Ensuring You Know What You're Getting When You Rent Construction Equipment


When you try to rent construction equipment, you're going to concentrate on the equipment itself, and the extras and little details that complete the rental agreement may seem like information you don't need to concentrate on. You've got to rent the equipment, so things like fueling are minor issues that you'll just deal with, right? You should still ask about the rental company's policies regarding fueling, remote contracts, and more. Those details can make your rental much easier to deal with when you know exactly what you're getting into.

Full of Fuel, or No Fuel?

Many rental companies deliver equipment without fuel, meaning you have to put in fuel, put in only the amount you'll use, and then return it without fuel. That can be kind of difficult to do unless you know how to drain the fuel tank before you return the equipment. Other companies deliver equipment with a full tank and require that you refill the tank when you're done using the equipment; this is much easier to go along with.

Do They Offer Electronic Contracts?

If the rental company can deliver the equipment to your worksite, then someone from your worksite should be able to go in person to sign the rental contract, right? Not always. Maybe you're short-staffed and can't spare anyone, or maybe you're still taking Covid precautions and prefer not to be in an enclosed office. In either case, you may want to look for a rental company that offers electronic contracts that you can sign online.

Is the Equipment Metered?

Some equipment comes with meters that track the hours used. In terms of the rental, that tracks how much you need to pay once you're done with the machinery or equipment. But there's another reason why the rental company may track the actual hours used instead of assuming you're using it for a generic "day," and that reason is running hours. Some equipment is maintained and repaired based on how many running hours the equipment has. Because the rental company doesn't know if renting something for a day means you'll use it for two hours or 10 hours, they can't assume a certain number of running hours when you return the equipment. It's easier to monitor the equipment with a meter that lets the rental company add the specific number of hours to the tally of running hours.

When you know what to expect from the equipment you've rented, your use of the equipment goes much more smoothly. And your dealings with the rental company are a lot calmer, too, as there are no misunderstandings.

Reach out to a construction rentals provider to learn more.


15 September 2022

Protecting Your Employees

My family owns a thriving timber business. For over thirty years, they have been meeting their customers’ needs in my home state. One of the reasons for their success is their commitment to purchasing state-of-the-art heavy construction equipment to use in their business. After buying the most technologically advanced machinery available on the market, they also strive to maintain it for the safety of their employees. If you own a business, you need to regularly schedule a professional to check the safety of your heavy construction equipment. On this blog, you will discover how to protect your employees by hiring someone to regularly check the safety of your machinery.