Where to Hire a Forklift Truck
An increasing number of customers across the UK are choosing to hire forklift vehicles for a variety of needs. With many companies having branches located in cities across the country, it is relatively easy for customers to identify companies to help meet their storage and transport needs. A simple internet search is often a good place to begin in determining where to hire a forklift truck—alternatively, customers can find companies in local listings or in the phonebook.
Many customers find that hiring a forklift truck is a more cost-effective and convenient option than owning one outright. This is especially true for small businesses that may not wish to take on the burden of costs associated with purchasing and maintaining heavy capital equipment, as well as those customers who are only likely to require forklifts for specific situations or to help deal with peak periods of service.
Additionally, some forklift truck hiring services also provide the option of hiring a vehicle operator for an additional charge. This is useful for customers who don’t have previous experience driving forklift trucks, or who want to ensure the safety and security of their goods. Certified operators can increase the safety and efficiency of transporting and storing goods.
What are different types and uses of forklift trucks?
Forklifts can be used for personal or commercial purposes in a variety of different scenarios, whether on the construction site, in the warehouse or on the shop floor. Different types of vehicles exist to accomplish different purposes and operate under different conditions and constraints. Familiarizing oneself with some of the basic types will help ensure that customers select the appropriate vehicle for their job. Some of the basic types include:
In addition, a number of different companies manufacture these forklift trucks and have a reputation for quality in the industry. Some of these companies include:
- Reach trucks, which serve to help move pallets and goods from the ground to high places on account of telescoping forks
- Rider order picking trucks, which allow an operator to ride up or down with a pallet of goods
- Hand pallet trucks, which allow operators to move pallets across the ground
- Power pallet trucks, which allow operators to drive pallets across the ground
- Stackers, which help operators to organize pallets into stacked piles
If special conditions of use exist, some companies will hire out forklift trucks that are specifically designed for certain types of use. For example, some forklifts are designed for use on rough-terrain, featuring tractor-like wheels that work well off paved roads. Customers should discuss expected conditions of use with the company hiring out the forklift in order to ensure the right machine is chosen.
What are the costs?
While prices may vary somewhat between companies and depending on the type of forklift truck required, daily hire prices in the UK are unlikely to exceed £100 pounds. Companies are also likely to charge additional fees should the services of an operator be required, as well as a fee for transporting the forklift to and from the desired location.
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