5 Reasons to Rebuild Your Forklift

Updated: Mar 6, 2019

Two forklifts being rebuilt

If you’re currently shopping for a new forklift, it could be worth your time to consider the benefits of a major rebuild as well. Though not suited for certain equipment and operations, a major rebuild can be a cost-effective and efficient alternative to buying a completely new unit. If you’re working in a demanding industry and have a forklift or other type of equipment with a capacity of 30,000 lbs or more, a major rebuild may be the best choice for your needs.

A major rebuild is a process where we take your old equipment and replace all major components. This can include the engine, transmission, and all smaller parts. We fix any imperfections in the frame and give it a new coat of paint, making the unit look and run like new.


1. Reduced Capital Investment
By opting to rebuild your existing forklift or other equipment, you could save up to 30-40% off the cost of buying a new unit. This allows you to allocate these funds to other areas of your operation, further increasing efficiency. A lower capital investment is also easier to gain financial approval for, leading to a final decision in less time.

2. Reduced Lead Times
When buying a new unit, you could be facing lead times from 3 to 12 months long. This makes it difficult to fit the purchase of new equipment into your operation, especially if you need the equipment quickly. A major rebuild takes roughly 6 weeks to perform, allowing you to receive your equipment and put it to work in far less time.

3. Keep A Unit You Know & Trust
By having us perform a major rebuild, you get to keep the unit you know and trust to get the job done. If you’re considering a rebuild, you’ve likely had this unit as a part of your operation for years. This means that your operators know the unit inside and out, making it second nature for them to operate. You also know exactly how well the unit fits into your operation, eliminating the need to make changes based on new

4. Price on Parts
Due to using parts from an earlier model year, you’ll notice a cost reduction of 25-30% for all future parts on your rebuilt equipment. These savings add up over time, allowing you to allocate funds to other areas of your operation or save them for future growth. Though more cost effective, each part is still built with the exceptional quality you require. This means that you’re cutting costs without cutting quality, maintaining your performance and safety standards.

5. Full Warranty on All Parts
Every new part installed on your rebuilt equipment is backed by a full manufacturer’s warranty, allowing you to operate with peace of mind. This also applies to the engine and transmission, ensuring that all major components are covered. Please note that warranty terms and conditions vary based on manufacturer and part type.

As you can see, there are a number of benefits to choosing a rebuild over buying new. That being said, a rebuild is not the best solution for all needs. If you’re unsure of the best choice for your requirements and budget, our team at Leavitt Machinery is here to help. Contact us today for more information on our major rebuild program!

Want to know more about rebuilding your forklift?
Contact us today!