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Forklift rental – Your ultimate guide to renting a lift truck

Advantages of forklift rental in a warehouse

Forklift rentals keep your warehouse productive and expenses lean

Forklift rental is by far the most flexible and cost effective way to ensure your warehouse operation or distribution center is fully equipped during high volume periods, eliminating bottlenecks and productivity losses. And conversely, during low activity periods it ensures that you are not leaving expensive equipment sitting around unused and still consuming space, time and resources.

The key advantages of forklift rental

There are a lot of great reasons why you would want to rent a forklift versus buying one new. We’ve outline the most common uses as well as questions and  answers in the extensive article below.

Let’s start with some basic forklift rental questions.

Using a forklift rental to manage seasonal surges

Most businesses are cyclical in nature, so renting extra trucks will help a business through the surges of seasonal business. Typically this will be in the last quarter of a calendar year in the lead up to the holiday season, however some businesses have surges unrelated to this cycle that are unique to the industries they serve.

How to use a forklift rental solve a capacity problem

Forklift rentals are ideal as a solution to a capacity shortage in a warehouse or distribution center. Perhaps there has been a sudden need to manage unexpected growth, the addition of a large new customer, or due to a company expansion, merger or acquisition. Capacity requirements can arise without notice, so a forklift rental can help an operation stay nimble and responsive to changing business conditions.

What else can a forklift rental be used for?

Besides adding capacity to meet seasonal or sudden and unexpected surges, a rented forklift is ideal to solve these problems:

Reduce capital expenditures with forklift rentals

Forklift rentals let you better manage capital expenditures

Managing capital expenditures

Forklift rental also helps manage capital expenditure. It can fill in the gaps needed to handle spikes in operation without the cost of purchasing additional equipment. A forklift rental can also be used for special projects and short term needs, without incurring long term costs and requiring unnecessary investment in equipment that may not be used all the time. A parked, unused forklift is an expensive asset to have on the company’s books.

Information you will need to rent a forklift

As a forklift renter, you will need to gather some key information, so it is ready to share with the forklift rental company, like ours. Here’s a checklist:

Load capacity

What is the weight of the product you are lifting. Weight capacity is a necessary requirement when renting a forklift.  You don’t want to pay for a rental only to find that it cannot do the job.

Product length

What is length of the product you are lifting? This will help determine the capacity of the forklift you need to rent.

Lifting height

Just as weight and length of the loads are an important measurement,  understanding the height a load will be lifted is extremely important to understand. This metric needs to be as accurate as possible.  The forks of the truck will need to be raised to the height reaching for. The forklift must also have the ability to lift the weight to that height.  A forklift that cannot tolerate the amount of weight to the proper height is not only a waste of time and money, but very dangerous.

Product packaging

You will need to know how your product is packaged. Is it on pallets or sitting on the floor?  Is it secured, such as with shrink wrap, or is it strapped? Knowing this will determine if you might need a special fork attachment.

Operating environment

You will need to know if the forklift will be operated inside or outside. The environment makes a difference in determining the type of tires the forklift will need.

Turning radius and aisle width

You will also need to know what the required turning radius is, and also, the minimum aisle width the lift truck will be working in. This will determine the kind of forklift needed to be able to maneuver through the space in which the truck is working.

Rental duration

Will you need the forklift rental for a day, week, month or more? Understanding this will help you with getting the best rental price for your budget.


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More Q&A about forklift rentals

What is a typical forklift rental cycle?

Typically the billing cycle for a forklift rental is monthly, but daily billing or weekly billing is available depending on the rental period and requirements of the renter.

What does it cost to rent a forklift?

This is a difficult question to answer because as you can see there are so many variables. The best way to get this information is to give call our forklift rental experts at 1-800-675-2500 or send us an email with your inquiry and, once we understand your requirements, we can provide rates.

What is the best way to save money when I rent a forklift?

The longer the term of the rental, the better the rate. The term to secure the best rate is typically three months or more.

Is delivery included in a forklift rental?

Delivery and pickup are not usually included in a forklift rental agreement. That said, it is best to let the dealership provide the delivery service, if available, for an extra fee. The equipment must be loaded and unloaded carefully, so it is worth the additional cost to let the professionals do it.

Do I need to need to repair and maintain a forklift rental?

Most rented forklifts include a full maintenance package that covers all consumables, repairs, etc. Excluded from this is battery maintenance. The renter will need to maintain correct water levels and proper charging.  The other exclusion in the included maintenance package is any repairs resulting from customer damage or abuse.

What should I look for in a forklift rental agreement?

When you review your forklift rental agreement, be sure to read all terms and conditions carefully. It is important to know what your legal liabilities are in the event of loss, damage or accident. Most agreements will also spell out what is expected of the renter for a daily equipment care. 

How to rent a forklift from Raymond Handling Concepts

Service areas we serve with forklift rentals:

For questions about a forklift rental, or to contact us about booking a forklift rental, you can call us at 1-800-675-2500 or click a link below for your local Raymond Handling Concepts office. Each area has its own regional forklift rental expert available to help you.

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How do I get additional questions about forklift rentals answered?

There are many ways to get additional information from us about forklift rentals. Here are your best options.

Call us at: 1-800-675-2500

Email us at

Email your local rep through the regional links above.