Whether you’re a project manager operating on large-scale civil works, a weekend warrior looking to dig a few holes in a backyard, or you’re in the mining industry and need a fleet of vehicles – you’re probably looking to save as much money as possible on your job. It’s a common mistake to hire the wrong machinery for a job if you’re inexperienced, in turn cutting into already-slim budgets. So what are the best ways to ensure your job isn’t jeopardised by ineffective plant hire practices? With 25 years of experience, Eastern Plant Hire are experts in:
- Dozer hire
- Excavator hire
- Scraper hire
- Backhoe hire
- Grader hire
- ITC Loader hire
- Roller hire
- Water cart hire
- Street sweeper hire
- Skid steer hire
- Posi-track hire
- Traxcavator hire
- Dump truck hire
Have a look at our comprehensive guide to squeezing the most out of your plant hire package in Australia!
Tip Number One – Keep an eye on the weather.
Unfortunately, mother nature doesn’t exactly care whether or not you want to hire an excavator. Thankfully, the digital age has brought with it the ability to see what the weather’s doing at a moments notice. Keeping a close eye on how the next day is going to pan out before you hire a machine could save you a lot of time and money. Whether you’re in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne or beyond, Australian weather can be incredibly temperamental, with storms known to come from nowhere. Keep an eye on that weather app, and save those coins for a sunny day!
Tip Number Two – Hire the right size machine.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but to keep costs down on-site, it’s important to hire a machine you’re going to use. Hiring the largest piece of equipment isn’t always the most efficient way to handle a project, especially on smaller residential jobs where access is limited. This concept swings both ways, as smaller machines may not be ideal to tackle large projects like road construction, dam works and more. Liaising with one of the friendly team members at Eastern Plant Hire is a sure-fire way to ensure you’re only hiring the machine you need, instead of larger, more expensive choices.
Tip Number Three – Create a realistic schedule for your project.
Although it’s a nice idea to crush out a project in as little time as humanly possible, it’s critical to set realistic goals for your earthmoving project. Taking the time to sit down and sketch a rough estimate of how long the project will take, what plant hire you need and the budget required is a great first step.
Efficient scheduling practices rely on the job not being overly ambitious. In a perfect world, a project could be completed in a day, however, in reality, this isn’t usually possible. Sometimes the scope of a project needs to be broad to allow for mistakes, weather mishaps and other uncontrollable forces.
Tip Number Four – Only hire machines that are well-maintained.
You wouldn’t buy a car that had been beaten into the ground, so why would you rent an excavator that wasn’t taken care of? Ensuring the machinery you’re hiring has been meticulously looked after and maintained can be the difference between staying under budget and going into the red on a job. Reviewing the service logs and inspecting machines prior to construction commencing are great ways to minimise your chances of excessive downtime on site.
Eastern Plant Hire regularly service and maintain every machine in our fleet. From the smallest excavator hire packages to our large dozer hire options, we ensure that you’re receiving a first-class service every time you hire with us. From Brisbane to Melbourne, Sydney, and all throughout the East Coast of Australia, EPH is the team you can trust for plant hire.
Drop a line to the team at Eastern Plant Hire today.
If you’re looking to speak with an industry expert about world-class plant hire packages, material cartage, truck hire or anything in between, then give EPH a call today. Speak with one of our friendly staff members about an obligation-free quote, receive incisive advice and get the ball rolling on your next earthmoving project. Alternatively, fill out one of our online enquiry forms and we will respond to your request as soon as possible. For all plant hire jobs, big or small, Eastern Plant Hire are the team you can trust!