7 Things to Know when Ordering a Rental Forklift

7 Reasons to Rent a Forklift

Forklift hire provides flexibility and especially makes sense if you have seasonal freight handling demands within your business.

Renting a forklift can be a highly economical and practical business decision. There is a range of benefits as to why renting may be more suited to your situation over purchasing, with reasons including:

  • Forklift rental does not require a large capital outlay.
  • Your forklift hire payments may be classed as an operating expense, meaning they could be 100% tax deductible. This would not be the case if you owned the equipment, then you could only claim depreciation.
  • Your rental plan can be tailored, allowing for the flexibility to increase or decrease the equipment needed to suit the requirements of your business.
  • Forklift hire allows for you to use the most up-to-date equipment and, with such a wide range of forklifts available, it gives you the chance to experiment to find the ideal fit for your needs prior to purchasing.
  • Budgeting becomes easier with fixed regular payments and no unexpected maintenance costs.

There are many other reasons why hiring a forklift might be the right choice for you. But before you hire we’ve listed 7 things that you should know when ordering a rental forklift, to ensure you get the most value for your money.

1. Research the forklift hire company

Finding a forklift rental company is easy but not all of them are the same. It’s important to know that the company you will be dealing with is a reputable organisation.

Get to know a little bit about the company that you’re considering hiring the forklift from, ask yourself:

  • Is their available equipment well maintained?
  • Are they a certified dealer?
  • Do they have any client testimonials?
  • Do they have a wide variety in their rental fleet and what is the age of the equipment?
  • Do they have service level agreements in place?
  • What contract terms do they offer?
  • Are there any extra fees or conditions?
  • Are maintenance, servicing, and repairs included in their hire charges?

Before renting a forklift you should be completely comfortable with the rental company and all rental terms. A quick Google Search on the forklift rental company will give you real testimonial reviews and star ratings to make an informed decision.

2. What type of forklift do you need?

Once you’re happy with the forklift rental company, the next step is hiring the right type of equipment. Forklifts come in a range of shapes and sizes and from a variety of manufacturers.
At Aussie Forklift Hire in Sydney, we have the following forklifts for hire:

  • Double Deep Forklifts
  • All Terrain Forklifts
  • Battery Electric Forklifts
  • Diesel Forklifts
  • Gas Forklifts
  • Pallet Movers
  • Ride on Reach Trucks
  • Telehandlers
  • Walkie Reach Forklifts
  • Walkie Stacker Forklifts
  • Forklift Attachments

You can rest assured that our hire fleet equipment fully complies with government OH&S standards, and have all been workshop tested and tagged. All our forklifts comply to Australian Standard AS2359.

Our forklift hire charges include all maintenance, servicing and repairs – allowing you to budget better with no unexpected upkeep costs.

If your forklift is broken down for more then a day, we will swap it over for free with a like for like forklift to keep your business running at its peak.

If you’re unsure which type of forklift will be right for you we will be able to assist. But, the following points will help with your decision:

3. What weight and lift requirements do you need from your forklift?

Think about your biggest loads and how high you’ll need to lift them, keeping de-ration in mind.
With forklifts, the lifting capacity decreases the higher the unit needs to lift – factoring in any attachments as well as load dimensions. Meaning that if a forklift has 1.5T capacity with a 5.5m lift height, you might not always be able to lift the maximum weight to reach the maximum height.
Aussie Forklift Hire will be able to advise on the most suitable forklift required for your unique application.

4. Will you need any forklift attachments or extensions?

Depending on the type of load you’ll be handling, you may also need to hire a forklift attachment such as extension slippers, a rotator, or jib, for example. If this is the case you’ll need to consider de-ration, as we’ve mentioned above, as the overall lifting capacity may be reduced.

5. Indoor or outdoor operating environment?

Where will you be operating the forklift – indoors, outdoors or both? The operating environment will determine which type of forklift you should rent, as well as define the optimum fuel source.
A great example of this is with diesel forklifts, they emit exhaust fumes, therefore, they’re not recommended for indoor use. Diesel forklifts are designed for a wide range of loads and rigorous applications. They should only be used either outdoors or in well-ventilated areas.

We’ve listed other points below to help you decide which forklift fuel source will suit best:

  • Battery-electric powered forklifts produce zero emissions making them ideal for indoor use, in confined spaces, or around food products. They’re great for flat concrete surfaces and are quiet, cost-effective to run and easy to maintain. Electric forklifts are not recommended for outdoor use and will need a charged battery to operate. Charging the battery can take up to 8 hours, so failing to do this overnight can cause significant downtime while the unit is unable to operate.
  • LPG/Gas forklifts are suitable for ventilated indoor and outdoor use and provide more power than an electric forklift. This offers flexibility if your business requires both warehouse and outdoor storage applications. LPG is easily sourced and quick to replace.

6. Are there any limitations in your warehouse or yard?

Thinking about the size and manoeuvrability of the forklift you’re looking to rent, will any limitations in your yard or warehouse present any issues? Such as narrow aisles or entry/exit height or width restrictions?

7. How long will you require the forklift rental for?

To get the most value from your forklift rental, decide on your preferred rental start date and how long you’ll require the forklift for. Will you need it for a day, a week, 1 to 5 years or longer? You can reduce the monthly charge by renting for longer periods.

At Aussie Forklift Hire in Sydney, we offer short-term hire (from 1 day – 4 weeks), with discounted hire rates for long-term hire of 1 month or longer.

Choosing the right forklift from the start will save you time and money. At Aussie Forklift Hire we remove the stress from the process and guarantee quality forklifts that have been professionally maintained and serviced. See our range of forklifts for hire here.