Used Forklift Trucks

6 Benefits When Buying A Used Forklift

Budget and efficiency = ROI.  You want to make sure you are accessing the best forklift for your needs while still making sure you are making a profit.  At KMH Systems this is our passion – we partner with you to make sure you are putting your money into a forklift that will serve your needs and your goals.

Benefit #1: Upfront Saving

When you make the decision to opt for a used forklift, you’re effectively able to purchase a high-quality and high-performing workhorse for much less of its market value.

Benefit #2: Buying Power

The price you pay for a brand new forklift is oftentimes sufficient to cover two used forklifts. Because used forklifts generally cost at least 50% less than a new one, investing in used forklifts actually increases your buying power. With the same money, you are able to buy more workhorses to improve your workforce productivity and still have the budget for minor maintenance.

Benefit #3: Durability and Reliability

When you purchase a used forklift, you gain the peace of mind knowing that the forklift you purchased has previously demonstrated its reliability by accomplishing (and even excelling) in its previous workplace. Even if repair is necessary, a slightly aged forklift is cheaper to fix than a new one because the parts are less costly, and you can always buy used parts at a great discount.

Benefit #4: Familiarity

When you invest in a used forklift, operators are already familiar with the workhorse and can easily take over the job without you spending any time and money on forklift training. There is no need for you to upgrade your forklift accessories to fit the new models either. Things will work as smoothly as before. The only difference is that your workplace now has an extra workhorse to run the show.

Benefit #5: Quicker

Purchasing equipment can take a bit of time between financing and closing the deal. One great thing about purchasing used equipment is that it tends to be a faster closing process.

Benefit #6: More Profit

Your bottom line gets bigger when your procurement costs are less. You can actually lower your cost of sale and increase your profit margin.

Investing in appropriate forklift for your specific application is very important. Call us today 888-564-7978 or please use the form below to set up a free Operation Audit so we can start helping you maximize your efficiency.

KMH Forklift Safety

Safety First

With over 145,000 people working in over 7,000 warehouses the potential for hazards is staggering. From the use of unsafe forklifts to inadequate fire safety the fatal injury rate for the warehousing industry is higher than the national average of any other industry.

We want to help keep you safe and productive at the same time.

Here are some of the Top Hazards found by OSHA:

Forklift Dangers


About 100 employees are killed and 95,000 injured every year while operating forklifts in all industries. Forklift turnovers account for a significant percentage of these fatalities.


  • Train, evaluate and certify all operators to ensure that they can operate forklifts safely;
  • Do not allow anyone under 18 years old to operate a forklift;
  • Properly maintain haulage equipment, including tires;
  • Before using a forklift, examine it for hazardous conditions which would make it unsafe to operate;
  • Follow safe procedures for picking up, putting down and stacking loads;
  • Drive safely, never exceeding 5 mph and slow down in congested areas or those with slippery surfaces;
  • Ensure that the operator wears a seatbelt installed by the manufacturer;
  • Never drive up to a person standing in front of a fixed object such as a wall or stacked materials;
  • Prohibit stunt driving and horseplay;
  • Do not handle loads that are heavier than the weight capacity of the forklift;
  • Remove unsafe or defective trucks from service until the defect is properly repaired;
  • Maintain sufficiently safe clearances for aisles and at loading docks or passages where forklifts are used;
  • Ensure adequate ventilation either by opened doors/windows or using a ventilation system to provide enough fresh air to keep concentrations of noxious gases from engine exhaust below acceptable limits;
  • Provide covers and/or guardrails to protect workers from the hazards of open pits, tanks, vats and ditches;
  • Train employees on the hazards associated with the combustion byproducts of forklift operation, such as carbon monoxide.



Injuries happen here when forklifts run off the dock, products fall on employees or equipment strikes a person.


  • Drive forklifts slowly on docks and dock plates;
  • Secure dock plates and check to see if the plate can safely support the load;
  • Keep clear of dock edges and never back up forklifts to the dock’s edge;
  • Provide visual warnings near dock edges;
  • Prohibit “dock jumping” by employees;
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Workers can be injured when they are caught in pinch points or in the in-going nip points, are hit by falling products or develop musculoskeletal disorders associated with awkward postures or repetitive motions.


  • Inspect conveyors regularly;
  • Ensure that pinch points are adequately guarded;
  • Develop ways of locking out conveyors and train employees in these procedures;
  • Provide proper lighting and working surfaces in the area surrounding the conveyor.

Charging Stations


Fires and explosion risks are possible unless proper guidelines are followed.


  • Prohibit smoking and open flames in and around charging stations;
  • Provide adequate ventilation to disperse fumes from gassing batteries;
  • Ensure that fire extinguishers are available and fully charged;
  • Provide proper personal protective equipment such as rubber gloves and eye and face protection;
  • Properly position forklifts and apply brakes before attempting to change or charge batteries; follow required procedures when refueling gas or propane fueled forklifts;
  • Provide conveyors, overhead hoists or equivalent materials handling equipment for servicing batteries;
  • Provide an eye washing and safety shower facility for employees exposed to battery acids.

Poor Ergonomics


Improper lifting, repetitive motion or poor design of operations can lead to musculoskeletal disorders in workers.


  • If possible, use powered equipment instead of requiring a manual lift for heavy materials;
  • Reduce lifts from shoulder height and from floor height by repositioning the shelf or bin;
  • Ensure overhead lighting is adequate for the task at hand;
  • Provide employees with task-oriented ergonomic training;
  • Use your legs and keep your back in a natural position while lifting;
  • Test the load to be lifted to estimate its weight, size and bulk, and to determine the proper lifting method;
  • Get help if the load exceeds the maximum weight a person can lift safely without assistance;
  • Don’t twist while carrying a load, but shift your feet and take small steps in the direction you want to turn;
  • Keep floors clean and free of slip and trip hazards.

In every facility safety training should not be taken lightly. It is imperative not only to your own safety, but to your coworkers’ as well. At KMH we offer safety training and any equipment checks and repairs you need. Call 888-564-7978 for your free operational audit so we can help you keep everyone safe.

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Companies waste hundreds of hours and dollars every year having to call multiple vendors. Your customers make one call to you for your product, why would you make seven to get what your facility needs to run smoothly. You need it? We have it.


Nissan Forklifts
KMH offers a full line of forklifts in all seven ITA Classes. From counterbalanced to narrow aisle we have what you need.

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We ship pallet rack fast, design efficiently, and install. We can help you find the best solution at the best prices. Double Deep, Cantilever Rack, Graphic Gravity Flow Rack, Push Back & Push Back.

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From your front door to your back dock we have what you need to you can run business smoothly. KMH has streamlined every material handling project to not only decrease the hours you spend sourcing your services and equipment but also making every project a seamless, easy transaction.

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