Well, the renter would be responsible for any damage to the machine while in his possession.A backhoe should never be bare rented it would be with a operator only unless the person renting the backhoe is a operator.
All it takes is some idiot running the machine to slash a tire on a rock there goes the rental profit.
You can only charge stuff to a customer who you can prove did the damage. Dents, dings, that stuff may go unnoticed upon return and even then, who's to say what the price for that little dent in sheetmetal is actually worth? Pin and bushing wear you absolutely cannot pin on anyone, yet all rental machines that I've ever seen end up having a lifespan of less than half of what they would if they were to see proper use and good maintenance.Well, the renter would be responsible for any damage to the machine while in his possession.