If your business needs a forklift occasionally or for a single job, it makes sense to rent used forklifts rather than incur the expense of buying one. Renting is the perfect solution. It's a quick, easy, stress-free, and efficient way to get the equipment you need on a temporary basis. Decide exactly what type of equipment you need prior to contacting the rental company. Here are few ideas to consider when making your decision.
With rental equipment, the size of the load you will be working with is a major factor. When working with heavy loads, it doesn't matter if the forklift is new or used, it must be rated for the weight limit that you are working with. If you attempt to overload the equipment, you are putting yourself in danger and you risk damaging the rental equipment.
If you are working with a wide load, make sure that it can accommodate the width. There are accessories that can be added to make the forklift customizable to the job so it can be moved safely. Finally, know how high you are going to move the material. Make sure the rental equipment can safely reach the desired height without causing a dangerous situation.
Match The Style To The Job
When working with used forklifts, try to match the design style with the job at hand. Some models allow you stand up on a short platform behind the main machine while others require that you sit down to operate the equipment. Some styles allow you to work alongside materials and others give you the option of riding or walking. Decide which works best for you before contacting a rental office.
The design of the equipment will also determine the limitations of the machine. A walk behind model doesn't offer the same options as one that requires you to sit as it is operated. Consider comfort as well. If you use a model that requires you to stand for a lengthy project, it may not be as comfortable as a model that allows you to sit.
Consider The Fuel Source
The fuel source is a major consideration in deciding which type of used forklifts to rent. A unit that runs on gasoline or diesel can give off toxic fumes. If you plan to operate the equipment in a closed or confined area, this may not be the wisest choice. Gas and diesel models are usually larger and stronger. This makes them more suitable for outside applications and for those with a rougher terrain. Electric models are quieter to operate, but they do have less power. Manoeuvrability is another consideration as electric forklifts are not as stable on uneven surfaces. This makes electric models a better choice for indoor applications. Models powered by propane gas offer another option.
When planning your needs, you may want to consider adding some accessories to your equipment rental, even when renting used forklifts. If you need them, try to get them all at the same place and at the same time. This helps you avoid the hassle of trying to piece different styles of equipment and accessories together. It will also be easier to obtain and return everything at the same time. For example, if you have barrels to move, a barrel handler to assist in the moving may make this type of work more efficient. Other accessories to consider include clamps, sleeves, side lifts, or fork positioners that are all designed for specific assistance moving difficult cargo.
Whether you have a small store in the suburbs or a large warehouse in Chicago, forklift rentals can be a better option to buying. You remove the expense of buying new as well as the expenses of maintaining the equipment. To get the most for your money, consider the load, the space available, and your comfort for the best match.
Christine O'Kelly is an author for RHI Lifts, a full-service Chicago forklift provider. They offer new and used Nissan forklifts as well as moving and storage equipment, maintenance, repair, and training.