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6 TIPS FOR PURCHASING USED AERIAL LIFT EQUIPMENT

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Deciding between a new or used piece of aerial lift equipment often depends on various circumstances. However, a well-maintained used machine can often produce the same results as a new one, especially if it came from a trusted manufacturer. From having a broad selection to avoiding rapid depreciation to saving a ton of money upfront, buying a used lift has its own set of advantages.

TIPS FOR BUYING USED AERIAL LIFTS

Before going out to explore used boom lifts to purchase, a buyer should keep these six tips in mind:

  • Cheaper is not always better: Saving money on equipment upfront may not translate into long-term savings, as costly repairs and upgrades can quickly exceed the initial purchase price. Ensure anything you buy has been cared for properly. 
  • Take accurate measurements: Before making the final decision, measure the equipment to ensure it will fit into the areas you need to access.
  • Consider the terrain: If you plan on using your lift in more demanding outdoor areas, tire inspection is vital. It’s also essential to check for outriggers if you’ll be using the device on slopes or inclines.
  • Check the odometer: Some parts of a lift can be upgraded to improve their cosmetics, often creating the illusion of the machine being newer than it is. Since modification of used equipment is common, the odometer is the best indicator of the machine’s actual age.
  • Ask for a service history: Request a service history of the lift upon inspection. These reports will alert you to any major repairs or problems from the past and tell you how well the machine was maintained.
  • Plan on following a strict maintenance schedule: Following a regular maintenance routine extends the life of lift equipment. Changing the oil and hydraulic fluid on schedule will add life to the machine’s core components.

QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN BUYING A BOOM LIFT

Even if the aerial lift is mechanically sound and in good working order, there are still a few questions you should ask before making the final decision:

  • Is this the lift you really want? It may be a great deal, but will the lift perform all your necessary tasks?
  • Will you have access to quality parts? Some brands of equipment might not have parts as readily available as others.
  • How does it perform? Ask the seller if they’ve used the machine and if there is anything you should know. Other questions might involve how a machine starts in cold weather, how often the oil needs changing or how the brakes perform. Here, it pays to work with a reputable seller who will answer honestly and offer after-sale support. 

SELECTING RAKA AS YOUR AERIAL LIFT PROVIDER

At RAKA, we know all the essential factors that go into buying a lift. With years of experience in new and used aerial lift sales, we can help companies like yours make the right buying decisions. Browse our used lift inventory today to find out what we have to offer, and feel free to reach out with any questions.