Buying Used Forklifts Shouldn’t Be a Terrifying Experience

November 30, 2010 at 9:10 AMRing Power

How to evaluate a used forklift and things to look for to avoid getting ripped off.used and  reconditioned forklifts

Purchasing a used forklift does not have to be a monumental expenditure, and with careful consideration, a used forklift might make fiscal sense. Even though buying used forklifts makes sense for some material handling applications, there are many benefits and pitfalls to compare and consider during the purchasing decision.

When Buying a Used Forklift Makes Sense
• Lower cost
• Avoid loss of depreciation
• Avoids long lead times
• Has some form of used warranty and/or guarantee
• Fits your material handling application because it doesn’t require you purchasing a new one
• Might come with additional parts, accessories, and other items

But Be Cautious!
Looks can be decieving, here are some tips when you're ready to buy a used forklift:

• Wear – some forklifts for sale can be completely worn out or not operable when purchased
• Older forklifts may not have the latest safety items, features and options
• Won’t last as long as a new version because there are already a number of hours on the motor, chassis and other components.

Another useful tool in your selection process is how to evaluate used forklifts. Determination should be made for what kind of forklift and any attachments that your application will require. In other words, what kind of capacity, lift height, lift weight, side shift, etc., will you need? Carefully consider the make and model because some trucks are easier to get reliable maintenance for and have greater parts availability than others. Make sure to ask for all maintenance records and if none exist, have the truck mechanically evaluated. Look for leaks in the transmission, mast and tilt cylinders, differential, radiator and engine. Test drive the unit in order to check all of its operations. Lift a load with the forklift to see how it operates under normal operating conditions and make sure all attachments are functioning properly. And lastly, evaluate the dealer you are considering purchasing from. What is their reputation? How long have they been in business? Do they have certified mechanics on staff?

With this said, finding a reputable dealer is the important link to the used forklift purchasing process. Make sure you know who you are buying from and that you are dealing with a strong company that can back their used equipment. This company should have a sound service department with qualified mechanics and have a parts department that could supply your parts orders quickly.

What Makes Our Trucks Different?
Ring Power Lift Trucks' Used Forklifts Department purchases all of its equipment from reputable venders, customers, and has the option of pulling units out of our rental fleet. We then perform the following services on each lift truck:

• Our service department performs a complete inspection and steam cleans every used lift truck.
• A condition report is generated and reviewed by the Used Forklift Manager. All necessary repairs are preformed and a complete safety check is completed to insure a Ring Power Certified Used piece of equipment.
• After the lift truck's inspection and before the unit is put in to inventory or delivered to the customer, the service department completes a final Quality Control Inspection Report.
  This report insures customer satisfaction at time of delivery.
• Most important thing in this process is the paperwork from the time the unit has been purchased to the time the customer expects delivery.
  The used equipment process is designed to assure you, our customer, that the used forklift you've purchased has met Ring Power Standards and is labeled as Ring Power Certified.

Used forklifts are an economical solution for the right application. Do your homework and you could save yourself a lot of money on your next used forklift purchase.

If you feel a used and reconditioned forklift will suit your manufacturing or material handling operation, feel free to browse our online inventory of used forklifts. We have a variety of pneumatic, cushion, large capacity and specialty lift trucks available. Or contact us to speak with a representative.

Ring Power Lift Trucks  is the forklift division of Ring Power Corporation, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Additional offices service Pompano Beach, Miami, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Ocala, Sarasota and Tallahassee. Ring Power Lift Truck represents: Cat® Lift Trucks, Mitsubishi Forklifts, Clark forklifts, Linde forklifts, Kalmar Industrial Forklifts, Kalmar Container Handlers, specialized products by Bendi and Combilift and productive Cascade Attachments. All of these products utlized properly could help your warehousing operation to become more efficient and more productive warehouse.

 

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Mike Rowe Is Ready to Hit the Dirt with Caterpillar® Customers and Dealers

August 18, 2010 at 3:31 PMRing Power

The Dirty Jobs creator and star is teaming with the company to showcase Caterpillar Customers, Dealers and Employees.

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Caterpillar Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines, has announced that it is partnering with Mike Rowe, the creator and star of the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs and founder of mikeroweWORKS.com. With Mike’s dedication to the trades and Caterpillar’s commitment to its customers, the two have joined forces to highlight the important and essential work Caterpillar customers perform everyday.

Rowe will be spending time with Caterpillar customers and dealers to get a real world perspective on their jobs and how the two partner to be successful. These encounters will be featured on cat.com and at Cat Dealerships across the country and will be used to demonstrate the solutions that Cat Dealers provide their customers throughout the lifecycle of their equipment, highlighting their superior parts and service support.


“When hard work is being performed and progress is being made, Mike wants to be in the thick of it, so teaming with him is an absolute perfect fit,” said Denny Vosberg, Caterpillar Parts and Service Support Manager. “Our dealer personnel are the best in the world and have been supporting our customers with their critical work for generations. Now is the time to shine a light on it and Mike is going to help us with that.”

Rowe, who calls himself a perpetual apprentice, has performed more than 300 jobs in locations around the country via his show, Dirty Jobs, which is currently one of the Discovery Channel’s most popular programs. Mike is also the creator of mikeroweWORKS.com, a website dedicated to and for people in the trades to meet, discuss relevant topics and learn what is the latest in the industry. He says his partnership with Caterpillar was “inevitable” because the two share the same work philosophy.

“I see Cat equipment and the hard working people operating it around the world, building and creating infrastructure,” said Rowe. “I’m excited to go beyond the machine and talk with the people who are actually making it happen.”

Click to learn all about Mike Rowe, Caterpillar and Ring Power Corporation.

From paving contractors throughout the state to the forests of Northwest Florida to the mines in central Florida, Ring Power is there supporting Florida's contractors and tradesmen with quality Cat parts and dependable service for their heavy equipment, both large and small. Ring Power is North and Central Florida's Caterpillar dealer and headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida. We provide contractors in Brooksville, Daytona, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lake City, Lakeland, Ocala, Orlando, Palm Bay, Perry, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa and Tarpon Springs with parts and service for all types of heavy equipment and construction equipment.

About mikeroweWORKS
mikeroweWORKS is a PR campaign for hard work and skilled labor. Its purpose is to call attention to the growing skills gap in the trades while providing a comprehensive resource for anyone looking to investigate a career in those vocations, as well as focus the country on the very real issues facing our trade workers and farmers. In addition to the trade resource center, Mike has established the mikeroweWORKS Foundation to help fund scholarship programs and other initiatives that reinvigorate Trade School enrollments and industrial arts programs around the country.
 

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Leaking Hydraulic Cylinders Can Contaminate Hydraulic System

June 15, 2010 at 4:51 PMRing Power
hydraulic system contamination

Know the effects of contamination on your heavy equipment, forklift or machinery's hydraulic system.

Hydraulic fluid contamination has the potential to damage your entire hydraulic system in two different ways.

1. Accelerating Hydraulic Component Wear
hydraulic system contamination tolerances
From 75 to 85 percent of all hydraulic pump, motor, cylinder and valve failures can be traced to fluid contamination. Due to the extremely small tolerances of today’s hydraulic systems, even particles that can not be seen by the naked eye can cause damage to your hydraulic system, leading to costly repairs.

2. Reducing Hydraulic System Efficiency

Machine productivity and efficient hydraulics go hand-in-hand. If a hydraulic system isn't performing at peak efficiency, it's robbing machine performance. Efficiency losses occur gradually, and can decrease productivity by as much as 16-20 percent before being detected by the operator. Over time, these "invisible" efficiency losses can also lead to increased fuel consumption.

Prevent Hydraulic System Damage
Hydraulics Xpress' exchange cylinders are in stock and ready for installation. Our highly qualified service technicians repair and rebuild hydraulic components on all equipment makes and models. Our state-of-the-art hydraulic shops are equipped with precision mills, long bed lathes and the latest welding equipment.

Cylinder Exchange Price Includes
Our hydraulic cylinder exchange price includes:
Disassembly and reassembly
New hydraulic seals for head, piston and rod
New seals for barrel and rod eye
Light honing of the barrel
Pressure testing
Cleaning and painting

Here is a list of Hydraulic Cylinder Groups rebuilt by Hydraulics Xpress. Hydraulic Cylinder Exchange.pdf

Warranty
Our hydraulic cylinders come with a warranty of 1 year or 2,000 hours, whichever occurs first.

Additional Service Available
Available for an additional charge are:
Salvage repair of cylinder head and piston
Salvage and re-tube cylinder barrels

Re-rod, HVOF cylinder rod resurfacing, and straightening of rods
Update hydraulic heads for wear rings, O-rings, and improved seals

Get a quote from Hydraulics Xpress for your hydraulic cylinder repair, as well as hydraulic pumps and motors of all makes and models, including Rexroth, Sunstrand, Denison Vickers, Linde and others. 

Hydraulics Xpress: we repair all hydraulics regardless of make or model of equipment or industrial machinery. We're located throughout North and Central Florida, with repair facilities in Tampa, Orlando, and St. Augustine. Phone toll free with any questions at 1-877-733-5120.

 

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Tampa Forklift Dealer Relocating to Riverview

June 7, 2010 at 11:55 AMRing Power

Ring Power Lift Trucks in Tampa Is Relocating to Riverview, FloridaRPLT Moving
to Riverview, Florida

We’re Relocating!

Ring Power Lift Trucks is moving to the Riverview campus August 1st, 2010 just 10 miles south of their current facility. The new state-of-the-art Lift Trucks facility is much more spacious and better equipped to service you! 

Our new address & phone number are:

10421 Fern Hill Drive
Riverview, Florida 33578
(813) 620-1337

All of the same great parts you’re used to and even MORE great services!

  • Full Service Hydraulic Shop
  • Advanced Chrome Technologies (The Revolutionary Alternative to Chrome Plating)
  • On-site Machine Shop Fabrication
  • Major Component Rebuild Center – Includes Hydraulics Pump & Motor Repair
  • Full Service Paint Finishing
  • Parts & Service for All Makes & Models

New Directions:

Take I-75 South to Exit 250 and left on Gibsonton Drive, then make a right on Fern Hill Drive (across from Raceway Gas Station).

OR

Go south on U.S. Highway 301 and turn right on Gibsonton Drive and make a left on Fern Hill Drive.

Contact us today to see how we can help you with all your forklift needs! lifttrucks.ringpower.com

Ring Power Lift Trucks is the forklift division of Ring Power Corporation, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Additional offices service Pompano Beach, Miami, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Ocala and Tallahassee. Ring Power Lift Truck represents: Caterpillar® Lift Trucks, Mitsubishi Forklifts, Linde forklifts, Kalmar Industrial Forklifts and Container Handlers, Princeton and Navigator piggybacks, rough terrain forklifts by Noble, specialized products by Bendi and productive Cascade Attachments.

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Ring Power Lift Trucks Appointed as Authorized Clark Forklift Dealer

February 10, 2010 at 8:31 AMRing Power
Ring Power Lift Trucks named new Clark dealer in Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa, Florida

Lexington, KY-February 10, 2010- CLARK Material Handling Company today announced it has appointed Ring Power Lift Trucks as an authorized distributor of CLARK forklift products in the Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa, Florida markets. Ring Power is a full Clark Forkliftservice CLARK Dealer, featuring full forklift sales and forklift service departments, a forklift rental fleet, an aftermarket forklift parts department as well as a full offering of allied products, such as piggybacks and specialty material handling equipment.

"The appointment of Ring Power as an authorized CLARK forklift dealer in these APRs is significant for CLARK Material Handling Company as well as our family of dealers nationwide" said Scott Johnson, Director of Dealer Services for CLARK. "As we have demonstrated in other areas of the country we were able to move swiftly and definitively in appointing Ring Power Lift Trucks as an authorized CLARK dealer. Ring Power Lift Trucks represents for CLARK, a major enhancement and improvement in our distribution capabilities in Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville. Ring Power holds a leadership position in the material handling industry and their affiliation with CLARK forklifts will immediately assist with re-establishing our brand name in this important part of the North American market. Ring Power, along with W. E. Johnson in Miami gives the CLARK brand a very strong presence in Florida. We mutually believe our products and services will complement the Ring Power business model in such a manner that we both will enjoy incremental growth. We are honored and humbled that they have partnered with our family and look forward to many years of mutual success."

Ring Power Lift Trucks will support CLARK forklift sales and forklift service and repair activities out of three Florida facilities including:

ORLANDO
803 Taft-Vineland Rd
Orlando FL 32824
407-857-1973

TAMPA
1401 US Hwy. 301 N
Tampa FL 33619
813-620-1337

JACKSONVILLE
8040 Philips Hwy
Jacksonville, FL 32256
904-448-5438

The primary contacts at Ring Power Lift Trucks for CLARK material handling products are Jeff Dierickx, Vice President of Sales and Lewis Byers, Vice President of Product Support. They may be reached at 800-395-1337. Curtis McClellan is the Senior Vice President of Ring Power Lift Trucks and may also be reached at 800-395-1337. Or contact us using the branch links above.

An forklift industry leader since it invented the first material handling truck in 1917, CLARK has built more than one million forklifts during its more than 100 years of business. CLARK supplies a full line of electric forklifts and internal combustion forklifts, manual pallet jacks, powered pallet jacks and narrow aisle forklifts. CLARK products are distributed and supported through a network of over 550 dealer locations worldwide.

Ring Power Lift Trucks is the forklift division of Ring Power Corporation, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Additional offices service Pompano Beach, Miami, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Ocala and Tallahassee. Ring Power Lift Truck represents: Caterpillar® Lift Trucks, Mitsubishi Forklifts, Linde forklifts, Kalmar Industrial Forklifts and Container Handlers, Princeton and Navigator piggybacks, rough terrain forklifts by Noble, specialized products by Bendi and productive Cascade Attachments.

 

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Special Financing for Cat Construction Equipment

January 18, 2010 at 12:25 PMRing Power
Ring Power, The Cat Rental Store, now offering 0% financing for 36 months, plus up to $2000 credit.
Get 0% Financing for 36 months, PLUS an allowance up to $2,000 when you buy a new qualifying Caterpillar construction equipment.*Cat Equipment Financing Offer

Now when you purchase a new qualifying Cat construction equipment, you’ll receive 0% financing for 36 months, plus a credit allowance worth up to $2,000 that you can use toward future heavy equipment parts, machine service or repairs, Work Tool attachments or construction equipment rental transactions, plus much more right here at Ring Power.

Receive $2,000 allowance when you buy a new:

  • Cat Backhoe Loader
  • Cat Small Wheel Loader or Front End Loader
  • Cat Track-type Tractor or Dozer
  • Cat Hydraulic Excavator or Track-hoe

Receive a $500 allowance when you buy a new:

  • Cat Skid Steer Loader
  • Cat Multi Terrain Loader
  • Cat Compact Track Loader
  • Cat Compact Wheel Loader
  • Cat Hydraulic Mini Excavator

See how much you could save. Visit, click or call Ring Power, the Cat Rental Store today.

Ring Power, The Cat Rental Store, is North and Central Florida's Caterpillar Dealer. Ring Power rents, sells and leases Cat equipment by the day, week, month or longer. We supply the youngest fleet of construction equipment -- the average age of our fleet is less than 18 months. Our competitors' fleets, like Neff, Hertz, United, RSC, Sunbelt, average more than 40 months and in some cases more than 50 months.

Other rental houses carry multiple lines of equipment, like Bobcat, Komatsu, John Deere, and Kobelco. Ring Power supplies one brand: Caterpillar. If we have to swap machines, it will be a Cat machine. Unlike the competition that will substitute any brand, which creates operator confusion and lowers productivity.

Call any of our 15 locations throughout Florida, including Tallahassee, Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Daytona, Palm Bay, Orlando, Ocala, Sarasota, Tampa, and our newest location, Lakeland. Click here to see a map of all store locations. To receive a map and directions to each office, click on a branch location. Email us for more information on any of our machines or special offers.

*Offer good from February 1 to May 31, 2010 on select models at participating dealers. Offer from Ring Power open to customers within North and Central Florida; customers outside these areas contact your local Cat Dealer. Customers in the USA will recieve a credit through Cat AccessAccount for use at participating Cat Dealers. Credits will expire on September 30, 2010; Financing is subject to credit approval through Cat Financial.

 

Sullair Air Compressor Air Quality: One of the Best

December 7, 2009 at 12:12 PMRing Power
Sullair air compressor air quality

The Sullair System's Air Quality is one of the best in the industry.  Sullair Air Compressor Optimizer

The Sullair System matches a Sullair air compressor, a Sullair dryer and Sullair filters. Sullair assures that its System will meet specific performance levels through its operational life. Sullair offers a one-year test/review period, backed by a purchase refund guarantee, to verify the air cmopressor performance and the air system.

Lowest Fluid Carryover
While others claim a low carryover of 5 ppm (parts per million) or more, Sullair's single-stage air compressor offer a carryover rate of less than 1 pppm–the lowest in the industry. Sullair's Multi-Stage Separation (MSS), uses a sump design, which allows use of oversized dual nested separators.

Sullair Optimizer™ Air/Fluid Separator
A high-efficiency separator that will pay for itself during the life of the separator in reduced compressor fluid carryover and electrical power consumption.

The Sullair Critical Air Quality Guarantee
The compressed air from this Sullair Air Compressor System exceeds the ISO standard (ISO 8573.1, Class1 for oil vapor and Class 2 for Particulate). The system includes a Sullair air compressor, Sullair dryer, and Sullair SCF, SCH, and SCC; or PF, PH, and PC air filters. The odor-free compressed air from this air compressor system contains particulates no larger than 0.01 micron, including water, and oil aerosol content of 0.01 ppm by weight (ppm/w) @ 70
°F. The remaining oil vapor content is less than 0.003 ppm/w.

Ring Power is a leading supplier of air compressors, air tools, compressor parts and air compressor service in Florida for over 45 years. Our offices service the Miami and Pompano Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Tallahassee areas. We carry electric and diesel and industrial air compressors with names like Sullair, Hurricane boosters, and Belaire. See all the air compressors, portable or industrial compressed air, high pressure, or ultra high pressure, at our website compressedair.ringpower.com.

These systems are not intended to remove carbon monoxide, methyl isocynate or other noxious, corrosive or toxic gases, vapors or fumes. The system does not provide breathing air.

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Tough Economy. Dependable Equipment Partner.

June 1, 2009 at 3:52 PMRing Power
Cat 279C with Grapple Rake

Ring Power’s, Cat® Rental Store Advantage construction equiment rent

In challenging times, many competitive dealers fold-up and go away. That is not the case with your trusted Cat Dealer, Ring Power. We offer equipment for your jobsite, service and support that outlast the hard times as well as the good times. Machines that can outwork anything else in your fleet and still deliver lower fuel consumption and lower operating costs.

Here are a few additional reasons to do business with a Ring Power’s Cat Rental Store in these tough economic times:

  • - The average age of our skid steers, compact loaders, mini wheel loaders, mini excavators, and multi-terrain loaders is less than 18 months. Our competitors’ fleets average more than 40 months and in some cases more than 50.Youngest Fleet in the Industry
  • Equipment Service - Ring Power has over 150 construction equipment service vehicles covering the entire north and central Florida. Ring Power’s Cat Rental Store has dedicated service vehicles plus onsite Preventative Maintenance lube trucks.
  • Cat Construction Equipment Lineup – Our competitors carry multiple brands of equipment (Komatsu, Deere, Kobelco, etc.) Caterpillar is one brand/one vendor for parts. If we have to swap machines, it will be a Cat machine. Your operator will be in a machine he is familiar with and be more productive. The competition will substitute any brand, which can create confusion to the operator.
  • Field Serviceability – We dispatch certified Caterpillar mechanics and Caterpillar parts for Caterpillar machines. The competition services multiple brands, which slows down response time in the field. Competitors spend more time "assessing" situations in the field and locating correct parts, which causes more downtime.
  • Complete offering - We offer customers the option to rent new or low-hour used machines, Purchase new or low-hour used machines, Rent to Purchase (three options to choose from), Lease, or Finance In-house. Our rental competition will sell used equipment, but there usually is no warranty left, and they typically do not provide any service after the sale. Their Rental Purchase Option (RPO) requirements are limited if they offer RPOs at all. (Most offer only 60-70% to apply to purchase, and once the RPO expires the customer must buy or lose entire investment.)
  • Resale Value - Caterpillar machines consistently generate higher resale values. Our previously owned allied products are often purchased by our competitors, which is a testament to the quality and service history of our fleet. We carry Genie manlifts, boomlifts and light towers, JCB dumpttrucks and rough terrain forklifts, Vac-Con vacuum trucks, Sullair portable air compressors, Lay-more sweepers, Lull tellehandlers, Kawasaki Mules, and Terex Utility Trucks and digger derricks.
  • Parts Availability – Caterpillar has the best parts availability in the industry, which equates to less downtime for you.
  • Cat Access Account – The ability to have a credit line with CAT Access Account helps transient contractors perform interstate work easily.
  • Locations and Fleet Size – Centralized dispatch for 13 locations with more than 2,450 rental machines allows us to move equipment where needed and share fleet resources for our customers’ benefit.

Stop by one of our 15 locations through north and central Florida, reach us by phone 888-748-7464 or info@ringpower.com for your daily, weekly, monthly or long-term rental.

Rough Terrain Forklifts: The choice when moving materials off road

May 15, 2009 at 9:25 AMRing Power

Sometimes what seem to be the most simple tasks can prove to be among the most difficult to complete.rough terrain forklift
For instance, moving materials at an off road worksite. Whether it’s carrying pallets of bricks in a material storage yard or transporting 20-foot lengths of pipe on a work site, this seeming simple job can be very difficult if the proper equipment isn’t available
A rough terrain forklift easily and efficiently moves materials at an off road site. The machines are typically built using a tractor loader drive-train, so you have the tractive force needed to work in mud, sand slopes and other challenging underfoot conditions.
Rough terrain forklift users include:

  • Building and specialty trade contractors
  • Energy companies
  • Mining
  • Loggers
  • Lumber yards
  • Sod and turf farmers
  • Salvage specialists and scrap metal

Rough terrain forklifts maneuver more quickly and are less expensive to rent than other types of equipment that transport materials at off road sites. Maneuverability is key in applications such as a salvage yard, where equipment must operate on uneven surfaces around stacks of material.
The machines are available in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive models.
When working in mud, sand or in rough terrain, four-wheel drive is the preferred option. Sod growers, for instance, who transport pallets of sod from fields to trucks often choose four-wheel drive to maneuver though muddy fields.
Visit lifttrucks.ringpower.com to see all of our rough terrain forklifts by Lift King and Manitou.
Ring Power Lift Trucks represents these manufacturers of quality material handling equipment throughout the state of Florida and the Southeast: Caterpillar®, Mitsubishi, Linde, Kalmar, Princeton, Navigator, Bendi, Noble, Big Joe and highly productive Cascade Attachments.

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