Positive news of job growth and an expanding economy has caused materials handling equipment sales to rise also. With an increase of up to 50% higher unit sales in some categories of lift trucks in some areas of the United States, pressure on rental forklift fleets is increasing.
Renting a Forklift
Chances are, like many companies out there, you have been getting by with the lift trucks you had from before the start of the recession. But now, you are seeing a pick up in retail sales and increased shipping volume. So you have put in a request for the purchase of new materials handling equipment only to hear that your company is taking a cautious approach to investing in new equipment this year. How are you going to stay on top of your shipment needs with the equipment you you already have?
Reserve that Lift!
Well, you could always rent, right? If you get busier, or if your oldest lift truck doesn’t make past September, you could simply pick up the phone and rent a replacement. Or can you?
In our recent polls, we have learned that rental fleet utilization rates are at an all time high in many parts of the country. In addition, manufacturing lead times for replacement lift trucks are lengthening. And, because many companies stopped ordering new forklift equipment for their rental fleets in 2008 and 2009, used equipment levels can be either expensive or not available. Particularly in short supply are: orderpicker rental, Reach Truck Rentals, 5k propane forklifts and electric pallet jacks, both singles and doubles.
Don’t get caught without a lift truck this busy holiday season. Call your local lift truck supplier and ask if you can reserve a forklift for rent. You could probably always cancel your reservation, but it is better to have a back up or two available if you need one, than not.
Have you already reserved a rental lift truck? Let us know your thoughts.