As a construction contractor, you know that you need to have a plan before you rent a piece of heavy equipment. But if you're renting unfamiliar equipment, you may need to re-evaluate your typical plans.
Things to Consider When Planning for Unfamiliar Equipment
Planning properly for a piece of unfamiliar heavy equipment involves more thought than many think. You may know precisely what you need. You may have, or know of, an operator for the machine. You may even know exactly where you want to place it, and how it fits into the larger picture of the project.
Despite all of that, you can still end up with a rented piece of equipment that's doing nothing but sitting there costing you money. Here's a few reasons how that can happen.
You did not consider the space – For example, you know that you need a truck-mounted crane to clear debris from a narrow space. You know there's room on site for the crane to fit.
What you may not have considered is the room the crane needs to operate properly. Or, you may have failed to consider having a wider area for the truck to turn in order to use the mounted crane.
You did not consider the local laws – The municipality may have special rules for specific types of heavy equipment. If it's equipment you're not familiar with, you may find yourself on the wrong side local ordinances if you're not careful. For example, you may run into laws regarding,
- When you can use the equipment
- How, and when, you can transport the equipment
- How you must secure the equipment
These are examples, and they can vary from area to area. It can depend on the size of the equipment, the type of equipment, and any of a number of other things.
You did not consider staging – This is something of a cross between space and local laws. Some heavy equipment requires set-up space independent of the space where you will put it to use. If it requires configuration, you will have to set aside that space for it.
In some cases, the setup may have to take place on public property. That means you will need to learn the local laws and ask for the right permits. This is the kind of thing you need to plan for far ahead of time.
It's these types of things you have to remember to plan for. Otherwise, you may find yourself renting the piece of equipment far longer than you originally expected as you navigate site dynamics and legal red tape.
Speak to the Rental Service
A local heavy equipment rental service knows the local laws and can explain to you what they require. The service can also let you know how to best plan for the equipment you need. They may even have operators and support teams of their own that can assist you further.
For more information, contact Crane rentals by Ontario Crane Rentals or a similar company.