Buying a Hyster Forklift - What To Know

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By Eric Michaels

Buying used Hyster forklifts makes sense for many business owners. If you need less than six hours of daily use (30 hours weekly) from a forklift, the investment in a new model doesn't make a great deal of sense. Turning to used forklifts is the right move to make when you have limited resources or limited needs for the machine.

Hyster Forklift

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Here's a quick buyer's guide with the questions to ask before you buy a pre-owned Hyster forklift for your business.

With a company history that dates back to the 1920s, and catchy names like Karry Krane (1940) for their mobile crane, Handy Andy (1941) for their 4,000-lb forklift, and their 15,000-lb version simply called "Jumbo" (1942), Hyster has a long track record for developing industrial grade equipment that's as powerful as it is robust.

Just a few years shy of their centennial, they now provide more than 130 different lift trucks configured for gasoline, LPG, diesel, or electric power. They manufacture machines to meet the broadest demands of any industry, offering lifts with rated capacities anywhere from 2,000 to 115,000 lbs.

Basic models start in the neighborhood of $16,000 to $20,000 and quickly travel north from $25,000 to $57,000 for standard mid-range sit-down models featuring a 15,000-lb to 17,000-lb lift capacity. Expect to pay $75,000 to $100,000 and above for top tier models (36,000+ lbs).

Hyster machines have remained popular among businesses and consumers for a myriad of reasons that include:

Purchase considerations

Your decision to buy a used Hyster model will hinge on the answers to these questions. If you're satisfied with the lift's condition and price, you'll be happy with the durability and quality of the Hyster brand.

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