Hire Equipment

Fully integrated materials handling and storage systems for your business

When it comes to warehouse logistics and solutions, it’s always best to plan for peaks. Seasonal demands, sudden breakdowns, or unexpected bulk orders can prove critical. Such spontaneous conditions prompt delays and missed deadlines – which is the last thing your business needs in the current climate. In such circumstances, our responsive service support is committed to making your life easier with our industry-leading hire range.

 Whatever you need, we’re just a phone call away.




Your business benefits from reliable, safe equipment while keeping within your budget. We operate a young hire fleet that’s in great cosmetic condition Our hire rates remain very competitive and we also offer fixed cost transport.


We maintain over 2,500 machines with highly-trained teams of mobile engineers. Overnight parts delivery and our continuous investment in training mean we really deliver when it comes to supporting our customers.


We supply and stock all types of material handling equipment. This includes industrial forklifts, telehandlers & rough terrain vehicles as well as warehouse and access equipment. Please enquire today to discuss your requirements.


Modern, reliable, and efficient.

Most rental services carry an assortment of the more commonly found models of forklifts. Yet at Locators, we cover the entire range of our material handling fleet to cover any gaps in your material handling needs.


It’s fantastic if your business is booming. However, your current materials handling fleet might not be able to keep on top of the sudden demand. You might not be able to justify any new purchases or year-round commitments. Rather than investing in new equipment, hiring is a great option that’s available at short notice.


As a business, it’s always best to have a plan for the worst. However, if your fleet isn’t big enough to cover any breakdowns or downtime, hiring equipment can be a lifesaver. Our responsive service support team are always on hand when it comes to supporting our customers’ equipment.


Given coronavirus’ effect on the global economy, investments might not be top of your mind. When you rent, however, there are no expensive upfront acquisition costs in the form of interest-bearing loans. For many of our customers, rentals are a more optimal and cost-effective solution for their materials handling needs.


For lifting, moving and repositioning heavy loads – the ownership or hire of materials handling equipment is a must.

Materials Handling Equipment (MHE) is vital in day-to-day trade. Yet, they can be a considerable investment for any business to make. It’s because of this that it’s essential to find the best type of MHE to fit your business needs. If you are considering such an investment, why not seek out a test demonstration or hire equipment first?

By using the right mix of MHE and storage systems you can make major efficiency gains, reduce the size of your fleet, number of operators required and building size needed. Locators supply MHE for hire from world-leading brands – such as Toyota, Combilift and Manitou.


Common in all warehouses, these include Electric, Liquid Propane Gas (LPG) and Diesel counterbalance trucks, 3 and 4 wheel electric counterbalance trucks, Aisle-masters and Combilifts.
Warehouse Equipment


These encompass powered pallet trucks, stackers, reach trucks and Aisle-masters used as day-to-day warehouse equipment. Designed for space-saving internal use. Other than the Aisle-Master which can also be used outside.
Manitou Trucks Access Equipment


As its name might suggest, access equipment helps staff reach inaccessible areas. There are many variant options, including articulated booms, cherry pickers, scissor lifts or stock pickers. Forklift cages must not be used for planned or routine work.
Manitou Telehandler


These heavy-duty rough terrain machines are built to live outside. Included in our range are rough terrain masted counterbalance & telescopic telehandlers with up to 18m lift.



Peace of mind is hard to come by. Keep your business operational with our young hire fleet.

Our comprehensive range of over 2,500 machines is in great cosmetic condition. Each one is regularly maintained by our engineers to ensure they’re brought to you in optimum working condition. Once prepared, our high-quality rental equipment is delivered safely to you in our covered transport. Rentals can be a cost-effective solution for many customers.

Commercially competitive hire rates
Factory-trained mobile engineers on hand
Great cosmetic condition
Reliable, safe equipment
Extensive young hire fleet range
Fixed cost transport
Next day parts delivery
Responsive service support
Hire Equipment


Locators provide safe and reliable hire equipment that improves our customers’ operations.

Our commitment to our customers is firmly strengthened by keeping health & safety at the forefront of our conscience. When working at height, you must consider the associated risks and put in place sensible and proportionate measures. Where it’s needed, forklift training is readily available for our customers. We do this to ensure we remain a responsible business.

Established in 1985, Locators has a reputation as the South’s leading forklift supplier.

Locators have a unique approach to materials handling and storage. Our expertise and years of personal experience mean we can offer a complete consultancy service from a single supplier. Our independence, resources and high-quality products mean we can maximise the efficiency of your business and give you a competitive advantage in your marketplace.

Our dedicated team understand that no project is alike. For that reason, we offer tailor-made finance packages and our high-quality rentals are delivered in a prompt delivery timescale. With over 35 years’ experience in warehouse logistics, we aim to provide you with the best equipment. We deliver the highest levels of service to keep your business productive.

Please contact Locators today.

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