Forklift Hire & Telehandler Hire

We can provide rough terrain forklifts from 2.6t to 7t and counterbalance forklifts from 1t to 16t. Telehandlers from 6m to 14m are also available. Please click on a machine below for further information.

Counterbalance Forklift Hire

At JC Plant Ltd we have a selection of Caterpillar and Kalmar CB forklift trucks from 1t up to 16t for hire. Our machines have a multitude of attachments and can be adapted to work in a variety of environments.

Rough Terrain Forklift Hire

Our selection of Manitou rough terrain forklifts with hydraulic trailer hitches and trailer breaking systems are very effective when used on tight sites and confined spaces where tractors are not suitable.

Telehandler Hire

All our Manitou telehandlers come with trailer hitches, hydraulic braking systems and a variety of telehandler fork attachments. Our telehandlers can be used for towing Double Pivot trailers of up to a SWL of 10,000kgs.


Important Safety Notice: Towing a Site Trailer with a Forklift or Telehandler.

In order to tow a load over 750kg with a machine which isn’t primarily designed for towing (such as a forklift), the following criteria must be met:

1. HSE Guidance 144: “Trailers with maximum gross weights (trailer weight + load) between 0.75t and 3.5t should have at least an overrun brake (ie an inertia brake), while trailers over 3.5t should be fitted with braking systems linked to the towing unit.”

2.  PUWER (regulation 9: training): Every employer shall ensure that all persons who use work equipment have received adequate training for purposes of health and safety, including training in the methods which may be adopted when using the work equipment, any risks which such use may entail and precautions to be taken.”

The driver must have training to be able to tow a trailer, over and above the licence needed to operate the towing vehicle.

3. Vehicle Selection: Most telehandlers and forklifts don’t have the capability to tow a trailer above 750kg. Over this weight, a proper towing hitch should be used in combination with inertia brakes (only between 750kg and 3,500kg), independent hydraulic or air braking systems. The vehicle, if it can tow, will have displayed a maximum gross vehicle weight (GVW) and this mustn’t be exceeded. As an approximate guide, no telehandler or forklift will be able to tow over about 10,000kg. Always refer to the Operators’ Handbook before using the machine to tow.

To find out more, follow this link and download a free copy of the HSE regulations for vehicle safety:

HSG144 (Section 31. Vehicle Selection)

PUWER (regulation 9: training)

Do you have any questions for us? We’d be happy to help.

Talk to us about what equipment you need, conditions you’ll be working in and your drivers’ training.

Call: (01469) 540428 or email info@jcplant.co.uk