Updating the look of your home can sometimes mean investing in landscaping. Giving the exterior of your home a facelift through landscape design is an easy way to up both the value of your property, and the curb appeal of your home. To complete small landscaping projects (like installing automatic sprinklers or terracing your backyard), it can be helpful to have access to a backhoe.
Here are two tips you can use when renting a backhoe to ensure you get the right piece of equipment for the job.
1. Conduct a thorough examination of each backhoe's hydraulic system.
If you aren't used to working with heavy machinery, it can be easy to overlook the importance of a flawless hydraulic system. Liquid pumped through a series of hydraulic cylinders provides the power needed to run a backhoe. When hydraulic cylinders become dented or cracked, fluid can leak out. Hydraulic fluid leaks result in a loss of power.
If you want to ensure that you rent a backhoe that will provide the most power possible to complete your small landscape project, take the time to inspect each hydraulic cylinder for damage. Get down underneath the engine bay to check for hydraulic fluid leaks, and avoid any machines that show signs of hydraulic failure.
2. Check the specifications to make sure the backhoe is equipped for your landscape project.
Backhoes come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Before you can successfully rent a backhoe for your landscape project, you must determine what your needs are. There are three main factors that should be taken into consideration: digging depth, reach, and lifting capacity.
Know how deep your trenches need to be if you are using a backhoe to install your automatic sprinklers, and rent a machine with the required digging depth capabilities. If you know that you will be working in an area that is not easily accessible, having enough reach to maneuver the backhoe's arm without moving the cab of the machine can be helpful. Rent a backhoe with enough reach to make finishing your landscape project as convenient as possible.
When you need to move heavy landscaping rocks from one location to another, using a backhoe can save you time and energy. Be sure that your rented backhoe has the lift capacity to safely carry large landscaping rocks.
When you understand that inspecting the hydraulic system and checking a machine's specifications against your unique needs prior to renting a backhoe are important, you will be able to rent the machine from a company like All-Star Equipment that is best suited to help you complete your landscape project in the future.