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To hire or not to hire – that is the question

To hire or not to hire – that is the question - How plant and tool hire beats buying

Whether it’s construction plant and building tools or heavy lifting and access equipment for manufacturing operations, your business likely needs specialist tools to get the job done. But is it wiser to buy them outright or rely on a plant hire or equipment hire specialist?

In this article we look at the major benefits of hiring and they are the same across the wide spectrum of available commercial equipment for hire – from forklift trucks and access platforms to scaffolding and excavators.

1. Cost-efficiency
Opting for plant and tool hire allows you to get hold of the right equipment at the right time and at a price that suits. Purchasing brand new and even second-hand, powered access and plant machinery costs thousands and is a serious investment. You also need to factor in depreciation, storage, security and servicing costs. Lastly, you need to factor in your expected future usage of the asset to compare the long-term cost difference between buying and hiring.

2. Flexibility
Plant and tool hire gives you total flexibility. You can select from a wide range of equipment for the exact duration you need. In short, you only pay for what you need, when you need it. Your hire company should provide you with expertise to ensure you get the exact equipment you really need for your project and the challenges you face.

Lastly, the best hire companies offer guaranteed off-hiring to ensuring the kit gets removed from site when you want it and you stop the hire costs dead in their tracks. Off-hiring is a key point to check with your chosen hire company.

3. Latest, serviced, safe equipment
Reputable hire companies should offer the latest equipment providing the benefits of design advances and meeting all regulations and guidelines. In addition, good hire companies will ensure all equipment is regularly checked, serviced, and cleaned (safety from Covid-19) to ensure that it meets the highest standards. If there is any kind of issue or breakdown, your hire company should swiftly resolve it.

Outdated, faulty equipment can lose your business serious momentum and money. It is therefore highly recommended to pre-check hire companies’ reviews on Trustpilot to see the level of service they provide because, unfortunately, the hire experience can be mixed.

So in summary, hiring plant machinery and other services can be an extremely cost effective and flexible way of working. The key to hiring being successful is choosing a trusted, knowledgeable and reliable partner such as Nationwide Hire.

With over 25 years experience in the hire market Nationwide Hire offers over 5 million products from 9,000 locations across the UK and Ireland. A Trustpilot rating of 4.9 out of 5 highlights the company’s excellent levels of customer service.