2. What condition are the tires in?
Tires can be expensive to replace. While some wear and tear on the tires is fine, make sure the lift does not vibrate when moving as a result of the tires’ condition. Also check for any structural damage like flat spots, cracks, or bubbles in the sidewalls.
3. When were the batteries replaced, and how do you maintain them?
Batteries need to be replaced every few years; however, properly maintained batteries will last longer than batteries that aren’t maintained regularly. Batteries should be maintained by:
- Charging them fully
- Adding distilled water as needed
- Watching for and cleaning any visible debris or corrosion
- Measuring and retaining hydrometer readings
- Verifying all connections are tight and secure
Ask the seller to send you photos of the batteries. Look for debris or any corrosion as a sign that it has not been properly maintained.
Note: If you’re buying a lift that’s priced under market value, it’s likely that you’ll need to replace the battery and perform additional repairs and maintenance.
4. Are there any leaks that cause puddling?
Minor leaks or “oil saturation” is not unusual on scissor lifts. However, any leaks that cause puddling should be acknowledged and addressed. Seals, control valves, cylinders, hydraulic hoses & filters, and loose nuts can all cause leaks.
Major leaks can be expensive and dangerous. For example, oil leaks can cause overheating, the oil can catch on fire, they can be an indicator of a bigger problem, and they can cause costly downtime.
When you are looking at a scissor lift for sale, the answers to the questions above will help you make an informed decision before you buy. Be sure to download the Used Scissor Lift Inspection Report to ensure the machine you buy is right for you.