Portable pumps are often rentedto customers to assist themin meeting specific projectrequirements. Many successfulcompanies augment their core fleet withrental equipment such as pumps forspecialized projects or a short duration.Customers do not always want to purchasea pump because they may not have theknowledge, manpower or time to serviceand maintain it properly, so they rent.
With this said, many customers areventuring outside of their normal linesof business in search of new business,and thus rental companies must havequalified employees knowledgeable inall the specialty aspects of pumps, pipesand fittings. They must be able to answernot only the customers questions but beexperienced enough to anticipate and askfor information that the customer needsbut might not realize.
Before-You-Rent Checklist forBasic Pumping Jobs:
2. Material — what type of liquid will bepumped and what are its properties?
3. Location — where are you pumping toand from?
4. Distance — how far will the fluid bepumped?
5. Time — how quickly does the liquidneed to be moved?
6. Environment — are any specialconsiderations or equipment needed for the jobsite?
7. Noise — are noise levels an issue?
8. Hose/Piping — what type and size ofhose or pipe is needed?
9. Placement — where on the jobsite willthe pump be placed?
10. Endpoint — where will the liquid bedischarged?
Make sure to fully understand all thespecifics about the intended applicationbecause the more pumper manufacturersknow, the better they can be atrecommending the right pump for the job.
What Pumps are OutThere?
Common pumps available for rentalare wet-prime centrifugal trash, dryprimecentrifugal trash, diaphragm andsubmersible pumps.
Of these pumps, dry-prime centrifugaltrash pumps are most rented by utilitycontactors. Rental prices of these portablepumps vary greatly depending on the size,type and application. A rental rate for a 6-in.trash pump can run from $1,200 to $3,000a month. Additional features such as soundattenuation and auto start will also affect therate. The rental of accessories such as hosesor fuel tanks may also be needed.
Below is a general pump selection tablethat identifies which type of pump is bestsuited for a specific application.
Before-You-Rent Checklist ofComplex Pumping Jobs:
1. Primary equipment (pumps)
2. Standby equipment
3. Pressure requirements for pumping thefluid
4. Turnkey installation requirement
5. Fusion of Piping
7. Environmental Concerns
10. 24/7 Pump Watch
11. Technology features such as automaticstart/stop, monitoring, auto-notificationand telemetry
Renting pumps requires expertise andcommitment and that’s why distributorsand rental dealers are chosen by the pumpmanufacturer very carefully. If you’reconcerned about pricing, understandthe best overall value is usually not thecheapest priced since certain applicationsrequire certain pumps to perform the jobmost effectively. For instance, look intoefficiency and fuel consumption.
|Application||Type of Pump|
|End Suction Centrifugal||Diaphragm||Trash||Submersible|
|Fast Seepage Ditch Water||x||x|
|High Solid Contect Liquid||x||x||x|
|Slow Seepage Ditch Water||x||x|
There is no substitute for workingwith an experienced rental companywhen analyzing plans and specifications,anticipating challenges and ultimatelydeciding what pump equipment is best foran application. A customer should expectprompt response to service calls and aproactive willingness to help them overall.
Kirsten Petersen Stroud is Marketing Managerat Thompson Pump.