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Supplying forklifts since 1976

What we do

Since 1976 H&F Trucks have provided local business with high quality materials handling solutions. For nearly four decades we have achieved steady growth year on year, enabling us to provide superior service to our customers from a stable & sustainable business platform.

How To Select A Forklift Trucks

There are many aspects to consider before buying a new forklift truck.

The first is the capacity:

  • You need to know the capacity as this is the amount of weight that it is able to lift, shown on the unit data plate.
  • The higher you are lifting a load the lower the capacity will become.
  • Before deciding, make sure you have a good enough idea of the sizes and weights you intend to lift if unsure, ask your dealer. You should have a good idea of the kinds of weights you intend to lift with the forklift beforehand anyway.
  • The more the unit can lift, the more expensive it is.

The height:
Similar to the capacity, you need to know how high you are going to be lifting any material and if you may encounter some height restrictions. For example, you might be working in a restricted area where the ceilings are low.

Information and questions to consider in your application:

  • Make sure you ask yourself ‘What am I using this for and where is it being used?’
  • Consider your budget – can you afford the forklift? Are you compromising on quality because your budget doesn’t stretch? Are you better off getting a used forklift?
  • Consider the environment you are in as well, for safety precautions.


  • Attachment options are vast for a forklift; carton clamps, rotating clamps, marble clamps, side shifters etc.
  • Ask about attachments as these may add value to your unit. You may find you can negotiate a deal if you buy more than one attachment.

Fuel options:

  • There are also multiple choices of fuel; electric powered, LP gas, gasoline etc – your dealer can help you to determine this.
  • If operating inside an electric powered forklift, although more ideal it is also more expensive.
  • Heavy forklifts will require diesel – this has risen in cost lately – can you afford it?


  • Forklifts have a variety of tyre options. Cushion, air pneumatic and so on…
  • If you’re working indoors, then a smooth cushion tyre will suffice.

Before making any serious repairs to your forklift consult your dealer first – even if the warranty has run out.

Maintenance and Service:

  • Review this with your dealer.
  • Reputation: – It is highly recommended to choose a local forklift dealer – an established company in your area.
  • Quality: – Be sure you make the wisest investment possible by doing your research.
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H&F Lift Trucks are a pleasure to deal with. All staff, Technicians, Sales and Directors have hands-on experience of all ranges of vehicles they supply. From initial assessments and listening to all users of a potential new vehicle requirement, they keep us informed of all aspects of specification and lead times through to delivery. Their maintenance service is superb – they organise suitable times around our busy working day with our Yard Managers. Any accidental damage or operator error faults are always discussed with me and dealt with fairly – not like some unscrupulous suppliers who seek to profit at every service visit! In a cut-throat market, where we are offered “good deals” a few quid cheaper every day, we are never tempted to stray.

James Hipkins, Managing Director

H&F have supplied us with all our fork lift equipment for in excess of ten years now, and have maintained it in accordance with our stringent operation requirements. During this time they have provided a consistently high level of service (including short term hire when required) whilst never failing to support us in a totally honest and professional manner.

Ashley Basset, Director
R G Bassett & Sons Ltd

Pym and Wildsmith have been working closely with H&F Fork Trucks for many years. Their service is excellent, ranging from prompt callouts to breakdowns through to the supply of new trucks. We would not hesitate to recommend them.

Ian Pym, Operations Manager
Pym & Wildsmith

We cover a 30 mile radius