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2014 Lift Truck User Survey: Readers feel optimistic, ready to spend

With plans to buy a total of more than 1,100 lift trucks in coming months, readers share their perspectives on spending, maintenance practices and technology usage.
By Josh Bond, Associate Editor
August 01, 2014

A common selling point for the adoption of lift truck fleet management practices and technologies is the idea of right-sizing a fleet. The assumption is that most fleets could stand to be as much as 10% smaller once under-utilized equipment has been identified and removed. But another key tenet of fleet management is rotation and retirement, which prevents aging lift trucks from consuming time and money they don’t deserve. Between trimming the fat, deploying state-of-the-art equipment, and riding an increasingly strong economic wave, our readers’ spending plans for lift trucks in the coming year are robust to say the least.

Modern’s annual “Lift Truck User Survey,” conducted by Peerless Research Group (PRG) in June, illustrates several facets of lift truck procurement, operation and maintenance. In recent years, the survey has highlighted trends like the increasing dominance of electric lift trucks, the use of technology to track key metrics, and the growth of leasing and outsourced maintenance plans. But, it has never seen an increase in spending like this. Read the results of last year’s survey.

About the Author

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Josh Bond
Associate Editor

Josh Bond is an associate editor to Modern. Josh was formerly Modern’s lift truck columnist and contributing editor, has a degree in Journalism from Keene State College and has studied business management at Franklin Pierce.


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