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Generators: Buying vs Renting

Everything you need to know about generator hire and purchase and finding the right solution for your construction project.

A generator is often a vital part of construction project operations, providing outdoor, emergency power or continuous back up. Renting is an attractive prospect for short term projects, where users are looking to minimize costs and reduce stress. However, purchase can sometimes be the most cost-effective choice when it comes to long term projects.

When it comes to your project, how do you know whether renting or buying is the right way to go?

Long term rental is common in the construction industry where projects often require portable generators to move from one location to another. Some of the key benefits of renting include:

  • Lower initial cost than buying
  • Available on short notice
  • No maintenance & limited downtime risk
  • Generator size flexibility
  • Generator configuration options
  • No installation costs
  • Pre and post hire safety inspections

If you are considering purchasing a generator, long term use is usually the primary factor in deciding if this is the right option for you. Reasons for buying rather than renting include; emergency/standby use for when power fails, usage of eight hours a day or more or continuous operation.

MD Earthworks offer various equipment, machinery and services for hire or purchase. From weddings, festivals and large events to construction projects and business use, it has a range of diesel generators from 25kva to 250kva to suit your specific requirements. Simple to set up and use, and surprisingly quiet when running, all of its units are protected by on-board Molded Case Circuit Breakers and are inspected pre and post hire to ensure user safety.

Martin Downes, Managing Director of Earthworks, comments: “Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a significant rise in the demand for generators. With the better weather, construction projects are progressing at a faster pace and whether it’s a large engineering project or a self-build, a generator often forms a vital part of operations.

“Whether you are looking for to hire or purchase, we make the process simple and hassle free and help you to find the most cost-effective solution for your project.”



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