So, what is more economical? Buying or renting equipment for construction, maintenance and repair. A decision like this is to be considered carefully while also keeping the bottom line in mind, the company’s finances. One of the most challenging and expensive decisions that every contractor and construction company must make is whether to rent or buy construction equipment.

Construction today is so competitive that even the slightest increase in cost can knock one off of the top bidder spot. The final decision will depend on how frequently and how the company can prorate some of these costs, but sometimes construction tools and equipment are bought and rented.

So here is a listing of some benefits of buying construction equipment or renting them:

Here’s a list of benefits to think about while buying construction equipment:

  • A general rule of thumb is to buy a tool or equipment that is used more than 65% of the time.
  • Heavy construction equipment is a good investment when it is going to be used frequently such as when there are a lot of projects coming up in the coming months or even years.
  • Owned equipment or tools are regarded assets that add to the balance sheet and can be sold at any moment. When equipment is purchased, it should be considered both the tax benefits it can provide and how to depreciate it using a straight-line or double-declining balance method.
    • If a corporation owns a piece of equipment, it is easy to decide when and how long to use it, but transportation costs should not be overlooked.
    • Additionally, future expansion is possible. If the company is doing well, has a lot of projects lined up, and is ready to expand, then purchasing construction equipment makes a lot of sense because it will provide a good return on investment in the future. 

    Here’s a list of benefits to think about while renting construction equipment:

    • The acquisition of construction equipment is a costly process due to regular maintenance, dedicated manpower, transport and logistics, as well as value depreciation over time. These over-costs are borne by the renter company, as a result, many real estate developers rent heavy construction equipment based on their capacity, needs and usage patterns, such as aerial work platforms, excavators, composite mats, material handling equipment, compactors, pavers, aluminium scaffolding and pile boring machines.
    • For the summer, work is frequently doubled, but during the rest of the year, it stays the same. In this situation, renting construction equipment to supplement the existing fleet during peak season makes sense. This can save money on equipment storage and maintenance during the off-season
    • Another benefit of renting is the low cost of maintenance and repairs. Renting equipment makes it much easier to figure out the project budget accurately, so the company doesn’t have to worry about unexpected maintenance and repair expenses.
    • Some of the project duration is less than 3 years and in such cases renting construction equipment is the smarter option to save on cost and storage expenses of the equipment.

    In a nutshell, construction equipment is costly, but if chosen carefully, one can save a significant amount of money. How? If the equipment will be used for an extended period, a buying decision would be more feasible. For short to mid-term usage, renting would be a more cost-efficient option.

    In contrast, the experience of renting equipment is also used to determine how efficient production is when the equipment is continuously used instead of being an option. When rental construction equipment is used, the costs are normally added to the price and passed on to the customer as indirect or overhead costs.

    All-in-all, whether buying or renting each has its pros and cons, and the company should weigh the duration of usage, equipment cost, availability, overhead charges such as transportation, maintenance, fuel, manpower, and insurances, the resale value of the equipment before making a decision.

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