Buying vs. Renting a Street Sweeper

Many municipal governments are looking to balance their budgets – and they can get a bit creative as they do so. One of the options they think of when hoping to save the city some dollars is to look at renting expensive sanitation equipment instead of buying them right away. A common cleaning equipment that is typically rented are street sweepers. This is because buying a sweeper does not only involve a single purchase. Often these machines are bought in bulk to service an entire area.

To accurately gauge if a rental agreement would be better for your area, there are a few things to do. First of all, you need to run a life cycle analysis of your prospective piece of street sweeping equipment. This entails calculating how much it would cost to maintain the machine for the entire run of its operating life. This isn’t easy to implement since you’ll have to gather quite a bit of data and talk to quite a number of experts.

After gathering all that data, you can start canvassing costs, both for buying and renting. Different needs result in different prices. Then comes the time for your decision. Usually, the numbers speak for themselves whether it is worth investing in the machines or not. It’s not a foregone conclusion though. Renting can be expensive depending on the frequency of cleaning necessary. In the end, it all comes down to what your city needs and how much you can afford.

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