As a contractor, you will often require earthmovers to execute your various construction projects. With a limited budget, it would be reasonable to hire this equipment rather than purchase them. Below is a detailed guide on the considerations to make when using plant hire equipment.
Determine the Required Equipment
Typically, your operations will be the primary determinant when deciding the type of plant equipment you need. For example, you could require excavators for digging, graders for levelling, and mobile cranes to hoist loads. The conditions of your site will determine the features of the plant equipment. For example, rough terrain cranes and excavators will work on muddy and uneven grounds. On the other hand, skid steer loaders and telehandlers would be ideal when working in constricted spaces. Some plant equipment, such as excavators, can support a variety of attachments. For example, you can fix an auger, rake, breaker or wrecking ball.
Check the Condition of the Equipment
Below are a few tips to help you assess the equipment's condition:
- Check the engine for signs of wear or poor maintenance. For instance, too much smoke from the exhaust, engine vibrations, and oil leakage are red flags that the equipment could break down at your site.
- Assess the electrical components of the equipment. All switches should be fully functional. Frayed wires could cause electrocution.
- Check the functionality of the hydraulic system. Strange noises and fluid leaks are indications that the equipment could topple while loaded.
- Inspect the equipment's tires and braking system. Besides, assess the frame for signs of cracks and welding that could affect its functionality when loaded.
- The equipment should have manual, service, and maintenance records. They will help you diagnose the equipment in case it breaks down at your site.
Assess the Terms of Hire
The terms of hire are an important but neglected consideration when hiring plant equipment. Ideally, you should assess the fine print of the rental contract before paying the deposit. For example, you should check whether the equipment has a valid insurance cover. If not, you may suffer liabilities in case of an accident at your site. Check the conditions of the hire period. For example, does it start when the equipment leaves the company's premises or when the equipment arrives at your site? Additionally, check whether the company offers repair and maintenance services. You may or may not need an operator. Therefore, assess the company's terms regarding equipment operation.
When hiring plant equipment, determine the required equipment, check the machine's condition, and assess the company's terms of hire.