5 Things To Consider When Choosing A Company To Rent A Crane From

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The expense of things like maintenance, repairs, storage, fuel, and insurance can exceed 100 percent of the initial cost of large construction equipment. Because of this, renting that crane you need for an upcoming project can save you quite a bit of money, time, and stress overall. Here are five things to consider when choosing a rental company to work with:   

1. Drop-off and Pick-up

An important aspect to consider that is often overlooked when renting a crane is the drop-off and pick-up process. It's especially helpful to know just how long the crane will be around before and after you actually need it if you don't have a lot of spare room at the project site.

Even if you do have some storage space available, having to house the crane longer than expected can make completing other aspects of your project inconvenient. So ask each potential service provider you consult with about their drop-off and pick-up policies. Will the crane be delivered on the day you'll actually need it, or will it show up several days beforehand? The same question should be asked about pickup after you're done using the crane.

2. Equipment Management

It's also important to find out how the crane and accompanying equipment will be managed while it's at your project site. You should have a complete understanding of who is expected to ensure the equipment's safety both during business hours and throughout the night. Will there be an employee assigned to stay on-site and oversee the care of the equipment, or will you have to appoint someone to do it?

Is there special care that has to be taken when cleaning up the equipment for the night or when preparing it for the next day's work? Ask each service provider you consider hiring to provide you with a complete list of management responsibilities you'll be charged with while the crane is in your care.

3. Insurance Options

Don't assume that you'll automatically get the protection that you want for your project site and employees when renting a crane. While most companies provide basic coverage in case something goes wrong due to neglect or mistakes on their part, insurance coverage for accidents or injuries that occur due to mistakes on your company's part may not be included automatically.

However, some companies offer the opportunity to purchase extra insurance coverage that will protect the crane, your project site, and your employees in case of accidents, no matter who is technically at fault. When meeting with potential service providers, find out how accidents are handled and obtain an exhaustive list of all insurance options available so you can compare your options side-by-side.

4. Team Experience

You should also consider the experience that each service provider's team members have before choosing which company to rent a crane from. Some companies hire employees direct based on experience and credentials. But others make use of temporary labor agencies to hire workers with various backgrounds and experience levels, which means you won't know how qualified the guy is who delivers, manages, and picks up the crane you rent.  

So it's a good idea to make sure that any service provider you consider renting crane equipment from knows exactly who you'll be working with throughout the rental period. They should be able to provide you with a breakdown of their experience and credentials.  

5. Service Discounts

Many construction equipment rental companies have partnerships with other types of service providers within the industry, and they may be able to offer you discounts for working with their partners. You may be able to score discounts for things like concrete or painting services through the rental company you choose to work with. Ask about service discounts during each consultation so you know what all your options are ahead of time and you can plan additional projects for your site accordingly.

Making these considerations should help ensure that all of your project needs are met while renting that crane you need. For more information on crane rental, contact a company like A C Jones Trucking Inc.

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