About Us

True blue, family owned and operated.

We are a family owned Australian business specialising in forklift and access hire, sales and service in the Greater Sydney Region and the Central Coast.

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A Family Owned & Operated Australian Company

We like to think that we provide an authentic service. A service that started off small in 1999 – with Lou working in his garage providing servicing and repairs – and has picked up to be one of the most trustworthy and reliable forklift specialists in Western Sydney and Central Coast areas.

After 4 years of managing his onsite services, Lou was joined by his brother Steve in 2002. The company picked up, with them buying their own workshop and office in Minchinbury, NSW. They continued to strive, providing their customers with the Exceptional Service & Support which, to this day, is the Statewide Forklifts mission statement.

Growth & Expansion

As the company grew, so did the demand, and so it wasn’t long before they needed to expand their products and services. They started by purchasing used machines for their rental fleet and for resale.

In 2008 they bought the Budget Forklifts NSW Company, which enabled them a larger service department and rental fleet.

2 years later they were expanding the business to the Central Coast in Wyong, NSW. They also bought a second factory unit to service the Central Coast and Hunter Valley.

By 2013, Lou was in charge of the Sales & Rentals, and Steve was manager of the Service Department, including 6 full time service technicians.

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Comprehensive Forklift Rentals, Sales & Service

The company got to the position of being able to offer new and used forklifts, fleet management, warehouse forklifts, forklift attachments, telescopic forklifts, all-terrain buggies, onsite mobile repairs and much more.

Statewide now provides forklift rentals all around Australia with around 250 units and the fleet continues to grow.

The foundation of Statewide Forklifts was built on exceptional Service & Support and today the same philosophy is imprinted in every Statewide employee and in turn reflected by our large and loyal customer base.

With over 30 years’ experience, the foundation of Statewide Forklifts is built on exceptional service & support. Today, the same philosophy is imprinted in every Statewide employee and in turn reflected by our growing, loyal customer base.


Should I buy it or hire it?

If you’re human, and there’s every chance you are, your heart will say buy while your head will say hire. Both can be right as each piece of equipment has to be judged on a case by case basis, the parameters varying for each. Here then is the case of Buying versus Hiring.

The case for buying

For one it’s that old status thing; the prestige. If you own it, it’s yours and you can say it’s yours. Whether for home or business, possessions are possessions and a good many of us covet them.

However, the key to good buying decisions is to take emotion right out of the equation. Make it about the maths and consider this as your first deduction: tax. Buy outright and you can write off all or most of the purchase price as a tax deduction.

Hire and your tax write-off will be considerably lower, though you will pay less upfront. Buy and you have total control. It’s yours forever. No need to return it and then get in the queue to get it back.

The case against buying

Yes, you own it and yes, you get to keep it forever. But how much fun is that going to be when newer models have rendered your prized possession the technological equivalent of a square wheel?

You’ve paid top dollar for something you can’t even give away let alone sell to an eccentric collector on eBay. So weigh it up. Is the equipment in question subject to monumental shifts and advancements? Is it guilty of wilful depreciation on a grand scale? And will it torment you with ongoing maintenance and repair costs you could have avoided or minimised if you hadn’t effectively married yourself to it?

The case for hiring

At the current technological rate of knots, purchased equipment, and particularly computers, is out of date the moment you remove it from its packaging. A leased computer can usually be upgraded within the terms of your contract, not a bad thing if you need to be at the cutting edge to stay competitive. If you’re short of cash or just loathe to throw much money into equipment, you’ll pay a lot less upfront by hiring.

What is the rate for forklift hire?

We are focused on achieving an individual solution for your material handling needs. Because of this, the hire cost will differ for each business. This depends on the length of the agreement, the type of forklift and your location.

We offer petrol, diesel and gas forklifts, electric forklifts and battery forklifts to meet the needs of any business. Speak with our staff members to see the best solution for your business.

New forklift vs used forklift

It depends on the usage of the forklift in your business. If you are using forklift for less than 4hrs a day then you can buy a used forklift. But if you are going to use it more than that then it is advisable to go for a new one. As if you are using a forklift for more than 4hrs then forklift is the important machine used in your industry.

If you are using forklift for more than 4hrs then you should go for new as the maintenance will be less in a way it will save you money.

What to look for when purchasing a forklift?

Before you start you need to determine what exactly what you want the forklift to do. You should answer some of the questions before moving forward.

  1. What is the weight of the load?
  2. What is the size of the weight?
  3. To what height the load is to be lifted?
  4. What room will the forklift get too move around?
  5. Will it be used inside or outside?
Do you offer fleet management?

We have our own fleet management department to assist with material handling technical support. Staffed by a team of highly dedicated people, our fleet management service provides an on-going consultancy that evaluates the customer’s material handling needs and recommends a cost-efficient solution.

How long have you been in business?

SWF was first established in 1999, and continues to deliver the same quality service today. With more than 23 years of experience in the industry, we can provide advice on the most suitable forklift for your material handling requirements.

How often should I service my forklift?

Will this depends on your company’s usage & environment that the forklift it works in. Most companies go off monthly services & some go off hours of usage to maintain their units. A lot of Manufactures are now recommending every 500hrs service intervals (for new units) but a lot of the older units are every 250hrs.


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Why Statewide Forklifts for all new, used, rental forklifts and access equipment?

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Best prices

Statewide Forklifts & Access are commited to delivering the best quality at the best prices. Talk to us today to get a great deal on any of our new or used range.

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Free Expert Training

All of our used forklift sales come with free onsite training from our team of skilled experts. 22-point safety check. Most used equipment warranty applies.

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Best service & repairs

Reliable and affordable repair services for your forklift when you need it most. We understand time is money so minimising downtime for your business in critical.

Call now for best prices and service Call 1300 883 500