The Top 6 Reasons Not To Buy Lifting Equipment

How Renting Makes You a Project Hero

The last time you went on vacation, you purchased a new car to use for the week you were there, right?

No, of course you didn’t.

It wouldn’t make sense to buy an expensive machine you’ll only use temporarily.  You want something that is new, completely inspected for safety and function, and returnable when you’re finished with it.

Renting costly lifting gear is a good idea for many of the same reasons that renting a car is a good idea.  It’s the best decision a supervisor can make if he wants to get the job done well, on time and within budget.  Keep reading to learn just how wise a decision it really is.

1. Safe & Well-Maintained Equipment

When you rent a costly piece of equipment, you always know it’s going to work the way it’s supposed to.  After all, the main job of the rental company is to maintain safe, working equipment and make sure that their clients are pleased.

Any good rental company will thoroughly inspect and test all gear that they rent.  Some companies even do specific tests tailored to your particular job, just to be absolutely certain that the equipment you rent is up to the task and will suit your needs.

If any issue should arise, you’ve got a professional partner to consult.  Whether you need extra parts or just have a question about the best way to use something, there’s someone to go to whose main priority is your success.

2. The Newest Models

Rental companies strive to provide clients with the most up-to-date version of whatever they rent out.  You can be certain that you won’t have to deal with using obsolete equipment that’s

10 years past being the latest thing.

Even if your company uses a roofer’s hoist a few times a year, you may not want to commit to purchasing something that will begin showing its wear and tear after only a couple of years.  Construction equipment gets put through the ringer, and it definitely shows.  It’s a relief when you know that the rental gear for your project uses the latest technology and won’t make you look bad by breaking down during an important project.

3. No Need for Storage

Most lifting equipment is like an elephant in the room – it’s big and ungainly and takes up way too much of your precious storage space.  Instead of trying to shuffle things around or spend money on a new space, why not rent something for just the time that you’ll need it?  When the project is finished, the company comes and gets it out of your way.  It’s as simple as that.

4. Save Money

The kind of gear that lifting equipment rental companies have is not cheap, and neither is its maintenance.  You already have considerable costs associated with your project, and have probably allocated every penny exactly where it needs to go. The last thing that you need is a piece of equipment failing, causing you to stop work and dig into your profits to get it fixed.

When you rent, you don’t have to worry about halting work because of undependable machines.  You get something that, if used properly, will be in perfect working condition for the entire duration of your project.  You won’t end up paying to store it, move it, repair it or trade it in for a newer model.  Those are the worries of the rental company.

5. Cost Projection

One of the most stressful and difficult parts of a job is projecting the cost upfront.  Construction projects tend to be unpredictable and can fall victim to countless unexpected issues.  Maybe some of your workers leave, or you have a week of solid rain, or get a significant modification to the plan.  These are all common issues that end up costing you money.

These reasons, among others, make it a significant challenge to give an accurate projection.  When you rent equipment, however, you are much better able to give an accurate cost estimate.  You take your dependability wherever you can get it.

6. Cuts Liability

As you well know, the word “liability” covers a great many aspects of a construction job, from equipment to employees to materials.  There often seems to be no end of paperwork, permits and certificates required to get a job underway.

By renting lifting equipment, you can check one certification off of your list.  Reputable companies offer gear that comes with up-to-date certifications of safety and function, which means one less thing you have to worry about.

There are many unavoidable hassles of construction projects, and much that is simply out of your control.  One great way to mitigate these complications is to rent important lifting equipment.  While I can’t promise that it’ll solve all of your problems, it will definitely be one less headache for you and your team.

Furthermore, when the project is done right the first time, and on time, you’ll come out looking like a hero. 

Author Bio:  Brendan Thomas is the Vice President of Business Development at Lifting Gear Hire, the largest lifting equipment rental company in the nation.  With 16 locations in the U.S., they offer a wide variety of hoisting, pulling, winching and jacking equipment to meet virtually every lifting or moving need.  Their comprehensive inventory is all carefully selected, tested and certified by experts.  For more information, visit Lifting Gear Hire and find Brendan on Google+ today!

About the author

Aarni Heiskanen

Aarni Heiskanen, Construction Innovation Agent, is hailed as a Top 100 influencer in construction. Aarni has been a pioneer in computer-aided design, he has co-founded a business software company, and worked as a certified management consultant. At present, he runs AE Partners, a communication firm. Aarni holds a master's degree in architecture.


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