TIPS FOR BUYING FORKLIFT PARTS IN KENTUCKIANA
No lift truck fleet runs perfectly. Even with proper maintenance and care, chances are you’re going to need to replace a part somewhere down the line.
Operations that have their own maintenance teams know all too well that shopping for lift truck parts can tricky, navigating around all the different options and trying to find the best price. To make life a little easier, here are four tips for buying parts in Kentuckiana.
ALWAYS CONSULT WITH THE MANUFACTURER OR CERTIFIED DEALER
It usually comes to the equipment manager or warehouse manager to order new parts. The problem is the exact specifics of what you need can get lost as it goes up the chain from forklift operator to supervisor and so on.
So instead of having a manager search through an online catalog, be sure to speak directly with a rep from the manufacturer or certified dealer to make sure your buying exactly what you need. The last thing in your operations needs is guesswork, so make use of all the resources at your disposal.
RECORD AND GIVE ALL RELEVANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR FORKLIFT
It’s not just the make, model, and serial number of your forklift you should be giving a forklift parts dealer. If you can supply other relevant information, you can narrow down your search considerably.
For example, say you’re looking for a part for one of your older lift trucks. If you give the dealer the truck’s mileage and work hours, they could find you a refurbished part that’s better suited to the forklift. That can help you avoid overpaying for a brand new part for a forklift that may only have a few years left in it.
TAKE PHOTOS OF THE FORKLIFT PART YOU NEED
As stated before, a lot can get lost in translation when talking about what the specific part you need is to get your truck back up and running. For some parts, the difference between different makes and models is negligible, while others can be worlds apart.
Additionally, some teams refer to different forklift parts differently, which can add to the confusion.
A quick cell phone picture of the part you’re looking to replace can go a long way to make sure you get the right replacement part. Especially if you’re scrolling through supplier catalogs or talking directly to the forklift dealer.
LOOKING FOR PARTS? YKI IS HERE TO HELP!
Looking for parts for your Yale, Utilev, Taylor-Dunn and Advance equipment? YKI can get you the part you need fast! We also have a wide selection of parts for many other makes and models of forklifts. Call us for any of your forklift needs at 888-269-3198 or fill out our parts request form here.