Although telescopic forklifts are fairly uncomplicated in their functionality and design, there are answers to questions you need to find out before you decide to rent one. Probably the most important question to ask before renting a telehandler is in regards to its weight capacity. How much do you need to lift? Different telehandlers come with different lift capacities, ranging from less than 3,000 pounds to over 20,000 pounds.
Just as you should ask how much weight you need to lift, you also have to find out how high you need to lift. For most rental companies, you should be able to rent a telehandler with a maximum lift height anywhere from 13 to 59 feet. It is important to ask for a machine that meets both your weight and height requirements. If you simply assume that a higher weight capacity pair with a higher maximum height, you are sure to be disappointed. These machines come in a variety. Some telehandlers are made to lift heavier at low heights. Make sure you are getting what you need for your job.
You need to take into consideration how far forward you have to place the materials. Inquiring about the max load with horizontal reach will also be beneficial in choosing the right machine.
Ask for a machine that matches your setting. If you are working in a terrain that is muddy or rough, you will most likely need outriggers. On some jobs you may need to consider how the weight of the telehandler you rented will impact the ground at the job site.
You should also ask what attachments and tires you need to get the job done. There is a wide variety of attachments and many types of tires to choose from. Foam filled tires are generally the safest option, as they provide stability and are resistant to punctures. The downside to foam filled tires is their weight. This adds to the weight of the machine and also wears down the drivetrain. You also have the options of solid tires and pneumatic tires. Solid tires add more weight and pneumatic tires are vulnerable to punctures. Pneumatic tires do hold more traction. As you can see, there are many tire options to choose from. You have to examine your job to find out what tires are best.
You might also ask what extra features you need. For example, you may be planning on working at night. In this case, you need a light package for your telehandler.
Transport for your machine also needs to be arranged. Do you plan to utilize the pick-up/drop-off service from the rental company? If not, do you have truck and trailer that will safely accommodate the machine you plan to rent?
Ask the rental company how large their fleet is. It is important to know this so that you know when to reserve your rental. If the fleet is smaller, you will have to reserve ahead of time. You should also know what brands are offered, just to make sure you are getting what prefer.
Rental companies usually provide some sort of training for the equipment they offer. If you encounter this opportunity, take it. Some training is required to operate equipment. Even if training is not required, it is necessary to safely operate the machinery. Ask the company if training is provided. Any person who operates the machine you rent should have some sort of training.