Tips on Renting Forklifts and Lift Equipment
A little time spent upfront can save you money and reduce headaches. We can provide you with an excellent long term solution to your short term need.You need a forklift in a hurry , but just for a short time. A rented forklift could be just the thing. So, keep these things in mind:
- Renting from our dealership helps ensure you’ll get reliable equipment and quick response.
- By visiting our dealership in person, we can help you match the right piece of equipment to your rental need.
- Ask us about optional equipment and additional warning devices, such as lights or backup alarms. If your application requires attachments, be sure to let us know, so you can get the right truck with the right attachments.
- Know what you need for your application. You’ll want to make sure you discuss the weight and size of loads, the lift heights, surface and operating conditions, and any other special needs.
If you prefer an electric forklift, ask about battery chargers may need to be hard-wired at your facility, which requires the proper electrical service and an electrician to perform the hookup. An easy-to-use plug-in charger may also be an option, but you’ll need to ask about that.
Now that you know what to look for in a rental forklift, the rental contract should also be considered. Here are four more hints:
- Because rental rates are set up to be assessed daily, weekly or monthly, it’s wise to have a very clear idea of how long you want to rent the forklift. Generally, the-per day rate is lower if you rent for longer periods. That means if you’ll need the rental unit for three days or more, you’ll want to consider signing up for a weekly rate because the daily charge at that point can be higher than for a week’s rental. In the same way, if you need the rental for more than two and a half weeks, you’ll probably pay less under a monthly agreement.
- Most forklift rentals are based on an eight-hour workday, a 40-hour work week and 160-hour work month. Overtime charges will likely apply if you use the rental for more hours than that- so ask about overtime charges up front.
- Dealerships that rent forklifts will assess charges if you bring the rental unit back damaged. Abuse charges will apply if the forklift is used in an inappropriate manner, such as putting a chain on it and using it to pull a load. It’s a good idea to remind your operators about good material handling practices.Abuse Charges can also apply if large paint scrapes or dents are evident upon the rental’s return. Therefore, be sure to examine the rental forklift and note on the contract, or another piece of paper attached to the contract, any visible defects present before your company uses the forklift.
- Check on your company’s insurance coverage. The dealership will insure the rental vehicle, but your company must cover the operator, other people at your facility itself in the event an injury or property damage occurs.