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Most Common Uses for Forklifts

Forklifts are extremely versatile pieces of material handling equipment, with warehouse owners using them to transport stock around the premises, to move loads from one site to another, to transport workers around the warehouse (depending on the size of the property) and to help clear the site of large pieces of debris.

With this in mind, you’ll be able to save a considerable amount of money with a forklift as you won’t need several different machines to do the same job that a single forklift can do. So what can a forklift do for you?

For indoor applications

This is one of the most popular and common uses for forklift fleets, especially in warehousing and distribution industries. They can assist in the lifting, manoeuvring and unloading of stock, usually from one racking shelf to another or from racking shelves to loading docks (or vice versa).

With several different forklift types available to warehouse owners, you’ll be sure to find a model that’s right for your operations, especially if you choose to hire a forklift from us here at Hire Forklifts. We’ll always provide you with the most state-of-the-art, up to date machinery, depending on the budget you have available.

For indoor use, electric, LPG-powered, VNA and multi-directional forklifts would be the best option for you, because:

  • Electric forklifts do not give off harmful emissions
  • LPG forklift give off little fumes, if any
  • Both are eco-friendly
  • Both are low-maintenance
  • The fuel for both forklift types is affordable
  • They have low noise levels

For outdoor settings

Forklifts are usually needed for outdoor use in manufacturing, construction and shipping industries. A warehouse will only need a forklift to travel outside if their premises are spread across two different sites. A forklift will make short work of moving around outdoor materials, such as lumber, aggregate, construction materials, metals, sand etc. Junkyards, recycling centres and even farms could benefit from a forklift if their operations are carried out outdoors.

For outdoor use, diesel, LPG-powered or articulated forklifts would be ideal, because:

  • They can travel effortlessly across loose, rough or uneven terrain
  • They’re high-powered and are able to complete outdoor tasks quickly and efficiently
  • They’re easy to refuel

To transport workers around the premises

This can involve taking employees from one end of a warehouse to another or from one site to another outdoors. Where a forklift isn’t generally used for this purpose, you can use order pickers and reach trucks to help with this as they have areas specifically designed for people to stand and travel on.

With the correct training and restraints, your workforce can be transported safely and quickly from one location to another using material handling equipment. You’ll be able to hire a reach truck and rent an order picker from us here at Hire Forklifts.

To help clear the site of debris

There are various forklift attachments that are available in a bid to help manufacturing and construction industries in particular with clearing their sites. Making sure the area is debris-free will help to ensure the safety of everyone in the vicinity, whether they be on-foot or operating a heavy piece of machinery. A forklift, with the right attachments, will clear the site far quicker than a member of your staff.

Hire Forklifts are proud to offer forklift hire and warehouse equipment rentals to customers throughout the UK. With long and short term hire contracts available, all of which are affordable and transparent for your absolute peace of mind, you’ll always be able to look to our experts for help, regardless of the industry you work in. For more information about our forklift hire services, or to rent other pieces of equipment, get in touch with a member of our specialist team today – we’re always happy to hear from you.

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