How to choose a forklift truck?
The forklift is the fundamental machinery for the logistic management of goods. Here’s how to choose it.
Forklifts, trolleys, and other vehicles
Those who work in the field of logistics and management of warehouses and shipments of goods do not need to be explained the difference between forklift and forklift, or to be told that there are many types of small vehicles dedicated to the handling of loads, especially the nowadays, on pallets. On the other hand, those new to the industry should begin to realize that what are familiarly called “forklifts” can be trolleys of many different types. Among others, there are:
- The classic forklift trucks, or frontal
- Reach trucks
- The order pickers
- The stacker trucks
- The pallet trucks.
Furthermore, all these means can also be classified according to the driving force. Inside the warehouses, that is, indoors, electric vehicles are obviously preferred; but on the logistic yards, outdoors, you can use diesel, LPG, or petrol engine trucks. Finally, the most compact devices, especially pallet trucks, can also be manual.
Yet another issue is that of small tractors for towing trailers without motor.
Trolleys For Every Need:
The differentiation between the various types of forklifts obviously depends on the fact that they respond to different needs. The first, simple forklifts were and are equipped with a pair of front “forks” (and an indispensable rear counterweight) with which they can lift loads even to great heights, to load them on the highest racks. The stackers have similar functions but the attendant controls them by walking next to them. The pallet trucks are essentially used to transport the goods loaded on typical wooden pallets, by means of a draw bar, with a minimum footprint.
Even when you are at the controls of the retractable forklift, you are trying to reduce as much space as possible during movement; the retractable forklift is so called because, more precisely, it is the lifting unit that is retractable. Finally, order pickers are intended for “picking”, that is, the manual selection of small packages by an operator, and therefore serve to bring this employee to the right height for carrying out this task.
Not only with order pickers, but with any type of forklift, the efficiency of the vehicle largely depends on the efficiency (and therefore the preparation) of the operator. Driving the forklift is more difficult than you might think, and accidents can be very dangerous. It is not for nothing that it is mandatory to take a training course on how to use a forklift to use this type of machinery. The course, however short, guarantees the necessary competence, but it is important to follow up with practical experience. Not surprisingly, companies operating in the logistics sector take pride in the experience acquired by their staff. An interesting aspect of this aspect is that, precisely because training courses are mandatory, it can be profitable to organize them. This is one more way to put your vehicle fleet to good use.
How to buy a forklift in a practical and Convenient Way:
Needless to reiterate, after the above, that all companies and firms that produce, distribute or sell bulky goods, or a large volume of even small items, may need a good number of forklifts. To these are added the transport, warehousing and logistics companies in general. A fleet of trucks is built over time, but not necessarily all these vehicles have to be bought new from the factory. On the other hand, if the second-hand purchase is cheaper, it could also be more risky.
Yet, even if it remains true that driving the forklift is difficult, buying it at a good price, in safety and comfort, is easier than you might expect! The solution is to buy second-hand, but through a judicial auction.
The purchase of forklifts from judicial Auctions:
Whenever a company goes bankrupt, leaving behind outstanding debts, the competent court arranges for the sale of the remaining assets that belonged to the bankrupt. Naturally, these include forklifts and other vehicles for logistics and warehouses. In this way, we try to satisfy, as far as possible and in a short time, the creditors of the bankrupt company. We therefore proceed to an auction of those trolleys of all kinds.
Given the circumstances, the starting price for this auction is often significantly advantageous for the buyer; in a nutshell, you can do good business.
Online judicial Auctions:
These procedures have also been modernized and computerized. It is no longer necessary to go to the court chancelleries in person to collect information on auctions, nor do you need to participate in person, with the related waste of time, in auction sales. An IT platform can be used for online auctions. Through a specialized and well-established site, you can collect information on the lots that will be auctioned, download the necessary documentation, and finally participate in the auction without leaving your office.
Judicial Auctions are Safe:
Unfortunately, buying a second-hand forklift on the bargain market can lead to significant disappointments. With judicial auctions, things are different. The procedure has been approved by the judicial authorities, and everything takes place in the utmost transparency. The law requires that all the necessary information be made available to potential buyers, and so it will be possible to examine images of the trolleys, technical data sheets, appraisals and estimates. If necessary, an on-site inspection can be requested. Having done all this, buying at a judicial auction you know what you are buying.
Examine the offer:
Finally, an added advantage of using an online portal is that every week many types of forklifts and other means of logistics go to auction throughout Italy. Referring only to the court of your city could make you miss out on interesting opportunities, perhaps in your own region. Through the portal, comprehensive information can be obtained on the entire offer throughout the country.
Those who already know how to use a forklift can also learn how to buy it at an advantageous price and in complete safety, through the online judicial auction portal!