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Buying a Used Forklift V’s Buying a Chinese Forklift.

Forklifts November 27, 2016

Chinese Forklifts

Its been the last 8 or 9 years or so in Australia that we’ve seen a explosion of Chinese made forklifts on the market.  We’ve taken a look at the Chinese made Forklifts before, and the guiding principle here as with anything is, you get what you pay for, weather you are looking at buying second hand or new

We wanted to take a look at a few things you might want to consider when buying a second hand forklift or buying a Chinese forklifts.

Its really important to compare apples with apple when you looking at purchasing a new Chinese forklift model or a refurbished second hand model.  So make sure you know what you need the forklift for so consider lift height, fuel type e.t.c when looking at your purchase.

As an Example

A new 2.5T Chinese made forklift, with a 3000mm mast, petrol, will retail for about $17 999 at the bottom end and up to $23 000 at the top end of the Chinese product market, and will generally come with a minimum 12 month warranty, (Ask first about what warranty to expect).

A refurbished Hyster H2.5TX model (which is approximately 5 years old) with a 4000mm mast will retail for about $15 000 and you could generally expect a 90 day warranty with it.

There are a few things you need to consider when making the choice

Reliability

Chinese manufacturing is light years ahead of where it was 5 years ago, with most if not all major brands bringing out a Chinese equivalent (Yes think Toyota, Linde, Hyster).  With a lots of smaller forklift companies now running Chinese forklifts in their rental fleet. So are they reliable well in the right application, well yes they can go the distance.

Depreciation

Depreciation is the true hidden cost of a forklift.  Buy a good condition second hand brand name forklift such as a Hyster, you will still get a decent resale figure when you go to sell it down the track.  Meaning that generally they will hold their value.

A new Chinese unit, whilst is cheap, will quickly loose its value at the end of 5 years, you could loose up to 70 % of its value from new.

Backup and Spare parts

There seem to be a never ending number of different forklift companies importing Chinese brands of forklifts to Australia over the years, a lot of that have gone out of business, or have stopped selling Chinese forklifts.

These companies are normally around for 2 to 3 years or until their warranty issues become too much and the Chinese manufacturing company moves on to another importer, you see alot of these companies selling on Ebay.

A forklift is a business tool, and should be viewed as such.  You need to make sure you are buying for the right reasons, and knowing what application you are wanting to use to you forklift in. New Chinese or refurbished second hand, its still an investment, just make sure you look for the obvious things, you need .

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Chinese Forklifts Value or Not, Here’s The Truth

Forklifts November 13, 2016

chinese forklifts

In the last five years sales of Chinese forklifts have exploded throughout Australia, now Chinese Forklift are almost 20% of unit sales.  But the truth is the Chinese have been selling forklifts here in Australia for nearly four times as long.

The reason why so many people think this is a recent phenomenon is a simple matter of pacing. In the old days Chinese forklifts arrived in drips and drabs, but nowadays, of course, the Chinese don’t do anything in small measures. In fact, China has grown so much over the past decade, and at such an unprecedented level, that it’s almost impossible to remember a time when China wasn’t the massive manufacturing and export powerhouse that it is today. To put it bluntly, it’s looking like China is going to take over the world. Continue reading …

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Baoli Forklift – Are they Really Worth It.

Forklifts October 16, 2016

We have written about this many times, the rise of the Chinese made forklift in the Australian Materials Handling Market.  It is no longer just Chinese manufacturers like HangCha or Sany that are pushing their way into the forklift market.

Now all mainstream forklift manufacturers like Jungheinrich and Linde are going to China to get their forklift product made.

Linde have taken it further than most other forklift producers, and are now bringing in their own Chinese forklift brand to cater for the low utilisation and low cost niche forklift market.  Linde are bringing in the Baoli range of forklifts.

Starting at 1.8T through to 10T with different mast heights and attachments available, the Baoli forklift is made in China and imported into Australia, and is distributed through the Linde branch network.

The smaller range of forklifts will come with an  Isuzu C240 Diesel engine or the standard K21 or K25 LPG Nissan engine.

The 4Ton – 5Ton forklifts come with Yanmar diesels engines the 7Ton range come with Mitsubishi S6S diesel engine and the 8T – 10T come with Isuzu diesel engines.

The Baoli Forklift Standard

The standard of the Baoli forklift manufacture is very typical of Chinese manufacturing.  These forklifts are a standard torque convertor forklift and are worlds apart from the Linde Hydrostatic transmission forklift.  The support and backup you can expect is again very typical of Linde in Australia.

How Long Have Baoli Forklift been Around ?

Baoli have been manufacturing the range of forklifts for over 8 years, and have only been part of the Kion group since 2009.  The Kion group also own the Linde forklift brand.  So as far as length of time in the Australian Market not very long.

Chinese brands like the EP range of forklifts have been imported and supported for much longer in the Australian Materials Handling Market.

How do they Stack up Price wise ?

To be honest, whilst Chinese manufactured forklifts have a place in the market. They squarely fill the more budget conscious end of the market.  The Baoli Forklifts are in the upper end of the price range when comparing other Chinese imported forklifts.  This has more to do with the Linde business then the actual forklift itself.

The Wash up

There is clearly a market requirement for Chinese Forklifts in the Australian market.  The Baoli forklift range certainly fits into that category. But make sure you compare with other forklifts a EP CPQD25N has a Nissan K21 Engine and a Baoli CPQD25 also has a Nissan K21 Engine, but the prices you might be paying are vastly different.

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