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There are 7. 8 million production workers in the United States construction industry, and lately, many of them have been choosing to rent instead of buy. Renting offers a certain level of flexibility and efficiency that can't always be obtained from purchasing. However, there are some misconceptions about heavy equipment rentals. Here are some common myths about renting heavy equipment.

  1. Myth: Renters are not responsible for any repair services on rental equipment.

    This is probably the most common myth about heavy equipment rentals. It may be true that the rental company will retain the responsibility of maintaining their equipment, any damage incurred to the equipment while it is in your possession will be your responsibility. Some companies offer insurance policies on their equipment rentals, but if insurance isn't offered, the credit card you used as a deposit will be charged in the full amount of the damage once the equipment is returned.

  2. Myth: A one-day rental is equivalent to 24 hours.

    It may be logical to think that one day's rental is the equivalent of 24 hours, but in reality, that's rarely the case. The vast majority of the time, heavy equipment is rented on what is called a metered basis. That means that a meter is attached to the machine to monitor the exact amount of time that the equipment is being used. Overall, a single day's rental usually means a single eight hour work day as opposed to a full 24 hour period. If you exceed the permitted usage agreed upon between you and the rental company, you could be charged an additional day for any extra time, even if it was returned without a 24-hour period.

  3. Myth: You don't need any special licenses or certification to operate rented equipment.

    It's not entirely clear where this myth originated, but it's simply not true. Just because heavy equipment has been made available to the public does not mean that every person meets the eligibility requirements to rent or use the equipment. If a special license or certification is required to use the equipment in the workforce, the same credentials will apply whenever the equipment is rented for private uses. For example, a forklift requires an operator's license, as do many other pieces of construction equipment.


Ultimately, it's important to do thorough research and read the contract in full before agreeing to a heavy equipment rental. For more information about construction equipment for sale, contact Grand Equipment.

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