Anyone running a large construction project knows there are all kinds of equipment that will need to be rented before the project can get started.
One of the things that will be needed is a forklift or forklifts, depending on how many construction materials you will be moving across the building site.
Luckily, with many companies around the country renting out forklifts, finding one for the type of work you will need it for is not difficult. All you will need to know are these things before you do.
How long will you need a forklift? — The cost of renting a forklift is usually dependent on the number of days, weeks or months you need it. This will usually mean shorter terms will be higher cost per day, while a longer term contract will end up being cheaper. This is why it is important to know how long you will need a forklift before you go in for your forklift rental. That way you can negotiate the lowest price.
How heavy will forklift loads be? — Knowing what your maximum load weight is likely to be is key if you are to rent a forklift that will actually do the job you need it to do. After all, there is no point renting a forklift for a low weight capacity when what you actually need is for it to be able to move three times as much.
What lift height will you need? — The maximum lift height of a forklift is dependent on the dimensions of a typical load. Be sure you rent a forklift that can carry and lift materials with the dimensions they will have. That way you will not have a problem with it being able to elevate the materials to the right height for pick up or delivery.
Do you need extenders or a bucket? — There are a number of attachments you can rent with a forklift. Attachments that will allow you to pick up additional materials, grasp specific things or even carry substances that are not completely solid.
Decide if you will need extenders, a teleloader bucket, a beak and jaw attachment or any other attachments before the forklift you rent is delivered to you. Again, you will usually get a more affordable deal if you do.
Inspecting the forklift — Never rent a forklift from a company, allow them to deliver it, and then just start using it. An inspection should be the first thing you do, as soon as the forklift arrives on your construction site or in your warehouse.
Make sure you check every inch of the forklift looking for scratches, marks and other damage. That way you can complete a damage sheet and submit that to the company that is renting you the forklift. If you do, you will not be erroneously charged for damage your company did not cause.