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There are approximately 7.8 million workers in the American construction industry. However, despite the amount of manpower, commercial construction projects are helpless without heavy equipment. That's not to say the job wouldn't get done with heavy equipment. But it would certainly take years rather than months.

Fortunately, it isn't necessary for production teams to purchase and maintain their own equipment and parts for every project. Construction equipment such as telehandlers, a wheel loader, and a hydraulic dump mixer can all be rented from a professional equipment rental company. However, before you put all of your cinder blocks into one basket, it's essential that you ask yourself what it is you want from a construction equipment rental company.

Review the company's reputation. You would read the reviews of any other company when hiring their services. It should be no different when you're renting telehandlers and attachments from a construction equipment company. Read as many opinions from past customers as you can in order to get an idea of the company's strengths and weaknesses.

Another good way to get an idea for the company's reputation is to ask around. Ask friends and co-workers in the construction business for what rental companies they've used in the past or what they've heard about a specific company. You may not know the faces of those commenting online, but you certainly know your networks.

Ask questions about their equipment. Inspecting the equipment of the rental company you're considering is a great way to tell if their equipment is well-maintained and will work for you. But you also need to ask the company specific questions to get an idea for not just the equipment they offer, but who they are as a company. Questions such as:

  1. What's your equipment's maintenance schedule?
  2. Is there someone I can talk to after hours if there's a problem?
  3. How quick are you to respond if I call with an equipment issue?

will help you get a general idea of what you can look forward to from your rental company.

Trust your gut. Like buying a car, you want to be sure the company you choose to rent from gives you a good feeling. Your gut response to a person is your body's way of picking up on their behavior. If the rental company's representative seems rude or pushy, trust your own opinion about them. You'll be working with that company for the duration of your construction project, so you want to be sure you can depend on them.

Prior to renting construction equipment like telehandlers and hydraulic dump mixers from a rental company, it's important that you ask around for an idea of that company's reputation. Companies don't get a handful of bad reviews because of one off day. Check out their equipment and ask them questions about it for safety precautions. Finally, trust your gut about the company when you meet them for a consultation. You'll be working with them for a while and during that time your trust in them is everything.

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