When it comes to maintaining your facilities, you need to plan for every situation — including last-minute repairs. Efficient management is an essential part of ensuring that building operations run smoothly every day. From schools and hospitals to stores and other areas that experience heavy foot traffic, many types of buildings require regular maintenance. Facilities rental equipment from The Cat® Rental Store gives you better control of your projects, which saves money and boosts productivity.
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Facilities management often covers a broad range of tasks. Depending on the location, client and demands of the building, a facilities manager may need to:
During the course of a year, a facilities manager may use any number of tools and machines to take care of maintenance and repair requirements. Partnering with a rental provider to do so minimizes your fleet and allows you to pay only for the amount of time you need a piece of equipment. As a long-term strategy, it can be a sustainable and economical choice.
As a facility manager, it's your job to keep the building in a safe, operable condition for all those who rely on it. Whether it's an apartment building or a shopping mall, all structures need maintenance as part of smart management. However, there are elements of maintenance that fall outside of the typical routine and require equipment that a manager does not have on hand. When this occurs, it's time to decide whether to buy the required piece of equipment or turn to facility management rentals as an equipment solution. Ask yourself the following questions when determining which solution to pursue.
Many businesses operate without a great deal of cash immediately available for diversion into equipment purchases. Even large facilities like hospitals and airports may not factor equipment purchase into the operations budget. The larger the piece of equipment needed, the less likely there are funds available to buy it.
By renting, you slash your up-front costs while having the use of the equipment as you need it. You also sidestep paying insurance premiums and upkeep costs of the equipment. Renting leaves you with more capital in your pocket that can be used for other expenses, such as to hire more workers or rent more pieces of equipment.
There's no reason to make the long-term investment of buying equipment if you're only going to need it for a single project or regular job that only comes around once or twice a year. If the equipment will be used for six months or less, rental is your best option. Remember that letting your rental company know you need a rental period of a couple of months or more may also allow you to negotiate a better rate.
If your expected usage will pass the six-month mark, you may want to consider rental purchase options (RPOs).
Maintaining equipment is one of the costs you must accept when you purchase machinery. All types of equipment require regular preventative maintenance as well as the occasional repair, which cost time and money, while creating unwanted downtime for the machinery. With renting, the cost of maintenance is built into the rental payments, and you don't have to worry about repair costs.
A significant part of facility management is making efficient use of all storage space available to you. In some industries, the rental equipment you may need can far exceed the storage space you have on hand. In a medium-sized medical practice, for example, basic floor care equipment can often be stored in relatively small maintenance closets. Larger floor care equipment like a ride-on scrubber that is only used a few times a year may not fit in these closets, and it takes up valuable space even if it does.
Depending on the size of the facility, you likely have an existing set of equipment you use frequently. However, seasonal or project-specific needs can create gaps that rentals can fill. For instance, you may find that the aerial lift you own is too small to efficiently facilitate a renovation project or system upgrade to your building. Or, you may find yourself in need of a snow plow for your parking lot in a climate where it only snows a few times per year. Equipment rental grants you access to multiple types of equipment at once.
Equipment rentals come with a host of benefits for facility maintenance and the bottom line of your business. These three advantages are examples of how rentals can provide a significant edge.
When you rent machinery, it isn't categorized as a liability. Rental bills on the balance sheet can also reduce the tax burden on your business. You may be able to get lower insurance rates while renting as well.
When you buy new equipment, you have to contend with inevitable depreciation costs. Constant wear causes machinery to lose its value, which you will never get back. On top of that, you will be paying regular fees for maintenance. If you want or need to sell your units, it will be quite a challenge to recover your costs — especially given the sometimes unexpected fluctuations of the market.
Even experienced facility managers sometimes don't know what the best machine is for a specific application. There are so many variables among different types of equipment that it can be hard to keep up with them all. When you rent, you have the opportunity to try out a variety of different makes and models of equipment to find out which one affords the greatest efficiency and functionality for your needs.
For example, you might rent a walk-behind trencher only to find out that your utilities upgrade needs the greater power offered by a ride-on trencher. In this case, you would be able to switch to a ride-on easily for the duration of the project, without having to worry about offloading a walk-behind trencher that was purchased and found to be less than effective. Facilities management equipment rentals give you the time and experience necessary to find the perfect machinery for your application.
At The Cat Rental Store, we have an extensive inventory of equipment from Caterpillar and more than 70 other major brands. If you need rental equipment that suits your facility management applications, we can provide the right short-term or long-term solution. Some of our options include:
Aerial work platforms are any devices that give people, materials or equipment access to areas that are not normally reachable, so work can be performed at height. They are necessary when workers need flexible temporary access to a space, and they are common in facility maintenance as well as construction work. These are some of the options available through The Cat® Rental Store.
Boom lifts are a very common type of aerial work platform and are called by many names including:
Boom lifts are most comparable to scissor lifts, but they differ in two crucial ways. First, boom lifts can typically attain higher heights. They are also better able to maneuver around objects in their way. Boom lifts can be used to move workers and materials around as needed to perform maintenance in out-of-reach areas.
The minimum reach extension for a boom lift is usually 30 feet, and they are available with reaches up to 180 feet. You can choose from boom lifts with a straight arm or ones with articulating arms that make it easier to get into tight spaces.
There are likely better uses for your manpower than moving around and lifting heavy objects. Material lifts are able to pick up items and materials that can only be lifted by two people, saving time and allowing workers to spend their time on other parts of the project. Some of the applications for material lifts include:
When a project or maintenance requires the raising and lowering of workers and heavy loads, the hydraulic power of scissor lifts comes in handy. The design of a scissor lift is such that the platform rises directly above the base, increasing stability and making it a better option than a boom lift for some tight spaces. In a project where workers need to raise and lower heavier materials or equipment, scissor lifts can increase efficiency and speed up the project. There are three main types of scissor lift:
For projects that only require one person and a limited set of tools and materials, a vertical personnel lift may be just what you need. They are easy for one person to set up quickly, and they are simple in terms of operation and controls. The Cat Rental Store offers personnel lifts with strong construction that can be used in both interior and exterior jobs.
Keeping the floors clean is a must for the maintenance of any facility. Whether for everyday cleaning, post-event cleanup, bi-annual deep clean or another project, floor care equipment is an essential part of keeping facilities clean and safe. These are a few of the most common pieces of floor care equipment for facility maintenance.
Floor scrubbers are a good choice in any application that demands deep cleaning or consistently maintaining a clean environment. Commercial buildings, medical buildings, schools and more all make use of floor scrubbers.
You have two options for floor scrubbers: walk-behind or ride-on. Walk-behind scrubbers are ideal for cleaning or maintaining smaller spaces that may require more maneuverability to access. They are compact and easy to store, and they have lesser power requirements. However, this also means walk-behind scrubbers can't perform at the same level as their more heavy-duty counterparts. A ride-on scrubber can handle nearly any tough cleaning task over a large area.
One more scrubber consideration is the brush type. Disc brushes tackle the toughest cleaning needs, while cylindrical brushes are useful in removing light debris from surfaces. The Cat Rental Store offers scrubber rentals that balance power and efficiency while providing excellent safety features for operators.
When a full-on scrubbing is not yet necessary, a floor sweeper may be the piece of equipment you need. Like scrubbers, industrial flow sweepers come in both walk-behind and ride-on configurations that provide different levels of power.
A vacuum sweeper is able to pick up light materials you might find in any facility, like leaves or shredded paper scraps. Industries such as food processing and electronics manufacturing are better suited to broom sweepers, which can handle heavier materials effectively.
Even the hardiest flooring needs to be removed and replaced eventually. This process can be greatly aided by the use of stripping and scraping machines for the removal of floor coverings, including vinyl and carpet with different types of backing. Since floor replacement is likely something you only need to do for your facility intermittently, stripping and scraping machines are appropriate candidates for rental.
When you've decided that rental is the way to go with one or more pieces of equipment, there are several things you need to know to make sure the experience goes as smoothly as possible. A quality rental company like The Cat Rental Store will be happy to answer questions regarding the following:
Getting these questions answered will go a long way in establishing trust with your chosen rental service. When you need equipment for a project with time crunch or to respond to an emergency situation at your facility, you need to know that you've partnered with a reliable company that will do what it takes to make sure your needs are met.
When you need high-quality equipment on a temporary basis, come to The Cat Rental Store. You can expect excellent, personalized service through every step of the rental process, from choosing the best piece of equipment for each need through pickup or delivery of the machinery. Beyond that, we provide reliable and regular maintenance as well as repairs for each machine you rent from us. We know you have a multitude of responsibilities, and we do everything we can to ensure the rental process is an efficiency instead of a hassle.
We maintain accessibility by operating through dealers all over the world. Find out if you have a local dealer nearby and reach out to learn more about their unique benefits.
Prevent costly repairs and reorganize your fleet by arranging your facilities rental equipment today. To learn more about our offerings and flexible rental terms, contact us for a quick quote online or call 1-800-RENT-CAT.Find The Cat Rental Store Near You