No construction job, whether it’s commercial or residential, could be done well without the right tools and equipment. Having the right tools and equipment for the job makes all the difference. This is especially true when the job requires heavy-duty machinery like cranes or bulldozers.

If your construction or renovation budget is restrictive, consider equipment hire.

Not only do you save on cost, but you’re afforded access to a wide range of construction tools. If you’re still undecided on the benefits of equipment rental, here are the key reasons to consider renting construction equipment for your project.

1. Conserved capital

There are numerous ways equipment hire can save you money.

Equipment hire is a cost-effective method of acquiring specific equipment for short-term use. For one-off or small job construction projects, equipment hire means you pay only for what you use for the time you use it.

Buying machinery for one-off use provides a low return on investment. Associated costs with buying equipment such as initial purchase costs, storage fees, and maintenance fees are eliminated by renting equipment.

2. Wide range of equipment

Unlike buying equipment outright, equipment hire affords you access to a wide range of high spec construction equipment. Equipment hire allows you to test-drive different machinery to meet your specific project requirements.

This type of flexibility is particularly useful if you’re undertaking numerous projects. Hiring equipment increases your ability to choose the right equipment or machine when and where you need it.

3. No costly maintenance

One of the biggest drawbacks of buying machinery and equipment is the added fees for storage and maintenance. When you rent equipment from a trusted equipment hire company, you’re assured that the servicing and maintenance requirements of the equipment are well taken care of.

Hiring eliminates the concern of working with faulty equipment. You are afforded peace of mind that the equipment or machinery you’re using can be operated safely.

4. Time savings

Buying equipment requires considerable transportation logistics. Managing transportation logistics affects productivity and efficiency. Such time wasted could be alleviated with equipment hire.

Rental equipment companies include in-house services such as transportation, installation, and dismantling. This will allow you to avoid the burden of transporting your required equipment for your project.

5. Professional support

When you need equipment for a construction or renovation project, hiring gives you access to an experienced team of personnel specially trained to operate a wide range of equipment.

Construction and renovation projects are inherently hazardous. Such situations can increase the risk of injury to you and those in the surrounding vicinity, particularly if this is the first time you’re operating heavy machinery or equipment.

Having a team of specialists to assist with your project decreases the risks present in such hazardous situations. A team of specialized operators can provide guidance, support, and advice on how best to use equipment for your project.

Access to a dedicated team maximizes productivity, allowing you to complete your project on time and within budget.

Tips on Hiring Equipment

Selecting the right equipment for your next project can be a minefield at times. If you are considering equipment rental for your next project, consider the following tips:

  • Prioritize safety
  • Confirm the equipment is suitable for the job at hand
  • Check the age and condition of equipment
  • Carry out a thorough inspection of equipment before hiring
  • Read the safety guide for each equipment or machine
  • Confirm rented equipment is insured
  • Make sure rental terms are crystal clear

These tips will protect you in the event that something goes wrong with the hired equipment under your care. Understanding the terms of your rental agreement can protect you if your hired equipment is not meeting exacted standards.

Further Considerations

These days, almost any equipment or tool can be rented. Selecting the right rental equipment company requires the same due diligence as hiring equipment. Choose a company with unrivaled customer service and one that offers versatility and a service guarantee.

This will ensure that you are afforded on-call customer service when or if the equipment need to be replaced, serviced, or transported.

Hermann Buchberger is the Founder and CEO of Active Crane Hire (ACH). He’s taken the company from start-up to Industry Leader offering the largest fleet of construction cranes in Australia. ACH launched a new type of crane previously unheard of in the Australian market: electric tower cranes. The company’s infrastructure and associated services now comprise a fleet of trucks and trailers, a crane-rigging team, mobile crane technicians, a fleet of service vehicles, and an extensive range of crane spare parts.