2.5T (2 500kgs) Forklifts are what are referred to as the bread and butter of the Forklift industry, no it doesn’t mean someone puts butter on them and tries eating them. It simply means that they have the greatest numbers of availability in the industry.
If you think that generally speaking in Australia, most goods are moved on a CHEP pallet, Well CHEP Pallets are rated at 2.0T WLL. (Working Load Limit). So the vast majority of forklifts used to move a 2.0T pallet will be a 2.5T Forklift. OK, so great what’s the point you ask ?
Which means you will have a vast number to choose from, it can get a bit daunting. So here are some tips for making sure you get what you need in a 2.5T (2 500 kg) forklift :
Is it new or Used that you really want.
There is a lot to consider, when its a new vs used decision, mostly it comes down to application, utilization and how much you want to sped
Understand your Budget
Buying a forklift is a lot like buying a car. You need to make sure you have a budget that you stick to, once you work out the new vs used decision
Understand your application
This becomes one of the most critical parts of the decision, If you are working in good environment operating 1 hours per week, unloading some pallets at a fruit shop, you probably should consider a second hand forklift.
If you are operating in a foundry, working high hours. Its probably a new forklift you want to consider.
Understand your utilization
Working very closely with the application is the utilization, If its minimal hours per week 2 – 5 hours. See point 2, don’t spend the money unless you really have the need.
Understand the Brand your buying
We are often asked about which brand is best. Hyster, Linde, Toyota, Komatsu. E.t.c well its a hard answer, as we review forklifts and post our findings, we might come up with the answer. But the advice is to understand points 1 – 4 first ,then look at what brand fits the equation. Look for a brand that you know you can get parts for, and that your average mechanic can work on.