I’ve been in the market for a better forklift for a while now, but haven’t found one yet with the right combination of options that I’m looking for.
While searching again, i stumbled across Illinois lift equipment today. They have quite a few viper forklifts (mostly brand new). Upon further research, it looks like viper is their own in house brand. They seem pretty good to look at and the price looks pretty reasonable. I’m just wondering if anyone has one and what they’re thoughts are about them?
I’m specifically looking at a diesel 6000# version (looks like it would be their FD30 model) looks like that model uses a tier 4 Cummins motor.
Posted 5/27/2018 00:01 (#6780290 - in reply to #6778731) Subject: RE: Viper Forklift
Yep got a couple of them seems to be good. Only had them 6 months thou.
We paid for these machines what A name brand used with 12000 hours would cost.
Who knows I may hate them in a couple years, but I hope they will last a long time no more hours we will put on them.
Posted 5/27/2018 07:42 (#6780524 - in reply to #6780290) Subject: RE: Viper Forklift
That’s my thought too, if I buy a new one with all the options I want, it should last me basically forever no more than it gets used around here.
I feel pretty good about about the Cummins engine in the diesel model I’m looking at. Even if the company goes belly up at some point, I should still be able to find engine parts easy enough. I’m not sure if they use the same transmission as some other brands, but I’m guessing they’re assembled with somewhat common parts. I could be wrong though.
Posted 11/15/2018 23:05 (#7108393 - in reply to #6780524) Subject: RE: Viper Forklift
I was wondering how you think about the Viper forklifts now that half a year has passed. Did you end up buying it? I am looking at the same machine, 6000# with a Cummins Diesel engine. Any feedback about your experience would be appreciated. I can't find any customer reviews about Viper forklifts online. That seems strange given that the representative told me they are selling 400 of them every year and have been doing so since 2013.
Posted 9/12/2019 16:07 (#7730389 - in reply to #7108793) Subject: RE: Viper Forklift
I have heard of the Vipers but never seen them. I personally sell Toyota forklifts and would highly recommend them if you're interested in owning only one forklift for a very long time. They tend to be bulletproof and retain excellent resale value.