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Top Questions To Ask When Renting A Forklift

by Luke Lawson

If you are ready to make use of a rented forklift on a temporary basis — such as if you are only going to need to use it for a short-term project, if you are in the process of buying a forklift and need something to use in the meantime, or if you are simply waiting to have your company's forklift repaired — then you will need to ask a few questions before renting the forklift. These are a few questions that you can ask so that you can have the best possible experience.

What Is the Weight Limit of the Forklift?

Think about what you will be using the forklift to lift and carry, and consider how much each load will weigh. Then, make sure that you choose a rented forklift that is going to be strong enough to carry this much weight. After all, you will not want to overload the rented forklift since this can be dangerous and can cause serious damage to the forklift. It can also potentially cause the items that you're carrying on the forklift to be damaged, too.

Is the Forklift Fuel or Battery-Powered?

Many forklifts are powered with batteries, but there are a lot of forklifts that are powered with gas and diesel, too. Battery-powered forklifts aren't as powerful but don't have as many emissions, making them a great choice for indoor use. Fuel-powered forklifts can be a good choice for heavy-duty, outdoor use. Many rental companies offer both options, so you can choose the one that is going to work best for your needs.

Is Transport Included?

You may need to have the forklift dropped off at your place of business, or you might just be hoping that this is an option that is available for your convenience. Either way, it doesn't hurt to ask about whether or not transport is included and to inquire about the cost of delivery, if applicable.

How Much Is the Deposit?

When renting equipment like a forklift, you can often expect to pay a deposit. After all, if you damage the forklift or don't return it on time, the company might keep some or all of the deposit to cover these costs. As long as you return the forklift on time and in good condition, you should receive your deposit back right away. However, to ensure you are fully prepared on the day that you rent the forklift, you may want to ask about how much the deposit is beforehand.

Contact a local forklift rental company to get more information.