Dallas, TX (PressExposure) December 17, 2009 -- What are the advantages and disadvantages of buying or renting a manlift?
The first thing that you have to consider is your work. If you are engaged in construction then the reasons for buying amanlift becomes all the more compelling. This is because a manlift is a standard feature in any construction scenario. This means that the frequency of use is higher. However, a manlift is very convenient to use even if you are not in the construction business. Yet the frequency of use becomes less. In this case, renting becomes the stronger option.
However there are cases where a task requiring a manlift is located very far away from where it is stored and the task is minor. In this case, it might be cheaper to simply rent.
Consider your Construction Budget
Sometimes renting can be more cost effective than actually buying. If you are working on a limited budget, you can simply rent and put the savings on more important features of your construction such as roofing, electrical, plumbing, and structural reinforcement.
However, if you have a string of projects and have quite a large budget, you can buy a manlift which you can use for a longer period of time on many occasions. You would have to factor in storage and maintenance costs including operating costs. Also the technology is fast developing, and your equipment may soon be replaced a more efficientmanlift model. In this case you would have to buy again. In renting you can always choose to buy the best models for your construction needs.
The good thing with buying is that you already own the manlift and you can use it anytime for every small reason such as picking up fruits, fixing electrical gadgets, or simply reaching out for something up there. When you rent, you have to spend time doing the necessary SOPs but you wonât worry about storage and maintenance. When you buy, given the fact that it is more expensive, you would have to learn all about the ins and outs of operating a manlift. Of course you must know all the safety precautions and procedures in operating the machine.
Do your mathematics and count all the costs and the benefits. Then you can weigh which one is the better choice.