Looking at a forklift

   / Looking at a forklift #31  
If a 3500 is harder to sell, it should be easier for you to buy. :)

Bruce
"3500 is harder to sell" ?????

3500 is the hours on that machine.

3000 lbs. is the rated lift weight.
A 3000 lb lift is much more difficult to sell than a 5000 lb. machine.
$10,500 sure seems like a lot for that little Hyster.
 
   / Looking at a forklift #32  
That is a good price for a 3000# machine with only 3500 hours.
We have one at work that sold for $9000+ with at least double if not triple those hours, but that was a little heavier machine (4000# IIRC).

Aaron Z
 
   / Looking at a forklift #33  
That is a good price for a 3000# machine with only 3500 hours.
We have one at work that sold for $9000+ with at least double if not triple those hours, but that was a little heavier machine (4000# IIRC).

Aaron Z

Maybe that is a "good price" in Northern, NY. state but not such a "good price" elsewhere.
 
   / Looking at a forklift #34  
That is a good price for a 3000# machine with only 3500 hours.
We have one at work that sold for $9000+ with at least double if not triple those hours, but that was a little heavier machine (4000# IIRC).

Aaron Z

Fork trucks are like real estate,,
the most important factor in price is three items,,
location, location, location,,,

That is why I told the OP to shop Greensboro NC,, fork trucks there can be "a dime a dozen" because of so much closed manufacturing,,

Get one for $5K to $8K less,, spend $1K transporting it,,,
 
   / Looking at a forklift #35  
Fork trucks are like real estate,,
the most important factor in price is three items,,
location, location, location,,,

That is why I told the OP to shop Greensboro NC,, fork trucks there can be "a dime a dozen" because of so much closed manufacturing,,

Get one for $5K to $8K less,, spend $1K transporting it,,,
Don't get me wrong, I have seen a LOT of forklifts go for a lot less ($500-2000 for one that will work "good enough" for a home shop), but if you want one (like the one that the OP has found per their comments) that has been gone through and is "ready to go" with a good tight mast, engine service done and a decent paint job, $9k is not a bad price.

Aaron Z
 
   / Looking at a forklift #36  
Don't get me wrong, I have seen a LOT of forklifts go for a lot less ($500-2000 for one that will work "good enough" for a home shop), but if you want one (like the one that the OP has found per their comments) that has been gone through and is "ready to go" with a good tight mast, engine service done and a decent paint job, $9k is not a bad price.

Aaron Z

"9k is not a bad price"

The OP suggested that the price was "in the 10,500 range"

Now....it is "9k" ?
How did that happen??
 
   / Looking at a forklift #37  
"9k is not a bad price"

The OP suggested that the price was "in the 10,500 range"

Now....it is "9k" ?
How did that happen??
Poor memory on my part, mixing up the 15 year old ones that we sold at work with the newer one that the OP is looking at.

Aaron Z

Aaron Z
 
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#38  
Thanks for all the replies, we pulled the trigger and bought it today. Probably be delivered at the end of the week or next week sometime. With the relatively low hours and overall good condition of the lift. I figured that even if it was at the upper end of its value scale, It would hopefully give me few if any problems for a while. I think that we may only put 50 hours a year or so on it at the most, so this should be the last one I buy.
 
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#39  
These things can get pretty expensive!
...So can back surgery...Had it now for a year and a half...Zero issues. Runs like a champ and makes moving heavy things a walk in the park.
 
   / Looking at a forklift #40  
So I'm in the market for a used forklift. I know very little about them but from what I have learned, I think I'm leaning towards one with pneumatic tires so it can be used on asphalt as well as concrete. My needs I'll be minimal..probably less than 40 hrs a year of use. And the heaviest lift will be 2800 lbs. I found a 3500 hr propane Hyster 3k unit that appears to be in good condition and well maintained. It's in the 10,500 range. A little more than I want to spend but the cleanest used one I have come across in my area. Anyone have any input or personal experience ....what to look for and what to avoid ?
Depending on your local laws and regulations AND/OR if you have a business AND/OR employees you must get lifting devices inspected and certified at regular intervals.

Go to your local fork lift shop and buy a used certified lift. Surprisingly it isn't more expensive than buying from anonymous sellers and your a$$ isn't the only one on the firing line if something goes wrong and someone gets hurt.
 
 
 
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