Why Rent? Renting Can Bridge the Gap in Long Lead Times.
Forklift rentals can be an efficient way to meet your material handling demands. During these times of supply shortages, renting the equipment can bridge the gap in long lead times for new equipment orders.
Renting your next forklift is a great way to minimize large capital expenses and still meet the demands of your operation. If your company has purchased lift trucks and that order is delayed, then you can begin a short-term month-to-month rental until your new equipment arrives. Also, if your needs change, you can return the unit or upgrade to meet your unique demands without penalty.
There are many types of forklifts available to rent, so do your homework to make sure you get the right rental unit for your needs.
Here are some key things to consider.
- How will the forklift be used? Indoor, outdoor, or both? If your needs are strictly for indoor use, an electric forklift may be the ideal option. Electric forklifts are perfect for indoor use, as they don't emit fumes that could endanger your working environment. A propane-powered forklift might be the answer if your need is outside, especially if handling in rugged conditions.
- What is the weight capacity needed? What is your average load weight, and what is the heaviest load you will be lifting? Knowing what weights you will be working with also determines the type of forklift to rent. Choosing a lift truck with a maximum lift capacity below your needs would be a big mistake. The right rental provider will help you select the best option for your needs.
- What is the lowered height of the mast for overhead clearance? Check that you have adequate overhead clearance, which is especially important if your facility has height restrictions for doorways, loading docks, or other entrances. Be sure there is sufficient headroom under overhead structures, such as rack tunnels, conveyors, pipes, sprinkler systems, etc.
- Thoroughly inspect any equipment that you plan to rent. There are charges for forklifts returned with damage.
- Are your operators certified? It's your responsibility to ensure your operator is properly trained to drive a forklift. You will be expected to comply with all laws, ordinances, and OSHA safety regulations.
- Read the contract – Besides the cost to rent, be aware of the terms and conditions of your agreement. It’s important to know how the insurance of the equipment is handled, not to mention the fueling of the forklift and hauling restrictions
Overall, look for a supplier with a newer, well-maintained rental fleet. Be sure if there is a breakdown; they have certified field technicians to conduct emergency repairs to keep your operation running smoothly.
At Action Lift, we offer a wide range of forklifts for rent. And if we don't have it on-premises, we will work to track it down. Rest assured that we will do everything in our power to provide you with the best solution for your material handling equipment needs. Contact our rental experts at 570-655-2100 ext. 602.