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Should you bring out the big guns? For a business, buying industrial equipment can seem scary, especially if this is your first buy. But, in some companies, industrial equipment is necessary. Should you buy or hire out the job though? Here’s how to decide.
Will You Need The Industrial Winch or Equipment For More Than A Few Jobs?
One of the first questions you should ask yourself is whether you have a real need for an industrial winch. Winches are essentially spools of wire or cable that are electrically-powered. They’re great for hauling and cabling, but they can also be used for towing other vehicles or objects.
For some, it can be a great investment. But, for a business, it’s a dicey proposition. Some businesses, like towing companies, absolutely need winches. For other businesses, such as manufacturing company or other industrial company, that use them incidentally, buying a winch would be a complete waste of money and time.
For example, let’s say that you’re a construction company. A winch might make sense if you do a lot of lifting or hauling. But, even then, you may not use it a lot compared to a dedicated crane.
If you’re a company that needs to haul away a lot of garbarge or move a few pieces of heavy machinery, a winch might initially sound like a good idea, but it’s probably a waste of money. Why? Because you’ll only be using it a handful of times. Even if you can get a good deal on a winch, you should probably hire someone out to do the job. Winches are not intuitive, require proper installation to function properly, and they do need to be maintained over time.
While it’s hard to set hard and fast rules about whether or not your company needs a winch, keep this in mind: if winching is incidental to your company’s operation, don’t bother with it.
How Much Are You Willing To Spend on Your Equipment?
Some companies sell inferior winches. It’s just a fact of life. Everyone is out there looking for a good deal, and some manufacturers are going to capitalise on that fact.
So, how much should you be willing to spend on a winch? Usually you can correlate price with quality. An industrial winch that sells for less than $400 is probably worthless. Low-end, but quality, winches start at $450. Intermediate-level quality will cost you between $700 and $900.
A top-shelf winch costs around $1,000 to $2,000. Finally, the Warn M12000 12v will set you back $2,839, but you’ll have one of the best winches on the market.
Do You Have The Education Necessary To Operate an Industrial Winch?
Education. Without it, you’re just pressing a bunch of buttons and hoping for the best. If you hire the job out to someone else, you can wash your hands of the whole affair. But, you can also hire out a winch and use it yourself.
This is a good deal, because you’re getting the newest models on the market and you don’t have to pay retail for something that you’ll only use once.
So, for example, a company like jackswinches.com will let you hire out a winch for a reasonable price. When you’re done, you simply return it.
You’ll still need to get a few accessories with your rental, of course. First, you’ll need a control valve or valves, depending on how many winches you need. You’ll also need a fairlead – these will help you guide a cable that’s already attached to a winch. If you need more power for extra-heavy stuff, you’ll need an electric generator.
Generators generate, you guessed it, power. Winches are typically electrically powered (hence the reason for the electric generator).
All good rentals will come with instructions on how to use them, as well as safety guidelines. You won’t be expected to maintain the equipment, but you may be required to perform basic safety testing and maintenance if it’s needed during operation or immediately afterwards.
Jade Symes works as a secretary in an industrial plant part time. On her day off, she likes to research the field and write about it. You can find her illuminating articles on many websites and blogs today.