipped with the knowledge from the research you do, you will be able to, fairly quickly, recognize a good deal when you see one and walk away with the part that is going to be the best fit for your forklift. The last thing you want to do is overpay, only to find out that the part you purchased is not even compatible with your forklift.
Avoid this common problem by simply doing a bit of research.
Pay attention to the price
Have you ever heard the phrase “you get what you pay for”?
Well, when it comes to purchasing parts for heavy machinery needed to run your business, this statement will save you time and money. It is tempting to try to spend less on that part that you need, and while you should definitely try to get the best deal possible, you need to be sure that it is not coming at the expense of the quality of the part you are purchasing.
Usually, inexpensive forklift parts are inexpensive because they lack the level of quality that you need for it to perform at its peak.
We know that good forklift parts are not cheap, regardless of whether they are new or used, but review some of those inexpensive parts you are at considering before you put any money on the table.
Ultimately, if you opt to buy cheap forklift parts, you will undoubtedly cost yourself more money in the long-run.
How used is the part?
Honestly, this is probably a no-brainer for most people, but it still warrants being thrown out there.
When you are buying used parts of any sort, you should be mindful of its condition. Just because a part is used does not mean it is okay for it to be faulty. Used and broken are two radically different things. After all, you are more than likely replacing the part on your forklift because the one you have is already broken or about to be.
We recommend that anytime you are picking up a used part for a forklift, perform a visual inspection.
- Does it have any cracks?
- Is it rusted?
- How much wear and tear is there?
- If it has moving parts, do they move freely?
As long as you have done your research on forklift parts as we recommended previously, a visual inspection should be enough to draw your attention to any major defects that you should be aware of.
Finding the right part
Finding the perfect used forklift part to keep your machinery functional and working optimally is all about striking a balance between compatibility, price and quality.
By keeping those 3 key points in mind while shopping around it is more likely that you will find the perfect replacement part for your forklift.
If after taking these points into consideration you still cannot find a suitable part, reach out to the team here at Atlanta Liftruck Salvage.
We have been catering to the forklift industry by providing used forklift parts for over 25 years. We pride ourselves on our reputation for being able to acquire forklift parts that are in good condition and arrive to our customers as such.
Furthermore, we have a hassle-free 30-day replacement policy should you receive a part that was not a good fit for your forklift.
We look forward to helping you get your forklift back into operation. Contact us today and let us help you find the perfect used forklift part.