Hiring the right size telehandler or forklift will ensure that you get the most out of it, reducing the hassle caused by machinery that doesn't meet your site's needs. Our goal is to make your plant hire experience as pleasant as possible and save you the headache of choosing the wrong option.
Forklifts come in many shapes and sizes, built to make lifting easier in many different areas of industry. There are many ingenious designs to suit various tasks. However, the more popular forklift hire options are a counterbalance forklift truck where the load is in front of the driver on a vertical mast.
These trucks will lift a load vertically, so you need to make sure that you have good access to the area you want to place the load in. Mast heights can vary too, so you need to be aware of height access restrictions and the load's weight.
Choosing the Right Forklift Size for Your Needs
Some trucks are designed to fit into a shipping container so they may have a 3-stage mast; these are lower in the closed position to fit into a container. Other trucks may have higher 2-stage masts to allow lifting to a greater height.
It's important to check how high you need to lift, how heavy the load is, and your access area so you choose the right truck for your lift. Contact us for more advice on picking the best option for your needs.
Telehandler Hire for More Demanding Jobs
Another popular option is the telescopic forklift. This is often referred to as a 'Teleporter' or, more commonly, a telehandler. These machines have been designed to lift not only vertically but also forward and away from the position of the machine. This enables a load to be raised over areas with limited access where a counterbalance truck would be unsuitable.
The telehandler has become very popular in construction. Its versatility and the availability of attachments 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 load will be instrumental when choosing the right machine. Read our Ultimate Guide to Telehandler Hire for more information.
Which Telehandler is Right for Me?
A small 5 or 6 meter telehandler will be more nimble in smaller spaces. For lifting to great heights, Tiger Plant offers a 17 meter telehandlers - and several sizes in between the two extremes. If you are unsure about which size to go for, ask our friendly team for some help in deciding which forklift is best for you. You can also find out more about safely operating a telehandler on our blog.
Fuelling Your Forklift or Telehandler
It may also be important to consider what type of fuel you want to work with. Telehandlers are currently only powered by diesel, but counterbalance forklifts can be driven by electric power, gas or diesel as well. With electric forklifts, you will need a charging unit on-site, 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.
How Much will Telehandler or Forklift Hire Cost?
The cost will be relative 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, and Tiger Plant Hire has a variety of options that can flex to your needs. As a rough guide, a counterbalance forklift will start at £90 per week for a long term hire or up to £250 per week for short-term hire or for a truck with a heavier lifting capacity.
Telehandlers will typically be more expensive to hire, as they are more costly assets to purchase. They can cost between £250 - £500 per week, again depending on the size of the truck and length of the hire period. You can also opt to hire an operator if you don't have an experienced driver on hand.
Contact Tiger Plant for Plant Hire in Swindon
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call Tiger Plant on 01793 886444. We will help you with your material handling and lifting enquiry, guiding you towards the right product and giving you a competitive quote for your needs. With our experience and extensive fleet of equipment, we run many forklifts and telehandlers and we will more than likely have something that will suit the job you need to do.