According to Delta Rent General Manager Richard Khan, the economics of heavy plant hire have never been stronger as pressure builds on the Australian building and construction sector to produce more from less.

“The deployment, operation and maintenance of heavy plant and equipment is high risk and capital intensive,” Richard said. “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 & Road’ initiative is stretching global plant stocks to their limit while $75b worth of public infrastructure projects over the next ten years in Australia is all but exhausting local supplies.

“That’s how we differentiate ourselves,” he added. “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.”

Delta Group has invested upwards of $50m in late model heavy machinery over the last 12 months and tens of millions more in forward orders. Our latest acquisitions include L260H Volvo Loaders, Hitachi Zero-Tail-Swing mid-size excavators, CAT 773G rigid trucks, and Volvo EC480 excavators – to name a few.

With Australia’s largest fleet at our disposal and a packed workbook of blue chip industrial and commercial demolition and civil construction projects, we make the most of our scale to maintain an exceptionally diverse register of specialist plant and equipment. In turn, we have unparalleled capacity and capability to offer bespoke dry hire solutions that satisfy just about any scope of works in any location – Australia wide.

“Our understanding of the project lifecycle and optimising plant performance is one of our greatest advantages,” Richard 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.”

As a contractor and operator of heavy machinery, Delta Group know all too well that weather, stand-downs or breakdowns follow Murphy’s Law and can occur at the worst possible time in a project lifecycle. It’s why Delta Rent offers flexible rental terms and pricing structures and why they have invested heavily in a network of qualified and experienced field technicians as well as 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 onsite to ensure peak utilisation of our plant and equipment,” Richard 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 onsite or if weather delays call for extra plant to make up lost time, we can have replacement or additional machines onsite and fully operational within 48 hours.”