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How much does a forklift cost?

A forklift in 2024 can cost anywhere between $4,500 and $175,000. Forklift costs vary depending on factors such as engine type, tire type, lifting capacity, and mast configuration. Businesses seeking a forklift should consider these factors to make informed decisions based on their specific needs and budgetary considerations.

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How much can a forklift lift?

Forklift weight capacity can range between 1,000 and 30,000 pounds. The capacity associated with a forklift represents the maximum weight that a forklift can properly function with at one time.

It may be difficult to determine what capacity forklift you should get for your job if you aren’t sure how much your material weighs. If you’re unsure, contact the professionals at M&W Equipment, and they can help you determine what capacity is safe for your project. Otherwise, it could be a good idea to go with a forklift that is capable of lifting substantially more weight than you expect your load to weigh. If you attempt to lift a load that weighs more than your lift can handle, this could put you and your forklift at risk. Going over your forklift’s capacity can cause it to tip and/or break. So, be sure to rent or purchase a forklift that is appropriate for the materials you are moving.

Where can I rent a forklift?

The best place to rent a forklift is at M&W Equipment ( M&W Equipment offers forklift rentals priced as low as $149 a day. Regardless of your project, we can deliver a forklift that will get the job done. You can rent forklifts ranging in capacities 3,000-30,000 lbs. Whether you want to rent a forklift for one day or one year, M&W Equipment has you covered.

How much does it cost to rent a forklift?

It can cost between $145 and $7,500 a day to rent a forklift, depending on the type of forklift you want and how long you want it for. Weight capacity and rental time are the main factors that determine forklift rental cost.

A forklift with a capacity of 6000 lbs costs $199 daily, $550 weekly, and $1,195 for 4 weeks. If you rent a forklift with a weight capacity of 30,000 lbs, it would have a daily cost of $700, a weekly cost of $2,500, and a 4-week cost of $7,500. For more information on costs associated with renting a forklift, visit our rental prices page.

What is the best forklift brand?

The best forklift brands on the market can be measured based on a variety of criteria. The forklift brands we offer at M&W Equipment include (in no particular order):

  • CAT
  • Hyster
  • Clark
  • Toyota
  • Crown
  • Daewoo
  • Linde
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • TCM
  • Yale
  • Komatsu

What is the best forklift to buy?

The best forklift to buy is different for every situation. Electric forklifts are known to have a longer life than ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) forklifts. Similar to cars, electric forklifts have a lot less moving internal components compared to ICE forklifts. As a result, these forklifts may require you to spend less on maintenance costs over time. However, electric forklifts typically come with a larger price tag. When you’re choosing the type of forklift you want to use for your job, weight capacity is a metric you need to pay close attention to. For example, M&W Equipment offers forklifts with capacities ranging from 1,000 lbs to 30,000 lbs. If you’re looking to move pallets or objects of substantial weight, a forklift with a larger capacity is what you should buy.

Can I sell my used forklift?

Yes. Do not scrap your old, used forklift. The professionals at will assess the condition of your lift and offer you a fair price, regardless of condition. We want to make sure you're getting as much from your old equipment as possible. Contact us today to sell your lift

What is the forklift maximum lift height?

Maximum lift height for forklifts is the maximum height of the forks when the mast is fully extended.

What are the types of forklifts?

Forklifts can be divided into many categories, but the most important are capacity, tire type, and fuel type. Forklift capacity runs from 1,000-30,000 lbs. Tires come in cushion and pneumatic. Forklifts can be fueled by diesel, electric, or LP gas.