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5 Special Types of Forklifts to Consider Buying Used

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If you're looking at used forklifts for sale, you may be surprised at all the potential options. If you want something a bit more exciting than the standard forklift, here's a look at some types you may want to consider. Each of these types of used forklifts works for different situations.

1. Explosion Proof Forklifts

Whether they are new or used, explosion proof forklifts are designed for use in areas that have a lot of hazardous materials. For instance, if you need a forklift to load hazardous materials onto trucks for shipments, this may be an option to consider.

When buying used explosion-proof forklifts, always inquire whether or not they've endured an explosion, and look them over for damage. Ideally, you want a used forklift that can withstand an explosion but that hasn't been in one.

2. Rough Terrain Forklifts

If you do a lot of work outside, you may want a used forklift that can handle rough terrain. Typically, these forklifts have tracks rather than tyres. You want to check how much tread the tracks have and how old they are. If they need to be replaced imminently, you may want to try to negotiate a discount.

3. Narrow Aisle Forklift

On the other side of the spectrum, if you use your forklift indoors, you may want an electric narrow aisle forklift. If your shipping and receiving space or warehouse floor is becoming full of items, this type of forklift allows you to navigate the situation easily.

4. Telescoping Forklift

If your current forklift can't reach the heights you need, it may be time to consider a telescoping forklift. Depending on the design, the telescoping arm of these used forklifts can be used to lift crates or pallets, but they can also be used with people holders or cherry pickers.

To save money, you may want to see if the telescoping forklift can be outfitted with other attachments. Alternatively, if you already have a forklift, you may want to see if you can buy a telescoping attachment to put onto it.

5. Three-Wheel Forklifts

The majority of forklifts have four wheels, but if you want something more compact, you may want to check out used three-wheel forklifts. With this design, the front two wheels take care of the driving portion of the forklift, and the rear wheel allows the forklift to take tight corners. These forklifts also tend to be lighter weight than models with four wheels.