What you need to know before renting a forklift

At Accurate we’ve been in the forklift rental business for a long time, over thirty years. During that time we’ve rented a lot of Mitsubishi Forklift trucks to our customers in New Jersey, Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley. Often, when you’ve been doing something for a long time you forget that not everybody is as familiar with forklift rentals as you are. With that in mind we thought it might be helpful to outline some of the basics about what you need to know before you call for a forklift rental.

First you’ll need to know the “application”, specifically what is the forklift being used for and under what conditions. Is it used indoors or outdoors? Generally outdoor applications call for a pneumatic tire forklift truck and an inside application calls for a solid or cushion tire forklift. Outdoor forklifts are generally propane powered and often inside applications call for a propane forklift truck as well. Most pallet loading operations inside freight terminals and distribution warehouses will use 5,000 pound capacity cushion tire forklifts like the Mitsubishi FGC 25 which is a propane truck.

Inside applications where propane is not appropriate often call for Class 1 or electric powered forklift trucks. The standup end control and 5,000 pound capacity sit down electric rider forklift trucks are the standard. Usually these type of forklifts are found in food processing, pharmaceutical manufacturing and packaging. In some cases electric forklifts are used where indoor air quality may be an issue. When you call Accurate Lift Truck for a rental one of our rental specialists will ask you the specifics about your application and help you decide which Mitsubishi Forklift Truck is right for your application.

Other factors that influence which forklift truck might be appropriate for your needs are things like whether or not you double stack in tractor trailers. In this case a cushion tire forklift, be it electric or propane powered will need to have “free lift” that is able to raise the forks to a specified height without the rails coming up higher than the lowered height of the mast. This is so the rails don’t push through the roof of the trailer. At Accurate a forklift rental specialist will generally ask questions related to this.

The lowest height of any doors the forklift may have to go through is also a factor in selecting the right rental forklift. If the forklift is going to be used inside a racked warehouse to put pallets away in racks you may also need to know the height in inches to the top shelf of your racking system and the width of the aisle. This brings us to Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks (manufactured by Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklifts of America in Houston Texas—that’s right, forklift trucks made in the USA) latest line of narrow aisle forklifts trucks and man up order pickers. At Accurate we’ve have a selection of narrow aisle, pallet jacks, rider pallet jacks and man up order pickers available to rent. We offer emergency delivery of forklift trucks so no matter what time you need a rental forklift the forklift rental specialists at Accurate Lift Truck will be there to get you the right forklift every time! We are service driven.

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