To give businesses greater confidence and peace of mind when buying used forklift trucks, Barloworld Handling has developed an independent mark of quality for pre-owned Hyster trucks. The ‘Approved Used’ mark provides a guarantee that all used Hyster trucks from Barloworld have undergone stringent tests, service and repairs, before delivery to the customer. When buying a used forklift truck it is important to look for a reputable supplier who has access to a good stock of machines and can offer clear advice. Barloworld Handling is one of the UK’s leading dealers of used forklifts and has access to a significant range of warehouse and counterbalance trucks to suit most materials handling needs.
Most of Barloworld’s used trucks are ex-rental machines, maintained by Barloworld from new. Once returned to the company’s national used equipment centre they undergo a thorough evaluation, service and repair process prior to re-sale. Each used truck must pass Barloworld’s stringent quality check before being awarded ‘Approved Used’ status for re-sale.
Every ‘Approved Used’ truck undergoes a written evaluation and full service including repairs and replacements due to wear or damage, paint repairs and a steam clean. Each truck is given a major inspection of components including pedals, lights and gauges, paying particular attention to the steering and brakes, oil and fluid levels and the lifting and tilting mechanisms. The tyres are also re-cut or replaced if required. Barloworld performs an engine analysis on every truck and provides a handover package, including an operator manual and spare key. Additionally every used truck is delivered with a valid certificate of Thorough Examination to comply with LOLER 98 legislation.
QUE for Quality
Under the Approved Used programme Barloworld provides two levels of truck finishing, QUE and QUE+, so customers can choose a truck matched to their application and budget. Neil Edwards, Used Equipment Manager at Barloworld explains: “QUE and QUE+ trucks are prepared to exacting standards so the customer can be confident their truck is safe, matches their application needs and is ready to perform from day one”. QUE+ classified trucks receive an additional level of preparation which includes a full body repaint, brand new tyres, forks, seat and lift chains and, in the case of electric trucks, a new battery.
Approved used Hyster trucks are excellent value for money according to Neil, “Hyster trucks have a reputation for being some of the toughest and most reliable in the market. And when you consider Barloworld has maintained these trucks from new, many businesses can benefit from good quality at an exceptional price.”
Barloworld helps customers decide what they need based on their specific operational needs. Having access to one of the largest fleets in the country means it can match a solution to any customer.
Many companies are often tempted to buy trucks on the open market purely because they are cheap, something Barloworld advises against. Neil Edwards explains: “Cheap trucks supplied without servicing or quality testing might seem a better deal initially, but can prove unreliable and this can lead to unproductive downtime through breakdowns, expensive parts replacements, additional servicing and can even constitute a safety risk that could lead to criminal prosecution.”
Barloworld offers full parts availability and service support for all Approved Used trucks through its national support network of 600 engineers. Customers have the peace of mind that not only is the truck they buy of the highest quality but Barloworld is committed to supporting them in the long term and has the resources on the ground. Barloworld’s Approved Used QUE and QUE+ truck packages are designed to raise the bar on standards and offer excellent overall value.