Three Easy Tips for Renting Construction Equipment


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Almost all parts of the construction industry need some type of heavy equipment to do their jobs. Most contractors choose to rent rather than buy the equipment they need, for a number of reasons. Renting is less expensive than buying it outright, and it means that the contractor doesn’t have to take responsibility for maintaining the equipment or end up stuck with an outdated machine in a few years. Here’s a short guide to renting construction equipment the easy way.

1. Identify the precise equipment you’re going to need.
The first thing you need to do is sort out exactly which pieces of equipment your job is going to call for and make an estimate of how long you’re going to need the equipment. There are different types of aerial lifts, earth moving equipment, lighting fixtures, and telehandlers, so make sure you know which of them is going to suit your specific needs according to the site and the job. Making sure the rental company you choose has everything you need is going to make the process easier and more convenient.

2. Make sure your team is trained and certified to use it.
While you’re identifying which pieces of equipment you’re going to need for the job, you should also set into motion a plan to make sure that some or all of your crew is trained and certified for using it, or look for subcontractors that are. There are training classes and sessions to get your crew prepared for earth moving equipment, telehandler, and aerial lift safety. Don’t allow anyone who is not trained or certified operate the equipment, or serious injuries could occur.

3. Find the right local construction equipment rental company.
When you’re ready to actually reserve and rent the equipment, it’s important to find a company that’s local to your area. Having the equipment delivered can get pricier the farther away you are, and if the equipment needs any maintenance you’ll want your company to be close by and able to respond quickly.

Do you have any advice for other contractors looking for construction equipment rentals? Feel free to share it with us in the comments section below.

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