Big construction projects may require buying or renting massive machinery to get things done on time. For businesses that aren’t fully versed in construction or building, this may prove to be a dilemma. Here are several basic tips for picking the right construction machinery that ideally suits your project:
Choose Standard Machinery Whenever Possible
Construction machinery comes in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and with customization options. However, there are standard versions of machines that are generally considered suitable for certain tasks. Standard versions are also the type that passes regulatory safety tests. Therefore, aim to purchase standard versions of machines like a stirrup bender, even though manufacturers may offer customized options.
Does it Suit the Job?
Perhaps the most important consideration should be given to whether the machine you pick actually suits the job at hand. You may have a choice of multiple machines to choose from that can perform similar tasks. However, it’s very important to choose the machine that can perform the exact task you want. In other words, pick the machine that’s best suited for the job, as this would be the most cost-effective and safest option.
Consider Cost against the Service You Require
Some machinery are highly specialised while others can handle multiple tasks. However, the buying or the renting cost may not always depend on what the machine can do. Certain other market-driven factors, such as brand name, popularity, newness may play a role in driving up prices. Therefore, when evaluating costs, it’s very important to consider the how useful the machine would be for your project. If you can choose a multipurpose machine as opposed to a single-purpose machine, go for the former, as it would offer the best bank for your buck.
Think about Working Cost as Well
Machines have a price to buy or rent. Then there’s another expense: the working expense. This is how much it costs to operate the machine, including fuel, power, manpower, or material that might be needed to get the machine to function. Some machinery could be very inexpensive to purchase, but might incur massive running costs. So think about operating costs from the beginning to avoid unpleasant surprises later.
Serviceability Should Be a Factor
As we all know, machines don’t stay intact forever. Any machines require servicing as recommended by the manufacturer. If you are buying a machine for long-term use, think about how easy it is to service the machine. This would depend on your location. For example, some European brands could be difficult to get serviced in Australia because of lack of parts or expertise. Stick with international brands that most people know how to service and for which you can easily find parts in Australia.
Don’t Overlook Reusability or Disposability
Before buying a machine, think about how often you would need to use it. Would you need to machine for a construction project each year or would you need to sell it in a couple of years? When purchasing, you need to consider reuse to avoid overspending. For one time use, you are better off renting. Also, if you would need to sell it soon, consider the resale value when purchasing equipment.
Think hard about the above factors when choosing machinery for any job. Hopefully, the above tips would help you better choose now.