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5 Questions to Ask Your Compactor Business

Compactor companies are here to offer solutions for waste management and save you money. Contacting a compactor business about the benefits of an on-site compactor is a great way to cut costs for your business. Here are five questions you should ask before deciding which business is best for you.

1. What Size Compactors Do You Offer?

When you reach out to the compactor company, plan to share information about the size of the business or commercial property where you need the compactor. Size matters when it comes to choosing the right one. The right company will have a range of size options and be able to help you to choose a compactor that is best for your needs. Ask pointed questions about sizes and how much waste it can manage.

Also, do some of your own research before you make the call to learn the basics about what size compactor would be a good option for your needs. Some can handle huge loads of up to 55,000 pounds (usually at waste collection sites), and small ones can manage up to 2,000 pounds. Get familiar with how much waste your property generates and go from there.

2. What Are the Costs and Terms?

It’s important that you discuss the costs associated with the compactor and their terms. Different companies will have different fee rates and offer their equipment under different terms. Ideally, you will work with a company that offers affordable options with reasonable rules and regulations.

Turn-key compactor rentals are very popular because they are hassle-free. According to IBISWorld, the construction equipment market will enjoy a 4.7% growth rate over the next five years. Compactors will likely be listed among some of the most sought-after pieces of equipment.

Ask if you have to sign a long-term agreement for a rental or if there are short-term options. In most cases, if you are in the market for a compactor, you’ll want to sign a long-term agreement, which is typically one year. Of course, a short-term lease option will be nice if your need is temporary.

3. What Do I Need to Do to Prepare My Property?

It’s important that you understand what you need to do to prepare your property for the compactor. Ask the business what you need to prep your facility to receive the compactor. At the very minimum, you’ll need a designated space to store it.

Most of the time, the type of compactor you choose will determine the amount of space needed for it. For example, an apartment-style compactor will be installed in a “waste room” inside the building, while a stationary compactor (used mostly for restaurants and hotels) can be stored outdoors.

While inquiring about property preparations, ask about clearance. Don’t make the mistake of grabbing the tape measure and taking measurements without understanding how much actual room the compactor needs to be installed. For example, the machine itself may be six cubic yards, but it may have an additional box that is also six cubic yards. Be sure to ask about the total footage needed to store the compactor.

4. What Type of Waste Will the Compactor Manage?

Ask the compactor business what type of waste the one you’re considering can handle. It’s not only important to choose the right size compactor but you also have to choose one that can manage your specific type of waste. When it comes to compactors, there are two types of waste: wet and dry. Not every compactor can handle wet waste and dry waste. Ask for recommendations from the compactor business on which type will be best to manage your waste.

5. What Services Are Included?

Most waste management businesses provide pick-up services for compacted waste. In compactor rentals, the company should also offer maintenance and repair support. It’s essential to ask about the services provided. A turn-key operation will ensure you get all the benefits from an on-site compactor and the best value.

Working closely with a trusted compactor company will ensure that you get the compactor you need and the support services you want. Call Ferri Equipment today to learn more about compactors, how they save you money, and what it will take to install one on-site. We look forward to working with you.

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