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Top 5 Tips for Hiring Equipment

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Almost all construction projects require the use of some form of equipment. With so many equipment hire companies in existence - both national and regional - it can prove to be a bit of a minefield selecting the right supplier. We’ve listed below a handful of tips to help you secure the best possible hire to suit your specific needs.

A-Plant - Safety First

1. Safety first

It’s critical that any plant hire supplier has safety at the top of the list of their priorities, whether that’s rigorously maintaining equipment or ensuring safe transportation and delivery of equipment. At A-Plant, we are widely recognised as the safest hire company in the UK, underlined by the fact that we won the Rental Safety Award at the European Rental Awards in 2017, and we have now received our tenth Gold Level Award from RoSPA

A-Plant Equipment - Fit for Purpose!

2. Make sure the equipment is fit for purpose

Reputable suppliers will be able to advise which equipment is most suitable for the job in hand. For example, is it the right size and does it have the right attachments?

A-Plant - Age and Condition of Equipment

3. Check the age and condition of the equipment

Hired equipment is used equipment and in general, the older a machine is, the more likely it is to breakdown. You may receive quotes for the hire of older machines which aren’t as efficient as the latest models, consume more fuel and are more susceptible to breakdowns. At A-Plant, we’ve made a huge investment of £300 million over the last two years to ensure our customers can hire the youngest, safest and most environmentally efficient equipment currently available in the UK.

A-Plant - Service Levels

4. Check service levels

The equipment hire market is a highly competitive one and it’s important that you receive a high level of support from your supplier, for example if you have a problem with a machine during the hire. At A-Plant, we have a network of 185 service centres across the UK, totally focused on meeting our customers’ needs. We’re proud to say that 98.9% of customers rate us as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good.’

5. One call does it all

It can be frustrating, not to mention time-consuming, sourcing equipment from a multitude of different suppliers. At A-Plant, we have 16 divisions and a hire fleet of 200,000 items of equipment readily available, meaning that we can support you at every stage of a project, supplying equipment for surveying, site welfare, groundworks, construction, fit-out and facilities management.


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Liv Smith

I never thought about checking how old the equipment is and seeing in what condition they are in case they break down. I've been thinking about renting some equipment for a project I have in my backyard and checking the condition is something very important to remember. Thank you for giving me tips on what to look for in a rental company, I'll keep them in mind when I find some equipment to rent.

Matthew Bastick

nice blog . when i need any equipment i defiantly remember your blog and check all the points . thnx for sharing

Matthew Bastick

I like your blog. its really helpful for every one which is hiring any equipment for our groundwork. which have knowledge about equipment .in this blog you almost provide information. and how to check the equipment when we hire.

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