If you are a building contractor just starting out in the commercial or residential construction business, one of your biggest expenses will likely be equipment. Because each job or project is ever-changing, you may not want to invest the majority of your capital into equipment right away. One alternative is equipment rental. You can still get the machines that you need but at a price that is affordable. For some machines, such as air compressors, there are several advantages to renting as opposed to buying them outright.
Transporting To And From Job Sites
When you rent compressed air systems from a local commercial rental company, you are minimizing having to transport the equipment around yourself. This can save you and your construction crew valuable time on the job site. Portable compressors can be easily moved from one job site to another, but towable versions or mounted compressors can be more challenging to transport. They are heavy and require special towing equipment and trailers to move them from one location to another. Calling an equipment company in advance will allow you to have the exact compressor that you need already set up and ready to go at the jobsite.
Storing Equipment In Your Warehouse
Some units are not recommended for rental, such as those used for industrial applications like sandblasting or powering in-house machines and equipment. They are high horsepower machines and require a special circuit breaker that must meet the required safety standards at all times. Heavy duty compressors that are used for large-scale projects can be very large and cumbersome and take up a considerable amount of room in your warehouse or shop. Renting portable heavy duty air compressors allow you to keep the space free in your workstation for other projects, tools and related equipment.
With integrated diesel motor components and variable-speed drive mechanisms, commercial air compressors can be prone to frequent breakdown. If you are well-versed in diesel technology and are a good mechanic, renting may not cost-effective over the long haul. If you prefer to focus on building and other construction-related duties, leave the repair work to someone else. Renting gives you that option because you don't have to repair a unit if it happens to break down.
Maintenance And Upkeep
Because compressors are one of the main workhorses of any construction site, they need to maintained after every use. Generating 217 PSI or more requires engine components to push the compressor to maximum capacity. The last thing you want to think about is the upkeep on your air compressor when you have a construction deadline to meet. Renting allows you to bypass troubleshooting and having to order new parts when you experience a breakdown. Just call the rental company and have them switch out the unit.
When you rent air compressors to run your power tools and power your remote work station, you don't have to worry about your entire construction project coming to a halt. When you experience breakdown with a rental piece, it's usually replaced quickly, saving you time and money, so you can get right back to work.