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Conserve capital – think rental

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Outright purchase is not the only way to bring the benefits of materials handling equipment to your operations. In today’s challenging economy, a growing number of users are renting their lift trucks, rather than tying up valuable working capital in depreciating assets. 

Barloworld Handling, the exclusive southern African dealer for Hyster lift trucks since 1929, today has close to 9 000 lift trucks in the field. Of these, more than 4 000 units are on long- or short-term rental contracts – evidence of the company’s ability to meet customers’ rental needs across a wide spectrum, says Vishal Tilak, senior GM at Barloworld Handling.

“Whether you have a large materials handling fleet or one or two forklifts, or are looking to rent for one day or seven years, Barloworld Handling is geared to provide you with a rental solution tailored to your individual requirements.”

Thinking long term

Barloworld Handling offers long-term rental (LTR) of new and used machines over 24 to 84 months. Its LTR customer base includes blue-chip companies in all market segments, including the automotive, food and beverage, pulp and paper, manufacturing, mining, shipping and agricultural industries.

“Long-term rental gives you the benefit of a fixed monthly fee while together with the most up-to-date equipment tailored to your business,” says Tilak. “It allows you to reduce your initial investment, freeing up capital to invest in other areas of your business, and align costs to the useful life of the product. You are also able to simplify budgeting with predictable costs and payment schedules. This includes maintenance.”

Barloworld Handling offers LTR options for the most comprehensive range of materials handling equipment in the market. The Hyster range includes machines for every conceivable materials handling need – from container handlers and reach stackers lifting up to 52 tons, to nearly every type and size of forklift truck, to warehousing equipment.

Short-term rental

“The Barloworld Handling short-term rental fleet is amongst the largest in South Africa, enabling us to supply the right truck for your application where many others can't,” says Tilak. “From electric and diesel counterbalance trucks and warehouse equipment to heavy capacity lift trucks, we have a solution to suit most application requirements. We also offer specialist attachments and sideloaders.

The main advantage of short-term rental (STR) is its flexibility, with rental possible at short notice and by day, month or year. This means that at peak periods or when a break-down occurs, STR equipment can provide immediate relief.

Delivery takes place within 24 hours, sometimes the same day. A machine can therefore start earning revenue within a day of ordering.

Most of the equipment in the STR fleet are used Hyster units that have been serviced by Barloworld Handling from new. This means the customer receives a machine that has been cared for throughout its working life, ensuring maximum uptime and productivity.

Barloworld Handling runs a well-oiled STR operation and its lift truck fleet of some 760 units countrywide are in high demand. In its Central Region (Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Free State and North West), for example, utilisation averages 85%, with customers ranging from event management companies to heavy industry.

Service and support

Both long- and short-term rental machines are maintained at regularly scheduled intervals. “In addition, technical support is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with technicians responding to call-outs in an average time of up to four hours countrywide,” says Tilak. 

Fleet management telemetry is available to maximise asset utilisation, reducing cost of ownership.

Providing the best rental option for each customer’s need is part of Barloworld Handling’s value-adding solutions approach. “Working in partnership with our customers, we strive to find solutions that will enhance our customers’ efficiencies and, ultimately, their bottom line,” says Tilak. 

Barloworld Handling: Rental options in brief

Short-term rental       

Long-term rental

By day, week or year

24-84 monhts

Complete flexibility

Fixed costs for full term

Wide range of new or fully refurbished Hyster units

Full range of new or used equipment customised to customer requirements

Average technician response time of maximum four hours

Fleet management options available

Instant quote, delivery within 24 hours

Average technician response time of maximum four hours