Forklift Hire Australia

Our extensive range of reliable and well-maintained forklifts for hire suit every job and application, no matter the size or lift capacity. They also come with the added flexibility to rent for a single day or up to 5 years at a great competitive rate.

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Hire your forklifts from United with confidence

Whatever your lifting requirements and urgency, United have forklifts available for hire to suit all your lifting applications.

With the most extensive range of forklifts available to rent, including reach stackers, container handlers and rough terrain forklifts - lifting, shifting and stacking materials and containers up to 65 tonnes is no problem. United can tailor a materials handling solution to meet your specific needs and suit the task at hand. This includes ensuring the right capacity forklift with a suitable mast and attachment to get the job done safely. Enjoy competitive rental rates with the flexibility to hire for a day, a week, a month or up to 5 years, the choice is yours. Maximise productivity and safety in your business by hiring a forklift from United today.

Our branches are conveniently located across Au­­stralia, making forklift hire in Perth, Bunbury, Adelaide, Melbourne, Ballarat, Sydney, Brisbane, Burnie and Darwin both convenient and hassle-free. For more information about our range of forklifts, reach stackers, and container handlers available for rent, find your nearest United branch and call us today!

Forklifts for hire

Forklift Rentals

United offers a range of electric, diesel and LPG powered forklifts to suit a variety of applications. From lifting and stacking, order picking and ground level transport in the warehouse, or loading and unloading trucks or containers in the yard, to lifting the heaviest industrial materials up to 65 tonnes, we have the right forklift hire solution to suit your requirements.

Our range includes electric, diesel and LPG powered;

  • Pallet Trucks,
  • Walkie Stackers,
  • Order Pickers,
  • Reach Trucks, and
  • Forklifts.

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Container Handlers and each Stackers for hire

Container Handler & Reach Stacker Rentals

Whether lifting and stacking empty or fully loaded shipping containers in the port, trailers in the rail yards or specialised cargo on open top containers or flat racks, our range of container handlers and reach stackers for hire are suited for lifting up to 45 tonnes.

Our range includes;

  • Empty Container Handlers,
  • Top Lift Container Handlers, and
  • Reach Stackers.

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How much does it cost to hire a forklift?

The cost to hire a forklift is dependent on the forklift capacity and type, as well as the overall hire period. Therefore, it is quite difficult to provide a single forklift rental cost because of these considerations. Generally, the longer you hire a forklift the cheaper the daily rate becomes. Contact your nearest United branch today to get an exact rental quote based on your specific needs.

What is the minimum hire period for a forklift?

The minimum hire period for a forklift is one full day. We also offer flexible hire and competitive rates on weekly, monthly and long-term rental up to a maximum of 5 years to suit your requirements.

Is transport included with the forklift hire?

Yes, we will take care of the transport by delivering the forklift to and from your site. When we provide you a forklift hire quote, this will also include a separate transportation cost. This cost includes delivery and pickup of the machine to your site at the specified dates agreed upon.

How quickly can I have a forklift delivered?

If the required forklift is available, we can have it delivered to your business within 24 hours in the metro area.

Need a forklift sooner? No problem! Let us know when you need it and we’ll do everything we can to get it to your site sooner.

Normal Hours: Monday to Friday, 5am-4pm.

Please note that weekend and after-hour deliveries may incur penalties. Please speak to your local United branch for more information.

Can you deliver on the weekend?

If you require a forklift for the weekend, generally we would deliver on the Friday afternoon and then organise pick up on the Monday morning. However, we can still deliver on the weekends if required.

Please note that weekend and after-hours deliveries may incur penalties. Please speak to your local United branch for more information.

Do you have a forklift that will fit into a sea container?

Yes, United's extensive range for hire includes container forklifts which allow access into sea containers for the purpose of unloading cargo. These forklifts are equipped with a three-stage mast, or simply known as a container mast. The masts lowered height provides enough overhead clearance to safely access sea containers.

Container forklift for hire

Another important consideration when accessing sea containers with a forklift is that you’ll require a container ramp. A container ramp is used to provide safe entry into a sea container with a forklift. United also provide container ramp hire, so please mention this to a United representative when you enquire.

Do you hire container ramps?

Yes, United offers container ramp hire to allow forklifts to access sea containers. Please ask about this product when you enquire about your forklift hire.

Do I need a license to operate a forklift?

Yes, a valid High Risk Work (HRW) license is required to operate a forklift. If you currently hold a certificate of competency or an older ticket, you will need to have this converted to this new national license.

HRW License LF Class

The standard national course is TLILIC2001: License to Operate a Forklift Truck (Class LF). There is a 1-day course for experienced operators and a 2-day course for inexperienced operators. Learn more about our forklift training services available.

Can you help me select the right forklift?

If you are unsure which forklift to hire, United will help you choose the right forklift to suit your requirements. We will ask the right questions to ensure the equipment you hire will complete the task both efficiently and safely. This includes determining the right capacity forklift with suitable mast and attachment to help you get the job done. We can even visit your business and offer an obligation-free site assessment to determine the most suitable forklift.

What if the forklift breaks down or has a fault?

In the unlikely situation of a forklift breaking down or experiencing an issue, please contact United’s Service Centre immediately on 1300 852 730. We take these issues seriously and want to minimise any disruption to your business. Our team of responsive mobile service vehicles will visit your site and repair the forklift as quickly as possible.

Do I need to Off Hire my forklift?

Yes, once you have finished with the equipment, as the hirer, it is your responsibility to contact your local United branch to off hire the forklift. Once notified, United will organise the equipment to be immediately picked up from your site.

Please note the forklift will remain on hire and the hirer will be charged the daily rate until United has been contacted.

Do you offer Wet Hire?

No, United does not offer Wet Hire services in which we provide an operator with the forklift hire. Our services only include the rented equipment, Dry Hire. You would need to organise your own operator who is licensed to use the forklift.