Farm Equipment Rentals vs. Ownership
Farm Equipment Rentals vs. Ownership

Farm Equipment
Rentals vs. Ownership

When it comes to getting the equipment your farm needs, you’ve got plenty of options. But which is right for you? We look at whether farm equipment rentals, leases or ownership make sense for your operation.

CAITLIN MADDOCK-BAHR | Social Media & Digital Strategy Manager

Getting the right machines and attachments for your farm can help you stay productive and efficient, and having an equipment replacement strategy makes sure your machines will be up and running when you need them. If you’re in the market for equipment, farm equipment rentals, leases and ownership are all options to consider. We compare them below:

Farm Equipment Rentals

If you have an immediate need on your farm that calls for a certain type of machine or attachment, farm equipment rentals are a good option. Renting has a lower up-front cost as well as no long-term machine maintenance commitments, which can help save your farm money if you know you only need that piece of equipment for a short time.

The downside of farm equipment rentals is that you might end up paying more for the rental in the long run, depending on how long you need that machine or attachment. Renting your equipment doesn’t let you invest in your machine either, meaning that you can’t sell it later on like you would with an owned machine. However, there may be the option with your local Cat® dealer to buy your equipment at the end of your rental period, which would allow you to get some return on your investment.

Farm Equipment Leases

Farm equipment leasing is another option to think about when shopping for machines and attachments. Leasing gives you more flexibility with terms and payments, which might be a bonus if you’re looking to try out a new machine for a longer period of time than you’d get with a rental but still aren’t ready to buy. Agricultural equipment leasing also allows you to set a fixed cost for what you’re going to pay for your equipment. It’s also a good way to stay current with new technologies offered on farming equipment.

Farm equipment leasing comes with allotted hour restrictions, so be aware that you don’t go over the hours you’re allowed or else you’ll have to pay additional fees. Leasing also prevents you from building equity in your machines but, as with rentals, you can talk to your Cat dealer about purchase options at the end of your lease term.

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Farm Equipment Ownership

While farm equipment ownership is the most expensive option, it also comes with some added benefits. You’ll have ongoing access to equipment you’ll need regularly, without worrying about lease or rental terms. You can build equity in your machines and attachments, giving you some return on your investment. There are also financing options available for equipment purchases that can help you bring down your ownership costs and potentially make them less expensive than a lease payment.

So which option is right for you? The answer might be a combination. With an equipment strategy that combines rentals, leases, and ownership you can get the machines you need and stay within your budget on terms that work for you.

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CAITLIN MADDOCK-BAHR

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.