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What is a Forklift?

A forklift is an industrial vehicle used to lift and move materials over short distances. Forklifts have been used on sites around the world for more than 100 years, where they’ve become a staple for most warehouse and factory operations. Forklifts vary in load capacity and power supply, with some powered by propane gas, petrol, diesel, and even electricity.

Our directory offers a huge volume of qualified forklift hire suppliers throughout Australia, with both wet and dry hire options available. These suppliers offer a diverse catalogue of forklift types and builds to suit a variety of projects and operations across the nation.

What forklift licence do I need?


In Australia, you’ll need to be over 18 and have undertaken a certification to operate a forklift. There are two types of licences available, LF and LO. LF permits you to operate any forklift except for order pickers and stock pickers, while an LO will only allow you to operate order picker and stock pickers. The cost to acquire a licence is typically around 400 to 600 AUD, however there numerous suppliers available who offer wet hire, where the hire will include a certified operator.

How do forklifts work?


A forklift, at its core, works like a golf cart but with rear-wheel drive and a raisable fork, which cargo is placed on, on the front. The ability to vertically lift and lower the fork at the operator's discretion is achieved through a lever that controls pressure within the machine’s hydraulic cylinders.

On the technical side of things, forklifts are powered by two intertwining mechanisms, hydraulic cylinders and roller chain pulleys, which utilise pressure to raise and lower cargo on the fork. Lifting power is created by pressure in the hydraulic cylinders, whereby an air pump draws air into the hydraulic cylinders which is then filled with gas. As the pressure builds it is focused across the forklift’s piston head, resulting in a net upward force. This results in a physical equilibrium where the force from the gas equals the downward force of the forklift's load.

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The different types of forklifts

What is a Diesel Powered Forklift?

Diesel-powered forklifts are cheap to run, fuel-efficient, work well on gradients, and are also the more powerful option for towing duties (or in the event that a bucket is being used on the forks for scooping). Forklifts powered by diesel have a capacity of up to 50 tonnes and are often used in large projects and outdoor jobs as they generate a large amount of noise and fumes due to their larger size and powerful engines.

If you require a diesel-powered forklift for your next project, we have a wide range of diesel powered forklift hire suppliers with forklifts sizes starting from smaller 3 tonne models to larger 50+ tonne sizes. The diesel powered forklift will usually have superior performance compared to electric options, with better lift speeds, and acceleration. Servicing and maintenance costs are also lower compared to gas forklifts.

What is a Gas and Petrol Powered Forklift?

Forklifts powered with LPG are quieter than their diesel counterparts, and the exhaust fumes are also less offensive in comparison, making them more ideal for indoor environments. Lift speeds, travel speeds and rates of acceleration are also better compared to diesel-powered and electric equivalents, due to their more responsive engines and superior power to weight ratios. There are a number of LPG powered forklifts listed on iSeekplant ranging from 3 tonne to 20 tonne. They are suitable for use both inside and outside use.

There are a number of options for forklift equipment and forklift hire suppliers across the country. If you’re having trouble deciding which machine is the best fit for your next project, contact our team of industry-trained experts today on 1300 691 912.


What is an Electric Forklift?

While electric powered forklifts have less power and lower capacities than the types mentioned above, they’re more mobile and manoeuvrable than forklifts powered by diesel. Electric forklifts are fume-free, with no harmful emissions, which make them ideal for use in small to moderate sized spaces that may have poor air circulation. The batteries in electric-powered forklifts work as effective counterweights, they’re efficient to run and can charge through the mains, all the while being as quiet as a mouse, especially when compared to diesel-powered forklifts. Electric-powered forklift hire suppliers provide electric forklifts ranging from around 1 tonne to 3+ tonnes, which means they are easier to drive compared to engine powered machines as there are only brake and accelerator pedals for the operator to contend with.

The one downside for electric-powered forklifts is the need to charge it each day, which could slow things down for large projects that may operate on a 24 hour cycle. Electric forklifts typically offer 8 hours of operational time from 8 hours of charging time, so they are ideal for operations that can afford to leave the machine on charge overnight. Additionally, electric forklifts are a great option for indoor environments and companies that have a focus on being environmentally friendly.


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What are Common Forklift Hire Rates?

Diesel Forklift Hire Rates:

  • 1.5 Tonne Forklift Hire - $85 / Day
  • 3 Tonne Forklift Hire - $145 / Day
  • 4 Tonne Forklift Hire - $150 / Day
  • 5 Tonne Forklift Hire - $160 / Day
  • 6 Tonne Forklift Hire - $170 / Day
  • 8 Tonne Forklift Hire - $200 / Day
  • 10 Tonne Forklift Hire - $220 / Day
  • 12 Tonne Forklift Hire - $250 / Day

Electric Forklift Hire Rates:

  • 1.5 Tonne Forklift Hire - $100 / Day
  • 2.5 Tonne Forklift Hire - $110 / Day

Gas Forklift Hire Rates:

  • 1.5 Tonne Forklift Hire - $85 / Day
  • 3 Tonne Forklift Hire - $120 / Day
  • 4 Tonne Forklift Hire - $150 / Day
  • 5 Tonne Forklift Hire - $160 / Day
  • 6 Tonne Forklift Hire - $170 / Day

Feel free to contact our industry-trained team of experts to ask which type of forklift hire suits your project best - email our Projects Team or call 1300 691 912 and we'll get back to you with the best value rates and the most reliable pieces of equipment available to get your job done.

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