What Costs to Expect When Renting Pile Driving Equipment

Side Clamp Vibratory Hammer Mounted on Excavator Driving Sheet Pile - RPI Construction Equipment

No matter the scope of your pile driving project, keeping your rental costs within your budget is critical to success. During the planning phase of your job, you can evaluate your options to find the right equipment for every scope.

Whether it’s a heavy civil job, marine, commercial, residential, or mining project, it’s essential to explore your options to find the right equipment that matches your budget. No two jobs are the same, and using the right equipment from the start will save you time and money in the long run without leaving you with unnecessary costs.

Another benefit to running a comprehensive analysis of your equipment needs is that you won’t waste money or time if you select machinery that can’t handle your project’s demands.

An EK125HH Pile Driving Rig rental from RPI Construction Equipment on a job site in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

The Many Benefits of Renting Pile Driving Equipment

First, let’s discuss one of the most popular and cost-effective pile driving solutions on the market, vibratory hammers.

One of the main benefits of vibratory hammers is that they can be safely operated with a crew of as few as two people, resulting in lower labor costs.

An added benefit to consider when evaluating vibratory hammers for your piling job is that their smaller footprint allows them to get into tighter spaces. In addition, because they aren’t as loud as traditional pile driving methods, they can be used in more urban settings without the potential of violating civic ordinances.

Vibratory hammers do require a crane or excavator for mounting, so it’s important to factor those costs into your rental evaluation.

The price for renting a vibratory hammer can range from $2,000 to $3,500 for a weekly rental and comes down a bit to $4,500 to $11,000 range for monthly use.

If you choose to utilize a vibratory hammer for your piling job and pair it with an excavator, remember to factor in the costs for a technician to install the hammer to the excavator.

RPI Construction Equipment’s MKT 10B3 Air Pile Driver Driving Pipe Pile

Additional Piling Driving Equipment for Your Projects

Another popular piece of pile driving equipment is an impact hammer, which can be broken down into Air Pile Drivers and Diesel Hammers. Both of these pieces of equipment will require a crane, so consider those costs when scoping out your project. That said, in some cases, Air Pile Drivers can be used with an excavator; just be sure to check with a local technician to verify compatibility. Because of the costs associated with preparing these impact hammers, they are unavailable for weekly rentals.

There are additional costs to consider, including pile caps, cushion material, and piling leads for diesel hammers.

Air impact hammers will require an air compressor, lubricant, pile caps, cushion material, and piling leads as well if you’re using it with a crane. For use with an excavator, you will need to factor in the cost of a spud beam for an air hammer. The monthly costs for these can range from $3,000 to $8,000, depending on the size and type of impact hammer you choose.

The Advantages of a Renting a CZM EK125HH Pile Driving Rig

The third option to look at is appealing because it offers an all-in-one solution so you can accurately forecast your costs and won’t be surprised by any unexpected expenses.

The CZM EK125HH Pile Driving Rig is the best option for an all-in-one pile driving rig because it does not require auxiliary equipment and can be transported in a single load.

This pile driving rig also does not require a crane or an excavator because the hydraulic impact hammer and mast are already mounted on an excavator base — saving you on costs associated with heavy equipment rentals. The rental rates for this rig are generally higher than the options mentioned above, but these costs are often offset by the time you save on setup, support equipment, and auxiliary costs.

RPI Construction Equipment’s CZM EK125 Pile Driving Rig rental at a solar pile driving job.

In Conclusion

Bear in mind that none of these prices include round-trip freight costs, which often vary.

When you start to scope out your piling project, it’s crucial to have an accurate breakdown of equipment costs so that you can give your client an accurate estimate. Remember, these costs can change, so it’s best to work with an experienced pile driving equipment vendor to ensure that you’re getting the best price and equipment.

While there is no single solution and no two jobs present the same unique obstacles, they can all be overcome when you identify the proper equipment for your project requirements and budget.

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