How To Choose The Right Forklift For Your Business Needs

How To Choose The Right Forklift For Your Business Needs

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. 

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Here are some easy points to consider to help you come out of the deal with the equipment :

The capacity of a forklift

The rated capacity of a forklift is the amount of weight it is able to lift. Keep in mind that the higher you are lifting a load the lower the capacity will become. 

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.

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Lift Height & Collapsed Height

You also need to know how high you want to lift your material and if you have any height restrictions. 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/unloading.


The type of application you have determines certain specifications on your forklift such as the type of fuel, tyres, and any attachments you might need. If you are working in an environment where certain safety precautions must be taken talk to your dealer about specially safety-rated units.

Following these general guidelines will help you make the most out of your short-term rental experience.