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Heavy equipment can already help you tackle many jobs but, when equipped with an attachment, your machine becomes even more efficient. From mulchers and buckets to saws and pallet forks, these attachments are powerful tools for earthmoving, lifting, mining, agriculture, and more. If you want to utilize an attachment for your machine, but don’t need the equipment long term, consider renting. Equipment Trader is breaking down nine tips for renting equipment attachments.

1. Know the Types of Attachments

There are hundreds of types of attachments on that market that you can use for your jobs. It would help to do some research on the various types of attachments that are compatible with the equipment you have. You can find skid steer, grader, loader, and tractor attachments, just to name a few. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the most common types of heavy equipment attachments:

  • Auger
  • Bucket
  • Cold Planer
  • Hydraulic Hammer
  • Mulcher
  • Pallet Fork
  • Saw
  • Snow Plow
  • Tiller
  • Trencher

2. Make a List of Your Tasks

Start by making a list of all the projects/tasks you need to accomplish on the job, along with the types of equipment you’ll use to tackle them. Once you know the work you need to do, you can start thinking about the attachment you’ll need.

3. Create a Timeline

Once you know what you’ll be doing, you can map out how long the tasks will take and how long you’ll need to rent any attachments. Whether you think it will be a few days or a few months, it’s always a good idea to overestimate and leave some cushion time just in case there’s a delay on the jobsite. As you’re creating your timeline, be sure to factor in time to pick up or have the attachments delivered.

4. Decide Your Budget

The type of attachment you rent and how long you need it for will affect your budget. If you’re concerned about cost, do some research ahead of time to get an idea of how much attachment rentals run in the current market. Be sure to budget for potential extra costs and fees associated with your equipment attachment rental.

5. Compare Attachment Rentals

When it’s time to start browsing equipment attachments to rent, you’ll have plenty of inventory to search through. You can start by visiting a nearby heavy equipment dealership to see what rentals they offer. Or, you can easily compare listings nationwide on an online marketplace, such as EquipmentTrader.com.

6. Inspect the Attachment

Once you’ve found the attachment that works for you, try to perform an inspection of it before signing a rental agreement. If you’re renting from a local dealership, you can inspect the attachment in person. If you live farther away from the dealer, ask them to send you pictures of the attachment, as well as videos that show it in action. Our previous article on inspecting used equipment can walk you through what to examine.

7. Make a Plan to Deliver the Attachment

Once you rent your attachment, you’ll want to get to work as soon as possible. First, you have to devise a plan to get the attachment to your jobsite. Does the dealership offer shipping? Do you have a trailer to load the attachment on and vehicle to tow it? Will you use a third-party delivery service? These are the three options we discussed in our previous article on the ways to transport equipment after a purchase.

8. Review Your Rental Agreement

When it’s time to sign the rental agreement for your equipment attachment, you’ll want to read through it carefully. This agreement should break down all of the costs associated with your attachment rental. If something seems unclear, be sure to ask the dealer about it. Some questions to ask include:

  • Do I need rental insurance?
  • Who is responsible for repairs and maintenance?
  • What are the billing policies?

Having the answers to these questions can help you fully understand any potential fees and risks that come with renting an attachment. Before you sign, make sure you have the contact information for the dealership so you have someone to reach if you have any questions during your rental period.

9. Make Sure Your Operators Know How to Use the Attachment

Finally, when it’s time to get to work, make sure the equipment operators on the jobsite know how to safely and properly use the attachment. It might help to offer an instructional course for any operator who’s never used the attachment before. Keep in mind that your rental agreement might limit attachment use to only certified operators, or the individual who completed the rental.

If you want to make the most of your heavy machinery next time you have a short-term project, consider renting an equipment attachment. These tips can help you plan, research, and secure your attachment rental. When you’re ready to find a for-rent attachment, begin your search on the nationwide online marketplace at EquipmentTrader.com/Rentals.

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Arielle Patterson
Arielle Patterson
Arielle is a freelance writer for Trader Interactive with a background in marketing, as well as print and web editorial content. Along with writing, Arielle's other hobbies include traveling, her food blog, and staying up to date on the latest in pop culture.

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