Warehouse Forklifts for Rent

United Rentals' large fleet of warehouse forklift rentals includes pallet stackers and narrow aisle forklifts — each of which come in many different lift capacities, tire types and fuel types.

Featured Warehouse Forklifts

See our most popular, widely available warehouse forklifts for rent. Set your location to see real-time pricing and availability.

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

Walk-Behind Warehouse Forklift
Cat Class Code
231-0500

Walkie Stacker, 1,000-4,000 lbs., Electric Powered

  • Full load lift at up to 27 feet per minute
  • Cushion tires for smooth traveling
  • Battery power supply 24V
  • Lift pallets to greater heights than a standard pallet jack
  • Add this stacker to your cart now
Cat Class Code
231-1455

Warehouse Forklift, 10,000 lbs.-12,500 lbs., Electric Powered

  • 2-stage mast for high visibility
  • 36V, 48V, 80V power supply
  • Travel speed up to 9.4 mph under full load
  • Full lift load of up to 71 feet per minute
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site
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Cat Class Code
231-1452

Warehouse Forklift, 10,000 lbs.-12,500 lbs., Gas/Diesel Powered

  • Travel speed up to 12.1 mph under full load
  • Diesel and gas options available
  • Hydrostatic steering, suspension seat and cushion tires
  • Up to 24" load center
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site; cushion tires are useful for low clearance
  • Add this warehouse forklift to your cart now
Cat Class Code
231-1651

Warehouse Forklift, 12,501 lbs.-15,000 lbs.

  • Travel speed up to 12.5 mph under full load
  • 24" load center
  • Hydraulic foot brakes and mechanical hand brakes
  • Cushion tires
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site; cushion tires are useful for low clearance
  • Add this warehouse forklift to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
231-1650

Warehouse Forklift, 12,501 lbs.-15,000 lbs., Gas/LP/Diesel Powered

  • Full load lift of up to 104 feet per minute
  • Diesel, gas or liquid propane options available
  • Grade range up to 34% under full load
  • 24" load center
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site
  • Add this warehouse forklift to your cart now
Cat Class Code
231-1810

Warehouse Forklift, 17,000 lbs.-19,000 lbs., Diesel Powered

  • 100 horsepower diesel engine
  • 24" load center
  • Disc brakes
  • Pneumatic tires
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site
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Warehouse Forklift, 20,000-22,499 lbs., Pneumatic Tires
Cat Class Code
231-1850

Warehouse Forklift, 20,000-22,499 lbs., Pneumatic Tires

  • Hydraulic control valve and levers
  • Auto-shift transmission
  • Oil-cooled disc brakes
  • Pneumatic tires
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and stacking heavy materials
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Warehouse Forklift
Cat Class Code
231-1950

Warehouse Forklift, 25,000-30,000 lbs., Gas or Diesel Powered

  • Pneumatic tires
  • Grade range up to 45% under full load
  • Full load lift at up to 89 feet per minute
  • Ideal for maneuvering around a warehouse or other industrial site
  • Add this warehouse forklift to your cart now
Warehouse Forklift
Cat Class Code
231-1253

Warehouse Forklift, 3 Ton

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 3 tons
  • Pneumatic tires
  • Two- or three-stage mast for visibility
  • Maximum fork height 15'5"
  • Add this forklift to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
231-1004

Warehouse Forklift, 3,000 lbs.

  • Conveniently adjustable fork widths
  • Easy-to-operate controls
  • Advanced hydraulic power steering
  • Maximum lifting capacity up to 3,000 lbs.
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site
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Cat Class Code
231-1001

Warehouse Forklift, 3,000 lbs., Double Reach, Electric Powered

  • 24" load center
  • Lift speed up to 83' per minute
  • Poly or cushion tires
  • United Rentals will contact you to confirm requirements
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site; cushion tires are useful for low clearance
  • Add this warehouse forklift to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
231-1005

Warehouse Forklift, 3,000 lbs., Gas/LP Powered

  • Hydrostatic steering for faster response
  • Oil-cooled disc brakes
  • High torque to drive wheels
  • Instrument display
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site
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Cat Class Code
231-1003

Warehouse Forklift, 3,000 lbs., Gas/LP/Diesel Powered

  • Gas and propane or diesel options
  • Turning radius as tight as 76"
  • Full load lift at up to 131' per minute
  • Pneumatic powered lift
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site
  • Add this warehouse forklift to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
231-1000

Warehouse Forklift, 3,000 lbs.-4,000 lbs., Electric Powered

  • See-through mast and top for high visibility
  • Economy, standard and high-speed modes
  • Hydraulic motor and AC drive
  • Instrument display
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site
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Cat Class Code
231-1050

Warehouse Forklift, 3,500 lbs., 3-Wheel, Electric Powered

  • Turning radius as tight as 62.6"
  • Hydraulic motor and electric drive
  • Instrument display
  • Suspension seat
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site
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Cat Class Code
231-1140

Warehouse Forklift, 4,000 lbs.

  • Up to 3-stage mast
  • Features include sideshift and hydrostatic steering
  • Full load lift up to 189"
  • Gas, electric or diesel options available
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site; cushion tires are useful for low clearance
  • Add this warehouse forklift to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
231-1100

Warehouse Forklift, 4,000 lbs., Electric Powered

  • Full load lift at up to 67' per minute
  • Grade range up to 35% under full load
  • Instrument display
  • Cushion tires
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site
  • Add this warehouse forklift to your cart now
Cat Class Code
231-1101

Warehouse Forklift, 4,000 lbs., Gas/LP Powered

  • Full load lift up to 124 feet per minute
  • Turning radius as tight as 75.6"
  • Up to 24" load center
  • Pneumatic powered lift
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site
  • Add this warehouse forklift to your cart now
Cat Class Code
231-1110

Warehouse Forklift, 4,000 lbs., Stand Up

  • Travel speed up to 7.3 mph under full load
  • 24" load center
  • Cushion tires
  • Space for a single standing operator
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site
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Cat Class Code
231-2210

Warehouse Forklift, 5 Tons, Gas or Diesel Powered

  • Pneumatic tires for strong grip on outdoor sites
  • Safely transport stock and supplies indoors and outdoors
  • Maximum lifting capacity 10,000 lbs.
  • Ideal for loading and unloading shipments and organizing pallets
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Cat Class Code
231-2100

Warehouse Forklift, 5,000 lbs.

  • Wet or dry disc brakes
  • Easy-access maintenance
  • Steel chassis for solid strength
  • Pneumatic powered lift
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site
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Cat Class Code
231-1204

Warehouse Forklift, 5,000 lbs., Gas/Propane Powered

  • Up to 24" load center
  • Travel speed up to 10.8 mph under full load
  • Gas- or propane-powered models available
  • Maximum lifting capacity up to 5,000 lbs.
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site; cushion tires are useful for low clearance
  • Add this warehouse forklift to your cart now
Cat Class Code
231-1254

Warehouse Forklift, 6,000 lbs.

  • Hydrostatic steering for faster response and cushion tires
  • Diesel and gas options available
  • Up to 24" load center
  • Instrument display and optional sideshift
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site; cushion tires are useful for low clearance
  • Add this warehouse forklift to your cart now
Forklift Whse 6000 lbs
Cat Class Code
231-1221

Warehouse Forklift, 6,000 lbs., Diesel Powered

  • Tight outside turning radius of 92.5 degrees
  • Grade range up to 29% under full load
  • Full load lift at up to 98 feet per minute
  • Pneumatic tires
  • Add this warehouse forklift to your cart now
Cat Class Code
231-1251

Warehouse Forklift, 6,000 lbs., Electric Powered

  • Grade range up to 17% under full load
  • 36V and optional 48V power supply
  • Travel speed up to 10.73 mph under full load
  • Cushion tires
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site
  • Add this warehouse forklift to your cart now
Cat Class Code
231-1300

Warehouse Forklift, 7,000 lbs., Diesel Powered

  • Full load lift up to 92.4 feet per minute
  • Hydrostatic transmission and brakes
  • Up to 24" load center
  • Reliable diesel engine
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site
  • Add this warehouse forklift to your cart now
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Cat Class Code
231-1353

Warehouse Forklift, 8,000 lbs.

  • 2-stage mast for high visibility
  • Full load lift up to 20" per second
  • Pneumatic tires
  • 19" load center
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site
  • Add this warehouse forklift to your cart now
Orange Warehouse Forklift
Cat Class Code
231-1975

Warehouse Forklift, Diesel Powered, 15.5 Ton

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 15.5 tons
  • Pneumatic tires
  • Grade range up to 30% under full load
  • Maximum fork height 9'8"
  • Add this forklift to your cart now
Warehouse Forklift Pneumatic
Cat Class Code
231-2000

Warehouse Forklift, Diesel Powered, 18 Ton

  • Maximum lift capacity of up to 18 tons
  • Pneumatic tires
  • Grade range up to 30% under full load
  • Maximum fork height of 9'8"
  • Uses: Ideal for assisting you with your lifting, moving, stacking, picking or handling needs
  • Add this forklift to your cart now
Warehouse Forklift Pack Shot
Cat Class Code
231-1252

Warehouse Forklift, Diesel Powered, 3 Ton

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 3 tons
  • Pneumatic tires
  • Two- or three-stage mast for visibility
  • Maximum fork height 15'5"
  • Add this forklift to your cart now
Toyota Warehouse Forklift Pack Shot
Cat Class Code
231-1351

Warehouse Forklift, Diesel Powered, 4 Ton

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 4 tons
  • Pneumatic tires
  • Grade range up to 43% under full load
  • Maximum fork height 15'
  • Add this forklift to your cart now
Internal Combustion Forklift Pack Shot
Cat Class Code
231-1202

Warehouse Forklift, Diesel Powered, 5,000 lbs.

  • Maximum lift capacity of up to 5,000 lbs.
  • Pneumatic tires
  • Grade range up to 30% under full load
  • Maximum fork height of 15'
  • Uses: Ideal for assisting you with your lifting, moving, stacking, picking or handling needs
  • Add this forklift to your cart now
Yellow Warehouse Forklift
Cat Class Code
231-1201

Warehouse Forklift, Electric Powered, 5,000 lbs.

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 5,000 lbs.
  • Pneumatic tires
  • Grade range up to 21% under full load
  • Maximum fork height 15'
  • Add this forklift to your cart now
Warehouse Forklift Pack Shot
Cat Class Code
231-1445

Warehouse Forklift, Gas or Diesel Powered, 5 Ton

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 5 tons
  • Pneumatic tires
  • 9'4" turning radius
  • Maximum fork height 15'5"
  • Add this forklift to your cart now
Toyota Warehouse Forklift Pack Shot
Cat Class Code
231-1450

Warehouse Forklift, Gas or Diesel Powered, 5 Ton

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 5 tons
  • Pneumatic tires
  • 9'4" turning radius
  • Maximum fork height 15'5"
  • Add this forklift to your cart now
Internal Combustion Forklift Pack Shot
Cat Class Code
231-1801

Warehouse Forklift, Gas or Diesel Powered, 7.5 Ton

  • Maximum lift capacity of up to 7.5 tons
  • Pneumatic tires
  • Grade range up to 30% under full load
  • Maximum fork height of 10'
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and stacking heavy materials
  • Add this forklift to your cart now
Yellow Warehouse Forklift 1
Cat Class Code
231-1200

Warehouse Forklift, Gas Powered, 5,000 lbs.

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 5,000 lbs.
  • Pneumatic tires
  • Grade range up to 21% under full load
  • Maximum fork height 15'
  • Includes 4' forks
  • Add this forklift to your cart now
Warehouse Forklift Pack Shot
Cat Class Code
231-1250

Warehouse Forklift, Gas/LP Powered, 3 Ton

  • Maximum lift capacity of up to 3 tons
  • Pneumatic tires
  • Two- or three-stage mast for visibility
  • Maximum fork height of 15'5"
  • Uses: Ideal for assisting you with your lifting, moving, stacking, picking or handling needs
  • Add this forklift to your cart now
Warehouse Forklift Pack Shot
Cat Class Code
231-1350

Warehouse Forklift, Gas/LP Powered, 4 Ton

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 4 tons
  • Pneumatic tires
  • Grade range up to 43% under full load
  • Maximum fork height 15'
  • Add this forklift to your cart now
Forklift Pack Shot
Cat Class Code
231-1205

Warehouse Forklift, Gas/LP Powered, 5,000 lbs.

  • Maximum lift capacity of up to 5,000 lbs.
  • Pneumatic tires
  • Two-stage mast for visibility
  • Maximum fork height of 12'
  • Uses: Ideal for assisting you with your lifting, moving, stacking, picking or handling needs
  • Add this forklift to your cart now
Internal Combustion Forklift Pack Shot
Cat Class Code
231-1220

Warehouse Forklift, Gas/LP Powered, Quadmast, 3 Ton

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 3 tons
  • Pneumatic tires
  • Four-stage mast for highest lifting/stacking
  • Maximum fork height 20'
  • Add this forklift to your cart now
yellow 5000 lb warehouse forklift
Cat Class Code
231-1209

Warehouse Forklift, Quadmast, 5,000 lbs.

  • Maximum lift capacity of up to 5,000 lbs.
  • Four-stage mast for highest lifting/stacking
  • Maximum fork height of 20'
  • Pneumatic tires
  • Uses: Ideal for assisting you with your lifting, moving, stacking, picking or handling needs
  • Add this forklift to your cart now
Warehouse Forklift 1
Cat Class Code
231-1210

Warehouse Forklift, With Scale, 5,000 lbs.

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 5,000 lbs.
  • Pneumatic tires
  • Hydrostatic steering
  • Maximum fork height 15'
  • Add this forklift to your cart now
Resources

FAQs About Warehouse Forklifts

Choose from gas/propane, diesel and electric forklift rentals with maximum lift heights up to 23 feet and maximum load capacities up to 50,000 lbs. Models come with or without pneumatic tires for driving indoors or on smooth, outdoor surfaces. Smaller electric walk-behinds are also available and can lift up to 4,000 lbs. Our inventory features forklifts for rent from trusted manufacturers like Toyota, Doosan and more. For more information on our warehouse forklift rental options, please visit our FAQ section below.

FAQs
What types of forklifts are used in warehouses?

Forklifts are an indispensable piece of equipment for warehouse work, and there are many types to choose from, depending on your specific needs. Warehouse forklifts are the most recognizable with a golf cart-size body and two fork tongs sticking out of the front. These forks can lift between one and five tons. Sideloaders are similar to the warehouse forklift, but the lift unloads objects on its side, making it a great choice for heavy, bulky or long items like lumber or pipes. Counterbalance forklifts have the weight in the back to "counterbalance" the weight of the load. Three-wheeled versions make it easy to operate these lifts and make sharp turns. Pallet jacks, walkie stackers, order pickers and reach trucks are all great options for navigating narrow warehouse aisles, allowing the operator to lift and lower pallets to various heights.

How high can a warehouse forklift go?

United Rentals has a wide selection of warehouse forklifts for rent with maximum lift heights around 20 feet to 23 feet and load capacities up to 50,000 lbs. For short lifts, we also provide pallet jacks with a maximum lift height of around 7.5 inches.

What forklift capacity do I need?

The maximum forklift capacity needed depends on the application and size of the load. Every forklift includes a plate required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that states the maximum load capacity. Before you make a decision, determine the dimensions and weight of your heaviest load, how high you need to lift the load, how many hours you need to use the lift, and what the environment is like where you will use the lift. United Rentals provides forklifts for rent with load capacities up to 50,000 lbs.

Can factory forklifts be given outdoor tires for outdoor use?

Indoor forklifts come with cushion tires to make it easier to maneuver on smooth warehouse floors. Outdoor forklifts use pneumatic tires with deep treads and more ground clearance to make them easier to drive on rough terrains. Generally, the forklift's wheels and frame are designed for a specific tire type, so check the forklift's manual before going with a different tire type than what is recommended. It is rare for the forklift to have the ability to switch from a cushion tire to a pneumatic tire.

Tips for Choosing a Warehouse Forklift

Time to rent a forklift? You need to decide the best power source for your requirements. Electric, diesel/gasoline and propane forklifts all have their advantages and disadvantages. When looking for the right rental forklift, start by thinking about the tasks the forklift will be used for. Will the work happen mainly inside or outside? Is moving heavy pallets the number one need, or will the operator be using attachments to do other work? What is your budget?

Expand the sections below for help in choosing the right forklift for your job.

Electric Forklifts

For indoor work, consider renting an electric forklift. Electric-powered forklifts are often used to lift and transport materials in industrial or warehouse settings, especially in cold-storage facilities for food and medical equipment.

If “battery-powered” makes you pause, consider this: Sealed lead-acid batteries have better starting power, recharge more quickly and have lower maintenance costs than older lead-acid batteries. Many heavy-duty forklifts still rely on lead-acid batteries because these heavy batteries — weighing between 800 and 4,000 pounds — serve as a counterbalance to the material being lifted. Newer electric models rely on lithium-ion batteries, which are the lightest option.
 

The pros
 

  • Quiet, exhaust-free operation
  • Relatively low operating costs
  • More compact than propane or diesel thanks to the lack of an internal combustion engine
  • Maneuverable, can turn on a dime
  • Controls are basic, a boon for new or less experienced operators
  • Less downtime due to fewer moving parts and the absence of engine oil, coolants, filters and fuel
  • Less vibration, which reduces operator fatigue
  • Great performance from the AC motor
  • Performance not affected by cold temperatures needed for cold storage
     

The cons
 

  • Most electric forklifts not rated for outdoor use
  • Higher costs than propane and diesel forklifts, and charging bays, chargers and tools for removing large batteries add to the costs
  • Heavy-duty work may require more expensive batteries
  • Batteries require recharging, which can slow down work and diminish runtime
Propane Forklifts

For quick refueling and low emissions, propane forklifts deliver. Liquid propane (LP) powers the internal combustion engine. Propane forklifts come in many sizes and capacities and are used in trucking and logistics, manufacturing and large warehouses.

If you're considering renting a propane forklift, weigh these pros and cons.
 

The pros
 

  • Can be used for work indoors or outdoors, even on inclines
  • Fast refueling (replacing a sealed propane tank takes five minutes or less)
  • Lower emissions than diesel
  • More power, greater torque and superior runtime than electric
  • Wide range of capacities
  • Longer engine life than diesel
     

The cons
 

  • Fuel costs are unpredictable
  • Propane is volatile and can leak from tanks if tanks are punctured
  • More moving parts increase maintenance costs compared to electric
  • A clutch is used to slow traction speed so you may need to train drivers on loading and off-loading
  • May be difficult to start in cold weather
  • Less power and torque than diesel or gas models
  • Louder than electric forklifts
Diesel- and gas-powered forklifts

Need a bigger, more powerful forklift that can work on a slope? Renting a diesel or gas forklift is the way to go. These machines are the go-to outdoor forklifts for heavy-duty applications, such as heavy manufacturing, lumberyards and construction. Gas-powered forklifts are less common than diesel-powered forklifts but share many of the pros and cons.
 

The pros
 

  • 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
 

  • Limited to outdoor use due to exhaust fumes
  • Noisy operation and vibrations cause operator fatigue
  • Can’t make short turns or work in tight place due to their size
  • Require more highly trained operators