Renting a forklift for the first time can be a simple and straightforward process. However, you should still take your time and thoroughly evaluate your own needs and your available options before jumping into a rental contract with a supplier right away. Here are some factors to consider as you look for a Toyota forklift rental.
Decide on a forklift type
Perhaps you’re already familiar with the type of forklift your business currently uses, and you want to rent a different type of forklift to see if it increases productivity. The good news is that today’s market has a wide variety of forklift rentals available to you. Before you rent, familiarize yourself with the different applications of:
● Stand-up and sit-down rider forklifts
● Motorized hand forklifts
● Narrow aisle forklifts
● Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) forklifts
● Piggyback forklifts
● Vertical masted rough terrain forklifts
Determine the lifting capacity you need
Not every forklift can reach the same maximum height. Measure how high your fork will need to lift for the different jobs it will be doing, and don’t forget to account for the extra height that could be required depending on the different spatial requirements of a job.
Determine your load dimensions and maximum weight
Whatever your forklift will be carrying, you’ll want to make sure that its fork can handle it. Operating a forklift that has to strain to lift a heavy or unwieldy load is highly dangerous, creating unnecessary risks in your worksite. You can easily prevent such risk by carefully weighing the maximum load you expect to be dealing with, as well as taking its dimensions to help you find a suitable forklift.
Decide the length of time for your rental
Rental rates often differ depending on if it’s a short-term or long-term rental. Determine if you’ll be needing a forklift for days, weeks, months, etc., and plan ahead to help yourself lock in the best rate.
Find a trustworthy supplier
Once you have thoroughly evaluated your own needs for a Toyota forklift rental, it’s time to look into suppliers. In addition to looking for rental rates that work with your budget, look for a supplier whose fleet is relatively new, and clean and in top condition.
Get to know your supplier
Make sure that your supplier has the resources to respond adequately to your needs. Trust is a two-way street, so give your supplier all the information they need about your application of their forklift, as well. It’s a good idea to give your supplier contact information for someone who will be at your worksite with the rental forklift in case anything comes up.
Read your rental contract thoroughly
Your forklift rental contract is not a document you should skim. Familiarize yourself with the different rental fees you can expect beforehand so that you’ll know if any fees seem extraneous or exorbitant. Read all the terms and conditions to avoid any surprises with your rental down the line.
The bottom line is to know your own needs, know your options, and know what you’re getting into. Keep these things in mind, and choosing a forklift rental won’t cause you any stress.