Should I Hire a Forklift?

Renting or buying in the construction industry is sometimes a tough question to ask yourself. Many people assume that buying something outright is always the better option as you now own that product. However, sometimes this simply isn’t feasible, especially if you only require the forklift for a very short space of time, or for a small project where you won’t require its uses again.

If you’re still caught between hiring and buying a forklift, have a look at the 5 reasons why you should opt to hire rather than buy. Hopefully our tips will help you save both time and money!

  1. No long-term commitment

forklift hireUnless you plan to use a forklift for the foreseeable future, it’d unwise to fork out a small fortune buying one. Forklifts can be very expensive and buying one may set the budget for your project back a long way. Hiring a forklift is your best bet, as there is no long-term commitment and you don’t have to worry about other factors such as maintenance and storage. Only considering buying a forklift if you’re aiming to hire it out yourself, otherwise the investment simply isn’t worth it.

Hiring a forklift at Mteevanhire couldn’t be easier, simply click here to find about more about how we can help you get your project underway!

2. Cheap investment

forklift hireHiring a forklift from the right tool or machine hire company can save you a fortune. Plus, you know all the costs from the start, which makes your life easier and puts your conscience at ease. Once you’ve completed your project, or finished using the forklift, there are no monetary strings attached!

3. Maintenance is usually covered

forklift hireOne of the biggest factors people hiring machinery worry about is ‘what happens if I break something, or there’s a fault which isn’t my fault?’ If you do discover that there’s a fault on the machine, don’t attempt to fix it unless you have the necessary training. Faults are down to the supplier and if you attempt to fix an issue you aren’t qualified or trained to fix, you could worsen the problem, or even worse, harming yourself.

In almost all cases, your supplier should supply insurance and maintenance cover. This is incredibly important for customers as they’ll not only feel safer on the hired equipment but they’ll feel more inclined to hire it because they won’t be held responsible for any unforeseen maintenance problems.

4. It won’t take up too much space

forklift hireSpace is an issue for many people, especially when it comes to storing something as large as a forklift. Hiring eliminates this issue, as you have the option of returning it to the warehouse or rental office after use, or if you do have room, storing it in a garage temporarily. Some companies will even pick up the forklift from your property so that you don’t have to worry about returning it.

If you’d like to take a look at what we have in stock and how we can help you complete you project, why not browse our forklifts, or get in touch here?

5. Choice!

forklift hireOnce you buy a forklift, that’s it, it’s yours now and the responsibility of upkeep rests on you. However, when hiring a forklift, you’re given a wide variety of forklifts to choose from. While on the surface this may seem like a – but buying a forklift means that you’re limited to the functions of that one machine. For example, if you were to rent a forklift for one project but then realised you needed another to lift heavier items (or whatever task) then it’s just a case of swapping them. Buying a forklift is not only pricey but you’re limiting your choice, which could impact your project.

Take a look at what we have to offer on our forklift hire page!


Hopefully these 5 reasons have helped you understand why hiring a forklift might be a better idea than buying one! Hiring heavy machinery like forklifts comes with many benefits, especially if you’re only looking for short-term use.

Please do feel free to get in touch with our friendly team here at Mteevanhire, we’re always on-hand to help and give advice on how to get your project underway!

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