4 Ways to Confirm Rental Equipment Productivity

Posted on: 12 March 2018

Construction projects often require varied equipment at different stages of the projects. How certain can you be that you are getting maximum value from the equipment that you have rented? Read on and learn some of the ways through which you can assess the productivity of rental equipment.

Is There Too Much Equipment?

Some of the equipment that you rented for your project may not be as productive as expected if you devoted too many machines to perform certain tasks. For example, do you need all those wheel loaders that are on your site? You can tell that you deployed too many machines when some of those machines remain idle for some hours. Reduce the rental equipment that is surplus to your needs so that you reduce the rental costs.

Could Cheaper Equipment Suffice?

Another way to judge whether you are getting value for money for your rental equipment is by asking yourself whether no cheaper option existed for the work available. For instance, using a heavy excavator to do work that can be done by a mini-excavator isn't a productive way to retain the heavy excavator on your site. Swap it for the smaller machine so that you avoid under-utilising the bigger equipment.

Are Equipment Combinations Balanced?

Job sites often require different pieces of equipment to work together. For example, trucks can be deployed to work where an excavator is being used. Examine whether the equipment combinations are working seamlessly. For example, having too many trucks ferrying excavated soil may cause some trucks to delay to be loaded as the lone excavator is working its way through the queue of waiting trucks. In such a case, reduce the trucks or deploy an additional excavator so that the equipment combination works efficiently.

Is the Equipment Doing Its Intended Work?

Conduct frequent audits to ascertain whether each of the pieces of equipment that you rented is performing the tasks for which you selected that equipment at the rental yard. For instance, you may have rented a loader to carry debris away from your site. However, that machine may have been diverted to carry smaller machines from one section of the site to another.  Such a redeployment results in reduced productivity of the loader since you are continuing to pay money for its stay when it isn't doing what you wanted it for.

Don't hesitate to let go of any rental equipment that isn't as productive as you had wanted it to be. The ideas above will yield better results when you use them on a daily basis. Assign someone the task of assessing the productivity of the rental equipment if you are too busy to follow up on this matter yourself. Contact a plant hire company for additional advice.