Screens & Feeders

Heavy equipment hire helps avoid capital risk, project delays

Delta Rent is part of the Delta Group, which since 1974 has engaged in civil works, excavation, landscaping, commercial bin hire and heavy equipment hire across Australia.

Its clients include construction companies, government departments, municipal councils and developers.

Delta Rent operates one of the largest hire fleets of specialised plant and equipment in the country. More than 200 high performance machines are available for hire under flexible short-, medium- and long-term hire plans. The machines are equipped with triple-certified integrated management systems and GPS tracking.

Further, the company operates purpose-built, in-house mechanical and fabrication workshops to maintain its fleet, including precision attachments and spare parts. Maintenance is also provided as part of the rental service (at no additional cost) and site-specific expert support is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week, 365 days a year.

Under pressure

According to Delta Rent general manager Richard Khan, the economics of heavy plant hire have never been stronger, as pressure builds on Australian quarries and small-to-mid-scale miners to produce more from less.

“The deployment, operation and maintenance of heavy plant and equipment is high risk and capital intensive,” Khan said. “It’s even more so when there is a worldwide shortage and surging local demand for specialist machines.”

A strengthening US economy, coupled with China’s expansive Belt and Road initiative, is stretching global plant stocks to their limits, while $75 billion worth of public infrastructure projects over the next 10 years in Australia is all but exhausting local supplies.

{{quote-A:R-W:300-I:2-Q:"That’s how we differentiate ourselves. We match our client to the right plant and equipment so they maximise machine turns and minimise downtime."-WHO:Richard Khan, Delta Rent general manager}}Caught in the middle are Australian quarries struggling to meet demand for construction materials and small-to-mid-scale miners trying to maintain production levels with ageing assets.

“Even if they have the capital and can assume the risk, they simply can’t guarantee delivery of their plant in time to satisfy demand for their materials or to meet their project life cycle,” Khan said.

In response to global demand, some original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as Caterpillar and Komatsu have diversified into heavy plant rental, but it’s a case of “buyer beware or renter regret”, according to Khan.

“The OEMs are incredibly sophisticated brands,” he said. “Their range of plant and equipment may be top shelf and appear impressive at first glance, but there’s significant downside if it isn’t fit for purpose and the best machine for a particular project or job.

“That’s how we differentiate ourselves. We match our client to the right plant and equipment so they maximise machine turns and minimise downtime.

“Depending on the job at hand and the specific outputs, there may be one particular model or a particular mix of makes and models that deliver the most efficient and reliable results.”

Late model machinery

With the backing of Delta Group, one of the largest diversified contractors of its type in the world, Delta Rent has invested upwards of $50 million in late model heavy machinery over the past 12 months and tens of millions more in forward orders.

The company’s latest acquisitions include L260H Volvo wheel loaders, Hitachi zero-tail-swing mid-size excavators, Caterpillar 773G rigid trucks and Volvo EC480 excavators – to name a few.

In addition to Delta Rent’s heavy hire equipment, Delta Group’s recycling division can also supply key contract crushing and screening services for quarries and other extractive operators.

Delta Recycling’s fleet of mobile crushers and screens comprises a variety of types and brands for contract crushing purposes: jaw crushers (Nordberg LT125 and LT140, Powerscreen XA750 and XR400, Sandvik QJ341), cone crushers (Terex Pegson 1300), impact and VSI crushers (Sandvik QI240 and Pegson XV250), incline screens (Powerscreen Chieftain 1400 and 2100, McCloskey S190), horizontal screens (Powerscreen Horizon 6203R) and scalping screens (McCloskey R155, Extec E-7).

With Australia’s largest heavy hire and contract crushing fleet at its disposal and a packed workbook of blue chip industrial and commercial demolition and civil construction projects, Delta makes the most of its scale to maintain an exceptionally diverse register of specialist plant and equipment.

As a result, Delta services a number of national and multinational quarrying and mining clients, and more than 100 quarrying and mining sector clients Australia-wide.

In turn, Delta Rent has the capacity and capability to offer bespoke dry hire solutions that satisfy just about any scope of works in any location across Australia.

“Our understanding of the project life cycle and optimising plant performance is one of our greatest advantages,” Khan said. “Our clients benefit from our experience as one of the world’s largest diversified contractors, and they can trust us implicitly when we design a heavy hire program for their project.”


Flexible approach

As contractors and operators of heavy machinery such as Delta Group know all too well, weather, stand-downs or breakdowns follow Murphy’s Law and can occur at the worst possible time in a project life cycle.

To account for this, Delta Rent offers flexible rental terms and pricing structures and has invested heavily in a network of qualified and experienced field technicians, plus heavy haulage contractors to move or service plant anywhere in Australia.

“Float charges and fully trained mechanics are included in our rate structure and will be on-site to ensure peak utilisation of our plant and equipment,” Khan said.

“All of our machinery is compliant with MDG15, MDG1014, MDG41, AS4024 and the National Code for Managing Risks of Plant where applicable, and we can re-fit plant to satisfy site or client-specific demands.

“And if we can’t fix a breakdown on-site or if weather delays call for extra plant to make up lost time, we can have replacement or additional machines on-site and fully operational within 48 hours.”

Delta Rent and Delta Recycling are based at Delta Group’s national headquarters in Port Melbourne, Victoria.

Source: Delta Rent

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