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Baker FMA 030

Have a chance to buy a Baker FMA 030 forklift for $1,000. Looking for expert perspectives as to parts availability / dependability / overall. I have an automotive custom shop and would be using it in and around. Thanks for you time and assistance in advance. Mike
  • Posted 11 Jun 2020 05:19
  • Discussion started by Hickmaster2001
  • Maryland, United States
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Duodeluxe, thanks! will keep looking and reach back out when I have another candidate. Can't thank you enough for the expert advice! Mike
  • Posted 19 Jun 2020 21:45
  • Reply by Hickmaster2001
  • Maryland, United States
I'd pass on it. It is either a pre 1967 model or military surplus. Either way almost all of the parts have been no longer available for quite some time. If you want something with pneumatic tires for outdoor use you will have to raise your budget substantially.
  • Posted 19 Jun 2020 21:15
  • Reply by duodeluxe
  • United States
duodeluxe
Can't make out the serial number in the pictures.
4 Cylinder Continental Engine (claimed to be recently rebuilt)
Asking $2,500 (seems high in price?)
-Mike
  • Posted 19 Jun 2020 03:21
  • Reply by Hickmaster2001
  • Maryland, United States
What is the serial #? If you don't know, does it have a 4 or 6 cylinder engine? How much $?
  • Posted 18 Jun 2020 23:44
  • Reply by duodeluxe
  • United States
duodeluxe
UPDATE, went to see the cark and it was a bit more of a project than anticipated so I passed. Major item of concern for was the mast would not stay up and would need diagnosis/repair. Also in discussions with the owner, a Fork Truck tech, I have decided to look for a more off road capable truck. Found a Baker FJF-040 and was wondering if anyone had any thoughts... At this point I am all over the map and very thankful for those who have been responding as it will help me make a better informed purchase. Google gave me a thread on this board that was pretty recent concerning brake repairs so at least others have these machines and are keeping them going. Thanks again! Mike
  • Posted 18 Jun 2020 23:27
  • Reply by Hickmaster2001
  • Maryland, United States
Keep bag of oil-dry nearby to tend with hydraulic leaks now and then
On bright side, LP gas truck will run fairly long time. Good Luck
  • Posted 18 Jun 2020 22:59
  • Reply by FMar
  • Florida, United States
FMar4lift
Duodeluxe, the one available to me is the 1882. I am likely going to grab the Clark as its even cheaper, newer, and running. Appreciate all the info, please keep it coming. Mike
  • Posted 13 Jun 2020 03:17
  • Modified 13 Jun 2020 03:17 by poster
  • Reply by Hickmaster2001
  • Maryland, United States
I was a Baker dealer since 1972. The Borg Warner transmissions were bullet proof. We only rebuilt one, ever. Most of the wear items for this truck are still available. The one item that is not available which would be a big issue is the drive wheel hubs. Most people that worked on these trucks didn't tighten the drive axle nut enough and the key on the axle shaft would be loose causing the key way in the hub to wear and/or crack the hub.
These trucks were available in two series, one with 1882 in the serial # and the other had 1911 in it. The 1911 was a much better truck.
  • Posted 13 Jun 2020 03:01
  • Reply by duodeluxe
  • United States
duodeluxe
The C500 Clark's were about as bullet proof as they come. Parts are still available for the most part.
  • Posted 13 Jun 2020 01:19
  • Reply by larry_w
  • Alabama, United States
Larry L Wise
Thanks to everyone for their time and knowledgeable responses. Based upon the lack of parts availability mentioned I may pass on this truck because I am certain an older machine will need some kind of parts replacement along the way. Anyone have any thoughts on a Clark C500-50? Looks to be a 1978 model? From a short Google search it looks like better parts availability. Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks again for the help! Mike
  • Posted 12 Jun 2020 23:13
  • Reply by Hickmaster2001
  • Maryland, United States
I was a Baker Mechanic in the early 1980's when Linde came over with their Electric BCE 5K and BTE 3wheel. The Bakers gas trucks back then came out of Cleveland and they were great trucks but I would steer clear of them now because of no parts availability. Unless you can buy two of them and use one as a parts donor but that still would be a crap shoot!
  • Posted 12 Jun 2020 08:01
  • Reply by OldTechGuy
  • Illinois, United States
Make sure the trans is good. It's got the small Borg Warner in it and the parts for it for the most part aren't available. Check the steer axle, spindles, center plate, again, not available. Bearings are. It should have a Y112 Continental engine, again, mostly obsolete for internal hard parts. Maybe even water pump not available, possibly rebuildable. It's like any other $1,000 lift, it's a crap shoot. If it's generally in decent condition, you probably will get your monies worth out of it, but it is a gamble.
  • Posted 12 Jun 2020 01:46
  • Reply by larry_w
  • Alabama, United States
Larry L Wise
Gents, thank you for your feedback! Anything to look for specifically you can think of as far as wear items that commonly need replacement and that would be hard to find? Just trying to make sure I don't get into a machine that is too hard to maintain. It will not see constant use so, as long as I can keep it maintained I don't imagine wearing it down much in the few years I plan to operate it. Please let me know your thoughts... Thanks again!
  • Posted 12 Jun 2020 01:17
  • Reply by Hickmaster2001
  • Maryland, United States
Definitely a good truck in its day. Parts support from Linde, formerly Baker, is non-existent for this lift. Some soft parts are still available after market, but hard parts are basically not available unless you're fortunate enough to find them at a scrap forklift dealer.
  • Posted 12 Jun 2020 00:06
  • Reply by larry_w
  • Alabama, United States
Larry L Wise
It was a good forklift truck in its day. Most likely early to late 1970's. Believe it or not a lot of the parts are still available.
  • Posted 11 Jun 2020 23:55
  • Reply by duodeluxe
  • United States
duodeluxe

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