If you need a cheap and efficient load moving solution for your warehouse, stockroom or loading bay, you may be tempted to pick up a few second-hand pallet trucks at greatly reduced prices. Second-hand pallet trucks can be purchased online from auction websites like eBay and local classifieds sites like Gumtree; there are also a number of retailers who specialise in selling used pallet trucks at discounted rates.
But is it a good idea to purchase a pre-owned pallet truck for use in your workplace?
Problems with second-hand pallet trucks
It's important to consider your options carefully before using second-hand equipment to lift/move heavy loads. You may save a bit of money in the short term, but used products are more likely to fail than brand new items, and if your pallet truck lets you down mid-use it may cause damage to your goods and even pose a safety risk to you and/or the people around you.
Here are a few reasons to think twice before purchasing a second-hand pallet truck:
- Less reliable. The jack mechanism that allows you to lift goods using your pallet pump truck may be worn or degraded if the truck was in use for a long time before you bought it. The truck may no longer be able to cope with the level of usage you require.
- No warranty. All of the pallet pump trucks we sell here at PalleTrucks-Trolleys.com come with at least a one-year warranty as standard. This means that you can be confident in the quality and durability of your new pallet truck; you also know that, in the unlikely event of a problem, you can get the product serviced/repaired by our own seasoned pallet truck experts. A second-hand truck is unlikely to come with any warranties or guarantees whatsoever.
- Untested and uncertified? Everything we sell is fully tested and certified for use before sale. This gives our customers confidence and peace of mind. When buying a second-hand pallet truck, however, you may be unable to verify whether the pallet truck has been tested or verified at all.