While there may be typically a case for buying dewatering pumps and related gear outright, renting provides so many advantages that it should at all times be given shut consideration. This is the view of Lee Vine, managing director of dewatering and dredge pump rental specialist IPR.
He says that IPR is seeing a strong shift towards the rental mannequin. “We started up simply seven years ago and, since then, we’ve had to repeatedly add pumps to our fleet to meet ever growing demand from a variety of industries, most particularly mining and construction,” he states.
“We now have more than 200 pumps in our rental fleet, able to deal with virtually any pumping task. Our line-up contains submersible drainage and dewatering pumps, slurry and sludge pumps and diesel-driven pumps. We also provide dredging methods and hydro mining solutions.”
Vine believes that one of the prime advantages of renting is that it eliminates the necessity for upfront capital expenditure, which – depending on the kind of tools that is required – can be considerable. “Many companies – notably if they are start-ups or are experiencing tough trading conditions – merely cannot afford to make this type of financial commitment,” he says. “If Complete is the case, rental is the best resolution.”
He factors out that buying doesn’t make enterprise sense if the gear required is only used on an intermittent foundation. “If you’re going to purchase pumps, for example, then you should get the utmost utilisation out of them. If you solely have an occasional need for pumping, then I would strongly suggest renting. Economical is madness to purchase expensive tools and then leave it standing for long periods.”
Ownership additionally brings with it the issues of upkeep. “Pumps need to be maintained and this usually implies that individuals with the required competence need to be completely employed to undertake this task,” he says. “When you lease from IPR, we provide this service. Our expert and experienced technicians undertake all servicing and upkeep on site on a 24/7 foundation. We also, after all, be positive that machines are in tip-top condition earlier than being despatched out to clients.”
When it comes to pumping, there is not a such thing as ‘one dimension suits all’ and Vine says that is another compelling purpose to rent quite than buy. “IPR can draw from its extraordinarily big selection of pumps and other tools to supply solutions which may be precisely tailored to the customer’s needs. By contrast, we regularly notice that firms that elect to buy their own equipment end up utilizing pumps which may be completely unsuited to the duty at hand. They are using them as a result of that’s all they’ve out there.”
By renting from IPR, clients also get the good thing about the newest technology. “Obviously, not each unit in our fleet would be the very latest mannequin but, usually, our stock consists of latest or relatively new machines providing – amongst different things – glorious gas effectivity,” says Vine. “Customers can rest assured that we’re going to never provide out-of-date tools that is now not match for purpose.”
While rental is the backbone of IPR’s enterprise, the company additionally sells pumps and other tools. It is the only agent in southern Africa for the well-established Atlas Copco diesel-driven pump units in addition to the Atlas Copco range of submersible pumps.
As Vine feedback, “We’re actually not saying that clients ought to always hire. Under the best circumstances, direct possession of assets such as pumps can be the most effective path to observe. We recognise this, which is why we are geared to either hire or promote.”
IPR is predicated in fashionable premises in Jet Park, Johannesburg, the place it has a well-equipped engineering workshop which permits it to supply absolutely customised pumping and dredging options to ISO 9001 requirements.
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