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5 Tips for a First-Time Forklift Buyer

Material Handling Best Practices, Tips, Information and More from Toyota

Investing in any large-ticket item for the first time can be daunting, but use these five tips to ease your mind when purchasing a forklift:

  1. Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 5.04.57 PMFind a trustworthy brand.
    When you’re buying something as large as a forklift, it’s important to do your research.

  2. Think about what you really need.
    Have you thought about all the forklift and material handling options? Have you considered how often you’re going to use your forklift?  Is it for primarily indoor or outdoor use?  What will the maximum capacity of your loads be? These are all great questions to ask yourself to ensure you’re making the right purchase.

  3. Know what kind of power you need.
    Are you going to be using your forklift indoors, outdoors or both? You’ll need to know this in order to purchase a forklift with the proper tires and fuel source that you need.

  4. Consider the forklift operators.
    You may or may not be the one using the forklift day in and day out, but you need to think about who is. It’s important to consider the ergonomics and overall comfort of the forklift.  Studies have shown that a comfortable, happy employee will be more productive.

  5. Know what you can afford.
    Arguably the most important thing to consider when purchasing a forklift is what you can afford and the ROI opportunity.  Toyota Commercial Finance streamlines the financial side and works with you to get the forklift you need at a price you can work with!


Buying a forklift for the first time may seem overwhelming, but by doing a little research, asking yourself some simple questions and working with your local Toyota forklift dealer, you’ll be ready to make the right decision.

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