should you rent or buy heavy construction equipment?

My husband is a contractor that does all sorts of jobs. There have been times that he has had to turn down a job because he didn't have some of the equipment that he needed to do the job right. Other jobs require that he rents some heavy construction equipment. We have been trying to decide if we should invest in purchasing some of that equipment that he needs or if it is better to continue renting it. Go through our blog to learn about purchasing heavy construction equipment. Here, you will learn the cost of purchasing and maintaining versus renting it.

Important Information About Your New Heavy Construction Equipment


Getting new construction equipment, particularly something large like a bulldozer, can breathe new life into your construction company. The up-to-date technology, the comfortable seats, and the shiny, clean paint job all work together to provide you with a sense that your company is going to be just fine. However, when you get new equipment, there are a few things you need to remember to make the transition from old to new as smoothly as possible.

Don't Assume the New Works Like the Old

You have gotten used to using a certain piece of equipment and having it respond in a certain way, and you've also gotten used to certain quirks that you're likely compensating for unconsciously. Be prepared for your new equipment not to work like that. Obviously, the technology might be different, but your driving habits will have to adjust when you get into the new equipment, if it's something that you would drive. Go slow starting out, and if you can, move the equipment to an open area in which you can take a few practice runs.

Check Your Corners

The dimensions of the equipment will likely be different; chances are they'll be bigger than the equipment that you just replaced. When you take your practice runs in the new equipment, check the corners, meaning be sure you have an idea of where the corners on the equipment will be if you need to make a turn or back up. Because you're used to equipment that is likely a bit smaller, you need to be sure you aren't going to clip other vehicles should you find yourself in a literally tight spot. Also, ensure you have good visibility all around the vehicle.

Pay Attention to Seats

Heavy construction equipment can vibrate terribly, and that can radiate into the seat and the body of the person operating the equipment. That can create discomfort in the short term and chronic health problems in the long run. Neck and back problems can plague you for years after chronic vibration exposure. Be sure the seat in the equipment is padded and has good shock-absorbing ability.

One of the things that can be most surprising about new heavy construction equipment is that you can continue to discover new uses and issues with the equipment well after you buy it. If you have questions about adding components or finding additional equipment, contact the manufacturer.


6 April 2017