Do you run your own equipment rental company and have to decide on which compressor to take in your fleet? Or perhaps you’re often relying on rental equipment to run your own business and you want to know what to look out for. In both cases, you should be aware that not all mobile compressors are equally well suited for renting out.
Your profitability can also benefit from choosing the right compressor: go for the model that allows you to get most utilization at the best rental rate. These are 7 questions you need to ask before choosing the next compressor for your rental fleet.
In the world of construction, a machine below 750 kg has an important advantage. Below that weight, a compressor can be towed behind a normal passenger car, without a special driving license. Smaller rental customers will always seek the best performer under that weight. The most efficient electric mobile compressors deliver up to 7m³/min (237 cfm).
But even if you need more flow than that, some compressors have a more compact footprint and are easier to transport than others. Check for various undercarriages, tow bars, and a road homologation that is relevant to your country. If the machine needs to be lifted to transport, a single lifting point is the better option. For the very large compressors or boosters, you can save a lot of money if the machine fits on a standard truck.
Your compressor will endure a lot of hardships, so it better be built strong. In case maintenance or repair is required, you want a close-knit network of service technicians and spare parts that are easy to obtain.
(Up)time is money, so also preventive maintenance should be fast and easy to complete. Spin-on filters, easily accessible service points and standardized components all make your life a lot easier. If that QR code on the machine, mentioned in point 3, gives you a click-and-buy access to spare parts, so much the better.
Whether you’re renting out to small contractors or supporting large-scale oil & gas projects, carefully composing your compressor fleet will affect your investment costs, utilization rate and ultimately, return on investment. But if you think even beyond these financial considerations, the quality and reliability of the equipment you offer will reflect on your name and reputation. The best way to give excellent service to your rental customers, is choosing a compressor supplier that does the same.
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