Thinking about renting a forklift or other piece of lift equipment?

Renting can be a smart choice, and saves money upfront when compared to purchasing heavy equipment outright. There are no initial costs or general maintenance costs that come with renting a forklift. Renting also provides a sense of flexibility for businesses, as you can keep the machine for as long as needed. 

Business owners and forklift operators can also use the act of renting as a trial-like period for forklifts they’re interested in. Getting to test out specific models and attachments can help make the buying process less stressful. Every warehouse is different, so first-hand experience is the best way to determine what will work best.

Questions are natural and encouraged when renting a forklift or other lift equipment. Below are the most frequently asked questions we get about forklift rentals. Please reach out to us directly for more details or with any other questions.


When should I rent a forklift?

Common scenarios where renting a forklift makes more sense than buying include:

  • A short-term or open-ended project where the length of time the forklift is needed is unpredictable
  • If your equipment needs change throughout the year
  • When upfront costs need to be kept low


How do I choose the right forklift?

The nice part of renting is that you won’t pay for time you don’t need. If you end up renting a forklift that isn’t ideal, you always have the option of renting a different model. 

Consider weight capacity to start. What do you actually need to lift? Whether it’s pallets, boxes or even irregularly shaped objects, the collective weight of these objects will narrow down the forklift models available to rent. Considering what needs to be lifted also may help your dealer identify attachments and accessories that will help as well.

How high do your warehouse items have to go? Ensure the forklift you’re renting can get to the height you need. Accessories like clamp-on forks, extensions, booms, standing platforms, and more can help achieve certain heights as well. A good forklift dealer will guide you and make recommendations to ensure you can complete your job easily with the equipment you rent.

There are certain pieces of consideration outside load and height that need to be kept in mind. Coming prepared with this information can help speed up the process. Also consider power type (electric, propane, gasoline, or diesel) and environment (inside, outside, or both) and have that information ready to finalize your decision.


What happens if my rented forklift breaks or needs maintenance?

Reliable Forklift Sales stands by its forklifts. We strive to ensure our forklifts are in optimal working condition. We will assist with maintenance and any issues that come up. If a maintenance issue interrupts your project, we will provide another rental.

Be familiar with the terms of your rental agreement. Standard wear and tear are typically covered, but customer damage is not. 


How much does a forklift rental cost?

This depends on the capacity and capabilities of the forklift as well as the duration of the rental. Typically, it’s less expensive per day if you rent for a longer period of time. You can see a full table of our rental costs here.


What happens when I don’t need the rental anymore?

Contact us quickly to ensure you aren’t charged for additional time and we’ll assist you in making plans for a return.

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  • Thanks for pointing out that different types of forklifts can carry boxes or pallets of several sizes. My uncle wants something that can help move his cargo around his farm faster. I’ll be sure to suggest getting a forklift as a solution to his dilemma.

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