Forklift RentalsWhether you need a forklift due to an increase in business, a temporary job, or seasonal harvest, a short-term rental can help you meet demand without breaking your budget. The cost to rent a forklift is much lower than buying a forklift outright, and there’s zero risk on the model you choose. When you’re done with a job or your needs change, simply return the equipment.

Why invest in something you can’t be sure you’ll need a year or two from now? By renting a forklift, you won’t end up paying for equipment you don’t need.

This article will cover the basic things you need to know when renting a forklift including:

– The advantages of renting a forklift versus buying or leasing
– What to look for (and look out for) in a forklift rental contract
– How to rent-to-own a forklift

Forklift Rental 

Here are a few additional reasons to rent rather than buy or lease a forklift:

– Making purchase ties up cash flow and credit
– Rentals allow you to cut costs and avoid pay for equipment you’re not using
– Rentals are tax-deductible as an expense (you can’t deduct 100% of a lease)
– You’ll always have the most up-to-date equipment
– Lower maintenance costs (a rental fee is much easier to budget for than an unexpected repair)


Forklift Rental Contracts – What to Look For

When you rent a piece of material handling equipment, the forklift rental cost should cover everything: delivery, pick-up, repairs, tires, etc.

Check the fine print on any forklift rental rate that seems too good to be true. For example, if your forklift is working hard, running around in the yard, make sure your rental contract includes the cost of tire replacement.

During the busy season, such as harvest time, it can be challenging to find an LP or electric forklift rental on short notice – especially one with a single-doubles or carton clamp. Contact the forklift rental company as soon as possible, and specify any attachments you need when making your reservation. If the equipment isn’t available, ask about a waiting list.


Why Rent a Forklift From TMH?

Toyota Material Handling of Northern California (TMH) rents forklifts and other material handling equipment by the day, week or month. We also offer long-term rentals (6-12 months). With rental yards in Livermore, Sacramento, Salinas and Fresno, you get the equipment you need fast.

When you rent a forklift from TMH, we’ll bring the equipment to you, and pick it up when you’re done. If your operation is spread across multiple locations, and equipment needs to be moved, TMH will help you relocate the forklift, aerial lift, etc.

TMH forklift rentals also include:
Planned maintenance
On-site repairs
and the option to rent to own

Rent-to-own a forklift
TMH offers a rental purchase contract where 80-100% of the rental fees paid can be applied to buying the forklift. It’s a good option if you’re not sure whether you may need to purchase the equipment or not.

Whether you’re looking for a construction rental, equipment for your lumber yard, distribution center or other application, we’d love the opportunity to earn your business. Our rental inventory includes 600+ pieces of equipment including: LP and electric forklifts for rent, all-terrain forklifts, stand-up lift trucks, scissor lifts and boom lifts, Taylor Dunn utility vehicles, floor cleaning equipment, pallet jacks, and forklift attachments.

Contact us online or by phone.

East Bay – Livermore (510) 675-0500
Fresno (559) 834-9500
Sacramento (916) 376-0500
Salinas (831) 757-1091

Further Reading
When to Rent Vs. Buy a Forklift
12 Benefits of Long Term Rentals 
Forklift Rental in California – What You Need to Know