When is it Time to Call it Quits?


At SCMH, we pride ourselves for expertly servicing material handling equipment. Regardless the make, model, and year of your forklift, we have trained technicians who can diagnose and keep your equipment moving. But beyond our passion to repair and maintain lift trucks is our commitment to give you an honest evaluation and our best recommendations.

If we find that your lift truck is causing more headache to maintain than to keep, we are obliged to let you know. We have your best interest at the top of our list and once we determine that your productivity and efficiency are compromised, you need to be informed.

According to SCMH Major Account manager Dan Lundy “If it is causing you more downtime and costing you more money in repairs, then it might be time for a replacement.” Nearly 30-years in the industry, Dan knows when it’s time to recommend more cost-effective solutions to his customers.
Consider These:

We ask our customers what type of usage they need the forklift for. Is it heavy usage or Low usage? If they are using the equipment heavily, then they best be investing in brand new equipment. If it’s low-usage, then we can save a little by buying a used lift truck with lower hours that will still yield years of service.

If the lift truck is breaking down too often and it is about five to 10 years old, we would recommend replacing the equipment.

How long would you like to keep the lift truck? Would you like to own it? Or would you rather lease? At SCMH there are many lease options you can choose from, depending on your company’s needs.

Forklifts may be paid for outright or financed. This all depends on your company’s financial structure and your preferences. Either way, we can help you. We have several finance companies who can get you qualified to purchase equipment.

Finally, we also make you aware of the latest and newest updates on lift trucks suited for your operations. For instance, you can opt for long-term cost savings if your application has an electric equivalent—same productivity, longer run times, no fuel costs. It may also save some costs doing upgrades, attachments, accessories  and installing advanced features at the time of purchase, as opposed to adding them later on.

Whether you decide to “work it out” with your existing equipment or choose to “move on”, SCMH is here to help you make an informed choice—based on your repair history, projecting throughput, and/or computing for payment, our experienced account managers can guide you through the process that will not only yield you optimum productivity, but will maximize cost efficiency.

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Jermaine Ratcliffe

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