Equipment Rentals: Common Mistakes

Whenever you start to consider larger projects as part of your construction work, you may pause because you don't have a fleet of equipment. Luckily, even if you don't have storage or funds for multiple machines and accessories, renting is possible. Unknowingly, however, common mistakes--like these--disrupt plans and make renting difficult. Your task will be to avoid them.

1-Renting Wrong Size

Small machines are probably going to come at a lower price. However, small equipment isn't always the optimal choice for a task or ongoing project. When larger machines are more appropriate because of material volume, consider the time lost by using equipment that's not adequately sized.

2-Ignoring Clearance Issues

Sometimes the size is not an issue, but clearances are. A forklift's ability to maneuver between aisles, loads, or other objects is important if you don't want it to become lodged in or stuck. The clearance or simple turn radius must be known and respected. If you know space is tight, don't get a larger machine because it can hold or carry more. After calculating the exact space needed, equipment can be selected.

3-Skipping Site Consultations

After considering clearances and size, delivery might be imminent. However, adding additional pre-delivery steps at times prevents other problems. Site consultations aren't done all the time, but having fresh eyes examine and assess the site could inspire machine-related observations which affect what you'll be renting. Additional insight shouldn't be ignored, particularly when it could ensure suitable equipment is assembled and that any site obstructions or concerns can be removed and remedied.

4-Ignoring Town Rules

Your municipal government might already required structural permits, but equipment-related ordinances and guidelines are issues too. Rental companies aren't the final responsible party here; you are. Visit all area offices asking about any regulations, permits, or city requirements.

5-Not Having Operators

People employed or doing contractor work for rental companies could be arriving to operate equipment; however, perhaps not. If your company has agreed to "bare" rentals, no operator will stay after delivery. You'll have to either rely on industrial and commercial temp agencies or companies which send drivers for every rental.

6-Not Planning Schedules

Vague directions to operators could devolve into construction chaos. For the sanity of employees and those working with equipment, clearly block time for each task component. If a crane needs to lift pipes, for example, ensure that pipes are both delivered and in proper position well before the crane and the operator get started.

Bring rentals into your workspaces to increase work production and efficiency. When you're comfortable with renting equipment, larger, more lucrative, rewarding, and fame-making projects are possible.

For more information on equipment rentals, contact a company like El Camino Rental.