Heavy diggers are beneficial pieces of equipment, used for demolition, earth moving, excavating, digging, grading, and landscaping. Some of the common types of heavy diggers include the different kinds of backhoes and excavators that are essential in any construction site. However, thanks to the expensive cost of the equipment, most contractors prefer to hire instead of buying them. However, the operational costs of using a heavy digger are still high even after hiring. Find below ways to reduce cost of a heavy digger:
1. Compare Prices of Various Hire Companies
Choosing a heavy digger hire company with competitive prices is the best way to save costs. Although various firms have identical heavy diggers, their rental rates differ. Some are more pocket friendly than others are. Take time to compare a couple of companies before settling for one that offers the cheapest price. Have the following in mind as well as you do so, to ensure that you get the best rates.
Get a hiring service that offers flexible packages.
Select a company that has different types of equipment. If you require a bulldozer and an excavator, it would be more affordable getting them from one company than committing to two different service providers.
â€¢ Ensure that your bundle comes with equipment attachments. Having attachments like grading blades, augers, grapples, and buckets will save you from looking for these items after the hire. Also, if you hire them separately, you will be charged extra.
Ask for quotes after comparing different companies against these factors, and opt for one that meets all your requirements at reasonable prices.
2. Get a Serviced Digger
Imagine renting a heavy digger that breaks down during mid-operation. You have no options left apart from repairing it, and this will translate into inflated costs of hundreds of Euros more than the hire price. You can avoid this dilemma by hiring a serviced digger. The plant hire company should service, inspect, and repair the digger before renting it to you. You ought to be present during the inspections to make sure that all the parts are working, as they should.
Pay close attention to areas such as the undercarriage, hydraulic system, electrical system, the controls, and the attachment system. Ensure that the company has changed all the fluids. You will avoid incurring repairs that are not entirely your fault, once the equipment is serviced and repaired.
3. Hire a Skilled Operator
You might have to spend more money to hire an operator, but it can save you money in the end. Certain hire companies provide you with the option of renting equipment with an operator at an extra cost, for example, £200. Do not miss the opportunity of opting for this package as it will reduce the hire cost in the long run.
A skilled operator will complete the work faster than you would have, particularly if you do not know how to operate a digger. Knowledgeable operators also eradicate mistakes that result from incompetence and save you needless downtime. You will not be liable for the damages, if you hire a company operator and they damage the equipment; the plant hire company will have to bear the expenses.
Plant hire is an essential service in all construction and earthmoving projects. Keep the above tips in mind when hiring a heavy digger. For all your equipment hire needs, contact us at FGS Plant. We offer flexible packages that suit the requirements of every contractor. Our prices are competitive, and you can get an obligation free quote on request. Talk with us today and let us handle all your digger hire needs.