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Warehouse Forklifts for Rent

United Rentals' large fleet of warehouse forklift rentals includes lift trucks, pallet stackers and narrow aisle forklifts with various lift capacities, tire types and fuel types for most indoor applications.

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

Orange and black Toyota walk-behind pallet stacker

Zero Emissions

Cat Class Code
231-0500

1,000-4,000 lb. Electric Pallet Stacker, Walk Behind, Cushion or Poly Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity of 1,000-4,000 lbs. depending on model
  • 12-24V battery depending on model
  • Cushion or poly tires may be available for low-clearance areas and smooth indoor operation; models vary by location
  • Maximum fork height of up to 15'
  • Uses: Ideal for moving and stacking pallets in warehouses and other large indoor sites
Orange Doosan electric warehouse forklift

Zero Emissions

Cat Class Code
231-1000

3,000-4,000 lb. Electric Warehouse Forklift, Cushion Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity 3,000-4,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Fume-free electric power
  • Cushion tires for low-clearance areas and smooth indoor operation
  • Maximum fork height 10'
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site
Orange and black Toyota Warehouse Forklift with Cushion Tires
Cat Class Code
231-1004

3,000 lb. Gas/LP Warehouse Forklift, Cushion Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity of up to 3,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Gas/LP dual-fuel options depending on model
  • Cushion tires for low-clearance areas and smooth indoor operation
  • Maximum fork height of up to 10'
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site
Orange and black Toyota warehouse forklift
Cat Class Code
231-1005

3,000 lb. Gas/LP Warehouse Forklift, Pneumatic or Cushion Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity of up to 3,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Gas/LP dual-fuel options depending on model
  • Cushion or pneumatic tires may be available; models vary by location
  • Maximum fork height of up to 10'
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site
Orange and black Toyota warehouse forklift
Cat Class Code
231-1101

4,000 lb. Gas/LP Warehouse Forklift, Pneumatic Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity of 4,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Gas/LP dual-fuel options depending on model
  • Pneumatic tires for indoor and outdoor use
  • Maximum fork height of up to 11'
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site
Orange and black Toyota Stand-Up Electric Warehouse Forklift

Zero Emissions

Cat Class Code
231-1110

4,000 lb. Stand-Up Electric Warehouse Forklift, Cushion or Poly Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 4,000 lbs. depending on model
  • 24V or 36V battery depending on model
  • Cushion or poly tires may be available for low-clearance areas and smooth indoor operation; models vary by location
  • Space for a single standing operator
  • Uses: Ideal for moving and stacking pallets in warehouses and other large indoor sites
Orange and black warehouse forklift with pneumatic tires
Cat Class Code
231-1200

5,000 lb. Gas/LP Warehouse Forklift, Pneumatic Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 5,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Gas/LP dual-fuel options depending on model
  • Pneumatic tires for indoor and outdoor use
  • Maximum fork height 10'-15'9" depending on model
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and stacking warehouse materials
Orange and black Doosan electric warehouse forklift

Zero Emissions

Cat Class Code
231-1201

5,000 lb. Electric Warehouse Forklift, Cushion or Pneumatic Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 5,000 lbs. depending on model
  • 48-80V battery depending on model
  • Cushion or pneumatic tires may be available; models vary by location
  • Maximum fork height of up to 11'
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, stacking and moving warehouse materials
Orange and black TOYOTA 5,000 lb. Diesel Warehouse Forklift, Cushion or Pneumatic Tires
Cat Class Code
231-1202

5,000 lb. Diesel Warehouse Forklift, Cushion or Pneumatic Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 5,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Diesel powered
  • Cushion or pneumatic tires may be available; models vary by location
  • Maximum fork height 10'-15'9" depending on model
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site
Orange and black Doosan warehouse forklift
Cat Class Code
231-1204

5,000 lb. Gas/LP or Diesel Warehouse Forklift, Cushion Tires

  • Maximum capacity up to 5,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Gas/LP dual-fuel or diesel may be available; models vary by location
  • Cushion tires for low-clearance areas and smooth indoor operation
  • Maximum fork height 10'
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site
Orange and black Toyota warehouse forklift
Cat Class Code
231-1205

5,000 lb. Gas/LP Warehouse Forklift, Low Profile, Pneumatic Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity of 5,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Gas/LP dual-fuel options
  • Pneumatic tires and low-profile chassis to fit through standard commercial doorways
  • Maximum fork height of up to 14'9” depending on model
  • Uses: Ideal for assisting with lifting, moving, stacking, picking or handling needs
Orange and black Toyota quad mast warehouse forklift
Cat Class Code
231-1209

5,000 lb. Gas/LP Warehouse Forklift, Quad Mast, Pneumatic Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity of 5,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Gas/LP dual-fuel options
  • Pneumatic tires for indoor and outdoor use
  • Four-stage mast for increased fork height of up to 20'
  • Uses: Ideal for assisting you with your lifting, moving, stacking, picking or handling needs higher than a standard forklift
Orange and black Toyota warehouse forklift with scale
Cat Class Code
231-1210

5,000 lb. Gas/LP Warehouse Forklift With Scale, Pneumatic Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity of up to 5,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Gas/LP dual-fuel options
  • Pneumatic tires for indoor and outdoor use
  • Maximum fork height of 15'
  • Uses: Ideal for assisting you with your lifting, moving, stacking, picking or handling needs; scale included to weigh loads
Orange and black TOYOTA 6,000 lb. Gas/LP or Diesel Warehouse Forklift, Quad Mast, Pneumatic Tires
Cat Class Code
231-1220

6,000 lb. Gas/LP or Diesel Warehouse Forklift, Quad Mast, Pneumatic Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity of up to 6,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Diesel or gas/LP dual-fuel options may be available; models vary by location
  • Pneumatic tires for indoor and outdoor use
  • Four-stage mast for increased fork height of 11'-15'9"
  • Uses: Ideal for assisting you with your lifting, moving, stacking, picking or handling needs
Orange and black warehouse forklift
Cat Class Code
231-1221

6,000 lb. Diesel Warehouse Forklift, Quad Mast, Pneumatic Tires

  • Maximum lift carrying capacity of up to 6,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Diesel powered
  • Pneumatic tires for indoor and outdoor use
  • Four-stage mast for increased fork height of up to 15'
  • Uses: Ideal for assisting you with your lifting, moving, stacking, picking or handling needs
Orange and black Toyota warehouse forklift
Cat Class Code
231-1250

6,000 lb. Gas/LP Warehouse Forklift, Pneumatic Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity of up to 6,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Gas/LP dual-fuel options depending on model
  • Pneumatic tires for indoor and outdoor use
  • Maximum fork height of up to 15'7"
  • Uses: Ideal for assisting you with your lifting, moving, stacking, picking or handling needs
Orange and black Doosan warehouse forklift

Zero Emissions

Cat Class Code
231-1251

6,000 lb. Electric Warehouse Forklift, Cushion Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity of up to 6,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Fume-free electric power
  • Cushion tires for low-clearance areas and smooth indoor operation
  • Maximum fork height of up to 15'6"
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site
Orange and black Toyota Diesel Warehouse Forklift
Cat Class Code
231-1252

6,000 lb. Diesel Warehouse Forklift, Pneumatic Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity of up to 6,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Diesel powered
  • Pneumatic tires for indoor and outdoor use
  • Maximum fork height of up to 15'7”
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving, stacking, picking or handling needs
Orange and black Doosan diesel warehouse forklift
Cat Class Code
231-1253

6,000 lb. Gas/LP or Diesel Warehouse Forklift, Pneumatic Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity of up to 6,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Diesel or gas/LP dual-fuel options may be available; models vary by location
  • Pneumatic tires for indoor and outdoor use
  • Maximum fork height of up to 15'5"
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving, stacking, picking or handling needs
Orange and black Toyota Diesel Warehouse forklift
Cat Class Code
231-1350

8,000 lb. Gas/LP Warehouse Forklift, Pneumatic Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity of up to 8,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Gas/LP dual-fuel options depending on model
  • Pneumatic tires for indoor and outdoor use
  • Maximum fork height of up to 10'
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving, stacking, picking or handling needs
Orange and black Toyota Diesel Warehouse Forklift
Cat Class Code
231-1351

8,000 lb. Diesel Warehouse Forklift, Pneumatic Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity of up to 8,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Diesel powered
  • Pneumatic tires for indoor and outdoor use
  • Maximum fork height of up to 15'7”
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and stacking heavy-duty materials
Orange and black Toyota Diesel Warehouse Forklift
Cat Class Code
231-1353

8,000 lb. Gas/LP or Diesel Warehouse Forklift, Pneumatic Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity of up to 8,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Diesel or gas/LP dual-fuel may be available; models vary by location
  • Pneumatic tires for indoor and outdoor use
  • Maximum fork height of up to 10'
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site
Orange and black Doosan diesel warehouse forklift
Cat Class Code
231-1445

10,000-12,500 lb. Diesel Warehouse Forklift, Pneumatic Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity of 10,000-12,500 lbs. depending on model
  • Diesel powered
  • Pneumatic tires for indoor and outdoor use
  • Maximum fork height of up to 15'7"
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and stacking heavy-duty warehouse materials
Orange and Black TOYOTA 10,000-12,500 lb. Gas/LP Warehouse Forklift, Pneumatic Tires
Cat Class Code
231-1450

10,000-12,500 lb. Gas/LP Warehouse Forklift, Pneumatic Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity of 10,000-12,500 lbs. depending on model
  • Gas/LP dual-fuel options depending on model
  • Pneumatic tires for indoor and outdoor use
  • Maximum fork height of up to 15'7"
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site
Orange and Black DOOSAN 12,500-15,000 lb. Gas/LP Warehouse Forklift, Pneumatic Tires
Cat Class Code
231-1650

12,500-15,000 lb. Gas/LP Warehouse Forklift, Pneumatic Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity of 12,500-15,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Gas/LP dual-fuel options depending on model
  • Pneumatic tires for indoor and outdoor use
  • Maximum fork height of up to 9'10"
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site
Yellow and Black and Red HYSTER 12,500-15,000 lb. Diesel Warehouse Forklift, Cushion Tires
Cat Class Code
231-1651

12,500-15,000 lb. Diesel Warehouse Forklift, Cushion Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity of 12,500-15,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Diesel powered
  • Cushion tires for low-clearance areas and smooth indoor operation
  • Maximum fork height of up to 10'
  • Uses: Ideal for transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site
Orange and Black TOYOTA 15,000-17,000 lb. Diesel Warehouse Forklift, Pneumatic Tires
Cat Class Code
231-1801

15,000-17,000 lb. Diesel Warehouse Forklift, Pneumatic Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity of 15,000-17,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Diesel powered
  • Pneumatic tires for indoor and outdoor use
  • Maximum fork height of up to 10'
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and stacking heavy materials
Warehouse Forklift, 20,000-22,499 lbs., Pneumatic Tires
Cat Class Code
231-1850

20,000-22,500 lb. Diesel Warehouse Forklift, Pneumatic Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity of 20,000-22,500 lbs. depending on model
  • Diesel powered
  • Pneumatic tires for indoor and outdoor use
  • Hydraulic control valve and levers
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and stacking heavy materials
Orange and Black DOOSAN 25,000-30,000 lb. Diesel Warehouse Forklift, Pneumatic Tires
Cat Class Code
231-1950

25,000-30,000 lb. Diesel Warehouse Forklift, Pneumatic Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity of 25,000-30,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Diesel powered
  • Pneumatic tires for indoor and outdoor use
  • Maximum fork height of up to 9'10"
  • Uses: Ideal for maneuvering around a warehouse or other industrial site
Orange and Black TOYOTA 30,000-35,000 lb. Diesel Warehouse Forklift, Pneumatic Tires
Cat Class Code
231-1975

30,000-35,000 lb. Diesel Warehouse Forklift, Pneumatic Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity of 30,000-35,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Diesel powered
  • Pneumatic tires for indoor and outdoor use
  • Maximum fork height of up to 9'10"
  • Uses: Ideal for maneuvering around a warehouse or other industrial site
Orange and Black and White DOOSAN 35,000-50,000 lb. Diesel Warehouse Forklift, Pneumatic Tires
Cat Class Code
231-2000

35,000-50,000 lb. Diesel Warehouse Forklift, Pneumatic Tires

  • Maximum lift capacity of 35,000-50,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Diesel-powered forklift
  • Pneumatic tires for indoor and outdoor use
  • Maximum fork height of up to 9'10"
  • Uses: Ideal for assisting you with your lifting, moving, stacking, picking or handling needs
Resources

More About Warehouse Forklifts

Choose from gas/propane, diesel and electric forklift rentals with maximum lift heights of up to 23 feet and maximum load capacities of up to 50,000 lbs. Also called lift trucks, these models come with cushion tires for driving indoors or with pneumatic tires to drive on smooth, outdoor surfaces. Smaller electric walk-behinds are also available and can lift up to 4,000 pounds. Our inventory features forklifts for rent from trusted manufacturers like Toyota, Doosan, JCB and more. Check out our Project Uptime article, 7 Forklift Hand Signals Every Operator Should Know.

For more information on our warehouse forklift rental options, please read 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 — also called reach trucks or lift trucks — are the most recognizable with a golf cart-size body and two fork tongs sticking out of the front. These forklifts can lift between 3,000 to 50,000 pounds.

     
  • Walkie stackers and order pickers are all great options for navigating narrow warehouse aisles, allowing the operator to lift and lower pallets to various heights. These forklifts can lift between light loads up to 4,000 pounds.
How high can a warehouse forklift go?

Typically, our warehouse forklift rentals have maximum fork heights of 11-15 feet and larger quad mast forklifts may reach up to 20 feet depending on the model. If you need higher maximum reach in your applications, telehandlers can reach even higher.

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 lifting environment is like. United Rentals provides forklifts for rent with load capacities of up to 50,000 pounds. United Rentals provides forklifts for rent with load capacities of up to 50,000 pounds.

Can factory forklifts be given outdoor tires for outdoor use?

Indoor forklifts come with cushion or polyurethane 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

Warehouse forklifts are best for raising and transporting crates, pallets and other materials over short distances. As the name implies, they’re often used in warehouses for loading and unloading inventory as well as picking and stacking. They can handle heavy loads and operate on indoor surfaces or smooth outdoor surfaces.

A walkie stacker is a walk-behind forklift designed to move and stack pallets at greater heights than a standard pallet jack. For the highest reach, choose a quad mast forklift.

Choose the correct forklift capacity

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 large forklift rental. In the case of forklifts with telescopic booms, consult the load chart to figure out the forklift’s load capacity.

United Rentals offers forklifts with a wide range of maximum capacities, including: 

In addition to capacity, you’ll need to consider the forklift’s dimensions in relation to the space restrictions of the jobsite. For example, if you’re working in a warehouse, knowing the aisle width and/or common pallet dimensions will help to determine the size and type of forklift to rent. Pallet jacks and side loaders are ideal for narrow aisles.

Know the lift height you need

The height to which you need to lift materials will determine what not only what type of forklift you need to rent but also 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). Quad masts are designed for the highest stacking.

Remember to consider your overhead clearance, including doorways, and make sure the mast — or boom in the case of a telehandler — will fit at its lowest height. Four-stage masts collapse to a lower height than other masts.

Choose a lift truck with the right tires

Forklifts with pneumatic tires, filled with compressed air, can handle rough terrain and uneven surfaces, including those found on construction sites and in lumberyards. Forklifts with pneumatic tires are typically intended for outdoor work, though they can also be useful in large warehouses. Cushion tires, made from solid rubber, provide less traction and lower ground clearance and are intended for indoor floors and smooth, level outdoor surfaces.

Choose between electric, diesel and gas/LP power

You need to decide the best power option for your site and project. 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 most important need, or will the operator be using attachments to do other work? What is your budget?

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 of electric warehouse forklifts

  • Quiet, exhaust-free operation
  • Relatively low operating costs
  • More compact than propane or diesel thanks to the lack of an internal combustion engine
  • Maneuverable to turn around sharp corners in aisles
  • Controls are basic and easy for 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 of electric warehouse forklifts

  • 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 of propane warehouse forklifts

  • 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 of propane warehouse forklifts

  • 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

Gas/diesel warehouse 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 of gas and diesel warehouse 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 gas/diesel warehouse forklifts

 

  • Limited to outdoor use due to exhaust fumes
  • More emissions and larger carbon footprint than electric and propane forklifts 
  • Noisy operation and vibrations cause operator fatigue
  • Can’t make short turns or work in tight places due to their size
  • Require more highly trained operators