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How to tell if you need an extra forklift

How to tell if you need an extra forklift

Not sure whether you need to bring on an extra forklift? If the work is stacking up and efficiency is dropping off, then it might be time to make the call. There are a number of things you should consider to help you make the decision that’s right for you and your business. Check out this blog to find out more.

Is productivity suffering?

Are you starting to notice that deadlines are consistently getting pushed out? Is the overall efficiency of your workplace not where it should be? These may be signs that it’s time to consider purchasing or hiring an additional forklift.

Potentially you’ve had new clients come onboard or existing clients have simply increased their requirements. Either way, adding an extra forklift to your fleet can assist in spreading the load and in-turn make the workload more manageable.

You also need to determine whether productivity is likely to remain at this level or if this is perhaps a temporary increase. This can be the driving factor behind whether it’d be more financially beneficial to hire or purchase an additional forklift. If workload has increased for a certain period of time then hiring an additional forklift is likely the best option. You will save on  the upfront cost as well as ongoing maintenance. If your workload is likely to remain at this level ongoing then purchasing a forklift is potentially the best option.

Are maintenance and breakdowns becoming an issue?

We all know that machinery break-downs increase over time and consistent maintenance becomes increasingly important. If this is sounding all too familiar then sharing the work across additional forklifts might be the answer.
Older forklifts might still be doing the job, however by adding a new forklift to your fleet you can prioritise smaller jobs for the older equipment and potentially save on maintenance costs.

Newer models tend to also come with updated technology which may be more suitable for certain types of jobs. Older machinery may have to work harder to achieve a similar result and therefore cost you more in the long run.

Forklift hire and sales in Melbourne 

If this blog has helped you realise that hiring or purchasing an additional forklift is the right choice for your business then look no further than Triwest. Triwest is a leading supplier of top-performing forklifts that customers in Melbourne and Regional Victoria look to with complete confidence. With over 40 years of experience in the industry, we’re a trusted, local name and we only work with the best manufacturing brands. Get in touch with our friendly team to rent or buy forklifts that will never let you down. 

Call today on 1800 874 937 or complete a contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


At Triwest Forklifts, we have provided comprehensive material handling solutions to Melbourne based business for over 40 years. We would love to have you join our growing team!