The Ultimate Guide to Renting or Buying the Right Forklift in Cape Town

You’ve decided that you need to rent, or even buy a New or Used forklift for your company in Cape Town? There are many different types of forklifts on the market, all designed to meet specific operational needs. This can make choosing the right forklift for your business, a bit of a tricky process. But.. it doesn’t have to be!

We, at Masslift’s Cape Town branch, have created this article to help you find the best forklift for your company.

If instead, you would like an instant quote or to talk directly to one of our awesome Sales Managers, click here.

Choosing the right forklift to rent or buy, the first time:

We have spent a lot of time helping clients answer many questions for them to find the right forklift to assist them with their applications. Over time, we have managed to put together a list of questions that we have found to assist our clients in considering their application needs and expectations.

Answering the 15 basic questions below will equip you with the information needed to find the best forklift for your business. For a detailed explanation of these questions {and if you are looking at renting your next forklift} have a look at our article on the 8 Things You Need to Know Before Renting a Forklift

If instead, you are interested in buying a new forklift, we suggest reading our Ultimate Forklift Buyers Guide.

15 Vital Questions to answer before you Rent or Buy your next forklift in Cape Town:

15 questions before renting a forklift

1- What is the Maximum Weight that you need to be lifted?

2- What is the Maximum Height that you will need to lift to?

3- What is the weight of your product at your Maximum Height?

4- What is your lowest overhead height restriction?

5- What aisle width will the forklift need to be working in?

6- What type of product are you lifting?

7- What are the dimensions of the load that will need lifting? Length (from forkface to forktips), width and height

8- What environment will the forklift be used in? {i.e.: Will your forklift be used Indoors, Outdoors or in a Small /Compact Warehouse}?

9- When and for how long will you need the forklift?

10- How many hours per month will the forklift be operating?

11- Will your forklift truck need attachments to pick up a specialised product?

12- What kind of Service and Maintenance plans are available?

13- Should you rent a forklift or purchase one?

14- If purchasing, should you be looking for a New or Used Forklift truck?

15- Should you be looking at an electric forklift or an internal combustion forklift?

Finding the answers to these questions will ensure that you are equipped with the right information needed to find the right forklift for your company. This is all well and good, but unless you are aware of the types of forklifts that you will need to choose from, you will not be able to make an informed decision.

Let’s have a look at the common types of forklifts that can be found at our Masslift’ Cape Town branch...

Common forklifts available to Rent or Buy at Masslift’s Cape Town branch:

8 Types of forklifts

Below, we briefly touch on the 8 common types of forklifts, for more detail on these forklifts, visit our blog: The 8 Different Types of Forklifts and What They Are Used For.

1. 4-Wheel Counterbalance

The most common forklift on the market. They are straight forward forklifts with dual forks in the front and used to lift heavy loads. All three fuel types being Electric, Diesel & LP Gas come in the 4-wheel option. Capacities vary from 1.4 - 25 Tons depending on the fuel type, with masts as high as 7m.

2. 3-Wheel Electric Counterbalance

The same as a 4-wheel counterbalance forklift but the back wheels are closer together in the centre of the frame for improved turning ability. Used primarily where space constraints are a factor, like warehouses. Ideal for 3.2m - 3.5m aisles.

3. Reach Trucks

Built to lift loads up to heights of 13m, these machines allow warehouses to use very high aisle setups and ultimately save space with narrow spacing between aisles (roughly 2.6m-3.1m). With Mitsubishi, you can choose between a Stand-On and Sit-On Reach Truck. The Reach Truck capacities vary from 0.9 Tons - 3.0 Tons with the 1.4 Ton and 2 Ton being the most common option. Like all warehousing equipment, Reach Trucks can only be used indoors and must work on clean, flat surfaces.

4. Power Pallet Trucks

An electric version of the popular Pallet Jack, also known as a Pump Truck. These machines help you manoeuvre pallets or other heavy goods quickly and easily within a warehouse and can only lift to 100mm off the ground. They can lift loads between 1.6-3.6tons and are available in walk-behind and ride-on options

5. Stackers

Stackers are like Power Pallet Trucks, but they have a mast, allowing them to lift pallets to a maximum height of 5.4m They are also known for their ease of use and are cheaper than conventional forklifts. They are great to use in smaller warehouses where the aisle widths are approximately 2.4m-2.6m. There are two types of Stackers offered depending on the pallet type used being, ‘Fork Over’ and ‘Straddle Stackers’. A fork-over stacker can only be used with an open-bottom (M-shaped) pallet. Stackers can lift loads of 1.0-2.0tons.

6. Order Pickers

Order pickers are designed for “hand picking” rather than moving full pallets. They allow personnel to quickly and efficiently pick orders in a warehouse. The basic model will lift the platform to the second row of racking (1-2m). High-level order pickers can elevate the worker to a picking height of 12.2m, allowing them to reach products stored in higher positions.

7. Rough Terrain Forklifts

Rough Terrain forklifts are built to operate in rough, uneven conditions such as gravel, sand and even muddy surfaces. The main difference between the conventional forklift and a Rough Terrain forklift is that the latter has a suspension.

8. Articulated Forklifts

Articulated forklifts allow for very narrow aisles (1.5 - 2m wide). This is because they do not have to right angle stack as the mast can articulate into either side of the racking. Masslift offers the Combilift Aisle-Master, which has a maximum mast height of 12.1m.

Remember that taking care of your forklift {whether you have one forklift or an entire fleet} will ensure that you get the maximum lifespan out of your truck. For tips on how to increase the lifespan of your machines, click here.

Finally, How can we at Masslift’s Cape Town Branch match you with the best forklift for Sale or for Rent?

Choosing a forklift Cape Town

As the Sole Distributors of Mitsubishi forklifts in Southern Africa, we at Masslift strive for the best in customer service and believe in creating a culture of Service Excellence. Our Branch is located centrally, a few minutes away from the airport in Airport Industria. Close to the Highway, making it easy for us to get to the different industrial areas around Cape Town.

We are a strong team led by our Branch Manager Andre Els and with our Short Term Rentals and Lease Options, we ensure that your exact needs can be meet with Claudette Barnard.

We assist clients in and around the area of Cape Town, including the areas of Epping 1 & 2, Airport Industria, Brackenfell, Blackheath, Landsdown, Parow Industria, Montague Gardens, Killarney Gardens, Paarden Eiland, Bellville and more.

Our 2.5ton Diesel Mitsubishi forklift is, at the moment, our most popular product in terms of Short Term Rentals as well as the buying of new forklifts.

As mentioned before, together, we strive for Service Excellence and focus on building strong relationships with our customers. We recognise that the only way to achieve Service Excellence is through teamwork and this has never been more visible than with our aftermarket team of Wayne, Chanton and Garth. We are dedicated to proactively communicating with customers and therefore managing their expectations while maintaining efficient utilisation of all our technicians.

Whether you are looking to Rent or Buy your next forklift here in Cape Town, we are here to assist you!

Click here to get in contact with one of our knowledgeable Sales Managers, who will assist you in finding your next forklift. If instead, you would prefer to call us directly, you can contact us on 087 150 8571.