Landscape Equipment Rentals vs. Ownership
 Landscape Equipment Rentals vs. Ownership

Landscape Equipment
Rentals vs. Ownership

When it comes to getting the machines and attachments you need for your job sites, you’ve got some options. Whether you use landscape equipment rentals, you lease, or you buy, we look at your choices.

CAITLIN MADDOCK-BAHR | Social Media & Digital Strategy Manager

Your landscaping business slows down for no one, so having the right equipment ready is important to get the job done on time. Luckily for you, there’s more than one option to choose from when it comes to securing the machines you need. From landscape equipment rentals to owning a machine yourself, we compare the options and see what’s best for you.

Landscape Equipment Rentals

Landscape equipment rentals are useful if you don’t need consistent access to a machine. While landscaping is year-round, there may be unique one-off projects that only last a few months. A landscape machine rental might make the most sense for you if you need the equipment for a short-term project, but it isn’t worth the investment of buying. Renting gives you access to the machines you need for short periods of time, while saving money in the long run.

Landscape equipment rentals can also help when using new equipment for the first time. Your crew can get familiar with a new machine or attachment and decide at the end of the rental period if it’s a good fit for day-to-day work. It’s important to decide how long you need the equipment, though. If you find your business needing a landscaping machine rental for a long timeframe, it might save money to look at buying or leasing.

Buying Landscape Equipment

Buying landscape equipment comes with the most upfront costs, making it a big commitment. It does have its benefits, though. One of the biggest advantages of owning a machine is the fact that it’s always on hand. If you know you will regularly need a machine for certain jobs, buying may be a worthy investment. To help, you can look out for special financing offers to make buying equipment easier on your wallet.

On the other hand, owning equipment comes with added responsibilities. When you own a machine, you also must store and maintain it, which are additional costs to your landscaping business. Before making a big purchase, it’s important to ask yourself whether these added costs and responsibilities are worth the convenience of owning the equipment.

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Leasing Landscape Equipment

Leasing landscape equipment can be a good in-between alternative to buying and renting. It allows you to use a machine as you need without committing to it, while giving you more time and payment options than renting.

For example, if you want to test offering residential landscaping services at your commercial landscaping business, you can lease a piece of equipment and decide whether it’s something you’ll use long-term at the end of your lease. When a leasing period ends, you can discuss returning the equipment, or continuing to use it through a purchase or extended lease with your local Cat® dealer.

The landscaping business requires a lot of different machines and attachments for different projects, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution to meet your business needs. Thanks to options like landscape equipment rentals and leases, you can be flexible and save money while you do the job.

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Social Media & Digital Strategy Manager

Caitlin Maddock-Bahr exercises her storytelling expertise as a social media & digital strategy manager. In this role, she not only helps Caterpillar connect with their audience, but helps customers connect with the brand.





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