The history of the forklift dates back to the 1920s, when industrial manufacturers started exploring designs for a lifting truck. An easy design caught on very quickly, and with a few adjustments, the forklift became an important piece of machinery in a large range of working environments. Forklift HistoryForklift drivers are trained to operate a forklift so that they can understand the limitations of the device, and the rules of safe operation. An experienced forklift operator can typically work a lot faster that an inexperienced one. Most companies prefer to hire a trained forklift driver due to tied deadlines that must be achieved. Many safety improvements have also been made since the 1920s, including the institution of protected cabs for the drivers of all forklifts.

What is a forklift?

A forklift is a machine which is used to lift and move large loads (commonly used in the material handling industry). There are many very useful applications for a forklift. Warehouses, construction sites, manufacturing facilities and retailers often have forklifts on hand. A forklift will do your loading, moving and offloading done in a fraction of the time compared to doing it all manually. There are a many different types of forklifts (gas, diesel and electric). Each type of forklift has its recommended use. They also come with various weight limits and mast heights. Your chosen forklift will be determined by the nature of your material handling needs.

Types of forklifts

There are many types of forklifts that serve various purposes. The three common forklift configurations include:

  • Gas (indoor & outdoor use)
  • Electric (indoor use)
  • Diesel (outdoor use)

Gas forklifts and suitable to be used both in and out doors. They are ideal to be used in remote locations where diesel or electricity is not an option. They also have a very low noise level. This is an advantage when used in an area where loud noises are not welcomed such as in a large retail store.

Electric forklifts are typically used indoors. This is due to their electrical component that needs to be protected from the elements. Electric forklifts also have a very low noise level and can be used in low noise areas.

Diesel forklifts are used outdoors or in very well ventilated areas. Due to the fumes that are generated from a diesel engine, it is not safe to use them in a confined area. Diesel forklifts are the most common forklifts that are used in South Africa. They are generally very economical on fuel and they are the most versatile.

There are various options available on a forklift such as the mast high (The height that the forklift can lift to), the fork configuration (The sized forks or attachments depending on what needs to be moved) and the sized forklift. You get many sized forklifts with a maximum lifting capacity. These sized include: 1,8ton, 2,5ton, 5ton and 7ton.

Forklift Hire

Many companies benefit from a forklift. It does not matter if you are in the retail, warehousing or distribution industry, a forklift will always come in handy. Some companies prefer to own their own fleet of forklifts but many others take advantage of a reliable forklift rental service.

With forklift hire, you only need to hire a forklift for as long as you need it for. So if you only need a forklift for 1 day or for a short contract, then forklift hire will make good financial sense for you. By renting a forklift you will not have to pay for maintenance or breakdowns. Should your rented forklift breakdown while it is in your use, a technician will be sent out to repair it and if it cannot be repaired, it will be replaced. At Spartan Forklift hire, our forklift technician is on standby 24hours a day. If you have a breakdown, the downtime will be kept to an absolute minimum.

The cost to hire a forklift is determined by a few points. These include:

  • Location of rental
  • Duration of rental
  • Type of forklift
  • Mast height
  • Hours worked
  • Application

For an accurate quote, please give our experienced team a call on 011 394 3685. Please have the details of what you need a forklift for, dates and location details available.

The advantages of forklift hire

There are many advantages of forklift rentals. These include:

  • No capital outlay
  • No monthly forklift loan repayments
  • No insurance costs
  • Minimal down time
  • Only pay for a forklift when it’s in your position
  • No fixed contracts
  • No service costs
  • No depreciation of equipment

The great thing about forklift hire especially when you have gone through a reliable rental company, is that you will have access to the most recent forklift technology that is available in the market.

Forklift Leasing

Forklift leasing has become a popular choice in obtaining a forklift or a fleet of forklifts in South Africa. With Full Maintenance Leasing, you will have a fixed monthly rate that is paid. Any breakdowns, maintenance or replacements units are covered within the contract subject to agreed terms and conditions that are met between you as the client and the forklift rental company.

Forklift HireThe advantages of forklift leasing

  • No capital outlay
  • No service costs
  • No breakdown costs
  • No replacement costs
  • No insurance costs
  • No monthly load repayments

When renting or leasing a forklift, you always need to do your homework. Research the forklift rental company that you want to use and make sure that they will supply you with a quality service.

At Spartan Forklift Hire, we offer our valued clients a quality at the best possible rental rates! We stock a modern fleet of forklifts and we have a rental team with over 30 years of industry experience. You can rest assured that we will provide you with a top notch service.

Visit our website at for more information. You can also give us a call on 011 394 3685.

Our forklift hire service is available in Johannesburg as well as Cape Town.

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