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Top Tips When Hiring A Forklift Truck

By: Charlotte Mclean | Jan 4 2011 | 406 words | 730 hits

Since the 1930s a vast number of commodities have been moved by some type of mechanical handler. From pedestrian operated trucks to those offering a fully enclosed all weather cab, there is a machine suitable for all the many different types of industries that rely on the use of forklift trucks to facilitate their business needs in the modern day.
So how should one go about hiring a forklift truck, what considerations must be taken into account? A forklift truck hire contract may be anywhere between 1 and 7 years so its important you choose the right company who can provide you with the best machine and service. Here are some of the key points to consider:

1.Ensure you choose a machine suitable for your application a reputable and knowledgeable forklift truck provider should be able to advise you on this but you should provide details such as
i.Usage
ii.Load to be lifted
iii.How high you need to lift such a load
iv.Fuel type e.g. diesel, gas, electric. The latter may depend on the environment you are using the vehicle in.

2.Maintenance and Breakdown cover ensure that your contract includes full maintenance and servicing of your machine, as well as breakdown cover, as loss of use of your forklift truck could be significantly costly to your business. Look out for those companies that provide a replacement machine after 24hr downtime to ensure peace of mind.

3.Ensure that the service cover provided on your forklift truck covers the shift pattern the machine will be used on.


4.Ensure that the forklift truck you are hiring has a current certificate of thorough examination or conforms to LOLER (lifting operations and lifting equipment regulations)

5.Be aware of normal exclusions to a hire contract include:
i.Operator damage or misuse
ii.Fork wear
iii.Tyres / punctures
iv.Consumables, including: oil; fuel; bulbs; filters; grease etc

Additionally you should ensure that your forklift truck provider is;
Reputable
Complies with H&SE requirements
Able to provide you with the service you expect in terms of personnel and support
Financially sound
Has an acceptable location many companies can provide a UK wide service. However using a Google local search for forklift truck hire in your area will provide you with those companies most likely to provide you with a full level of service for your company needs.

Finally ensure that the intended operator of the forklift truck you hire is adequately trained and licensed to drive and operate the vehicle. Some forklift truck companies offer driver training, alternatively you can check out the Fork Lift Truck Association for more details.

About author:
Charlotte Mclean works for an established forklift truck business run by her family for many years. If you would like For more information or advice on forklift truck hire and sales visit Manton Hire & Sales Ltd
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