How Do I Choose the Best Used Telehandler?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari
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For lifting heavy loads to high levels of a building or structure, a telehandler is a great choice. If you are in the market for one, you might consider saving some money and buying a used telehandler, but before you do, it is important to do a fair amount of research into various capabilities of these machines, manufacturers, weight capacities, and other considerations that will affect the usefulness of the machine. Above all, you will need to do a careful assessment of the condition of the used telehandler to ensure you buy a unit that is in proper working order.

It is a good idea to do some research into the common problems associated with a particular used telehandler. Contact the manufacturer to find out if any recalls apply to the machine, or if any specific maintenance issues should be called into question before purchase. Talk to the current owner to find out as much as possible about the machine's history, such as where and when it was purchased, what kinds of repairs have been done to the used telehandler, and what types of maintenance records will be made available to you before purchase.

You will also need to consider what types of jobs you will be doing with the used telehandler, as the weight capacity and reach of each machine can vary significantly. Heavier-duty jobs will call for a larger machine with a greater weight capacity and reach, while smaller jobs will require a lighter duty machine. If you need a used telehandler that can offer added stability, consider purchasing one that features hydraulic outriggers, which are arms that extend outward away from the body of the machine and secure to the ground to stabilize the machine during use. Some machines feature four-wheel steering or crab steering as well, so figure out what types of steering configurations the machine uses before you invest.

Buy from a reputable dealer whenever possible. Some dealers will even offer limited warranties with the sale of the machine, which will protect you if the machine does not work once you transport it from the dealer. Carefully read all terms and conditions of sale to ensure you understand what you are paying for. It is also a very good idea to do some research into the market value of a particular used telehandler; this will ensure you get a fair price for the machine, especially if you buy from a private seller.

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