A company that offers crane rental services could be just what your construction or industrial company needs to get through an upcoming project on time. But if you've never rented heavy equipment before, you might not know what to expect. The cranes you receive will likely be just as high quality as one that you purchase new, but it can't hurt to do your due diligence to make sure you are getting the best crane possible for your upcoming job. To that end, here are some questions to run by your crane rental company before you sign on the dotted line.
Inquire About the Maintenance Schedule
One of the benefits of renting cranes and other heavy equipment is that your own employees don't have to deal with any maintenance or repair. Your rented crane will show up ready for action, and then you just give it back to the rental company when you're done. But to make sure you are getting a crane that is ready for the job ahead, ask the rental company about the maintenance schedule for the cranes you will be renting. A reputable company will already be on top of this, but the point is, you just want to make absolutely sure everything is in tip-top quality before it arrives at your work site. If a crane hasn't had maintenance in a while, it might break down, and then you'll have to wait for the rental company to get another one out to you. So it can't hurt to ask specific questions about the cranes you'll be getting.
Make Sure Maintenance, Repair, and Insurance Are Addressed in the Contract
Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you are being handed a written contract that clearly states that the rental company will take care of maintenance, repair, and insurance for the crane. Granted, there might be a clause saying you are responsible if you damage the crane due to your own company's negligence, but assuming you do everything correctly, you want it in writing that the rental company is going to take care of all of the details. The exact length of the rental period should also be spelled out.
Do You Need an Operator?
Some, but not all, heavy equipment rental companies also offer contractors to help operate the rented crane or other equipment if needed. Give this some consideration if your own employees will be busy using your own equipment. An extra body on the work site could help you get the project done faster.
Contact a crane rental company today for more information.