Backhoe Rental: What You Should Know There are times when you find yourself needing equipment such as a backhoe to finish a certain tasks around your home or business. This occasional need however, doesn't mean you should purchase one right away. As such, a backhoe rental is the solution many people prefer to go with to avoid spending too much money on something they'll only use once or twice. Going for a backhoe rental is practical for other reasons as well. Apart from being a more affordable solution for those daylong backhoeing tasks, a backhoe rental doesn't require an area on your home or business property to store the backhoe after you're done. Buying a backhoe for a day's work isn't just something cashstrapped people today will do, unless of course you own a construction equipment rental company and can rent the backhoe out to contractors that run their own building projects. Otherwise, you're in for a bad investment by just leaving the backhoe in one corner of your property and having it sit there until it's needed again. Another reason renting backhoes is practical is because you won't need to spend money on maintenance or repair costs. If there's something wrong with the backhoe you rented, you can simply call the rental company and they can replace it with another unit that you can use, picking up the defective one in the process and avoiding downtime related to the delay.
Despite these obvious advantages, there are a few things you should be aware of when renting this kind of equipment. To start with, you'll find companies that rent these equipment on a daily, weekly, monthly, or even on just an hourly basis. So you need to be specific as to how long you'll need the backhoe, dump truck or scissor lift before you start searching for a rental
company. This can help you avoid overspending on backhoe rental fees that can go toward other important expenses instead. If you're to rent heavy machinery such as a bulldozer, you may want to check the number of hours that's on one of its gauges, similar to the odometer you can find in cars. This will tell you how long the piece of machinery has been used. The higher the number, the more work the equipment has been put into and you can try to negotiate for a lower rental fee. If you're only going to use the equipment for let's say, six to ten hours, don't be nitpicky about renting equipment with higher work hours since you'll return it the same day anyway. Besides, if something goes wrong with the equipment while you're using it, the rental company can always bring a replacement. The thing to keep in mind when renting heavy equipment is to take the time to learn as much as you can about the equipment itself. So if you want to rent a backhoe, research what a backhoe is and how it will benefit your project, as well as instructions on what you shouldn't do when you are or aren't using it. Doing your homework before renting any piece of construction equipment helps you save time and effort fumbling at controls, deciphering terms and explaining how your employees should operate it. In addition, consider the safety of the person who will use the backhoe or other equipment you plan to rent. Choose the equipment carefully, opting for those that have built in safety features such as a protective frame, cage or durable seat belts. Don't sacrifice the safety or comfort or your employee by renting substandard equipment just to help you save a few hundred dollars. This will help you minimize accountability should one of your workers encounter an accident while operating heavy machinery, and having to deal with the backhoe rental company for their damaged equipment. Consider the work that will involve the use of this equipment carefully so you can identify the specific type of backhoe you will rent. Do you need one that has a specific bucket size, for instance? These extra pointers will help you minimize costs, effort and time spent getting the heavy equipment you need since you won't have to check out several options before you find one that will suit your needs.
Published on Jun 11, 2012
There are times when you find yourself needing equipment such as a backhoe to finish a certain tasks around your home or business. This occa...