all about heavy construction equipment

all about heavy construction equipment

Heavy Construction Equipment Rental Tips

by Dan Adams

Heavy construction equipment rentals can cut project costs, enhance efficiency and save time. When renting heavy machinery for the first time, you may find the experience a bit challenging. Consider the following factors when hiring heavy construction equipment to ease the process. 

The Type of Equipment 

There are different types of heavy construction equipment. Before determining their specifications, you need to consider their function. Thus, start your search by establishing the task you most wish to accomplish. For instance, do you need an excavating, transporting, hauling, or lifting machine? Then, think about the different types of heavy equipment that can perform the task. Notably, go for a machine suited to the size of the work and economy of the project.

Below are some types of heavy construction equipment: 

  • Backhoes 
  • Bulldozers 
  • Compactors and graders 
  • Cranes 
  • Excavators 
  • Pile boring and driving machines 
  • Loaders  

The Capability of the Equipment 

The different types of heavy construction equipment come with varying sizes and capabilities. Thus, you must ensure that the machine you select can accomplish the tasks efficiently and effectively. For instance, if you hire a loader, you have to pick a size with an adequate carrying capacity. Then, if you rent a crane, go for one that can lift the weight you need to the height you desire. Also, you may need to evaluate the horsepower of the different types of machines. Thus, consider manufacturers' specifications when renting heavy construction equipment. Keep in mind that some heavy machinery may require additional attachments to be functional.  

Project Duration 

While some projects take several days to complete, others may take months. Thus, you need to know the exact duration of the project. This way, you can tell how long you will lease a piece of construction equipment. Your ultimate goal should be to use heavy construction equipment efficiently. Thus, you should know the exact number of hours you need to rent the equipment. Also, consider the construction phases to avoid having idle equipment that takes up space and wastes money. 

The Lease Terms 

There are several critical lease terms to consider when hiring heavy construction equipment. Primarily, check the upfront costs and additional expenditures needed to operate the machinery. Also, evaluate the delivery policy. Will you need to organize the pick-up and drop-off after the project? Working with a rental company that can coordinate the delivery services is more convenient. Also, think about the insurance and protection policy for the machines. What happens if the heavy equipment gets stolen, damaged, or vandalized while under your care? Do you have to buy insurance, or does the machinery have pre-existing coverage? Ultimately, you should work with a rental company that provides favorable terms and conditions.

Access to heavy machinery is often the key determinant to the failure or success of a construction project. Heavy construction equipment rental is an affordable and convenient way of accessing construction machines. However, research the equipment and rental company to make the right decisions. Keep these tips in mind when looking for heavy construction equipment rental services near you.


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all about heavy construction equipment

My 8-year old son absolutely loves everything about heavy construction equipment. As a school project, he was assigned to create a blog that includes as much information about heavy construction equipment as he could "dig up". We had such a great time working together that we decided to continue working on the blog to fill it with even more information about all sorts of heavy construction equipment. We have answered many questions about these machines and have provided a lot of useful information about how they run, what they can do and so much more about all of the different machines used in construction.