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Selecting the right forklift for your warehouse

Abused, battered and bruised, scratched, dented, overworked and generally badly maintained, a forklift's lot is often not a happy one.

Which is strange when you consider that if the forklift in your warehouse isn't operating, chances are your warehouse isn't, either. The forklift is an essential tool in the warehouse today, and although modern machines are tough and reliable, they do need to be replaced from time to time, or upgraded as your business grows. If your company is currently in the market for a new forklift, here are some pointers to help you select the right machine for your needs.

Before you buy, work out how long the machine will be used each day. From here you will be able to assess your operating costs. It may be that you do not need to purchase a new machine after all-you just need to rent. Remember, with a rented machine you do not need to foot the bill for repairs. On the other hand, purchasing a used machine can save your company lots of dollars, too. As a rule of thumb, if your machine is used more than four hours a day, it's cost effective to buy new.

Forklifts are rated by how much they can lift, with 5,000 pounds the industry standard.

Ensure you buy a machine that's right for the environment in which it's expected to work-inside, outside or perhaps a mixture of the two. This is especially important when you consider the power source for your machine. It goes without saying that internal combustion engine machines can't be used indoors, but they are probably the best choice for outdoor work.

Finally, make yourself aware of all the after-sales costs that will apply to your machine. service, maintenance, parts and fuel must all be factored into the overall cost of running your machine before you purchase. Prices may vary greatly from dealer to dealer.

L.C.N. inc. specializes in the manufacturing of loading pallets and wooden crates. We offer an unlimited amount of models and will custom-make wooden pallets and crates to meet your needs. Contact L.C.N. today to discuss your wood-pallet requirements.
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L.C.N inc.
1180, Route 243, C.P. 210
Saint-Félix-de-Kingsey (Québec)

Telephone: 819 848-2521
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