Rental of Forklift: How to Choose the Right Forklifts?
When deciding to rent, lease or purchase a forklift there are so many brands, dealers and options that the decision can quickly become confusing and sometimes downright difficult. Here are some easy points to consider helping you come out of the deal with the equipment you need at the right price, along with great service after the sale!
What is Capacity & Why Do I Need to Know It?
The rated capacity of forklifts is the amount of weight it is able to lift. Forklift capacity is found on the unit's data plate along with other important information. Keep in mind that the higher you are lifting a load the lower the capacity will become. Adding an attachment this will also affect the unit's capacity. Most capacities are rated at a 24" load center. Before deciding on what forklifts to purchase or rent, make sure you have a good idea of the weights and sizes of the loads you intend to lift. Any good dealer can help you with this if needed. The most commonly used capacities range from 3,000-6,000 pound units, however forklifts can range anywhere from 2,000-65,000 pounds or more. The more the unit can lift, the more expensive it is. It is important to know what capacity unit you need not only to make sure you get the job done, but that you get it done safely. Using a forklifts with too small of a capacity can cause damage to the goods you are lifting and can be potentially deadly to operators and those around them.
Lift Height & Collapsed Height
Along with capacity, you also need to know how high you want to lift your material and if you have any height restrictions. Lift height can be a key if you are working on projects that reach above the typical 188"-189" of a triple stage upright. "Quad" units have a fourth mast, allowing them to lift to heights of 240" or more. A forklift's collapsed height is measured from the tallest part of the unit to the floor, when the forks are completely lowered. This measurement is important if you have low doors or ceilings in the building you are working in, or in the trucks you are loading and unloading.
"What am I using these forklifts for and where am I using it?"
The answer to that question is your application. What are you using it for: to stack pallets, move large rolls of paper, carpet or logs, piping? The possibilit