Why hire survey equipment?
There are lots of reasons why it is a good idea to hire surveying equipment instead of buying it outright. This article outlines some of those reasons:
Expense: Owning sensitive surveying instruments can be expensive if they are rarely used or require constant calibration due to transportation or misuse.
Suitability: You could spend several thousand pound buying the instrument that you think will be a complete solution only to find out later that some time saving features are not included in your specific model. If you hire surveying equipment then you will have the most useful features of modern instruments to save time and money on each job.
Costing: When you price up a job you can easily include the cost of hire whereas if you own the equipment it can be difficult to account for its costs in any specific job.
Storage: If you don’t have a lot of space to safely and securely store expensive equipment then hiring is ideal.
Breakdown: Sometimes sensitive survey instruments breakdown and require a service and/or calibration. This can be costly in terms of both your bank account and time lost on your job. If you hire survey equipment then you can be sure the instruments supplied have been checked and calibrated prior to dispatch so the chance of breakdown is minimal (and if the equipment does fail it can be swapped much quicker than waiting for a repair).
Repair: If you hire instruments then you do not require your own workshop or technicians. You don't need expensive spare parts in stock.
Working capital: Hiring survey equipment means that your capital is free to apply to other things and is ideal for both established and new start-up surveying businesses.
Keep up-to-date: Survey hire fleets are constantly renewed and updated so you can be sure that you always have the latest tools with the most up-to-date features. This is particularly important with laser level hire.
Choice: Why commit to a certain brand or model of expensive survey instrument and then limit yourself to the jobs you can undertake?