Telehandler & Forklifts
Forklifts come in many shapes and sizes, built to make lifting easier in many different areas of industry and there are many ingenious designs to suit various tasks. However the more popular forklifts available to hire are a counterbalance truck where the load is in front of you on a vertical mast. These trucks will lift from the floor straight up so you need to make sure with a truck like this that you have good access around the area you want to place your load and you can move your load right into position with the forklift. Mast heights can vary too so you need to look out for, not only for height access restrictions and weight of your load but also, how high you want to lift. Some trucks are designed to fit into a shipping container so they may have a 3 stage mast so it is lower in the closed position so it can get into the container. Other trucks will not need to be concerned with this and may have a higher mast in 2 stages to allow lifting to a greater height. It is important to check how high you need to lift, how heavy is the load to lift and your access area so you choose the right truck for your lift.
Another popular forklift is the telescopic forklift which is also known in the industry as a Teleporter or more often as a Telehandler. These machines have been designed to lift not only vertically but also to be able to move the load forward away from the position of the machine to enable a load to be lifted where access around the area either to lift the load or place the load has restrictions making the use of a counterbalance truck difficult. The Telehandler has become very popular in construction due to its versatility and the availability of attachments to enable the forklift to carry out other tasks such as loading with a bucket or sweeping with a hydraulic brush. Once again knowing your site and what you want to lift and where will be instrumental in your decision on which machine to choose from a small 4 or 6 meter telehandler which will be more nimble in smaller spaces for some applications up to the larger 17 and 20 meter telehandlers where you need to lift to greater heights. There are several sizes in between. If you are renting a machine ask the hire company for some help in deciding which forklift is best for you if you are unsure.
Short term hire through a plant hire company will save you the expense of purchasing and re selling and the cost of depreciation on the machine.
It may also be important to think of what type of fuel might be better to work with. Unfortunately at the moment telehandlers will only be powered by diesel but counterbalance forklifts can be driven by electric power, gas or diesel. With electric forklifts you will need a charging unit so they are very rare for short term hires. It will be much easier to find a gas or diesel truck. Gas may be the preferred choice if you are in an enclosed area so you are not breathing in diesel fumes.
When it comes to the cost of renting a forklift the cost will be relative the to the type of forklift you want and the length of time you want it for. You can hire a forklift for a single day or for many months. The longer you want the forklift for will invariably lead to better prices. A 6 month hire will likely cost you less per week than just a 2 week hire. Any hire will incur a haulage cost to deliver the forklift to you and to collect it. On any hire you will be expected to make your daily checks that the forklift is safe to operate and on longer hires you will be expected to make time to grease and lubricate the forklift and do maintenance checks and advise the hire company if something needs repairing or if there is a defect.
When you hire a forklift you will need to make sure that you have insurance in place for any eventuality that may be out of your control like an accident or theft of the machine. Plant insurance is pretty easy to arrange and most insurance companies will be able to offer you a quote. However for short hires you may choose to take out a policy with the hire company to cover a short period. Ask your hire company about this if you are unsure.
Be aware that any damage to a machine from your hire will likely lead to a further cost to you for those repairs.
As a guide a counterbalance forklift will cost from £90 per week for a long term hire up to £250 per week for a short term hire with a truck of 2-3 tonne lifting capacity.
Telehandlers are a much more expensive asset for a plant hire business to buy so you find that these machines are more expensive to hire. Hire costs per week will likely vary from £250 per week up to £500 per week depending on size of telehandler and the length of your hire. You will also be able to hire a machine with an operator in many instances if you do not have an experienced operator available to you.
Your local plant hire desk will be able to help you with any questions about the hire of forklifts and telehandlers unless they do not hire these types of machine. If you have any questions you can call Tiger Plant on 01793 886444 and we will help you with your material handling and lifting enquiry. Tiger Plant run many forklifts and telehandlers and we will more than likely have something that will suit the job you need to do.