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Buy or Lease a large excavator

Buy or Lease a large excavator

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What to consider when deciding whether to buy or lease a large excavator

If you're considering purchasing or leasing a large excavator, there are several factors you should consider in making the right decision. Here's a buyer's guide to help you weigh the pros and cons of buying or leasing a large excavator.

Ultimately, the decision to buy or lease a large excavator will depend on your specific needs and financial situation. Weighing the pros and cons of each option and consulting with professionals can help you make the best decision for your business.

Areas to consider:

Operating considerations


    Consider how often you'll be using the excavator. If you have a high volume of projects that require excavation, then purchasing might be the better option. However, if you only need the excavator for a short-term project, leasing could be more cost-effective.

    Maintenance and Repairs:

    Owning an excavator means that you'll be responsible for maintenance and repairs. Leasing, on the other hand, often includes maintenance and repairs in the contract.


    Leasing offers greater flexibility, as you can easily upgrade to a newer model or different type of equipment when your lease ends. If you purchase an excavator, you'll be stuck with that model until you sell it or replace it.

Financial considerations?

    Upfront costs

    Purchasing a large excavator typically requires a large upfront investment. If you don't have the capital available, leasing may be a better option as it requires less upfront costs and can be financed over the term of the lease.

    Resale Value:

    When you purchase a large excavator, you'll have the option to sell it later, which can be an important factor to consider. Large excavators tend to hold their value well, which means you may be able to recoup a significant portion of your initial investment when it's time to sell.

    Financial Goals:

    Consider your long-term financial goals. If you're looking to conserve cash flow or need to maintain a certain debt-to-asset ratio, leasing may be a better option. However, if you have the capital available and want to own your equipment outright, purchasing could be the better option.

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    Tax Benefits:

    Both purchasing and leasing can offer tax benefits, so it's important to consult with a tax professional to determine which option is better for your specific situation.