How to Avoid Pitfalls When Hiring Equipment

Posted by Rex Conner on January 20th, 2020

It’s no secret that there has been a major increase in construction and development in Cape Town in recent years. Whether it’s due an increase in tourism, the government or homeowners wanting to improve their living space, there is almost always roadworks or construction happening. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the number of tool hire companies in the area has increased tremendously over the years. As a result, less and less people are purchasing their own tools. Why would they want to spend a fortune on purchasing them when they can go to a tool hire company, hire the necessary equipment for a competitive price, use it for as long as they require, and then return it? (Information source:

As construction has increased over the years, so has the demand for tools. There are cases where construction companies, for example, experience peaks in demand which completely exhaust their resources and, as a result, need to hire as much tools and equipment as possible. If it is a project where time is of the essence, contracting tool hire companies is the most cost-effective and reliable way to ensure extra capacity.

In cases like these, there are numerous different considerations businesses need to take into account when approaching tool hire companies. This way, one can avoid the general pitfalls involved and ensure that they hire the right tools or equipment required.

In order to ensure you get the best deal possible, strictly follow the next few points. Most importantly, plan in advance! While giving tool hire companies short notice is better than none at all, it is still important to book early. That way, you can be sure that they will still have the tools and equipment you require. It will also give the respective company enough time to get their own requirements in order, such as ensuring the tools are clean and in good working condition.

Secondly, take great consideration into what your requirements are. There are advantages in hiring different types of tools and classes when it is low season. For example, demand varies depending on the machine and, if it is low season, hiring a specific type of tool or forklift class may be an advantage.

The rates offered by tool hire companies tend to become more competitive when the rental period is longer. Therefore, to get the best deal, try to anticipate what the demand will be to ensure you get the best possible price.

When contracting a company, discuss delivery options and collection with them in detail. The bigger companies will respond to your request quickly and, depending on the contract, may even be able to deliver the tools and equipment to your site within 48 hours of placing the order.

Finally, snap up deals wherever possible! This may seem like a relatively obvious consideration, but it needs to be repeated. You would be surprised by the amount of saving one can get from promotional offers.

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