Having the right backhoe loader can save you both time and money. So, what do you need to know before renting one? Here are three tips to make renting a backhoe loader easy…
No. 1: Know the Basics
Your rental dealer needs to know how deep you want to dig and what materials you will be digging in. The bottom line is how much material needs to be moved and matching that to a backhoe loader that can do the job. The machine’s maximum dig depth, engine horsepower, machine weight, dig force and loader lift force all play a significant role in the decision. A backhoe loader needs to have the right power-to-weight ratio to be productive.
No. 2: Ask Questions
The first question to ask: How old is the machine? You want to rent the most current machine available because it will have the latest technology and productivity enhancements. Newer backhoe loaders will have also features that add convenience and comfort for the operator. Who is responsible for daily machine maintenance? The machine you rent should be rental ready. That means your dealer should have performed all the necessary maintenance tasks and tune ups before it is delivered to your jobsite. Rental dealers keep inspection reports on every unit; it is within your rights as a renter to ask for a copy of those reports to make sure you are getting a machine that is fully functional.
What attachments are available with the rental? Backhoe loader manufacturers, like Terex, offer a variety of attachment options for backhoe loaders, including buckets, thumbs and hydraulic breakers, as well as forks, angle dozers, augers and compactors.
No. 3: Maximize Your Investment
Rental rates for backhoe loaders vary depending on the length of the rental contract, the age of the machine, the need for additional attachments, the area of the country and the time of year. Rental contracts are always negotiable. It pays to shop around when looking for a backhoe loader. Larger rental dealers tend to have newer equipment fleets and more selection, but smaller rental houses may be able to offer you a better rental rate and service plan. It is important to work closely with your rental dealer to set the right expectations and to guarantee that it will be a good return on your investment.