Crane Rental Companies Want Your Business -- And They're Maintaining Their Fleets To Ensure Your Happiness
If you are in charge of gathering equipment for construction projects that your company is working on, you know how expensive the larger items can be. Cranes can be especially expensive; for example, Telogis says a used crane in 2012 could run almost $250,000. If your company constantly uses cranes, buying one would make sense. But if there's a lot of down time for the equipment you have on hand, you should look into renting a crane instead. In addition to more obvious benefits, recent issues in the crane rental industry have made renting the equipment, from places like A C Jones Trucking Inc, much more attractive.
Recovering and Looking for Business
The crane rental industry is recovering from a slump. While crane rentals are increasing, rental companies are still doing what they can to make their products extremely attractive to construction companies that need to rent the cranes. Part of that means ensuring the customer is very happy with how the crane is working. To do this, crane rental companies have been trying to keep their fleets in very good shape so that there is no down time due to mechanical failures.
Keeping Those Cranes Working
Mechanical failures can really affect fiscal bottom lines -- and it's not just your project's budget that's at stake. If a rented crane stops working, the rental company has to both replace the crane and, as Telogis notes, issue refunds for the time that the construction company was without a working crane. That equals quite a loss for the rental company.
What this boils down to is that not only will you save money by renting a crane instead of shelling out to buy one, but you'll also have access to cranes that are in excellent shape. The rental company will do everything it can to ensure that crane continues to work.
Along with that come benefits like free maintenance and free pickup and delivery, depending on the cause of any mechanical trouble. Obviously, if you do something to screw up the crane, you're going to have to pay for repairs. But you no longer need to worry about getting a defective crane and then being required to pay to fix it.
Look for a Plan
When you know you'll need a crane, call a few rental companies to see how they would handle a breakdown. Good companies will have a procedure -- be wary of any that deflect your question with generic responses about how their cranes never break down.
Also find out about storage issues in case there will be an extended time when you won't need the crane. In other words, if your project calls for a crane at the beginning and end, but not for a few weeks in the middle, find out if the rental company can take the crane back and store it for you so that you get the same crane for the rest of the project. That will save you a lot of space onsite.