Factors to Consider When Choosing a Forklift Rental Company

For many businesses, renting a forklift makes sense. Especially if you only use forklifts seasonally, there’s no need to make the investment to own one when you can get a forklift rental for a fraction of the cost. And consider this: if you choose the right company, the forklift you rent will often be a top-of-the-line model, with all the bells and whistles. Once you know you want to rent, it’s just a matter of determining the right forklift for you, and the right company with whom to do business.

For many businesses, renting a forklift makes sense. Especially if you only use forklifts seasonally, there’s no need to make the investment to own one when you can get a forklift rental for a fraction of the cost. And consider this: if you choose the right company, the forklift you rent will often be a top-of-the-line model, with all the bells and whistles. Once you know you want to rent, it’s just a matter of determining the right forklift for you, and the right company with whom to do business.  Here are a few factors to think about when choosing a forklift rental company.

  • Capacity: Determine how much weight you need the forklift to lift and carry.
  • Height: In addition to lifting a certain amount of weight, forklifts need to lift that weight to a certain height. Determine the height you need to reach, based on your warehouse conditions.
  • Conditions: Will the forklift be used inside or outside? On a job site or in a warehouse? By identifying the work environment, you can make good decisions about things like tires and the lift itself. While thinking of conditions, factor in the turning radius and aisle width.
  • Budget: Be aware that forklift rentals are not inexpensive. Check the price before you make your plans, so that you won’t have any surprises.
  • Time: How long will the job last? How long will you need the forklift? Will it be a day, a week, a month, or longer? When you choose a long-term rental, you can often receive a reduced per-day cost. Make sure you understand any extra charges when you rent the forklift.
  • Insurance: What kind of insurance are you or your company responsible for holding? While the dealer typically insures the equipment, you may be required to cover the operator and facility in case there’s injury or property damage.
  • Inspection: Before you rent or accept delivery of a forklift, carefully examine the equipment, making note of any signs of damage. If you return a forklift with damage, you may incur an extra charge without proof it was there before.
  • Contract: Before you sign a rental agreement, carefully read what you’re signing. Make sure you understand everything that’s included in your contract before you commit to anything.

If you’re looking for a forklift rental company, look no further than Ring Power Lift Trucks. For 60 years, our locally-owned and operated business has provided superior products and the newest technology in forklift vehicles, meeting or exceeding our customers’ expectations. With 14 convenient locations throughout Florida, Ring Power Corporation has become one of the largest Caterpillar® dealers in the Southeastern United States because of our dedication to customer service. Whether you need to buy a new or used forklift, or you’d prefer a short-term or long-term rental, we’re here for you. We also supply forklift parts and service in north and central Florida for every make and model of forklift.  Call 877.544.5438 or visit our website for more information.

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