Tips for Renting a Forklift

When it comes to renting a forklift, planning ahead can save you time, money and many headaches.  Forklifts can be rented for any length of time, even up to several years for indoor warehouse or rugged outdoor use.  Whether your company needs additional forklifts because of an exponential increase in workload or for a construction job, renting a forklift is an ideal solution for the short-term needs of many companies.  Here are some things to keep in mind.


  1. Renting from a dealership ensures reliable equipment and a quick response.
  2. When you visit our dealership in person, a qualified professional will listen to your needs and assess you situation in order to recommend the equipment that’s most appropriate for you.
  3. Be sure to ask about optional equipment if your application requires attachments as the right attachments require renting the right truck.  We’ll also be happy to explain additional warning devices such as backup alarms and lights.
  4. You’ll want to explain any special needs your application requires like the size and weight of loads, lift heights and operating and surface conditions as this too will aid you in renting the most appropriate truck.


Once you’ve made your decision about which forklift to rent, there are still issues to consider when it comes to the rental contract.  Rental rates are assessed daily, weekly or monthly and it’s smart to have a good idea of how long you’ll need to rent the forklift.  The rate per day is lower when you rent for longer periods of time.  Consider signing up for a weekly rate if you’ll need the rental unit for three days or more.  At a certain point, the daily charge can be higher than a week’s rental.  The same can be said if you need a rental for more than two and a half weeks.  Again, you’ll likely pay less under a monthly agreement than a weekly one.


You should also ask about overtime charges up front.  The majority of forklift rentals are based on an 8-hour workday/40-hour work week/160-hour work month.  If your application requires more hours per day/week/month, overtime charges will likely apply.


Treat the forklift as though it were your own since dealerships will assess charges for rental units that are returned damaged.  Reminding your operators about good material handling practices is a good idea.  Avoid using the forklift inappropriately, like putting on a chain and using it to pull a load.  Evidence of abuse like large scrapes to the paint and dents upon return will also result in charges.  It’s up to you to examine the forklift for signs of damage before you rent it, making note on the contract or attached piece of paper before the truck leaves the dealership.


While the dealer insures the forklift rental, it’s up to your company to cover the operator and other people within your facility in the event of injury or property damage.  Before renting a forklift, check your company’s insurance coverage.


There are many benefits to renting a forklift from a reliable dealer, especially when your company is experiencing short-term demands.  Discussing your needs with the trained professionals at Forklift America can ensure renting the equipment that’s most appropriate for your needs.  As long as trained personnel operate the lift correctly, forklift rental is a perfect solution for temporary equipment needs.

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