6 Things To Keep In Mind During Your Heavy Equipment Rental Period

Posted on: 16 January 2020

You need to optimize the use of rented heavy equipment for your construction projects to get as much done as possible while you have rental equipment available to you. There are a few things you and your staff should remember to do around your work site to make equipment rentals as productive as possible.

The following are six things to keep in mind during your heavy equipment rental period. 

1. Ensure that staff are taking adequate safety precautions

Staff members need to be aware of all the necessary safety procedures for using heavy equipment. These should include adhering to any equipment weight capacities, wearing necessary PPE during equipment operation, and ensuring that everyone on the worksite is informed regarding heavy equipment operation.

2. Ensure that staff are properly trained in equipment operation

You should have strict requirements in place for training procedures your workers must go through before being qualified as heavy equipment operators. If you're using rental equipment, your staff members might not be familiar with the exact equipment models you're renting.

Make sure they all take some time to go over the equipment manual and learn the intricacies of the particular model they're working with before carrying out heavy equipment work on your site. 

3. Perform any necessary equipment maintenance

If you're renting heavy equipment for a longer rental period, you might be responsible for certain maintenance needs during the rental period. Discuss maintenance needs with your rental company to make sure you're taking care of the equipment and doing what you can to minimize wear and tear while you have it. 

4. Notify your rental company of any issues or schedule changes

Keep in touch with your rental company throughout your rental period. Make sure that you let them know immediately if equipment seems to be malfunctioning or if you need to extend your rental period for whatever reason. 

5. Pay attention to the weather conditions

One of the most important things to do for safety when you're working with heavy equipment is to avoid working with heavy equipment during periods of inclement weather. Weather conditions like heavy winds or winter precipitation can make heavy equipment operation highly dangerous, so keep an eye on the forecast. 

6. Keep an eye on the schedule

It can be difficult to plan ahead for the perfect schedule for your heavy equipment rental. Sometimes, work takes significantly more or less time than you planned.

You can stick as close to your rental schedule as possible by keeping a close eye on your progress and putting in extra hours on the worksite when possible if you're falling behind. 


Budgeting For Heavy Construction Equipment

After evaluating our profits and losses for the quarter, I realized that it might be best to start looking for ways to budget or save on the equipment we had to replace. Up until that point, we had been buying brand new items, but it just seemed like we were paying more money than we should for the things that we needed. After talking with a few brokers, I realized there might be a few ways to manage our money a little better. We started thinking very carefully about every cent that we spent, and it really made a big difference. Read more about budgeting for large business purchases here.