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Jun 6, 2014

What to Do with a Forklift at its End-of-Life

Last month, we discussed how to tell if you have a forklift which has reached the end of the line. (If you missed it, see "Signs a Forklift is Ready for Retirement" below.)

However, when it's time, there's another issue: HOW do you retire a forklift? You can't just park it next to the dumpster!

A forklift is a huge, intricate piece of machinery. It contains parts potentially hazardous to the environment (lubricants, batteries). And there’s a lot of recyclable metal inside them.

So what should you do with a forklift at its end-of-life? Easy. Recycle it!

How to Recycle an Old Forklift

Step 1: Call Cromer.
Step 2: Done.

It's that easy. Cromer takes care of end-of-life forklifts all the time. This is what we do with your old trucks:

  • A Cromer technician picks up the retired forklift. We do not charge for these pickups. recycledlift
  • We bring the forklift back to our nearest facility. All the oils & hazardous materials are drained.
  • Extraneous parts are removed. So are the batteries, if it’s electric. The forklift is washed to clear out debris and any remaining fluids.
  • The forklift is then fully dismantled & converted into scrap metal. The metal is sent off for melting down.
  • 100% of the metal is recycled. All hazardous materials are either recycled or safely disposed of.

This process actually costs us, both in time and fees. We perform the service because it’s necessary. You, our customers, need a safe & reliable place to send your retired forklifts. That’s why we do it.

Why Recycling is the Best Option for End-of-Life Forklifts

Why recycle forklifts at all? Several reasons.

  1. It's the responsible choice. Recycling ensures the components are not wasted. They’re either recycled into new steel or re-used in other material handling equipment.
  2. Environmentally Friendly: 100% of a forklift is recycled when Cromer processes old forklifts. All dangerous materials like battery acid & hydraulic oil are properly disposed of. That way we’re taking care not to dump anything harmful in the environment.
  3. Zero Liability: Cromer Material Handling does not recommend selling an old forklift if it’s ready for retirement. You could risk liability if the forklift causes property damage or injury to a worker—even if the forklift is no longer at your facility!

Now you know how to tell if a forklift is ready for retirement, and what to do with it when that time comes. Cromer is happy to provide new replacement trucks…and to take care of the old one for you. Keep it in mind for those forklifts which keep needing maintenance over and over.

Cromer Deal of the Month


To celebrate the (early) arrival of summer, Cromer Material Handling is offering a super deal on not one, but 2 items in our inventory.e6000-june1

Item 1: A 2008 CAT 6,000lb Electric Forklift with Demo/new battery. TSU, side shifter, serviced and drive-away ready: Only $14,900.

Item 2: Like-new Metal Shelving, ideal for warehouse or industrial storage: Only $85.metalshelving-june1

There's only a very limited supply on these shelving units. We do have more electric forklifts - but only this one is our June 2014 Deal of the Month! So call Cromer today at 800-974-5438 to grab it before it's gone.