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Counterbalance Forklift Hire

Counterbalance forklifts are the most common type of forklift truck; they feature a weight in the back of the vehicle to counterbalance the weight of the load. They have dual forks at the front of the truck and are straightforward to operate. There are different types available, including three-wheeled variants that provide better manoeuvrability than others.

Common areas of application include warehouses and stores, retail environments, and distribution centres. They can also be used outdoors if the surface is stable and even.


Sideloader forklifts are named as such because the forks are mounted on the side of the truck; this makes them ideal for lifting wide or long loads in narrow aisles. There are several types of sideloader forklifts; an enclosed cab sideloader most commonly used outdoors; a stand up sideloader more suited for indoor tasks; a multi-way version with wheels capable of rotating by 90°, making them extremely versatile even in narrow aisles and tight spaces.

Sideloaders are most commonly used for tubing, pipes, sheet materials, and timber.

Pallet Jacks and Reach Trucks

Also known as a pallet truck, pallet pump, or pump trucks, pallet jacks are most commonly used in warehouses and storage facilities owing to their easy transportation of pallets. Pedestrian operated trucks have forks that slide beneath pallets and use a hydraulic jack to lift the load from the ground for transportation. Pallet jacks are limited by their maximum height and so are suited for moving loads from the ground or low level.

For greater height of lift, a reach truck is necessary. These forklift trucks are able to extend their forks beyond the cab to reach into warehouse racks as high as 12m. The usually have very low ground-clearance and so are often unsuitable for outdoor work.

Rough Terrain Forklift Hire

RTFLs – rough terrain forklifts – are high performance machines suitable for large-scale rehandling work such as that which occurs in construction, events, forestry, docks, and yards. They are designed to be highly mobile, versatile, and reliable even in difficult conditions where terrain is rough and access is limited.


Rough terrain forklifts are available in both 2WD and 4WD and have a larger, wider wheel base than other forklifts allowing for improved stability no matter the ground conditions. They have better suspension and are extensively tested to ensure durability in demanding situations.


image of a JCB926JCB 926

The JCB 926 is a market-leading rough terrain forklift. It boasts a spacious cab with noise-level reduction, tinted glass windows reflecting 30% of solar energy, and excellent visibility. The zero-swing tail design means if the rear tyre has cleared an obstacle, the rear counterweight will do so too, for your peace of mind. This makes the JCB 926 ideal for working in confined areas.



  • Maximum lift capacity: 2600kg
  • Maximum lift height: 5.5m
  • Maximum engine power: 55kW
  • Machine weight: 5910kg
  • Machine height: 2.95m
  • Machine width: 2.2m
  • Choice of 2WD or 4WD