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Branded Forklift Hire

The humble forklift has saved businesses a huge amount in labour costs ever since it was invented. With recent developments in technology, how do you make sure you get the best value out of the available forklift brands?

About KMA

KMA is a family-run business that provides forklifts for rent or purchase for all types of industry. Our team specialise in all aspects of forklifts including sales, hire, service and maintenance, driver hire and driver training. We are proud to be agents for Artison and offer our expertise with other leading brands including Agrimac, JCB, Hyster, Toyota, Linde, and Manitou and we will help you get the most for your money, whatever your needs.

Buy or rent

Purchasing forklifts can be expensive, especially when you have to factor in additional expenses such as maintenance. Renting can help you to familiarise yourself with the different forklift brands, get you operational as soon as possible, and meet your short-term needs for a vehicle. Hiring from a reputable supplier is essential to avoid unnecessary costs or risks to your workforce's safety.

On the other hand, buying a forklift can be a good investment in the long term and need not cost you as much as you would expect. Based on our extensive experience with the leading brands, we are able to provide cost-effective maintenance packages for all types of forklifts. Our team are on hand to advise you on what will work out best for your industry and needs, and we have an extensive range of quality trucks for hire or purchase.

To use a forklift you need to be qualified and certified in the use of that particular type of vehicle. KMA can supply qualified drivers and help to ensure that your workforce are up to speed with new models. We can also provide accessories including boom attachments, clamps, and double block handlers to make your work as simple, safe and fast as possible.

Different types of forklift

Your possibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

All-terrain forklifts

These vehicles are good for tough and rough environments such as hills, rough roads and gravel paths.

Container spec forklifts

These trucks are designed to operate in a standard-height shipping unit, without the height of the container restricting the ability of the vehicle to lift. Our container-spec forklifts operate up to a 5.5 ton capacity.

Budget forklifts

Just because you are looking to hire a forklift doesn't mean that you need the highest-spec model. We have a range of budget forklift options from leading forklift brands for when you don't need the heaviest lifting. A reputable supplier will ensure that the vehicle you rent or hire is in full working order and fit for purpose.

Electric, diesel and gas forklifts

Electric forklifts are the cleanest and quietest of the forklift power options, and their efficient counterbalance helps with maneuverability. They are also low on fumes and less expensive to power. However, these trucks create charging constraints, and are less suitable for use outdoors. Forklifts that run on electricity are the most expensive to purchase. Diesel powered fork lift trucks are suitable for mainly outdoor use, and occasional indoor use. They are more powerful than their electric counterparts, but require more expensive maintenance and are noisy. LPG or gas forklifts have the highest performance rates of the different types of forklifts, are cheaper to purchase and quieter than diesel trucks, but their maintenance and fuel costs are the highest.

Reach trucks and counterbalance trucks

Counterbalance forklifts are the most common type of forklifts and can be used for the most straightforward types of lifting jobs. They are recognised by their two central forks, with no outrigging legs or arms. As the name suggests, these forklifts have a counterbalance on the back, which the electric forklift models have by way of their batteries. Reach forklift trucks, as their name suggests, are used where extra height reach is needed, and they have a counterbalance underneath. The best models will be energy efficient and include design features to enhance visibility. Both of these types of trucks are best used in indoor conditions with surface stability.

Our forklift brands

Our team can help you choose from our cost-effective and convenient packages for different rental periods and types – including contract or casual hire, day hire, and driver hire – and assist you if you decide to purchase. We provide a comprehensive range of forklifts, including one- to six-ton capacity in diesel, electric or gas power, and supply parts for all leading forklift brands at a competitive price.

KMA forklifts hire forklifts throughout Suffolk and Essex. We value our customers and our reputation so we will make sure you have the right equipment for your needs, even if this means recommending a budget forklift option to purchase or hire. Our team will also help you to find the right rental contract, and provide a simple hire and return policy.

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