Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador en APICS Savannah Chapter, Professions, Workers, Careers, Engineers and Technicians Managing Director • Savannah Supply Chain 16/4/2018 · 2 min de lectura · 1,2K


So you are looking at buying a used or new forklift truck. Keep these points in mind below.

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  • How often are you going to be using the forklift? If you’re going to be using your forklift every day for multiple hours, you may want to consider purchasing new vs old. Purchasing used can save you a lot of money up front, but it can end up costing you in the end.

  • How quickly do you need it? Purchasing used can save you a bit of delivery time, so if you’re in need of a quick delivery, used might be the way to go.

  • Have you had a mechanic do an inspection? Just like purchasing a used car, house, motorcycle, you always want to have a mechanic do an inspection before you purchase.

  • Can you purchase from a reputable dealer? If you’re purchasing from a reputable dealer, you’re probably getting a forklift that will last awhile and run well. However, if you can’t purchase from a reputable dealer, know that you’re taking a risk.

  • Have you checked the safety elements? It’s not just the transmission and mast that should be inspected. Make sure you’ve inspected the brakes, lights, hydraulics, horn, back up alarms as well.

  • What are the tires like? One great way to tell what the condition of the forklift is like, is to look at the tires. Since forklifts don’t have suspension or shocks, cut up or bad usually say the forklift has been used on rough pavement, which is a sign you’ll probably have issues down the road.

  • What kind of warranty can you get? If you’re purchasing a forklift from reputable dealer, the dealer should be able to offer a warranty if possible unless buying as is, like at an auction. If he or she knows the forklift is in bad shape, he/she won’t.

  • Have you test driven? If you’ve considered all eight things prior to this one and they check out okay, do a test drive to confirm. You may think you really like the forklift and then decide it isn’t for you. You and your employees may be using the forklift often, so you want it to be comfortable.

  • Review new/lease costs as an option.
Be sure to do your homework or call Bill Stankiewicz for advice.

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Savannah Supply Chain

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Being organized is an asset in any employee, but it can be especially important for a forklift driver. Delays can hold up entire teams of people for hours. Drivers need to know exactly where they need to be and when to avoid these sticky situations.

They may also be expected to handle shipping and receiving duties—along with picking orders, inspecting shipments, and labeling—which can be especially difficult if your forklift operator isn’t effectively organized.


#3 Thats great to hear @Pascal Derrien , I have been teaching for about 20 years & certify folks after a 9 hour course. Driving a forklift is nothing like driving a car. They are steered by their rear wheels and can have unbalanced weight distribution depending on the load you’re carrying, which can lead to dangerous situations if driven incorrectly.

Patience is an excellent quality to have in forklift drivers because it displays their willingness to go the extra distance to ensure everything is safely secured and in peak condition before moving. Drivers who simply want to get the job done fast and barrel on ahead without double checking that everything is balanced and properly monitored can endanger themselves and the crew they work with.

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Depending on the size of the forklift fleet, a large battery room may need to be operated to keep enough batteries charged to allow continuous operation. Due to the large and complex equipment needed to charge batteries on a large scale, battery rooms often occupy large amounts of floor space in warehouses. The rooms must be located in close proximity to the work floor to ensure forklifts are able to make it back to have their battery changed before it runs empty. The negative by product of having to have a large battery room powering a fleet is that less floor space is available for the storage of stock.

Hydrogen systems require a compact hydrogen generator indoors and additional equipment that can be stored outside, thus providing a smaller footprint and allowing warehouse floor space to be reclaimed for the purpose of storing additional stock.

Pascal Derrien 16/4/2018 · #3

I actually have a forklift license Bill would you believe from back in the days where I was working for Sony in logistics, had a full week training and exams :-)

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Current battery electric forklifts require batteries to be changed once they run out of power; this change can take up to 30 minutes each time it is required depending on the battery size and recharging station setup. In a full days operation, depending on the size of the batteries used and how heavy the workload is there could be multiple periods of downtime due to battery changes.

Hydrogen powered forklifts can be fully fueled in under 5 minutes in the same fashion as internal combustion forklifts, overall reducing downtime and increasing productivity.


Research and development in the materials handling industry has led to hydrogen powered forklifts becoming a reality. There is now a strong trend with purchasers moving away from the traditional LPG, diesel and battery electric units to the more environmentally friendly and cost effective hydrogen fuel cell technologies.