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Propane, Diesel, Gas or Electric?

Seth Krueger - Phoenix AZ - June 12th, 2019

First you will need to determine if you are looking for an electric forklift or an internal combustion forklift (IC). Electric forklifts are more expensive but have advantages such as no emissions and less maintenance costs. IC forklifts are less expensive and have advantages such as flexibility in indoor or outdoor use, easy refueling and higher resale value.

 

Electric forklifts are perfect for handling sensitive material such as food products because emissions would ruin the product. Electric forklifts also have better narrow aisle benefits.

 

Propane (LP) is most popular and can be used indoors/outdoors and can be cushion or pneumatic tires. LP tanks can be easily swapped out in minutes and a full tank can run a full 8-hour shift. LP is ideal for light-use applications since the initial cost of LP forklifts is low and they hold their value long after their initial purchase. Diesel and gasoline powered forklifts can only be used in outdoor applications and are exclusively pneumatic tired forklifts. Typically, diesel forklift will be larger capacity trucks.

Which Tire Type is Best For Me? Cushion or pneumatic?

Seth Krueger - Phoenix AZ - June 10th, 2019

Smooth solid cushion tires work perfect on concrete and asphalt – hard, sturdy surfaces.

 

Cushion tires are cheaper to manufacture and much easier to maintain than pneumatic tires. Cushion tire forklifts offer a tighter turn radius which is beneficial to narrow aisles or small warehouses.

 

Pneumatic tires are used in construction sites, lumber yards and indoor-to-outdoor warehouse applications. These are larger treaded tires perfect for loose/uneven surfaces such as gravel where traction and clearance are a factor.

How Do I Choose Buying a New vs. Used Forklift?

Seth Krueger - Phoenix AZ - June 10th, 2019

Are you running a forklift 20-40 hours/week or even multiple shifts? If you do NOT fall in that category a used forklift is a no-brainer.

 

It makes the most economic sense to buy a used forklift if it will be used less than 4 hours/day in a single-shift operation.  

Note: A brand new 5000lb capacity warehouse forklift can cost anywhere from $25,000-$30,000. If the cost outweighs the benefit you can get a good running and operating used forklift for a fraction of the price.

 

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How Many Hours on a Forklift is a lot?

Seth Krueger - Phoenix AZ - June 5th, 2019

How many hours on a forklift is a lot? It depends.

 

For example, if you’re using a forklift 1-2 hours/week then the number of hours shouldn’t be a deciding factor. 20,000+ hour forklifts are very common in this kind of application. Many forklifts can live a life to 30,000+ hours if they’re properly taken care of!

 

Think of forklift hours like miles on a car: 10,000 hours on a forklift = 50,000 miles on a car.


It’s very common for hour meters to be incorrect (they can either roll over, be taken out and rolled back or electronically rolled back to show “low hours”). Think critically about this… if it seems to good to be true it probably is!

 

Santana Equipment Trading Rebrands all Social Media and releases Forklift Evaluator Feature

CHICAGO - April 2, 2019

 Santana Equipment Trading Company has launched a new campaign to rebrand all platforms of their social media. The strategy is designed to bring a stronger online presence and to improve the corporate image of the company. 

Santana Equipment Trading Company Awards Seth Krueger and Zurymar Hidalgo

CHICAGO - March 15, 2019

Santana Equipment Trading Company, has awarded employees Seth Krueger and Zurymar Hidalgo prestigious company awards for their tremendous customer service.
 

Santana Equipment Trading Company Hires Zurymar Hidalgo as International Sales Manager

CHICAGO - Aug. 15, 2018 

Santana Equipment Trading Company, one of the fastest growing companies in the material handling industry, hired Zurymar Hidalgo as the International Sales Manager for its Chicago Headquarters office. Zurymar will help the company in all aspects of International sales and marketing. Zurymar will oversee all Hispanic markets throughout the world and all international sales. She will also be working closely with U.S. territories as she is proficient in both Spanish and English.

 

Santana Equipment Trading Company Hires Seth Krueger as District Sales & Marketing Manager

PHOENIX - July 10, 2018

Santana Equipment Trading Company, one of the nation's leading used material handling equipment dealers, has hired Seth Krueger as a District Sales and Marketing Manager for its West Division office. Seth will oversee buying and selling material handling equipment in U.S. territories, online marketing and PR. Seth graduated the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in 2018 and was an intern with Santana in 2017.


 

Santana Equipment Trading Company becomes an EKKO Exclusive Dealer

CHICAGO - June 12, 2018 

Santana Equipment Trading Company, one of the fastest growing companies in the material handling industry, adds to its equipment offerings the brand new fully powered 2018 EKKO EB12E stackers. With the help of EKKO Material Handling Equipment, Santana hopes to reach out to local companies and warehouses with a better and simpler way of fulfilling their Material Handling needs.

 

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