Excavator Hiring Tips

Machine hire is one of the easiest ways to cut construction costs. An oversight made by people who intend to hire plant equipment, such as excavators, is oversimplifying the rental process. This exposes them to various risks and losses. So, what should you consider when hiring excavators? The article below contains valuable insights. 

Determine The Excavator You Need

At the company's site, you will find many excavators ready to be leased. Therefore, you could be confused over which machine to hire. The tips below should help you single out one excavator: 

  • What size of excavator do you need? Mini-excavators are ideal for working in tight spaces. On the other hand, large crawler excavators are perfect for large-scale work such as digging foundations or demolishing buildings.
  • What is the length of the excavator's boom? Long-reach booms will allow you to dig deep trenches or work in constricted places.
  • What are the excavator's lifting limits? Exceeding the excavator's limits could lead to accidents at the site.
  • What type of bucket does the excavator have? Depending on the scope of the work, you could need a rock, clean-up, skeleton, or hardpan bucket.
  • How easy is it to operate the excavator? Newer models will come with controls such as power take-off-shafts, customisable joysticks, onboard management systems, and multiple work modes. 

Once you establish the excavator that suits your needs, inspect it to ensure that it is in excellent condition. After all, you do not want the excavator to break down while it is in your hands. 

Negotiate The Rental Terms

Many companies will customise the rental contract to suit your needs. For example, they could offer both dry and wet hire options. Additionally, you could ask the company to provide free transport to your site. Check the rental contract to determine whether the company will conduct repair and maintenance when the excavator is at your site.  

Understand the Company's Pricing Strategy

Excavator rental companies will have varying but competitive pricing strategies. For example, a company could charge a slightly higher daily rate. However, this fee could be fixed, so you will not incur extra costs during the hiring period. On the other hand, a company with low daily rates could increase its charges during the weekend or charge you for maintenance. Understanding the pricing strategy will help you negotiate the rental fees. For example, you could insist that the rental period begins when the excavator arrives at your site so you do not have to pay for the equipment when it is in transit. 

When hiring an excavator, determine suitable equipment, negotiate the rental terms and understand the company's pricing strategy. Contact a company that offers excavator hire services to learn more.