When you have a construction job, there are some tasks better done with the use of heavy equipment. Manually digging a long trench for a pipeline might take too long. Additionally, there are some other jobs that require equipment hire.
These can be for excavators, trucks and dumpers, bulldozers, loaders, rollers and compaction equipment, and equipment attachments.
Choosing an Excavator
One piece of equipment commonly rented is the excavator. Most construction companies have no excavator of their own. Instead, they hire from larger construction companies or go to rental firms when they need to dig.
These could be for drainage trenches, landscaping purposes, driveways, fences, and others. When choosing an excavator, it is important that the size and performance fit the job requirements.
In most instances, there are limitations based on the location, where only a small excavator will do. In other instances, there’s enough space for a large and long arm to swing. Take these into account.
At the other end of the spectrum are project management concerns. This includes how much time the job needs. Another factor is the overall cost of the excavator over the projected time on site.
This is a balancing act where the user will have to make some calculations between the cost per day, and the amount of work which can be carried out by an excavator. Excavators have different capacities based on their size, the bucket size, and other factors.
Increasingly, one factor which stands out is operator convenience. This includes several factors, like the ease of use, manoeuvrability, and overall comfort. Individual excavators have their own different features. Their design makes it easier and faster to operate.
To settle the issue, a company can request a real-world demo or test drive of the equipment. This will allow an operator to test out the equipment, and see for himself how responsive the controls are. It will also allow the potential customers an opportunity to see if the particular model will fit their needs.