Renting occasional-use tools can also allow for better cost control. "When they're quoting jobs, all contractors have to do is call us for a rental quote," Mead says. "They can more quickly determine what their costs will be for a certain job. And RSC has customer care 24/7 if they have service issues after hours or during the weekend. Also, if they need equipment after hours or on the weekend, we can certainly speak to those needs."
If a rental provider has multiple locations, you may be able to minimize, or possibly eliminate, the hassle associated with moving equipment from job to job. "If a contractor has jobs in three different counties, they can call us to schedule delivery of equipment," says Mead. "Because we have multiple locations, we can move the equipment from a store that is close to their job."
Renting also provides the ability to fill gaps in your attachment arsenal. For example, say a contractor has two jobs that require an auger and sweeper attachment, but only owns one set of attachments. "The contractor can rent the second set of attachments from us," says Mead. "To keep multiple jobs ongoing, the contractor can supply one job and rent attachments for the others to cover all the jobs and satisfy all of its customers."
Given its potential benefits, some experts believe attachment rental will continue to rise. "I believe rental is just now coming on board and has quite a lot of growth potential," says Mead. "Typically in the U.S., contractors own their equipment. But in many situations, if they sit down and analyze the true costs of ownership, they would see the advantages of rental."