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It’s important that you select the right forklift for the job at hand. We are happy to help inform you on how to choose a forklift and determine the most appropriate forklift type to hire for your needs. Getting a clear view on which forklift is best for you in the early stages saves time and money further down the track.

Here is a list of forklift considerations for you to think about:

1. Forklift Types

Counterbalance Forklifts

Counterbalance forklifts are the most common forklifts used in indoor warehouses and stores. They offer simple, straightforward operation featuring dual forks at the front to help lift and transport the loads. When space is at premium, the extra manoeuvrability of a three wheel counterbalance forklift is perfect for narrow aisles.

Rough Terrain Forklifts

Rough Terrain forklifts are used primarily for outdoor construction. The inflatable tires with thicker tread allows for the utmost stability on uneven ground meaning they are perfect for transporting heavy loads across rugged terrain.


Telehandlers are ideally used for jobs and industries that require high lifting.  The single telescopic boom accompained with various attachments (such as a bucket, pallet fork and lift table) provides telehandlers the flexibility to perform in a wide range of situations.

Pallet Trucks

Pallet Trucks are most commonly used in warehousing and storage facilities where the easy transportation of pallets is required. While some Pallet trucks have a high load capacity, they are restricted to only moving loads at ground level from one place to another.

2. Lifting Height

Lift trucks are a safe and ideal way to lift your products. You’ll need to know how high the truck will need to lift (usually in metres). It’s a good idea to check door widths and heights too, some forklifts do not fit through standard doorways. Also check aisle widths and any overhead obstructions. You should try and foresee any other challenges, for example, has the forklift got enough room to turn around? Figuring out these things can save a huge amount of time and effort!

3. Capacity / Truck size

In order to get the correct truck you will need to know the maximum weight that you intend to pick up. 
This is vital to:

a) achieve the lift you want and
b) to stay safe.

Think about all the dimensions of what you are lifting so as to determine the correct fork width and length.

4. Cushion Tyre Vs Pneumatic Tyre

Think about the terrains that the truck will travel on; concrete, tarmac, gravel, grass, dirt, mud (building sites) etc. Cushion tyres are smaller and made of a hard rubber compound and are best used for the hard surfaces, mostly indoor. These units are also usually more compact and manoeuvrable. Pneumatic tyres are bigger and have deeper tread and better grip. They are ideal for rough surfaces and are generally used for outdoor and even wet conditions.

5. Where and how will the forklift be delivered?

Is the delivery point a loading dock with height or is there a ground drop? Stairs and elevators all need to be measured.

If you have any other enquiries, or need something urgently , we are happy to help. Please call us on 1300 729 700 or email and we will be happy to assist you with your forklift enquiry.

Alternatively, to get started please complete and submit the form on our contact page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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