Any time you handle steel sheet piling on a project it costs money! But we all know that handling sheet piling is part of the job so the question is–Should you rent or own?

There are a dozen problems you might have when you own your own steel sheet pile, and your accountant will probably neglect to show you your true costs.

These problems include…

  • Nobody knows what kind of pile it is?
  • Nobody knows what to do with it WHEN IT COMES BACK from job and simply unloads in a stack with no cleaning or trimming
  • When you need piling, you need 40’ and all you have in the yard is 20’
  • You ship the pile you have at the yard, and the crew spends two unproductive days just to sort stuff out that should have been done in your yard
  • You ship pile from your yard and find out that, although it looked like you had enough, you still can’t find enough to build a good cofferdam–so you rent anyway to get what you need, and the balance is used for misc. shoring jobs that pop up.
  • When you need piling and all you have in the yard is all 40’–the field needs 20’ you chop valuable pile in half.
  • You have a yard with 40’ and next job requires a minimum of 45’.
  • You ship the pile from your yard, and crew finds out that more than half was damaged on last job and pile isn’t usable.
  • You ship the pile back to the yard, and everyone forgets that you have it so they rent more anyway.
  • You need more pile than you currently have in the yard, but it won’t interlock with anything currently available.
  • You need to ship some of your pile from the yard immediately, and your yard crane breaks down.