Update: 2021 Haunted House

We are so sad to announce that we will not be doing our haunted house this year. We are hopeful that next year we will be in full swing and can’t wait to see you all in 2022! 

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To our friends and customers,


The Reno Forklift team remains committed to protecting the health and safety of our community. In the interest of public health, we have made the difficult choice to cancel our Haunted House event and canned food donation drive this year. We take the health and safety of our clients, employees, families and community very seriously and feel that given the situation and the importance of social distancing, this is the best decision. We’d like to thank you for being a supporter of our annual Haunted House and look forward to continuing this fun event in the future. Please reach out to our office if you have any questions and stay safe and healthy.


Thank you.

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Owner Mark Heyrman discussed Reno Forklift, our premium level of customer service, and how we are assisting our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Take a look at the Northern Nevada Business Weekly Q&A Feature below.

NNBW: Tell us about your business and some of the most important services you provide?

Answer: For more than 60 years, Reno Forklift has provided northern Nevada and California with forklifts, storage systems, industrial material handling, large capacity scales, and much more. We carry a vast inventory of products and capabilities, so we can find the best solutions for our customers’ needs, no matter the job at hand.

NNBW: What are some of the key things your business does to ensure premium levels of customer service?

Answer: As a licensed contractor in Nevada and California, Reno Forklift is able to provide extensive knowledge regarding both regions and industry as a whole to assist our clients. Customer-driven is a core value of Reno Forklift, we bring more than 60 years of knowledge and experience to our clients and we are able to provide them with unparalleled customer service. From services including forklift repairs, maintenance, and training to scaled and compressors or storage systems, Reno Forklift and our employees understand that the crucial role these items can play in a business’s daily operations. We offer quick response times, updated information and constant commination to ensure our customers and their equipment are being serviced properly and efficiently.

NNBW: What makes Northern Nevada such a great place to own and operate a business?

Answer: Reno Forklift has called northern Nevada home for more than 60 years. Our employees are knowledgeable in all areas of our business and are able to provide our customers, which are also local businesses, with accurate information and the best solution for their company. As many know, the northern Nevada community is a very close-knit, family-like community. We are lucky to be able to work here, live here, and raise our families here.

NNBW: As a local business owner, why do you feel it’s important to give back to the community?

Answer: It’s important to give back to the community. Whether that is through donations, volunteering or hosting events where local organizations receive some or all of the proceeds. Reno Forklift is proud to host our annual free Haunted House. While admission is free, we do ask attendees to donate canned goods or monetary donations that go back into our community. Supporting our northern Nevada community is essential.

NNBW: What are you doing to support other local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Answer: As a locally owned and operated company, we are striving to support other local businesses that are being effective during this pandemic. Just like others, we are experiencing a change in operations and Reno Forklift is ensuring we are adapting to assist our local customers. From our 24/7 availability to flexible payment opportunities and implementing safety precautions, many of our customers are local businesses, so ensuring we are continuing to support them in their efforts is very important to us and to our region.

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If your business uses a forklift or a fleet of forklifts for day to day operations, keeping them maintained and in good working order is an essential part of keeping your operations efficient. A broken down forklift can mean lost productivity, lost revenue and ultimately, lost profits.

Your forklifts are going to break down. They are machines and their parts wear out, seals break and hydraulics fail. It’s just the way things are. But along with quality forklift repair services, a good forklift maintenance program can reduce both the frequency of forklift breakdowns and reduce forklift repair costs.

Forklift Maintenance Schedule

A forklift requires detailed and scheduled maintenance. Just like your car, there are certain intervals at which fluids should be changed, hoses switched out, tires rotated and inspected and tune ups done.

The first step in keeping your forklifts maintained is to create a maintenance schedule for each forklift. Your local forklift service center can help you create and schedule routine maintenance.

The maintenance schedule should be machine specific. If you are operating different models and types of forklifts, it is important that you remember that these all have different components. Each model or type is therefore going to have its own schedule depending on its uptime, size, and engine and fuel type.

Forklift Repair

No matter how well maintained you keep your forklift, it will eventually breakdown and need repair. Newer forklifts are built with incredible precision. The drive trains and transmissions have ever closer tolerances. And if fluids and lubricants are not regularly changed, there can be big problems.

While a lot of forklift maintenance can be done by the driver, operator or in house technician, a major forklift repair may require the attention of a professional forklift mechanic.

Forklifts are a highly specialized vehicle, and so they require a highly specialized mechanic to work on them.

Forklift Repair and Maintenance with Reno Forklift

If you need forklift repair and service in the Reno and Sparks area, Reno Forklift is here for you! With nearly 50 years of experience servicing the Reno area, Reno Forklift is well equipped to tackle any forklift repair. From transmissions to lifts, our technicians can do it all.

We offer convenient forklift field services too! A fleet of service vans, fully equipped with parts and tooling, and most importantly, an experienced, skilled technician to get your machine, regardless of brand, up and running again. Quick response time from our dispatch department to you, keeping you updated on outbound times.

Contact us today for all your forklift repair and maintenance needs!

Beyond the forklifts and conveyors and the bins and totes, an often overlooked element of materials handling efficiency is the shelving that is used to store the transported material. Because shelving is used to store product and material when it is not doing anything, when it is in that grey area between delivery and sale, it is often the disregarded workhorse of materials handling equipment. But the efficiency of a warehouse is only as good as the shelving. Industrial shelving, such as pallet racks, increase the total potential storage area of a warehouse by utilizing the vertical storage space of the warehouse. Let’s take a look at pallet racks.

Types of Pallet Racks

Pallet racks are so integral to warehouse operations that many warehouses are designed almost entirely around the placement of the racking. The most common type of pallet racking system is called selective pallet racking. Selective pallet racking can be broken down into two main types: roll formed and structural.

Roll Formed Pallet Racking is manufactured in a “tear drop” style – named for the tear drop shaped holes into which the cross beams are secured. Designed for both durability and adaptability, rolled formed pallet racking systems are one of the most common types of pallet racking systems.

Structural pallet racking systems are similar to roll formed except that they use a a bolt to attach the horizontal load beams to the uprights.

Roll Formed Vs. Structural Pallet Racking

Roll Formed pallet racking is highly adaptable and easily installed. Rolled formed components are lighter and easier to maneuver than the structural variants. Roll formed pallet racking easily adapts to the weight, volume and size of loads. The teardrop style is interchangeable among different manufacturers and the tear drop clips allow for quick removal and repositioning to accommodate different sized loads and products.

Structural Pallet Racking is designed primarily for strength and holding capacity. The bolted horizontal beam connections yield a stronger and more rigid system than the tear drop variant. The robust construction of structural pallet jacks makes them ideal for high use and harsh conditions. While not as adaptable as the rolled formed type, structural pallet racking still offers a wide range of designs and load capacities. Common configurations include pushback, flow and drive-in applications.

Pallet Racking with Reno Forklift

No matter what type of pallet racking system you need for your materials handling operation, Reno Forklift has what you need and our friendly professional staff is here to help you get the right pallet racking system for the job. With nearly 50 years of service to the Reno and northern Nevada area, Reno Forklift is the area’s number one materials handling equipment supplier. Come check out our catalog and contact us today!

Materials handling products are essential to a great materials handling processes. In a warehouse setting, the materials handling process starts the very second material arrives at the docks, then to storage, to transport and shipment out to stores. For each stage in the materials handling process, there is a materials handling product that is designed to aid workers in the handling the often large, bulky or odd shaped materials.

Let’s take a look at the process and how quality materials handing products can help keep the warehouse running smooth and efficiently.

Types of Material Handling Products

Material handling products consists of four major types; each type being focused on a specific element of the material handling process found in most warehouses.

Transport equipment is used to move goods and products from loading to storage or from storage to loading.

Positioning equipment is used to move and position goods and products in a specific area of storage or production.

Unit load equipment is used to organize and arrange products so that they can be easily moved by transport equipment.

Storage equipment is employed to safely and efficiently store product while maximizing the use of storage space.

Transport Materials Handling Products and Equipment

Transport Material Handling products consist of tools and devices that aid in the manipulation of large or numerous products in a warehouse or retail store. Though not technically a product, forklifts are the most commonly seen type of material handling equipment in the warehouse setting. They are the backbone of the materials handling process, lifting, transporting and position product into place.

Unit Load Products

Unit load equipment materials handling products are designed to contain and restrict product movement during transport. An example of unit load equipment is the wooden pallet. Cheap, sturdy and reliable, wooden pallets are used as a platform on which product is placed for transport via forklift. Other forms of unit load products include tote pans, skids, bins/baskets, bags and crates. Unit load equipment helps maximize the amount of product carried per trip, decreasing the costs of material transport.

Storage Equipment

The name says it all. Storage equipment is material handling equipment used to store product once it has been unloaded and transported.

Industrial shelving is a type of storage material handling product used in warehouses and other settings to maximize the vertical storage capacity of the storage area. Pallet racks are a strong and reliable form of industrial shelving. The layout of the storage equipment in most warehouses is designed to find a balance between access costs (the ease of access to the item) and vertical storage potential of the floor plan.

Materials Handling Products with Reno Forklift

Reno Forklift is northern Nevada’s premier supplier of industrial material handling products. Whether you need to purchase or rent a forklift, need the added space afforded by industrial shelving, or require a whole system of material conveyor equipment, Reno Forklift has the material handling products and experience to help with all your material handling product needs. Come check out our product catalog or contact us online today! We look forward to hearing from you!

Forklifts of all types are one of the most commonly used material handling equipment. Since they were first invented in the early 20th century, forklifts have proven to be a robust and efficient machine that can adapt to varied business needs. They are used in shipyards, warehouses, loading docks and even some department stores. The forklift is so ubiquitous that the pallet, the wooden structure designed for easy forklift manipulation, is standard unit load equipment. And nearly every warehouse design takes into consideration the spacing needs of the forklift operations.

Forklifts come in a wide range of sizes, power options and lift capacities. And there price is largely dependent on what the buyer needs out of the machine. Deciding whether to buy or rent a forklift requires a delicate consideration of the benefits of each option while taking into consideration the needs of your project or business operation.

Rent a Forklift

If you are only going to need a forklift for a month or less, the best option is to rent. The difficulty comes in when you need one for a longer period or in intermittent periods throughout the year. In these cases, it may still be cost effective to rent a forklift, but you may need to crunch the numbers to make sure that you are making the best use of your money. There are some benefits of renting a forklift over buying that, if taken into consideration with the base rental cost, make forklift rental more economical.

For example, if you rent a forklift, you do not need to concern yourself with maintenance costs. Forklifts have a lot off moving parts. So many so that many companies that buy them have forklift maintenance personnel on staff in case something goes wrong. Both the cost of parts and the labor of the mechanic can be struck from your cost considerations with a rental.

Another advantage of renting a forklift is the fact that you can be equipped with the latest forklift technology and equipment. There is often economical – like fuel costs- and safety benefits of the newer models.

Buy a Forkift

A forklift can cost anywhere between $15,000 and $50,000 depending on the power supply – gas, diesel or electric – and the lift capacity. This kind of price tag can be a considerable expense for the small or medium size business. Added to maintenance, the total operational cost increases. If you are considering buying a forklift, it is important that you can justify the cost in terms of the benefits and productivity. If you do not foresee that you will require a forklift for more than a few weeks a year, purchasing is not going to be in your best interest. However, if your operation is of the type in which a forklift will be used frequently, purchasing a forklift is less costly in the long run over renting or leasing. Here is a nifty calculator that can help you determine the overall cost of a forklift purchase: http://et.epri.com/Calculators_Lift-Truck-Comparison.html

Forklift Rental and Purchase at Reno Forklift

Whether you need to buy or rent a forklift, Reno Forklift can help. We offer new and used forklifts of a variety of models and types. Serving Northern Nevada and the Reno area for over 50 years, the Reno Forklift team are experienced and qualified to help you make the best choices about your forklift needs. Check out our online catalog or contact us today!


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Sparks, NV, 89431

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