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Tips to Follow When Renting a Crane

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If you run a construction company, there will probably come a time when you need a crane. Unlike other construction equipment, this type of equipment is not often purchased new unless you use it on a daily basis. Cranes are big and bulky, not to mention expensive, so renting it when you need it is often preferred. Here are some tips on the renting process if this will be your first time.

Consider an Operated Crane

You will first need to choose the type of crane you need. Most equipment rental companies have a variety of cranes to choose from, from overhead cranes to bridge cranes. What type of crane you should get will depend on the type of work you do and what you need it for. Don't forget that there may be the option of getting a crane that is operated. This is when the construction rental company actually does the crane work for you by providing a skilled operator of the machine for your project. Some cranes require specific skills, so if you don't have a worker with experience, this can be a great option. This can save you a lot of time and energy and ensure the job is done correctly.

Inquire About Deliveries and Pick-Ups

While most rental companies will provide deliveries with your crane rental, some might have stipulations. For example, is the delivery only free within a certain distance, or is there a fee for all deliveries? You might want to consider a company that doesn't have delivery penalties or try to figure out how to pick the crane up yourself. The same goes for the company picking up the crane when you are done with it. Find out about these practices beforehand and whether any additional fees are involved.

Read the Fine Print of the Rental Contract

When looking at the final rental contract, don't just sign it without really reading it thoroughly. You might be charged extra fees for features you didn't ask for, or you may be responsible for certain types of repairs. While maintenance is usually included in cranes being rented, if there is an issue when you are using it, will you then be required to pay for repairs? This is good information to know beforehand so you know what to expect. Another thing to read in the contract is what the fee schedule is if you need the crane for longer than anticipated and request an extension.

Keep these tips in mind as you contact a local crane hire service to hire a crane for your project.