Step 1: Determine What You Need
The first step is determining what specific machine you need. There are many options even among like machines. For example, rough terrain scissor lifts versus slab scissor lifts. It’s important to become familiar with the ins-and-outs of where the machine will be working, the functions needed and any possible jobsite constraints. Genie’s Aerial Pros recommends looking for factory supported equipment or factory approved vendors. Application-specific recommendations provide added value that enhances both jobsite productivity and total cost of ownership, according to the article published by Aerial Pros.
Step 2: Research Service History
After you determine what kind of machine you actually need and you find one that you think will work for you, it’s important to research the service history on your potential purchase to avoid a catastrophe. Depending on the seller and whether you are buying from owners of an expansive fleet, you may have access to the machine’s in-house service history. Researching the machine using the associated serial number is possible through several manufacturers and may provide some insight on any questionable service history. It’s important to ensure that all uncompleted service needs are completed prior to use.
Step 3: Evaluate Damage
Prior to purchasing, equipment should be evaluated for any noticeable structural and/or surface damages. Minor surface damage may belie a significant collision(s) the machine could have experienced previous to being sold and, if so, can mean that the machine could have some major, unaddressed damages. A reputable third-party, like a factory-approved repair company or partner yard, could provide the relevant guidance needed prior to your purchase, according to an article published by Aerial Pros.
Step 4: Know Your History
It’s generally suggested to reach out to the manufacturer of any used equipment to try to confirm any/all previous owners of your new machine. While equipment previously owned by rental fleets may have many more hours of use, machines owned by the actual users often are not maintained to the same extent. So, this is something to weigh and consider before purchasing pieces of used equipment.
Step 5: Train for Operation
Once you’ve done your research and picked out a machine, the next step should be ensuring that everyone who will be operating the equipment has the appropriate training to do so, safely. Operator training will affect future reliability, as an untrained operator is likely to cause unintended damage or worse, according to an article published by Aerial Pros. So it’s especially important to make sure that operators have the training associated with your new machine.
Hugg & Hall Equipment Company staffs a training team equipped at instructing in operator and pedestrian training on warehouse, yard and rough terrain forklifts. The company also offers training on scissor and boom-type lifts and Bobcat Equipment. Learn more/visit the training page, here.