Trailers & Vehicles OverviewTrailers and vehicles are necessary equipment for any construction site. Because of the specialized nature of vehicles and the specific job functions each performs, it’s often easier to rent the equipment as needed through the various phases of construction than to individually purchase each machine. General contractors tend to use different vehicles whether a tractor, truck or trailer.
How do you know which machine is right for the job?
Trailers and vehicles have a wide range of uses from carrying water to the site, sweeping and cleaning at the end of the day, hauling tools and supplies, or transportation onsite as needed. After you know what usage you expect from a vehicle, determine what will best serve the function.
Trucks are perfect if you need to drive offsite to pick up materials or haul trash at the end of the day whereas Earthmoving Trucks are built with a stronger frame and suspension for the extra weight of moving soil and rock. Trailers are useful as an additional space for an existing truck which needs extra room to machinery and equipment to the site. Carts and All Terrain Vehicles serve as transportation when the site is too large for walking from one end to the other throughout the day. Tractors can serve a variety of purposes when outfitted with the proper attachments.
Common Types of Trailers & Vehicles Equipment
Sweeping streets and pavement may not be the bulk of your contract but is something you have to do. Whether it’s occasional or the final process at the end of every day, a specialized Sweeping truck is the type of machine that is more economical to rent than buy. A Sweeping truck provides the most obvious of advantages for a piece of rental equipment in that when you aren’t using it you don’t have to find storage and conduct maintenance. Simply rent the item when you need it and turn it in when you’re finished. No sweat, no tears, it’s a no-brainer to rent a Sweeping machine when you have need for one.
No matter what job you’re working, you going to need a variety of trailers. Trailers can be a method of conducting the same work a truck might do, but with the simplified ease of pulling it with your everyday truck. Box trailers give an extra space to haul materials, tools, or trash as needed. Dump trailers perform the same function as a dump truck with a hydraulic lift system to drop the load in an appropriate spot. Equipment trailers are designed to allow you to move machinery, and are therefore especially appropriate to rent as needed when you have to move equipment. Tiller trailers and other tractor tools are available as rentals for contractors who need them occasionally but not daily.
In some cases, you may drive a car, SUV, van, or light truck but need a full sized pickup truck. Such trucks are available for rent as needed. Whether you need a flat bed or utility bed, or if you need a ladder rack or heavy towing capacity, there is a pickup ready to suit your needs.
Water trucks are needed for cleaning of the jobsite and the nearby roads which are muddied by the ongoing work. It may seem like a nuisance to have to clean roads as you conduct your paid business, but it’s in your best interest to maintain good community relations. You have to clean up after your crew and renting a water truck is the most efficient way about such a task.
Other Considerations When Renting Trailers & Vehicles Equipment
If a machine needs to be used to tow a trailer, it needs the power to do so. Carts and all terrain vehicles can be useful time savers and pull a small trailer short distances, or a flatbed truck can pull nearly any sized trailer you may need to move offsite.
Sweepers and water carriers are examples of vehicles which serve a specific function according to the needs of the site.
Large trucks can carry materials in a way smaller trucks can’t, but are also difficult to drive and maneuver. If the capacity is only needed sporadically, it may make more sense to drive a regular truck daily and use a trailer for the extra capacity as needed.
The jobsite and destination may determine a need for off-road capable vehicles and four-wheel drive.
Whether electric, diesel or gasoline, different power types each provide advantages and limitations as to what services the vehicle will be capable of providing.