Discussion:
forklift brands to buy and to stay away from.

Hey everyone., We are looking to buy 2 new forklifts and couldn't find any good information on what makes and models are good or what to stay away from.
Just looking to see if you all can share your forklifts that have been amazing and the ones that have been Terrible. please share make and model and what you like and hate about them.
Hopefully this will also help others looking to buy.
  • Posted 8 Sep 2020 23:22
  • Modified 8 Sep 2020 23:22 by poster
  • Discussion started by rclfmaint
  • Virginia, United States
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@rcfl
In your original post you stated you are looking to buy two NEW units - later on you state you are look to buy low hour used units. Which is it?
Caution hour meters have been know to be changed and replaced with a low reading meter. e.g. a reputable dealer in our area sells their used units with a new 0 hour meter
  • Posted 11 Sep 2020 23:27
  • Reply by johnr_j
  • Georgia, United States
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There you go, Good input from end users. I myself prefer yale but then again we run a lot of Lp units. If you can Buy new. The most important thing is to go with the brand recommended maint. The mfgrs really know what is needed to be done and at what intervals. Good maint not only keeps your costs down but also increases safety for the user. Price= what you pay for it Cost= your maint to keep it going. Over the long run good maint pays for itself many times over
  • Posted 11 Sep 2020 20:07
  • Reply by triumphrider
  • Texas, United States
We run all Toyota electrics, about 40 or so - various models, sit-downs, stand ups - 8FBCHU25 mostly.
These things are virtually bulletproof.
Never mind cost of acquisition, the REAL cost is keeping them running once you have them and these Toyotas really last.
In our case dealer support is second to none, varies by location I know, but anyway our experience with Toyota has been great.
  • Posted 10 Sep 2020 23:28
  • Modified 10 Sep 2020 23:29 by poster
  • Reply by UncleSi
  • Manitoba, Canada
Save the down time and just buy new equipments
  • Posted 10 Sep 2020 20:21
  • Reply by roc109
  • New York, United States
You are on the right track. Maybe contact some local users in your area. Once again service sells.
  • Posted 10 Sep 2020 20:06
  • Reply by triumphrider
  • Texas, United States
I Understand that. we have good local support for Yale/ hyster, cat and Mitsubishi. and we are looking at used low hours still not quite sure where to pull the trigger though.
  • Posted 9 Sep 2020 22:05
  • Reply by rclfmaint
  • Virginia, United States
Stick with the North American built units. Check with the local dealers and arrange a demo. See what kind of product support the local dealer has to offer. Parts and service are what makes or breaks a lift truck brand. Granted you are going to pay more for for the top brands, Toyota , Clark, Hyster yale and so on but when you have a unit down for lack of service , support, the unit is not making you money Up time is EVERYTHING!
  • Posted 9 Sep 2020 20:15
  • Reply by triumphrider
  • Texas, United States

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