6 Reasons Why Your Construction Equipment Supplier Should be a Rental House
In today’s construction business world, more and more supply houses are beginning to sell equipment on the side. Contractors love to have everything in the same place, and buying equipment when and where supplies are bought makes a purchaser’s job easy. But the downside of this trend is starting to take shape, as it becomes prevalent that supply houses are truly selling construction equipment “on the side” and don’t offer the same level of support or knowledge that tool houses possess. Here’s a few reasons why your construction equipment supplier should be a tool house, and more specifically, a rental house.
1) Regular Working Knowledge of the Products
Rental houses don’t see products come in and leave with the same packaging on them. Rental equipment is set up and tested before it goes out the door; and often times, the person renting the equipment doesn’t have experience with it. Rental houses offer quick and detailed tutorials before sending the equipment with the user, requiring a good working knowledge of the products by the staff. Whenever buying equipment, especially complex equipment, such working knowledge of the product is extremely helpful in determining the correct equipment needed and any further questions after purchase.
2) Regular Maintenance of Products
Rental houses are regularly doing preventative and repair work on their own equipment, and an in-house repair center is beneficial whether equipment needs wear-and-tear or warranty maintenance. Most rental houses have been cleared by manufacturers as Certified Equipment Repair Centers. This means these tool houses can perform warranty work for the manufacturer without the equipment needing to be sent all the way back where it was built. Not only that, but it also means that the repair center sees a lot of equipment and does extensive repair work, more than likely saving contractors time and money in the future when equipment goes down or needs preventative maintenance.
3) Saves Time When Experiencing Breakdowns
Not only do certified rental houses save time in eliminating the need to send the equipment back to manufacturers, but they also have a rental fleet of equipment available in case contractors don’t have time to wait on an equipment repair. If a machine goes down, a contractor can’t afford to miss the approaching deadline. A quick rental might cost a small fee, but saves time and money in the long run by ensuring deadlines are met and the job continues smoothly.
4) Ability to Rent Extra During Large Jobs
Business booming is never a bad thing, right? But one downside can be insufficient equipment to meet the needs of the job. When the job is completed, contractors don’t want to have to store excess equipment – taking up space and money. That’s why rental is often a good option for purchasers experiencing an influx of equipment needs. It allows all the benefits of having a large equipment inventory, without the downside of needing to store, transport and maintain it.
5) Rent-to-Own Programs
A lot of rental houses offer rent-to-own programs, allowing contractors to credit rental expenditures to a purchase of the same equipment at the end of the rental period. This can be beneficial when unsure if the equipment will be needed in the short term or long term.
6) Reconditioned Construction Equipment Inventory
Sometimes, the right equipment isn’t always the newest and brightest. If the job is simple and budget is tight, reconditioned or used equipment is a great opportunity. Most rental houses sell out of their rental fleet regularly, so rental equipment stays up to date and reconditioned equipment is still great quality. A good rental house will offer a warranty with their reconditioned equipment as well, so contractors don’t have to worry about getting faulty construction equipment.
Although some supply houses offer a one-stop-shop when it comes to purchasing supplies and equipment, they cause aches and problems down the line when it comes to things like repairs and working knowledge. Rental houses afford contractors more options and benefits when it comes to equipment and tools.
Written by Joe Huhn, Contractors Choice