Manufacturer Hilti has used the ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014 exhibition as the launch platform for a new tool hire programme in North America - Hilti Tools On Demand - that allows contractors to use the company’s tools during peak months.

The new programme is said to compliment the company’s existing hire and rental offerings. Hilti’s Tool Fleet Management service is targeted at contractors that want to use Hilti tools year in and year out, while the company’s rental network is aimed at emergency, daily or weekly tool needs.

Tools On Demand has been designed to offer contractors the use of tools for those months when projects peak.

Marketing sales manager David Schimmel said, “We have over 10,000 customers signed up to our Tool Fleet Management service in North America, and they were calling for a programme like this that would allow them the use of tools for three to five months at a time, instead of years at a time or quick rental periods.”

Under Tools On Demand, contractors pay to use tools with full Hilti service and support for a minimum of three months, and return them when they are no longer needed.

Mr Schimmel said the programme was available in some European countries but was initially being rolled out large-scale in North America, where the company was seeing the highest demand. “The new service does not conflict with our rental network, but fits in between the short-term rental and long-term fleet management services,” he added.

Hilti manufactures a range of tools including surveying equipment – total stations and other digital measuring equipment – and hand-held drills and saws.

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