Finding a Vendor to Rent a Backhoe
Due to high purchasing cost of Backhoe Loaders (BHLs), it is always more economical to rent it out. But to take the equipment on rent, it’s important to find a good and reliable vendor who discloses all the rental information and charges before you rent and provides maintenance of the equipment too.
The problem is how to find such right vendors to rent the backhoe. So, here are some tips to help you with that:
1) You need to research on different types of BHLs and their attachments before renting the equipment as the rental prices highly depend on the features and model of the backhoe.
2) Look for vendors who keep the models that you need. It is not at all necessary that all the vendors will be having that particular backhoe model. Most of them keep the popularly hired equipment or the ones that have the capacity to attract higher rent with numerous attachments and uses.
3) Researching on the rental construction equipment company is also very important as after all, they would be providing the equipment on rent. You need to check whether their machines maintained and upgraded as needed, their ability to respond to all your queries, especially technical concerns and above all the rental fees and associated costs.
4) Make it a point to check the authenticity of the vendors. Most vendors claim to be supplying good quality backhoe at a reasonable price, however, in reality, they keep the bad quality and poorly maintained machinery. Therefore, it is important that you take the previous customers feedback, read their reviews or physically inspect the equipment.
5) Ask about equipment maintenance services provided by the rental companies. Many companies maintain their equipment to some degree and even provide round-the-clock servicing. However, some companies leave it on to the renter.
6) Many times, the rental companies ask the renter to sign a rental agreement. So, you need to examine the agreement carefully before signing it. Look for hidden charges such as insurance and delivery fees in the contract.
7) Be aware of costs that could be added to your rental fee for equipment damage. Typically, rental companies expect you to return equipment in good condition with less wear and tear. However, accidents can happen. Insurance usually covers loss and damage to a degree, but you should know more about the vendor’s policy, so as to avoid any conflict in future.
8) If you need to rent equipment for a large and long-term project, be sure that the rental company has the capacity to provide additional or replacement equipment.
9) You also need to check with the rental company about the delivery arrangement i.e., will they be delivering the equipment at the job site and bear the cost or you have to make your own arrangements for that. It is advisable that you choose the vendors which are closer to the construction site as vendors charge on hourly basis and can include the charges for reaching the construction site in it.
10) Lastly compare the rental rates as they are often arbitrary. The same model may be available at a lesser rate at another vendor close by. Hence, keep your eyes and ears open. Also, most of the rates at which the BHLs are available on rent are highly or mildly negotiable. So, you need to ensure that you hire the BHL at a competitive price.
These tasks may seem time consuming and laborious but they are extremely important for finding the right vendor to rent a backhoe.