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Supplying forklifts since 1976

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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.

Questions you should ask yourself when choosing a forklift truck

Forklift trucks vary from model to model, from manufacturer to manufacturer and different trucks are more suited to different types of jobs. So if you’re looking for a forklift truck, there are many variables to consider.

If you’re in the market for a forklift truck these are the questions you should be asking yourself before you decide on a certain type of vehicle.

Are you working predominantly indoor or outdoor?

Is the forklift mainly going to be used indoors in a warehouse? Or outside in a yard? Or will the time be split equally? This is one of the first questions you should ask yourself because different forklifts perform better outside than in and vice versa. Many forklift trucks are designed specifically to work outside, for example they have special tyres designed to deal with rough terrain. Using an indoor forklift truck outdoors can cause accidents and can cause the vehicle to break down.

How often will the forklift be used?

Will your new forklift truck be in use all day every day? Or just a couple of days a week? If it will get some intensive use, you need to make sure you buy a forklift that can handle everything that’s thrown at it and is as reliable as possible. Some forklift trucks are more heavy duty and are designed for extended use, whereas others are not. If you only need a forklift truck for a set period, for example for a particular project, you may be better off renting instead of buying. Forklift truck hire can be more cost-effective than finding the capital to buy upfront.

How big is the space?

It sounds obvious but your forklift truck needs to accommodate the space, not the other way around. It’s useless getting a forklift truck that you can’t fit down your aisles or around your facility. If you have a tight or narrow space then you’ll want a narrow forklift truck that is designed for that. Similarly, if you’re going to be picking and placing stock incredibly high up you’ll need a reach forklift truck.

What’s your budget?

Your budget will decide what kind of forklift truck you can afford, such as gas, electric or battery powered. These all come with varying upfront costs as well as varying ongoing maintenance and running costs. So you’ll need to factor that in when finding the perfect vehicle for your needs.

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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

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

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

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