The Smart Alternative


The Smart Alternative



At Linde, used equipment is refurbished on the basis of a standardized process. Specially trained Linde technicians diligently work through the refurbishment process in specialized regional reconditioning centers or at selected local Linde service locations. If a part needs to be replaced, the technician only ever installs durable Linde original spare parts. Only once a forklift has successfully passed through the entire process does it receive the ‘Approved Truck’ seal of quality. To break it down, the process consists of the following steps:

1. Transparent truck history:
As a rule, approved used forklifts are selected returns from Linde’s own short term and long term rental fleets, which have been regularly serviced by Linde technicians during their previous period of use. This ensures a transparent and seamless service and truck history.

2. Cleaning:
Every forklift undergoes high-pressure cleaning before inspection in order to remove any remaining dirt as well as oil and grease. The truck is then ready for a detailed inspection.

For the refurbishment process each truck is cleaned thoroughly

3. Inspection:
Experienced technicians scrutinize every component. A comprehensive visual inspection as well as a measurement and function check allow them to identify possible weaknesses on the forklift or on individual components which will require further inspection.

During the inspection all data of the used truck are checked

4. Engine check and emissions test:
Linde uses the latest diagnostics equipment to put the drive unit through its paces. This way, the full engine power, operational reliability and compliance with the applicable emissions standards can be guaranteed, especially for diesel forklifts.

5. Battery and charger:
The battery, together with the engine, is the centerpiece of every industrial truck. As a result, the charger and batteries of electric forklifts are carefully checked to ensure that they deliver the necessary performance. If this is not the case, the technicians replace the battery cells in full.

6. Refurbishment and repair:
The technician now consults with the responsible Head of the Used Equipment department to decide whether the equipment in question is suitable for the ‘Approved Trucks’ program. If so, all mechanical and electrical components, and all safety parts in particular, are carefully checked and replaced with Linde original spare parts where necessary.

7. Painting:
A first-class outer appearance is the finishing touch in the refurbishment process, ensuring careful handling by future users. That’s why forklifts receive a completely new paint job and new original Linde labels where this is required. Minor signs of wear and tear are professionally repaired and re-painted in the original color.

The trucks are refurbished down to the last detail

8. Final inspection:
The last step is a comprehensive final inspection and acceptance. Linde provides the signed acceptance certificate and a safety certificate with every industrial truck as verification. Only trucks that have successfully passed through the inspection and refurbishment process receive the ‘Approved by Linde’ seal of quality upon completion of the refurbishment. This visibly distinguishes them from used forklifts that have not passed through the process.