The fact is that plenty of businesses, especially in the UK, would rather hire instead of purchase the machinery they need for certain jobs and projects. Perhaps one of the main reasons for this is due to the cost of the machinery itself. Admittedly, buying plant machinery is an expensive endeavour – and the money you spend on the machinery and equipment could be better spent on something else.
But before you go ahead and enlist the services of a plant hire company, you need to make sure that the service (and equipment) you are getting is indeed worth it. Here, then, are a few essential tips on choosing the best plant hire service for your needs:
Make a list – and check it twice
Your first task in order to get the ideal plant hire service is to make a list of prospective plant hire companies from which you can benefit. Ideally, you should be looking for a plant hire service in your local area so you can easily visit them and make an inspection of the available machinery and equipment they have for hire. You can also compile your list by asking for recommendations and referrals from other companies which have made use of plant hire services in the past and were satisfied. Once you have your specific list, you can then move forward.
1.- The availability of the equipment
First of all, you need to consider the availability of the equipment. Of course, you need to be able to gain access to the equipment when and where you need it. With this in mind, you can give the plant hire company a ring and enquire about the availability of their equipment. You should also make it a point to ask the company about the waiting period for their equipment, if there is any. By knowing when specific equipment will be available, you can plan accordingly as well.
2.- The period of the lease
When you have confirmed the availability of the equipment you need, you then have to confirm the length or period of the lease of the equipment. This is because some companies may require you to have a longer lease, whilst others will simply let you hire the equipment basically for as long as you need it. In the same vein, you should also enquire about their policy on extensions. If you are in the construction industry, you know very well how time is of the essence, and planning can be tricky. Delays are a constant issue, so you have to think about these and prepare for them if they do occur.
3.- The quality of the machinery
Of course, another aspect to carefully think about is the quality of the machinery – and its age. Hiring equipment which is old and worn down is definitely a no-no. But additionally, alongside its age, you also have to consider the equipment itself. For instance, some types of equipment can be a bit older, such as cranes, as cranes operate on generally simple or basic technology. In fact, some older crane models may be even better built than newer ones, so you have to consider this as well.
If you are located in Chesterfield or thereabouts and are looking for a plant hire service, there are plenty of plant hire Chesterfield companies to choose from. Ruttle is one name that comes to mind, especially with its long history of successful service to the construction and building sector.