Electric Forklift Hire

Hiring with Locators is safe, quick and easy


The South’s leading independent specialist in electric forklift hire and supply.

Want to ward off delays and deadlines, brought about by sudden breakdowns or seasonal demands? Locators can help with that. We offer electric forklift hire that can help your business keep running smoothly in the face of adversity. Hiring is a cost-effective solution for businesses that have seen uncertainty since COVID-19, lockdown and the effects that came with it.

Locators are proud of the reputation we’ve established for our high-quality rental fleet and the service we supply – and we’re always working hard to keep it that way. It’s because of this that you can be sure that anything leaving our site has the Locators seal of approval.

Locators maintain well over 2,500 machines with our teams of factory-trained, mobile engineers. We aim to give our customers peace of mind in knowing that the equipment they buy or hire from us is well maintained and in fully safe working order. As a business – and as individuals – we are also committed to minimising our environmental impact. Over the last 10 years, we are proud to have implemented numerous eco-friendly initiatives. You can read more about Locators’ Energy & Carbon Saving Initiatives here.

Rental customers can benefit from Locators’ years of experience in electric 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 electric forklifts for both short and long-term hire, via tailor-made financial packages. Our business is committed to providing yours with the best alternatives to an outright purchase (although we offer that too).

Benefits of Locators electric forklift hire

Extensive hire fleet in great cosmetic condition

Commercially competitive rates and terms

Reliable and safe fixed cost transport

High-quality comprehensive range of equipment

Well-maintained electric forklifts

Flexible overnight parts delivery

Prompt delivery timescales

Responsive mobile engineering support


Select the option best suited to your business

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


Locators lift standards across the industry.


The versatile articulated forklift that does it all.

The Aisle Master is renowned for being a safe, space-saving and innovative handling solution. Especially when it comes to pallet storage. Your business can increase productivity thanks to Combilift’s innovative electric-powered machines. Each one of their electric forklifts features AC technology as standard. This improves acceleration, increases pallet movements and ultimately equates to greater productivity. Thanks to fewer wearable parts, the electric Aisle Master is a low maintenance machine with reduced downtime. All this and more puts the Combilift firmly at the forefront of battery-powered technology in the articulated sector. Electric forklift hire is currently in demand, due to heavy wait times for brand new stock. In some cases, manufacturers have quoted up to a year’s wait, leading many of our customers to turn to electric forklift hire. Fortunately, Locators always have a range of fully operational and refurbished machines in stock to meet the needs of our clients.


  • Easy to operate with reduced energy consumption
  • Efficient 19.5kw AC motors for low running costs
  • Ergonomically designed operator cab
  • Indoor and outdoor operation
  • Quick and easy battery removal
  • Versatile reach and load capacity


All Power. All Electric. All Toyota.

For over 35 years, we have supplied Toyota trucks to businesses across the South. We are proud to do so because we know Toyota produce the most innovative and high-quality forklifts on the market. Toyota is the world’s number 1 and their forklifts are synonymous with reliability and safety. They are an intrinsic part of the vital behind-the-scenes equipment in day-to-day trade. Their safety is enhanced by the trucks’ superb all-round visibility and Toyota SAS – the System of Active Stability. This makes the Traigo range the most productive range available on the market today.


  • Automatic tilt angle and tilt speed restriction in both directions
  • Includes a 3 year/5,000 parts and labour warranty as standard
  • Self-levelling forks
  • Stabilising rear axle (speed reduction when cornering on 3 wheels)
  • Synchronised power steering
  • Travel speed reduction with the load raised

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The compact multidirectional forklift that packs a punch.

Locators have worked closely with Combilift for many years. As a result of this, we have a range of highly customised electric forklifts available for hire. Whilst the diminutive stature of the Combi CB is more compact than a C series it’s perfect for palletised goods. Plus, it has the added advantage of being able to carry a diverse range of long loads in sideways mode. 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. So know that your hired electric forklift is fully protected from falling debris by the Combi CB’s sturdy roll cage. A further advantage of the CB’s innovative 4-way steering is that it provides you with the versatility to operate it as a narrow aisle forklift.


  • 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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Pushing standards to new heights

Featuring an ergonomic design for optimum performance, Toyota’s BT Reflex series is the next step for any warehouse. Updated technology delivers on efficiency, safety and performance like never before. Whilst some applications require a straightforward truck that is simple, yet effective, the BT Reflex caters to all that and more. It offers high manoeuvrability in narrow aisles, an intuitive touchscreen and more. Toyota’s stunning innovations pack a punch and have lead the way for new standards across the industry. So, for those seeking some sort of electric forklift hire, these easy-to-use trucks could be considered a necessity. They are best suited to operators who have to juggle dozens of jobs during the day (or night for that matter) in cold store or hot conditions. Available in a variety of picking heights and load capacities, they include trucks for:


  • Block stacking
  • Drive-in racking
  • Long handling
  • Pallet handling
  • And more

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The original multidirectional forklift

Tough, reliable and built to last, Comblift ensures the highest levels of performance. Featuring a revolutionary design, the C Series acts as three forklifts in one – a sideloader, counterbalance and narrow aisle forklift. The range is chiefly engineered to deliver the safest way of handling long and specialised loads. Its patented, cutting edge technology affords the C Series multidirectional capability. Allowing your staff to transport long loads through narrow doorways and around objects with the utmost care. Plus, due to its integrated platforms low centre of gravity, this particular electric forklift hire is more stable when loaded. Built using essential and sensitive electronics the C Series electric forklifts are easy to maintain.


  • Capable of safely handling awkward long loads
  • Increase your storage capacity by up to 50%
  • Indoor and outdoor applications
  • Intuitive controls and ergonomic cabin
  • Streamlined offloading and load handling
  • Versatile multidirectional operation

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Toyota delivers success

To help customers overcome logistics challenges, Toyota has manufactured warehouse equipment for decades. Yet, despite offering sustainable choices, their electric trucks can be an ample investment for any business to make. That’s why Locators offer high-quality electric forklift hire. We’re best placed to do this because we’ve been in partnership with Toyota since we first began in 1985. Our experienced engineers can therefore consult with you to find the essential truck that’s best suited to your business needs. All of Toyota’s warehouse equipment is suitable for a wide range of applications and environments. These include cold store and wet conditions, outdoor areas and more. Every machine can be tailored to meet the specific requirements of your business. This includes safety and productivity options, including programmable performance and weight indicators.

Toyota Towing Trucks

(Tracto & Simai)

Trucks can handle palletised and non-palletised loads. There are light and heavy-duty models available, with pedestrian, stand-in and rider options available.

Load Capacity
49.0 ton

Max Lift Height

Toyota Powered Stacker Trucks (BT Staxio Range)

Toyota Powered Stacker Trucks

(BT Staxio Range)

Available in pedestrian, rider seated or stand-in versions. Great for stacking and horizontal transporting but must be used on even terrain.

Load Capacity
2.0 ton

Max Lift Height
6.3 m

Toyota Powered Stacker Trucks (BT Staxio Range)

Toyota Powered Pallet Trucks

(BT Levio Range)

These models can be used for a wide variety of indoor applications such as loading/unloading, order picking and horizontal transport.

Load Capacity
2.5 ton

Max Lift Height

BT Vector A-series Vector Range

Toyota Very Narrow Aisle Trucks

(Vector Range)

Available with different options including shuttle forks, articulated steering or both. The aisles for these trucks can be as narrow as 1460 millimetres.

Load Capacity
1.5 ton

Max Lift Height
15.7 m

BT Optio H-Series Optio Range

BT Order Picking

(Optio Range)

Available in a variety of picking heights, load capacities, chassis options and masts. These picking trucks suit all types of order picking operations.

Load Capacity
1.2 ton

Max Lift Height
12 m

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