Globally, the construction equipment market is worth an estimated $145.5 billion. The U.S. has about 7.8 million construction industry production workers. When renting construction equipment of any type, there are a few things to keep in mind. Any job will experience setbacks if reliability, proximity, availability, and good customer service are not prioritized. Cost is a big concern in any business of course, but it should never be the top concern especially when it comes to jobs in which worker safety is paramount.
Here are a few tips on how to rent construction equipment. The key to finishing a job on time, safely, and conveniently simply requires following a couple easy guidelines.
Is Renting Used Heavy Construction Equipment Really a Good Idea?
Renting heavy equipment parts can be a great idea for companies that may have an unusual job come up that requires special equipment that the company doesn’t normally have available. Let’s say the crew is tasked with moving a heavy piece of rock, or a divider, and require a lift, or a hydraulic dump mixer, or maybe a couple of lowboy trailers to remove debris. Their work doesn’t normally require such tasks, and so it would be cost-prohibitive to go purchase a massive piece of machinery for just one job, or even an occasional job.
What to Know Before Renting a Hydraulic Dump Mixer or Excavator or Etc.
The first thing to ask before renting a hydraulic dump mixer, or any other piece of heavy equipment the crew doesn’t normally operate, is about a demonstration or lessons. There is no shame in making absolutely sure that the workers will know how to operate the machinery with confidence. Take the time to review the controls and proper operating procedures. Worker safety may actually depend on this knowledge, as misunderstandings about safe operating procedure injures many workers every year.
How to Rent Construction Equipment With Minimal Headaches.
Price is not the most important concern when it comes to renting heavy equipment. The quality of the machine matters, as does the level of maintenance regular performed on the equipment. Even a top quality machine will run inefficiently if it has not been properly maintained. Next is the availability of the piece of equipment. Is there plenty of time for delivery, and for an extra day or two if the job runs late? These are the right questions to ask before committing. How will the equipment be delivered, or does the rental company expect you to make pickup and delivery arrangements?
Whether it is a lowboy or a hydraulic dump mixer being rented, customer service is another consideration. Good service is what is needed when your crew runs into trouble. Choose a rental company that is understanding, polite, and actually answers your calls. Be sure to ask about the maintenance schedule for the equipment, the length of time the equipment is available (i.e., is the end date lenient?), and who the burden of delivery falls upon. You’ll save yourself a world of trouble later on by asking the right questions upfront.