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Date: August 3, 2018

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Purchasing a Forklift for your Construction Site

Acquiring new machinery for your site requires a lot of considerations; there are a lot of factors that play a key role in helping you make a cost-effective decision. Buying a forklift is certainly not a small investment. It is a significant asset for the company or the construction site. Before buying a forklift for your construction site, there are a number of factors you need to consider that help you determine what type of forklift and its attachments are required for the site operations.

1.Types of Forklifts

The first thing that you need to consider is definitely the type of the forklift that you need for your construction site. Among the various kinds of forklifts and material handling solutions available in the market, Al-Bahar offers the following from four different brands namely Cat, Unicarriers, Konecranes and Terex.

  • Diesel
  • Electric
  • LPG
  • Reach Trucks
  • Low Lifting Trucks
  • Stacker Trucks
  • Order Picking Trucks
  • Forklift Trucks
  • Reach Stackers
  • Container Lift Trucks
  • Rough Terrain Trucks
  • All Terrain Trucks

By analyzing your requirements, you can make a better decision on which type of equipment will offer you features that are needed to fulfill a certain task. To reduce your costs for a particular type of forklift, you can look for used forklifts or valid promotional offers.

2.Used vs. New

Each type of the forklift mentioned-above can be bought in both new and used condition from reliable dealers like Al-Bahar. The condition of the machinery is an important factor that directly affects your cost. New forklift is going to cost you more as compared to a slightly used one, which is why it is recommended that you consider the condition of the machinery before approaching the seller. Used equipment can just be as good as the new one, if it is able to produce the operational efficiency that is required for your construction site tasks.

3.Tyre choices

The next thing that you need to consider is the tyres. Forklift machinery can be used with 3 different types of tyre options that include:

  • Polyurethane
  • Pneumatic
  • Cushion

You have a choice to decide which tyres will work best for your site’s terrain.

4.Attachment Choices

There are numerous choices for forklift attachments. Below are some of the attachments and parts that you can use with forklift machinery.

  • Pole attachments
  • Boom / telescopic boom
  • Side-shifter
  • Roll and barrel clamp
  • Drum snatcher
  • Fork extension
  • Hook plate
  • Lifting beam
  • Rotator
  • Fork positioner

Each attachment is designed to fulfill a specific purpose; therefore, before investing in one make sure that you have determined the use of each attachment. Talk to your technical specialist to confirm which attachments would be best for the certain operations.

To conclude, while buying a forklift you need to make a choice about four different things: the type of the forklift, the tyres, the attachments, and the decision to invest in a new or used forklift. Additionally, you need to ensure the accessibility of parts and the availability of professional technicians. Forklifts require regular maintenance and care, so ensure you have the right equipment handlers and service professionals on board, before you make the investment.