Right-Size Equipment to Keep Your Construction Project on Schedule and Budget

The right machine in the right size to do the job right—find it and you’ve accomplished a critical step in managing time and money for your construction project. But along with materials and labor, it’s become a challenge to acquire the exact equipment you want as well. That makes pre-planning as essential as right-sizing.

We take a look below at some of the key questions to ask when right-sizing equipment for your project.

What’s the task?

Identify what you’re trying to achieve, then work backward to figure out which piece of equipment can best handle the job. Will you need to dig trenches, pour concrete, or work at heights? Make a list of every task that’s part of your project, then determine the machinery and accessories you need to tackle each one.

How large is your workforce?

Cross-reference the tasks you need to complete with the projected start date and budget to rough out a schedule. Then consider the amount of time and manpower available for each job to determine the machines you’ll need and what each must be capable of doing. For example, smaller pieces of equipment may not be powerful enough for heavy digging or loading or as efficient as larger machines when moving massive volumes of material. But the workforce available also makes a difference in how quickly you can finish a job.

What are the jobsite conditions?

To determine proper sizing, you need to evaluate what will be under your equipment everywhere it will be used. For instance, the large bulldozer you’d like to use may roll over rock just fine but get mired in mud. If you want to use equipment inside a building, you’ll also need to know what weight the structure is rated to handle. If keeping the floor pristine is critical, you may need to use machines with non-marking tires or bring in floor protection.

What are the space constraints?

You’ll need room to move and maneuver both inside and outside of your structure. Depending on the configuration, you may be limited to using small equipment even if you prefer larger machines. If you need powerful equipment for inside work, make sure the building has an opening sufficient to accommodate even the largest machines. Also determine where to park equipment to perform every project task and how close to the facility you can get.

How will you transport equipment?

Confirm in advance how equipment will get on and off each jobsite safely, without getting tangled in overhead power lines or stuck under low bridges. Decide how you plan to tow or transport machinery and make sure you’re in compliance with local hauling restrictions. If you need a tractor-trailer, check the route and weight constraints to see if it can use public roadways to get to your jobsite. For projects in urban areas, check to see if your preferred type of equipment and mode of transportation is possible in narrow alleys and winding streets.

What will it cost?

You need to consider operating costs for each piece of equipment as well as the price to rent it. You pay more for large equipment than for smaller machines and the operating costs will be higher too, especially for fuel. Still, you may be able to complete projects faster and pay less overall with more robust machines. So, balance cost with the additional time and people that using smaller equipment may require.

Who can help?

Sunbelt Rentals offers hundreds of types of high-quality machines, so you don’t have to contact multiple companies to right-size equipment for your project. We have the technical expertise to help you choose the perfect machine for every task.

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Bonus: We also provide equipment familiarization. We don’t just drop and go when we deliver equipment—we offer setup and show your workers how to use the machines. So, it’s good to plan ahead for a quick tutorial before we arrive.

For help right-sizing equipment for your next construction project, request a quote or give us a call at 866-964-0819.

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