Top 5 Tips for Hiring Plant vehicles
When you need to hire plant you will need to know that you are getting the right equipment, fit for the job, at the right time and at the right price. Here are 5 tips that should help you to achieve this, but be sure to shop around for the best deals at such firms as Greenvale Products.
When contacting a plant hire firm be absolutely clear on your timescales. These will include when you need the plant to start work, how long you anticipate needing it for, and when it will need to be collected. It may be worth ensuring that the machinery can be delivered not just on the day that you want it to start work, but perhaps the day before so that you can check that it is fit for purpose and in good order. If it is not you will have, hopefully, sufficient time to order a replacement. Make sure you check for hidden penalties if you go over the time you specify you need the plant for.
Fit for purpose
As we’ve already mentioned it makes sense that you will want to check the plant out before using it. This means making sure that it is:
- fit for the job you need it to do
- is in safe working order
- is in a condition that is acceptable to you, eg clean and fully functioning
Ask about age, maintenance schedule, servicing and any other issues that might affect the machine before you commit to ordering it.
When ordering plant it is worth asking how old the machinery is, when it was last serviced, how it has been maintained and what condition it is in cosmetically. A dirty and badly kept machine with flaking paint can give your site and company a bad name.
Make sure that you check out in detail how the company you hire from will deliver your plant. What type of vehicle, how long will it take to unload and set up and what happens if there are delays. How will you be contacted to advise of hold ups or breakdowns? What will happen if the plant is found to be defective at the start of delivery? Anything that might cause delay in delivery of your plant can cause delay in the work you need it to do and that can cost you money.
Once your plant has been delivered it should remain the responsibility of the company from whom you are hiring to maintain it. Be sure to go into detail about what back up will be available. If a piece of machinery breaks down, you will start to suffer delays as soon as it does so. How quickly will the hire company respond to such a situation? How serious a problem can the hire company deal with, for example total breakdown, and what will happen in such a situation? Will you be given a replacement, and if so, how quickly?