Diesel & LPG Gas Forklift Hire

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Toyota Electric Counterbalance Range (Traigo Range)
Combi CB multi-directional counterbalance trucks


The South’s leading independent specialist in diesel & LPG gas forklift hire.

When it comes to determining whether to buy or hire, there are undoubtedly pros and cons – for both options. However, the decision lies with our customers and their specific circumstances. For example, a start-up could really benefit by opting with diesel or LPG gas forklift hire over a hefty upfront purchase or long-term fixed agreement. These savings on cash and flexibility at such a pivotal stage could prove critical for any young business. It could even see you reassess your business model and allow investment into other worthwhile areas. Therefore, whilst long term rental or finance can be cheaper from a weekly rate perspective, it depends on the specific needs of your business. That’s why our specialists don’t just adopt a one solution fits all approach; we make sure we assess each application and business so we can make recommendations that are best suited to their business.

Our teams of factory-trained, mobile engineers maintain well over 2,500 machines. We give our customers peace of mind in knowing that the equipment they buy or hire from us is well maintained and in safe working order. Internal combustion (IC) forklifts are the most common trucks on the market. They offer straightforward operations for lifting, shifting and unloading goods both in and outside. Whilst rental prices vary per machine – and the length of the contract you choose – you can rest easy knowing that hiring from Locators is competitive and a cost-effective alternative.

Rental customers will benefit from Locators’ years of experience in diesel and LPG gas forklift hire. Do you need a truck for a couple of days, weeks, months or even years? Locators can meet any requirement. We hire out new and refurbished diesel & LPG gas forklifts for both short and long-term hire, via tailor-made financial packages or weekly pay as you go. See below for a clearer idea of what your business could benefit from. Alternatively, get in touch with one of our experts today.


  • Extensive hire fleet in great cosmetic condition
  • Reliable and covered fixed cost transport
  • High-quality comprehensive range of equipment
  • Well-maintained, safe gas forklift hire
  • Prompt delivery timescales
  • Responsive mobile engineering support
  • Flexible overnight parts delivery
  • Accessible long-term hire


Locators – lifting standards across the industry.


All Power. All Engine. All Toyota.

The pinnacle of power in everyday material handling and the “World’s #1”. This versatile diesel and gas range of trucks epitomises reliability and ease of use – and we should know. For over 35 years, we’ve championed Toyota and its productive, safe and sturdy machines. They’re the risk-free choice when it comes to an IC forklift hire and the Tonero is capable of handling all weather conditions. Featuring either Torque or hydrostatic transmission, they provide exceptionally smooth control and manoeuvrability.

The safety of Toyota machines is enhanced by the trucks’ superb all-round visibility and Toyota SAS – or “System of Active Stability”. Its renowned drivability is largely thanks to the SAS feature “Steering Wheel Synchroniser”. This, in combination with “Load Sensing Power Steering”, comes as standard on all models in the Tonero range. Together, they equate to stability and productivity during light to intensive outdoor applications. This, coupled with its low noise and vibration – as well as the wide range of cabins – contribute to driver comfort. All in all, this goes a short way in making the Tonero range the most productive gas forklift hire available on the market today.


  • Automatic tilt angle and tilt speed restriction in both directions
  • Compliant with the latest emissions regulations
  • Self-levelling forks
  • Stabilising rear axle
  • Synchronised power steering
  • Travel speed reduction with load raised

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Engine powered forklifts for long loads

If you’re handling long loads and travelling long distances then look no further. Built to withstand the demands of heavy lifting, Combilift sideloaders are equipped with all the stamina and speed that’s needed on large sites. These agile 3-wheeled sideloaders feature innovative 4-way travel technology to best deal with the most demanding applications.

Drivers are assured of a comfortable ride throughout their shift thanks to the spacious cab. Featuring a deep suspension seat and adjustable steering column, they allow for more versatility. With the driver comfortably situated in an ergonomic cabin, your business should see a steady increase in its workflow. This is not only because the drivers can be more efficient but also because the machines are effectively three forklifts in one. Combi’s 4-way range has many benefits over traditional sideloaders; in that they can work in narrow aisles and are able to block or bulk stack for better space utilisation.


  • Increased productivity and efficiency with an ergonomic cabin
  • Air seat capabilities lead to a more comfortable driver experience
  • Elevated ground clearance ensures safer and smoother movement
  • Limited slip differential for saver driving on multiple surfaces
  • Ideal for long loads thanks to its unrivalled stability during transit
  • Utilising one for your gas forklift hire can increase storage by up to 50%


The original IC multidirectional forklift.

Combilift’s multidirectional trucks are effectively three vehicles in one – a counterbalanced forklift, side loader and very narrow aisle truck (VNA). This revolutionary design eliminates costly double handling, meaning you achieve more for less. Having worked closely with Combilift for years, we have a range of gas forklifts available for hire. The original C Series is tough, reliable and built to last. With safety at the core of its design, its low centre of gravity and integrated platform provides a stable base for long loads during transit. Its powerful engines and no-nonsense design gives it the strength to handle gruelling schedules that are demanded of it. No matter whether it’s indoor or out – in all weather conditions.

Unlike the C Series, the Combi CB is smaller than its predecessor without a deck to rest loads and without any reach. Yet, whilst the diminutive stature of the Combi CB is more compact than a C series it’s still perfect for palletised goods. During which, the operator’s visibility is maximised by its off centre and high seating position. Safety is a guarantee with both Combilift and Locators.

A further advantage of the C & CB’s innovative 4-way steering is that it provides you with the versatility to operate it as a narrow aisle forklift. The C series can also be guided with rollers to work in racking systems; allowing you to operate safely with the minimum clearance.


  • Adaptable multidirectional operations
  • Effectively acts as three forklifts in one
  • Designed with maximum visibility in mind
  • Efficient and safe functionality
  • Small and fast with unrivalled versatility
  • Intuitive controls and ergonomic cabin

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To find out how we can help your business, email sales@locators.co.uk today, or call 01202 854 200 to arrange a discussion with a member of our expert team.

What our clients say

We are very pleased with the change from an engine to an electric fleet. The trucks have been well received by our operators as they are comfortable and quiet to drive and give excellent protection from the elements. We even have the option and flexibility to use spare batteries and a simple battery change system if we ever want to work back to back shifts in the future. Locators also design, supply and install all types of racking and storage systems. They reconfigured the CooperVision warehouse for narrow aisle operation which increases the storage density and pallet locations. Locators supplied Aisle-Master articulated forklifts to work in this area.

Coopervision, Hamble

We have worked with Locators for nearly 20 years. We are confident they can always make the best use of the space we have available and provide us with forklifts that are well suited for the long loads and other stock we have to move.

Colin Macgregor
Director, Y Goldberg

Every time we look at an application, Locators approach it like a blank canvas and always recommend the best equipment for our business. Locators have proved themselves as a very reliable and proactive service provider by keeping our trucks working and our fleet costs as low as possible.

Adam Conrad
Group Transport Manager for Covers

Being able to work with one supplier for storage and materials handling has been a benefit to us. Locators managed the complete installation and ensured the correct materials handling equipment was specified for their design. They also service and maintain all of the equipment they have supplied and offer a rack inspection service to make sure our warehouse remains a safe working environment. We are very happy with our new facility and we believe we have made the best use of the available space.

Marc Congdon
Engineering Manager, Costa

We purchased our first Toyota forklift from Locators 14 years ago for our farm. This truck has been very reliable and is still in service so we had no hesitation in deciding to purchase another Toyota machine. Locators recommended an electric forklift for our machinery depot as it is very quiet, has low running costs and does not create any pollution, making it ideal for working both inside and outside. Our operators are very pleased with our new Toyota truck and our business is very happy to be operating a forklift that has such a low impact on the environment.

Ed Smales
Director, NFFM

Locators installed the new racking system within a tight timeframe while our business was fully operational. They have provided us with a facility that has a similar storage capacity and reduced the size of our forklift fleet allowing us to lease one building instead of two. We are very happy with the outcome.

Paul Bickell
Nippon Express

Locators gave us the benefit of working with just one supplier for all of the storage and materials handling requirements of this project. By mixing 3 and 4 wheel trucks from the same model range, we have gained extra pallet locations and have the option to battery change between them and work multi-shift in the future. I was initially sceptical that electric trucks could replace LPG, but I am very pleased with the successful outcome of this project.

Mark Davis
Logistics Supervisor for Hall & Woodhouse brewery

It is a great benefit to us that we have a single source supplier who understands the needs of our business. This saves us time, improves efficiency and ultimately reduces cost.

Richard Horrocks
Smurfitt Kappa