Fork trucks are highly specialised vehicles and are essential to the running of various businesses. Every day, businesses such as warehouses, supermarkets, construction companies and builders use fork trucks to carry out a range of heavy lifting tasks, moving large objects with ease. Therefore, investing in a reliable and robust fleet of vehicles is among the top considerations for owners of these types of businesses. Outright ownership is one option, but it involves a significant upfront investment and doesn’t offer a great deal of flexibility.
A more effective solution is to rent a fleet of vehicles. There are many benefits to renting fork trucks for your business, which will help you run your business effectively.
Quickly replace trucks that are temporarily out of use
Forklift trucks are complex pieces of machinery, often carrying out gruelling or dangerous tasks. Because of this, there may be instances where a vehicle suffers damage or requires repairs to keep it safe to drive. If this happens, it can be tricky to replace that vehicle if you own it outright. By renting fork trucks from a hire company such as West Mercia Fork Trucks, you have access to instant replacements when you need them. This major benefit helps businesses to continue running smoothly and helps prepare them for any unexpected events.
Meet increased temporary demand
Many businesses have growth in their sights, so making sure you are ready for growth spurts will help you jump on new opportunities when they arise. If you suddenly experience an increased demand for your services, or if you need to temporarily take on more driving staff, you’ll likely need more vehicles to cope with this. Having the right vehicles can be the difference between tapping into growth opportunities and standing still – so make sure you’re ready to take your business to new heights.
One obvious example of this is the current surge in online orders as a result of COVID-19. Many online retail businesses in fields such as consumer goods, furniture and food and drink have had to take on many new resources to tap into this boom. Those that had a flexible solution to hiring additional resources will have come out on top.
Deal with seasonal demand
Rental can be an ideal temporary solution; you can choose to rent additional vehicles on a flexible basis, which will help you take on an increased workload. You also have the option of returning the trucks should demand decrease. The flexibility and low investment of forklift rental are ideal for businesses with seasonal demand, such as those providing tourism-related goods.
Take on contracted work
Another benefit of hiring fork trucks is that it’s ideal for contract work. Industries such as construction and building are a great example here; your business may be offered a large construction project, for which you’ll need to hire additional drivers and take out additional vehicles. Short term hire is the ideal solution, enabling you to use the vehicles throughout the duration of the contract – at the end, you simply give them back.
Test out different models to suit your needs
Short term fork truck rental is a great way to experiment, as you can test out a range of vehicles until you find the ones that are right for you. Recognising that businesses’ needs are very fluid, our rental options are highly flexible – you can order one type of truck and then, after a short term, you can swap it for something else if you wish. West Mercia has a broad range of trucks to suit a variety of business needs. From 1,000kg all the way up to 16,000kg, there’s something for every type of company. We stock counter-balance trucks, Reach trucks, Sideloaders and Combi Lifts – so whatever you need, have a browse of our website and see for yourself the types of vehicles that could become part of your fleet.
It requires minimal investment and can save your business money
Renting fork trucks requires a much smaller upfront investment than buying them outright. This then helps keep valuable cash accessible to your business for other things – such as investments, employees and stock. Having access to cash and finance for when you need it is essential, so don’t tie it all up in unnecessary vehicle ownership. Renting your fleet of fork trucks is also likely to save you money in the long-run on aspects such as repairs, maintenance and insurance.
Choose from our extensive selection of forklift rentals
West Mercia Fork Trucks has invested half a million pounds in its ever-increasing Short Term Hire Fleet, with a wide spectrum of forklift capacities and lift heights. We recognise that our current and future customers don’t always want a long-term commitment to their materials handling equipment. Our casual hires are non-committal. ‘Yours when you need them, ours when you don’t’ is our motto… and our trucks are also available immediately.
Call us today
If you think your business could benefit from short-term, flexible access to a range of fork trucks, give us a call today. You can view all of our fork trucks on our website. However, we’d be happy to talk you through the options.