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What to Look for in Equipment Rental Companies

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There comes a point in the life of your business that you’ll ultimately have to rent a piece of equipment. Whether it’s the result of a piece of equipment in the shop for repair or you’ve grown out of the equipment you currently own, it can seem a daunting task to find someone who has the machinery and support you’re looking for. As dreaded as it may be, it doesn’t have to be a struggle finding the right equipment rental company. You already know the equipment you need to get the job done, but what else should you look for? We’ve put together a list of the most important criteria to consider:

 

Fleet Size

When renting equipment, you want a selection of products that have the ability to meet the standards you’ve set for your job. Not to say that bigger is better – but the more equipment a rental company has, the more likely they’re going to have the unique piece of machinery you’re looking for.

 

Support Capabilities

Clearly, if this is a piece of equipment you have to rent, it’s not something you can take to the shop yourself – you don’t own it. So when you finally track down that backhoe, forklift, or trencher rental you’ve had your eye on, make sure you rent it from a company that provides 24/7 support for those “just in case” moments.

 

Delivery Services

Picture this. You’re on location… You’ve got a tight deadline to get the pallets of cinder blocks delivered to your customer… Easy enough to do in a few days’ time, until your forklift goes out of commission. Each minute the forklift is down is another minute the shipment will be late to your customer. Now what? You need a company that is not only willing, but ready to deliver the equipment you need when you need it.  

 

Rental Term Flexibility

Equipment needs change – they ebb and flow with the progression of the site they’re on. Your fleet ultimately needs to be augmented with the right piece of machinery, but you also need the flexibility in your rental agreement. Examine your company’s financial plan to determine what flexible rental term options are your best options.

 

When you’re done researching the vast array of rental equipment companies in your area, what is it you’re really looking for? Options. Whether it’s options in the choice of machines in their fleet or delivery of the equipment you need, you want to work with a company that’s going to provide comprehensive support and rental term choices so you can make the best decision for your business.

 

 

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