If you are looking for a new forklift battery for your forklift, you might have noticed that brand new ones can be costly. Even though it might be worth it, you might still be looking for ways to save money. It is possible to buy a used forklift battery, but there are a few things that you will want to look at when buying. These are a few tips that you can follow to help ensure that you get a good used forklift battery for your electric forklift.
1. Look for Crystallization
First of all, you will want to inspect the battery to look for crystallization. If you see crystallization, which will often be in either green or white, near the battery poles, you may want to pass on that particular battery. This is because this crystallization can be a sign of sulphurization and could indicate that the battery is old and does not have much "life" left in it.
2. Ask About a Warranty
Did you know that some dealers actually offer a short-term warranty on used batteries? It never hurts to ask, and even if you have to pay for it, you might find it to be worth it. Then, if the battery turns out to be a "lemon" when you put it in your forklift or if it wears out before you have gotten your money's worth out of it, you may be able to have it repaired or replaced.
3. Ask if the Battery Was Refurbished
Some dealers actually send their used forklift batteries in to the manufacturer to have them refurbished. Others have the equipment and know-how to refurbish a battery themselves. If a battery has been cleaned and refurbished by a professional, it can be pretty close to being as good as a brand new battery, but it can still be much more affordable. If you have the choice between buying a refurbished used battery or a used battery that has not been refurbished, it is almost always a better idea to go with the battery that has been refurbished, even if the price is a little higher.
As you can see, you do not have to go in without any knowledge when buying a used forklift battery. If you inspect the battery for signs of wear and tear and if you ask the right questions, you can help improve your chances of finding the right battery for the right price. For more information, contact companies like U.S. Lift & Warehouse Equipment Inc.
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