Four questions to ask before hiring a prime mover for your next job

Are you looking to hire a prime mover for a short-term job? When it comes to transporting oversized freight, it’s not just about how powerful your chosen equipment is: you should also consider how safe, reliable, and well-maintained your fleet will be.

If it’s your first time renting transport equipment, here are some of the key questions you should ask when shopping around for heavy-duty vehicles for hire:

1. Is your equipment well-maintained and serviced?

Equipment that isn’t maintained or serviced regularly are more susceptible to breaking down, leading to costly downtime and even endangering your drivers. 

At Rentco, we abide by strict safety measures and maintenance schedules to keep all of our prime movers in optimal condition, so you can be confident your vehicle will be performing at its peak.

If you do find yourself in an emergency, however, we also offer a 24/7 breakdown service to help you get back on the road as fast as possible (wherever you are in Australia). 

2. Do you use reliable brands?

Not all truck brands are made equal, which is why we’ve invested in our fleet of Volvo prime movers. 

With a reputation for reliability and efficiency, we have a range of Volvo trucks that come with 300 to 600-horsepower engines and advanced driver assistance technologies, ultimately making for a faster yet safer journey.

If you’re looking for something even more durable for heavy haul and off-road applications, we also have Kenworth and Western Star prime movers available for hire.

3. Are your prime movers up to date with the latest and safest technology?

Sure, a prime mover may work well enough to get your freight from A to B, but can it keep up with increasing safety standards and business KPI targets? 

Transport technologies such as GPS tracking are now a must-have for business owners looking to improve driver safety, performance, and overall efficiency. 

At Rentco, we’re already on the front foot with our “smart” fleet of prime movers that integrate innovative solutions like asset-tracking software and precision location technology to save you time, money, and provide detailed reporting on your entire transport operation.

4. How “clean” are your prime movers?

No, we’re not talking about how tidy the cabin is (although that is definitely a must) - we’re asking about how eco-friendly a company’s fleet is. 

As carbon emissions continue to rise worldwide, pressure is mounting on the transport and logistics industry to develop sustainable solutions. 

While hiring a fuel-guzzling prime mover for a one-off transport job seems like just a drop in the ocean, every choice counts: with road transportation contributing nearly 30% of all emissions worldwide, our industry has a key role to play in mitigating climate change.

At Rentco, we are committed to driving sustainable initiatives that help our customers reduce their carbon footprint. 

In addition to complying with the latest environmental regulations and industry standards that help minimise emissions, we’ve invested in new Volvo FH series trucks that are fitted with state-of-the-art carbon neutralizers (also known as the Volvo Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system) - so each time you hire a Rentco truck, you’ll be helping to reduce our industry’s impact as a whole.

Hire the best prime movers from Australia’s transport equipment experts

Our high-tech prime movers are safe, reliable, and available for you to hire at your own convenience. Get in touch with your local depo today or call our head office on 08 9353 9999.