Buy or rent a wheel loader?

Select the right wheel loader for sites by pairing its capabilities to its respective demanding conditions.

Whether you need to buy or rent a wheel loader to clear debris, stabilize base or perform demolition activities, you need a durable one. Not just any but a wheel loader with its capacity matched with the work you are about to perform.

But we tend to wonder what to consider before buying or renting a wheel loader? Below are the specifications for you to discriminate the options to bring you greater benefit and save costs.

Compare price and cost

The biggest deciding factor of whether to buy or rent a wheel loader is the price and cost. Before you make your mind, there are more factors to look at because it is beyond the money here.

How do you calculate the equipment costs?

The main reason for placing price and cost before everything is for you to know the price is a huge factor. But, we encourage you to think about the long term investment – what you are getting for what you paid, the resale value as well as the costs.

Then, you will communicate the right budget with your manufacturer, regardless if you are purchasing or renting a wheel loader.

Evaluate your project requirements:

Material density for bucket choice

Before we begin, make sure to avoid a common mistake done by many contractors – to buy or rent a wheel loader you think you need and make use of a standard bucket for work.

We can’t stress enough on the importance of choosing a suitable wheel loader bucket size because it is literally its biggest revenue generator.

Why? Clearly, what your wheel loader carries matters more than you think. A bucket properly matched to its material and partnered with optimum lift capacity and dump height will reduce the passes count needed to fill trucks or stockpile.

Ask yourselves these questions:

  1. What is the density of the material that your wheel loader will haul?
  2. What is your daily production target?

Then, match the density of the material to the size and capacity of the wheel loader bucket.


How much can a wheel loader lift?

To give you an idea of what to expect in a wheel loader capacity, this list of horsepower can guide you better:

  • 80HP or less: compact wheel loaders
  • 80-150 HP: Small or sub-compact wheel loaders
  • 150-200 HP: Mid-range wheel loaders
  • 200-250 HP: Heavy wheel loaders

You’d agree with us that sometimes site work uses more than one type of material density – sand, rocks, etc. So, spec the bucket based on the heaviest material that your wheel loader will handle.

Durable design for wheel loader reliability

The durability of heavy-duty machinery here means the ability for the machinery to withstand wear, pressure or damage. So, durability is demanded on all job sites especially in heavy work sites.

Understandably, you want to choose a wheel loader that is built to last and withstands the toughest possible conditions in job sites. For the workload that your wheel loaders might encounter in this rigorous site, they require to be engineered and manufactured to protect its components.

So, the best way out is to look for matching tyres that withstand rugged conditions. That will eventually increase work uptime and efficiency – choosing a deeper tread, a wider tyre or a particular type of tyre fill.

Meanwhile, look at the protective elements such as guard screens and light shields as well as the hydraulic hoses.

Wheel loader attachments to expand the versatility

Invest in a quality attachment quick-change mechanism for your wheel loader to effortlessly increase work productivity.

You can save so much time being able to rapidly change attachments while conserving the safety of workers and machinery at all times. On top of that, some coupler systems had been designed to eliminate greasing, hence, requiring less maintenance and fewer replacement parts.

So, choose loader-specific attachments to turn your wheel loader into a valuable asset that has a range of capabilities on sites. Although these attachments don’t come cheap, they are worth investing as the job demands versatility.

Common wheel loader attachments:

  • Blades
  • Forks
  • Grapples
  • Rippers
  • Hedge Trimmers

Looking for long-term ownership? You now know where you should best invest your money in.


Power for wheel loader work efficiency

There is a visible metrics that determine the productivity power of a wheel loader. The machinery horsepower and lifting capacity are the most common metrics taken into account. Also, pay attention to the wheel loader’s breakout force because it directly affects the productivity rate.

The breakout force means ISO as the maximum sustained upward vertical force in Newtons, generated at a point 100mm behind the leading edge of th bucket of a wheel loader.

In simpler words, it is the maximum force the wheel loader generates lifting or curling the bucket upwards. So, the higher the breakout force, the better. It relates closely to machinery’s fuel consumption, how proficiently the machinery can fill a bucket and has lift capacity. You can find these details in any product brochure specs.

Support for long-term satisfaction

Have dealership with a reliable, committed and qualified heavy machinery manufacturer or dealer because they recommend you and have in-stock the wheel loader components for maintenance and repair purposes.

A reliable manufacturer knows that wear and tear is inevitable when working in hardcore environment.

So, they know how crucial it is to have parts either in-stock or get access to suppliers the soonest they can. Do enquire on the efficiency of their after-sales services and support because you will be dealing with costly heavy equipment that will require frequent parts replacement and repair.

Also, you can ask the manufacturer on the guidelines they follow when servicing the heavy machinery alongside their service intervals.

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When to buy a wheel loader

Generally, if you need a wheel loader for more than 60-70% of the project duration, it is best to own one.

Or, let’s say you have multiple projects coming up in the future, you will constantly need access to a wheel loader. Here, you must remember that renting companies work with several clients at a time too. So, there is a slight chance that the equipment may not be available when you need it.

Buying a wheel loader makes it accessible 24/7 especially during cases of emergency and calls for last minutes jobs.

Additionally, we suggest you keep an eye on the cost of financing and depreciation. Some heavy machinery manufacturers can come up with financing schemes at attractive interest rates to help make your buying process easier.

But, be reminded that these machinery lose their resale value as time goes. So, do an analysis of the expenses in financing and renting lifecycle before making any decision.

Better yet, purchase used wheel loaders because truth be told, you don’t always need to purchase new equipment. And, they function almost as good as the new ones provided you purchase them from manufacturers who have good maintenance records.

Remember, you can always request to have a look at their paperwork.


When to rent a wheel loader

Depending on your business or project needs, you can look out for the pros and cons when you opt to rent wheel loaders.

Are there any benefits to renting?

Up-front investment – Buying wheel loaders can take up a big amount of investment that will remain until you sell them. And, as mentioned earlier, their resale prices may not be that of what you anticipate as well. So, rent a wheel loader and save yourself from this hassle.

Operational expense – Own a wheel loader and you will also need to look for an expert technician to service the machinery regularly with parts, hydraulics and fluids to change and technology to be upgraded. When renting, the manufacturer is there for excellent after-sales support and services.

Cost of storage and transportation – Buying wheel loaders means storing them. With a rental, you can have the manufacturer to deliver and pick up the equipment as you request. So, you need not prepare a large storage space especially when you don’t need the wheel loaders.

Open to new opportunities – When you rent wheel loaders or other heavy machinery, it opens your business for projects beyond regular constructions. You cannot purchase all the equipment possible right? Renting them is certainly something you will opt to.

Maintain market competitiveness – Despite being a small construction company, you can still be competitive in your industry and tender big projects. Because you have the access to rent wheel loaders or other heavy machinery from reliable manufacturers and dealers.

Try before buying – Let’s say you want to buy a wheel loader but you are unsure about your decision. Then, it’s best if you rent and test the wheel loader first to analyse if buying or renting will do you greater benefit in the long run.

Investment Wisely on your Wheel Loader

The versatility of a wheel loader complements work effiency and cost effectiveness of projects in a variety of industries.

As a whole, we want to make your buying or renting experience easy. Being one of the leading heavy machinery manufacturers in Malaysia, we assure you to provide the best heavy machinery solutions for your project needs.

Reach out to us for a consultation session now.

Suggest read: 4 Ways to Maximise the Use of a Wheel Loader in Construction Industry

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