Returning Plant Equipment – What You Need to Know

Dry hire is the best choice if you need an efficient and affordable way to work on a landscaping or construction project. It is much more convenient when you hire the machine you need, rather than purchase it. This benefit is easy to see when you do not need to do frequent construction projects.

Unlike wet hire, you do not have to worry about costly operators. They typically get paid by the hour, and many of them charge up to and over $70 per hour. You can have someone from your team or company instead to handle the machinery you just hired. You can also opt to do everything on your own. As you can see, it is more flexible and straightforward.

Specialised equipment means specialised licences and courses which in actual fact relatively easy to attain provided you have a West Australian drivers licence. You can provide your driver’s licence/additional qualifications, and you can rent the equipment you need. Dry hire is often priced at a flat rate throughout the loan period, which means the process is much more affordable. If you are a casual builder or renovator, you know this option makes more sense to you.

Many of our customers use dry hire equipment for completing their build projects, such as the construction of pools and driveways. Commercial businesses turn to us for their construction requirements. When you hire a piece of equipment, you should also know your responsibilities. The machinery you will use is properly and perfectly maintained. It is clean and lubricated. All you need to do is to operate it because it is ready for use.

We work hard to make sure these machines are up to safety standards. While we keep them functioning and in great condition, you have some duties to fulfil as well.

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Your Checklist Before Returning the Dry Hire Equipment

When it is time to hand us back the dry hire equipment, there are a few things that you must do.

Make sure that you follow these tips, so that you will not be charged any fees:

Check the Documents

Each machine that we have contains a document pouch where you can find all the necessary paperwork to run it. You will see registration papers, risk assessments, to-dos before use, and service history. Before you operate the equipment, you will need to read these documents. After reading and before returning the machine, please ensure that these papers are back in the pouch.

Perform a Final Inspection Before Returning the Equipment

We have given you a machine that is in its best condition. Therefore, we expect that you will return it in the same exact way. It helps to do your final inspection before you send the machine back to us. What should you inspect?

Here is a guide that will allow you to cover all bases:

  • Ensure that the trailer is secured, including nuts and tyres. The nuts should still be tightly secured into the wheels of the equipment. The tyres, on the other hand, should be at their correct pressure. Safety is latched, and water or oil leaks are not present.
  • Check if all the LED lights are functioning.
  • The engine should be in good shape and working properly, just like when the machine was handed to you.
  • The tyres do not have splits or chunks. All bolts are still visible on each wheel.
  • The brakes work. If not, be sure to change them or inform us about the problem.
  • The bucket teeth do not have any cracks or damage.
  • Be sure to refuel the tank using diesel (unless specified differently).
  • If there is damaged wiring, you should tell us right away.
  • When checking the cabin, make sure it is clean without any rubbish from the worksite. There should not be any internal damage as well, meaning all controls work.

Inspect all parts, both inside and outside the plant equipment.

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Make Sure It is Clean

It is always good etiquette to clean or wash the machine right after using it. This practice prevents the build-up of dirt that can affect the condition and even its functionality. Of course, we do not oblige you to clean the machine for us. However, we highly appreciate your effort to keep it clean. Worksites are usually muddy, so you need a high-pressure hose to remove the dirt.

Find the fire extinguishers.

Since you have hired a heavy machine, it should have a fire extinguisher inside the cab. The dry powder extinguisher is useful in handling accidents and other emergencies concerning different classes of fires:

  • Class A or fires that involve solids
  • Class B fires or liquids
  • Class C fires involving gases

Once you have found the fire extinguisher, make sure it is mounted properly in its brackets. Some machines, especially larger ones, will have more than one fire extinguisher. They may even have at least one of these safety devices outside the cab.

Other Essential Things to Check

The cabin contains the essentials in operating the machine, pertaining not only to the dashboard and controls but also the first aid kit. When you are careful, you usually do not need to use the things inside the box. However, accidents can happen, which is why these kits are easily accessible to you. If you do open and use it, be sure to replace the missing items. The box should have the necessities required in a first aid kit, which include:

  • Scissors
  • Bandages
  • Tweezers
  • Plasters
  • Thermometer
  • Eyewash
  • Painkillers
  • Antiseptic
  • Manual

Do you require more time for your project? No worries. You only need to contact us before returning the equipment so we can organise or extend the hire period for you. However, if you no longer need the machine, always return it on the agreed time. It may be useful if you help us anticipate its return by giving us a call an hour (at least) before the delivery. This way, we can collect the equipment from you.

The list of things to do may seem exhaustive on your part, but all these steps are mostly just common sense. You can count on ESM Resources to provide you with sturdy, reliable, and secure machines. We simply ask that you do your best to return the equipment in the same condition when you received them.