While there is typically a case for purchasing dewatering pumps and related tools outright, renting presents so many advantages that it should all the time be given close consideration. This is the view of Lee Vine, managing director of dewatering and dredge pump rental specialist IPR.
He says that IPR is seeing a powerful shift in path of the rental mannequin. “We started up just seven years ago and, since then, we’ve had to constantly add pumps to our fleet to fulfill ever growing demand from a range of industries, most particularly mining and building,” he states.
“We now have greater than 200 pumps in our rental fleet, able to handle nearly any pumping process. Our line-up consists of submersible drainage and dewatering pumps, slurry and sludge pumps and diesel-driven pumps. We also supply dredging methods and hydro mining options.”

Vine believes that one of the prime advantages of renting is that it eliminates the necessity for upfront capital expenditure, which – relying on the sort of gear that is required – can be appreciable. “Many companies – notably if they are start-ups or are experiencing powerful buying and selling circumstances – simply cannot afford to make this kind of monetary commitment,” he says. “If this is the case, rental is the ideal answer.”

He points out that purchasing doesn’t make business sense if the tools required is just used on an intermittent basis. “If you’re going to buy pumps, for instance, then you should get the utmost utilisation out of them. If you solely have an occasional need for pumping, then I would strongly suggest renting. It is insanity to purchase costly equipment and then leave it standing for long durations.”

Ownership additionally brings with it the problems of maintenance. “Pumps have to be maintained and this usually implies that folks with the required competence need to be completely employed to undertake this process,” he says. “When digital pressure gauge rent from IPR, we offer this service. Our skilled and skilled technicians undertake all servicing and upkeep on web site on a 24/7 basis. We also, after all, make positive that machines are in tip-top condition before being sent out to clients.”

When it involves pumping, there is no such factor as ‘one size fits all’ and Vine says that is another compelling cause to hire quite than purchase. “IPR can draw from its extremely wide selection of pumps and different tools to provide solutions which are precisely tailor-made to the customer’s needs. By contrast, we regularly discover that firms that elect to buy their very own gear end up using pumps which may be completely unsuited to the duty at hand. They are utilizing them because that’s all they have available.”

By renting from IPR, clients additionally get the benefit of the most recent expertise. “Obviously, not each unit in our fleet would be the very latest model but, usually, our stock consists of new or relatively new machines offering – amongst different things – excellent gasoline effectivity,” says Vine. “Customers can relaxation assured that we will never provide out-of-date gear that’s not fit for purpose.”

While rental is the backbone of IPR’s enterprise, the company additionally sells pumps and other gear. It is the only agent in southern Africa for the well-established Atlas Copco diesel-driven pump sets in addition to the Atlas Copco range of submersible pumps.
As Vine feedback, “We’re certainly not saying that clients ought to at all times lease. Under the right circumstances, direct ownership of belongings such as pumps may be one of the best route to comply with. We recognise this, which is why we’re geared to both rent or sell.”

IPR is based in fashionable premises in Jet Park, Johannesburg, where it has a well-equipped engineering workshop which permits it to supply totally customised pumping and dredging options to ISO 9001 requirements.
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