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Whether you are a warehouse or a storage unit, a forklift is one of the most essential machines for the lifting, loading, and maneuvering of heavy pallets. Not having them in place can hinder your operations.

It is important to have the right type and number of forklifts to fulfill your team’s requirements.

But, as you know, forklifts are expensive. Although their prices are determined by their capacity and size, a standard sized forklift can cost you somewhere between $20,000 and $30,000. If you are looking to leverage the benefits of forklifts within a tight budget, going for a reconditioned forklift can meet your purpose.

Here are some key benefits of buying a reconditioned forklift.

Huge Savings:

Choosing a previously owned forklift over a new one leads to upfront savings – that’s the key benefit of getting a reconditioned one. After all, forklifts are an expensive investment, and as an owner, you want your expenses to ultimately lead to business productivity and growth. The price of a used forklift is generally 50% less than the sticker price of a brand-new forklift.

The money you save on the purchase can be invested somewhere else for the well-being of your business.

Fulfilling Your Sudden Equipment Needs:

When you have a forklift breakdown beyond repair, and the cost to get it back up and running is equivalent to the value of the asset, you need a quick replacement. If you are like most small warehouses, you don’t feel comfortable spending your entire budget to bring in a new one. However, the same purpose can be met with a reconditioned forklift of the same capability.


Just like cars, forklift companies regularly update their models with modern design features and options. If your operators are well versed with older models, purchasing a pre-owned truck can help easily take over the job. The operation will be as smooth as before.

What to Look for When Buying a Used Forklift

Now you understand the benefits of a reconditioned forklift. However, it is equally important to consider several factors while buying one.

Their Compatibility for Your Operations:

Our team will make sure to choose a suitable forklift vehicle for your operations. There is no use in spending money only to find that the truck is not fit for your specific jobs. Even worse, getting the wrong truck can lead to accidents and damages.

Consider the following factors when buying a reconditioned forklift.

Are you going to use your forklift vehicle regularly? Will it be used indoors, outdoors, or both? What tasks will it be doing? How heavy are the loads it will be picking? Is there environmental compliance on noise or fumes? How much space will it need to maneuver? Are you looking for the tall one to reach the highest shelves? Or is the mast low enough to work beneath the lowest doors and ceilings?

Our team is trained to help you with this process and put the right lift into your operation.

CFE’s Reconditioning Program:

CFE stands behind our reconditioning program.  We make sure that each truck is rigorously inspected for wear and tear and other potential issues by a certified technician.  We used certified parts for every adjustment in the reconditioning process.  No lift leaves our branch without a full review.

We have 4 different standards that we offer to our customers dependent on their needs.  Those reconditioning levels are as follows:

In addition to the table above we do a full visual inspection to the lift.  Our review includes the following inspections:

  • Forks—look for cracks, worn-out blades, or blades with uneven heights.
  • Lift chains—check for large gaps between links.
  • Safety features—make sure that the seatbelt, lights, and horn are working properly.
  • Mast—look for smooth operation
  • Tires—Check the tires for cracks, tread depth, and chunking. Worn out tires can lead to an accident.
  • Engine—it should start easily.
  • Leaks—look for the mast, tile cylinders, radiator, and transmission once the forklift gets warm.

Rental Ready and Max Recon Warranties:

When it comes to forklifts, the most important words are UP TIME.  CFE stands behind our work, and we prove that by offering warranties on our Rental Ready and Max Recon trucks.

Bottom Line

Now that you understand the benefits of buying a reconditioned forklift as well as how to choose the right one, you should feel better prepared when making your purchase. Reconditioned forklifts can save you money while providing safe and timely performance as part of your business process.  That comes in handy if you do not have a budget to buy a new one.

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