Renting a forklift can be a cost-effective solution for businesses that only require forklifts for short periods of time or for those that do not want to invest in a forklift purchase. Seasonal forklift rentals are a cheaper alternative for quickly building a forklift fleet, as opposed to investing in buying multiple forklifts and investing in the steep initial costs associated with buying. However, before hiring a forklift, there are several considerations operation managers should keep in mind to ensure they get the right equipment for their retailer or wholesaler’s needs.

When it comes to forklift hire, you would need to identify the type of forklift you will need; to the rental period; load capacity, safety features and the forklift rental company itself. Continue below for more insights into these considerations.

Types of Forklifts

There are several types of forklifts available for rent, the most common being:

  • Electric Forklifts – these are energy-efficient, battery-powered forklifts which are ideal for indoor operation as they produce almost zero emissions and are quieter than other forklifts.
  • Internal combustion forklifts –are powerful forklifts best for heavy-duty tasks and lifting and are typically used outdoors as they produce emissions and noise pollution. They are typically powered by diesel or liquid propane gas (LPG).
  • New or Second-hand forklifts. Second-hand forklifts are certified preowned forklifts of any kind which are available to rent or buy.

Forklift Rental Period

When deciding to hire a forklift it is important to know upfront how long you will need the forklift for. Rental periods can vary depending on the forklift rental company and thus it is important to be clear on your needs when picking a company to rent a forklift from. Some forklift rental companies offer daily, weekly, and monthly rental options, at different rates.

Load Capacity

The capacity of the forklift is another important consideration when renting. Forklift load capacities can range from 907kg (1 ton) and up therefore it is important to know the weight of loads you will be carrying to ensure you hire a forklift with the appropriate load capacity.


When picking a forklift rental company it is important to ensure that they provide proper safety and load certificates to ensure the forklift is in good working condition. It is also important to inspect the forklift before leaving the premises to ensure it is operating optimally.

Forklift Rental Company

Another important consideration is the reputation of the forklift rental company. Ensure that they have a good reputation and supply reliable forklifts. It is also important to consider the selection of forklifts they have available taking into account the forklift brands, types of forklift, load capacities, rental periods, maintenance and safety-check procedures.

The Benefits of 600SA’s Forklift Rental Services

600SA, a division of CFAO Equipment SA provides forklifts for hire. TUF Forklift offers an extensive range of second-hand, competitively priced multi-brand forklifts and battery-operated equipment.

600SA also offers forklift rentals through its CT Power Brand, a forklift provider known for its range of safe, dependable, high-performing forklifts, reach stackers and pallet tracks for all your wholesale or retail operational needs.

600SA offers short- and long-term rentals to meet your rental period needs. Whether you are looking for indoor or outdoor forklifts there are multiple options from reputable forklift brands available for hire.

To find out more about 600SA’s forklift rental options contact us today.

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