Heavy diggers are useful pieces of equipment that are used for earth moving, digging, excavating, landscaping, grading, and demolition. Some of the common types of heavy diggers are the various kinds of excavators and backhoes, and they are indispensable in any construction site. However, the equipment is quite expensive, and most contractors opt to hire instead of buying them. But even after hiring, the operational costs of using a heavy digger are still high. Here are ways to reduce cost of a heavy digger:
- Compare Various Hire Companies
The best way to save costs is by choosing a heavy digger hire company with competitive prices. Although various firms have the same heavy diggers, their rental rates vary. Some are more affordable than others. Take time to compare a few companies before settling for one. As you do so, have the following in mind as well to ensure that you get the best rates.
- Get a hiring service with flexible packages.
- Choose a company with different types of equipment. If you need an excavator and bulldozer, getting them from one company would be more affordable than committing to two different service providers.
- Ensure that your package comes with equipment attachments. Having attachments such as augers, buckets, grapples, and grading blades will save you from looking for these items after the hire. You will be charged extra if you hire them separately.
After comparing your companies against these factors, ask for quotes and go with one that meets all your needs at reasonable prices.
- Get a Serviced Digger
Imagine hiring a heavy digger which ends up breaking down mid-operation. You will be forced to repair it, and this will translate into increased costs of hundreds of Euros above the hire price. Avoid this by hiring a serviced digger. Before getting the equipment, the plant hire company should inspect, service, and repair the digger. You should be available during the inspections to ensure that all the parts are working correctly.
Pay attention to areas such as the hydraulic system, undercarriage, electrical system, attachment system, and the controls. Ensure that all fluids have been changed. Once the equipment is serviced and repaired, you will avoid incurring repairs that aren’t entirely your fault.
- Hire an Experienced Operator
Hiring an operator may seem like an unnecessary additional cost, but it can save you money in the long run. Some hire companies give you an option of renting equipment with an operator at an additional cost, for example, £200. Take advantage of this package as it will reduce the cost of hire in the long run.
An experienced operator will get the work done faster than you would have, especially if you lack the skill to operate a digger. Experienced operators also eliminate mistakes that result from incompetence and save you unnecessary downtime. If you hire a company operator and they damage the equipment, you will not be liable for the damages — the cost will fall on the plant hire company.
Plant hire is an essential service in all earthmoving and construction projects. Have these tips in mind when hiring a heavy digger. Contact us at FGS Plant for all your equipment hire needs. We offer flexible packages to suit every contractor’s requirements. Our prices are competitive, and you can get a free quote on request. Talk to us today and let us handle all your digger hire needs.