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Straight Mast Rough Terrain Forklifts for Rent

United Rentals has the largest fleet of rough terrain forklift rentals available below.

For our full list of rough terrain forklifts, view the items below. For more information about rough terrain forklifts, visit our resource section.

Orange and Black CASE 6,000 lb. Straight Mast Rough Terrain Forklift, 11-20 ft., 2WD
Cat Class Code
232-2210

6,000 lb. Straight Mast Rough Terrain Forklift, 11-20 ft., 2WD

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 6,000 lbs. depending on lift height
  • Maximum fork height 11-20 ft. depending on load
  • 2WD for increased agility
  • Features excellent field of vision and easy controls
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting and handling materials on rough terrain
Orange and Black CASE 6,000 lb. Straight Mast Rough Terrain Forklift, 11-20 ft., 4WD
Cat Class Code
232-2211

6,000 lb. Straight Mast Rough Terrain Forklift, 11-20 ft., 4WD

  • Maximum lift capacity of up to 6,000 lbs. depending on lift height
  • Maximum fork height 11-20 ft. depending on load
  • 4WD for increased traction
  • Features excellent field of vision and easy controls
  • Uses: Ideal for helping you with your lifting, moving, stacking, picking or handling needs on any terrain
Orange and Black CASE 6,000 lb., Straight Mast Rough Terrain Forklift, 21-29 ft., 2WD or 4WD
Cat Class Code
232-2215

6,000 lb., Straight Mast Rough Terrain Forklift, 21-29 ft., 2WD or 4WD

  • Maximum lift capacity of up to 6,000 lbs. depending on lift height
  • Maximum fork height 21-29 ft. depending on load
  • 2WD or 4WD may be available, models vary by location
  • Diesel powered, a more reliable option
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting building materials to high elevations and transporting materials in lumberyards or construction sites
Orange and Black CASE 8,000 lb. Straight Mast Rough Terrain Forklift, 15-22 ft., 2WD
Cat Class Code
232-2305

8,000 lb. Straight Mast Rough Terrain Forklift, 15-22 ft., 2WD

  • Maximum lift capacity of up to 8,000 lbs. depending on lift height
  • Maximum fork height 15-22 ft. depending on load
  • 2WD for increased agility
  • Features diesel fuel, a more reliable option
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and placing materials on any terrain
Orange and Black CASE 8,000 lb. Straight Mast Rough Terrain Forklift, 15-22 ft., 4WD
Cat Class Code
232-2306

8,000 lb. Straight Mast Rough Terrain Forklift, 15-22 ft., 4WD

  • Maximum lift capacity of up to 8,000 lbs. depending on lift height
  • Maximum fork height 15-22 ft. depending on load
  • 4WD for increased traction
  • Features diesel fuel, a more reliable option
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting and handling heavy-duty materials on rough terrain
Yellow and Black JCB 10,000 lb. Straight Mast Rough Terrain Forklift, 16-21 ft., 2WD or 4WD
Cat Class Code
232-2400

10,000 lb. Straight Mast Rough Terrain Forklift, 16-21 ft., 2WD or 4WD

  • Maximum lift capacity of up to 10,000 lbs. depending on lift height
  • Maximum fork height 16-21 ft. depending on load
  • 2WD or 4WD may be available, models vary by location
  • Features excellent field of vision and easy controls
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting and transporting heavy materials on the jobsite
Resources

More About Rough Terrain Forklifts

United Rentals provides a variety of rough terrain forklifts for rent to meet your jobsite needs. Straight mast forklifts come in two- and four-wheel-drive models with easy-to-operate controls that help you quickly load, unload and transport materials around the jobsite. Our offroad forklifts come in diesel and electric-powered configurations with a maximum lift height of 29 feet and a ground-level lift capacity of 10,000 pounds. We only carry all-terrain forklift rentals from trusted manufacturers like Case, JCB and more.

FAQs
What is a rough terrain forklift?

Also known as all-terrain forklifts, rough terrain forklifts are made for uneven surfaces, such as soft ground, mud, hills and rocks. These forklifts have larger tractor tires with better traction and flotation, so they won't get stuck on soft or steep ground. They can also come equipped with four-wheel drive and are often fitted with a cage to protect the operator from debris. Rough terrain forklifts are used in construction, road maintenance, shipyards and more.

What are the basic types of rough terrain forklifts?

Some of the basic types of rough terrain forklifts include straight mast rough terrain forklifts and variable reach forklifts, also called telehandlers.

 

  • Straight mast rough terrain forklifts have two large tires in the front to help support the load and two smaller tires in the rear to help with steering on uneven surfaces.

     
  • Variable reach rough terrain forklifts are vehicle-mounted and have a telescopic boom lift that allows the operator to reach directly in front and above the forklift.
How to Choose

Moving materials over uneven or rough surfaces may need a rough terrain forklift, which is popular on construction and industrial sites. Rough terrain forklifts can be mast forklifts suitable for outdoor use on uneven, rough, soft, sandy or muddy surfaces or heavier-duty small telehandlers.

Choose the correct rough terrain forklift capacity

Rough terrain forklifts don't have the largest capacity, but they are meant to be driven across the most challenging outdoor terrain.

Tips:

  • Choose a forklift with sufficient maximum capacity and make sure it can fit where you need it to go.
  • Think through what materials you plan to lift (single pallets? heavy containers? wood?) and the heaviest loads you'll need to lift.
  • It's common for people to underestimate the capacity of the forklift they need, so when in doubt, go for a larger rough terrain forklift rental.
  • For forklifts with telescopic booms, consult the load chart to figure out the forklift's load capacity.

United Rentals offers rough terrain mast forklift rentals and telehandler rentals with a wide range of maximum capacities, including:

  • Small rough terrain telehandler forklifts: This 5,000-pound telehandler can handle medium-duty jobs around an outdoor site and travel on inclines, rocks or mud.
  • Medium rough terrain forklifts: These range from 6,000 pounds to 10,000 pounds and are suitable for medium-duty to heavy-duty jobs. This 6,000-pound mast forklift has large pneumatic tires to transport materials where you need them.
  • Large rough terrain forklifts: If you need extreme capacities, large telehandlers have load capacities between 12,000 and 23,000 pounds for heavy-duty applications.

In addition to capacity, consider the forklift’s dimensions with the space restrictions of your jobsite.

Know the lift height you need

The height to which you need to lift materials will determine the type of forklift you need to rent and the type of mast you need (straight or extending, and how many stages).

Forklift masts are typically two-stage or three-stage, though some are four-stage (quad masts). Remember to consider your overhead clearance and ensure the mast (or boom in the case of a telehandler) at its lowest height will fit. Four-stage masts collapse to a lower height than other masts.

Rough terrain forklifts have the right tires for outdoor use

Rough terrain forklifts typically have large pneumatic tires filled with compressed air to handle rough terrain and uneven surfaces. Forklifts with pneumatic tires are typically used for outdoor work.

Understand the pros and cons of diesel rough terrain forklifts

Because rough terrain forklifts are ideal for outdoor use, they are typically diesel-powered.

Diesel-powered forklifts are bigger and more powerful than the smaller models often used at warehouses or indoor industrial sites. Diesel-powered mast forklifts are the go-to for heavy-duty applications, such as heavy manufacturing, lumberyard work and construction.

The pros of diesel rough terrain forklifts

  • More power and torque than electric or propane forklifts
  • Can lift more weight and easily power hydraulic attachments
  • Faster acceleration and lifting
  • Require less maintenance than propane-fueled engines
  • Run time is limited only by fuel accessibility

The cons of diesel rough terrain forklifts

  • Limited to outdoor use due to exhaust fumes
  • Larger carbon footprint than electric, gas and propane forklifts
  • Noisy operation and vibrations cause operator fatigue
  • They can't make short turns or work in tight places due to their size
  • Require more highly trained operators