Hiring instruments offers flexible access to market-leading, innovative equipment without the ongoing cost of ownership.
Why hire an instrument from Shawcity?
Reduce instrument downtime during fleet maintenance
If you have an instrument which needs an annual service, you may need to hire another while yours is with our Service Centre. The interim hire replacement not only reduces disruption and instrument down time within your business but also offers peace of mind that workers are continuously protected.
Sometimes the instrument may only be required for a short period or occasional use, meaning it would not be economical to invest in buying one outright. Hiring instrumentation to carry out short-term projects is a great way to ensure tasks are completed to schedule.
Try before you buy
Hiring an instrument before committing to a purchase can be a great way to familiarise yourself with the instrument’s features and technology. You can trial a specific instrument in your workplace so you can be confident it is the right one for your requirements.
If you then decide to buy the instrument, we’ll send you a brand new one and discount up to two weeks’ hire cost from the purchase price.
Selecting the right instrument
Our friendly Hire Team and Product Specialist Managers are available to discuss your hire requirements. They can advise you on the instrument best suited for the job and guide you through how to use the instrument and interpret results needed for your project.
All instruments come with full manufacturers instructions. However, if you haven’t hired a particular instrument before, we recommend you speak with one of our Product Specialist Managers who will offer a demonstration and product training.
What equipment is included in the hire agreement?
All instruments will be provided in a durable protective case suitable for transportation and use on-site. All instruments come with docks, batteries and charging capability (where applicable), power leads, software, manufacturer manuals and datalogging if requested.
All instrumentation and equipment are inspected by our engineers before it is dispatched to you ensuring it is ready for use straight out of the box.
Shawcity instrument hire discounts
We’re pleased to offer discount structures for long-term instrument hire or if you’re hiring multiple instruments over multiple weeks. Only one discount structure will apply, speak to a member of our team to discuss the best option for you.
Number of Instruments Hired % Discount Applied
Number of Weeks’ Hire % Discount Applied
Up to 2 weeks 0%
2 weeks up to 4 weeks 5%
4 weeks up to 10 weeks 10%
10+ weeks 20%
How long can you hire an instrument for?
The minimum hire period we offer is 3 days, but there is no maximum so you can keep the instrument on hire for as long as you need it. If you have the instrument on hire, you can contact us to arrange to extend your hire agreement.
Receiving your hire instrument
Instruments are sent to you via our courier on a next day delivery if ordered before noon the previous day. If you are short for time, you also have the option to pick up your hire instrument directly from us in Oxfordshire on the same day; providing you contact us in advance to ensure we have it in stock and allow our team enough time to check and prepare it for you.
Returning your hire instrument
Once you have finished with your instrument you can arrange your own courier to return it, or we can arrange a courier to return it to us for a charge.
If you would like to send your instrument back to us early, please contact our hire team to discuss arrangements.
Hire reminders from Shawcity
Our hire team will send you a reminder when your hire agreement is coming to an end and will ask if you would like to extend, if you’re making arrangements to return the instrument or if you would like to arrange collection. Late instrument returns of over three days after the hire agreement will be charged additional hire fees.
Lost or damaged instruments
Please notify Shawcity immediately to report any loss or damage to any of the equipment. If an instrument is damaged during a hire, you may be liable for all works necessary to repair or, if necessary, replace the instrument. This decision will be made at the discretion of Shawcity.
If an instrument is lost, Shawcity will continue to charge you the full cost of hire for the equipment until the instrument is found and returned. If the instrument cannot be found, you shall be liable for cost of replacing the equipment hired. The value of the instrument is included in the quote and can be referred to for insurance purposes.
Arranging instrument insurance
We would recommend you have insurance in place which will cover the instrument whilst with you or in transit if using your own courier, you may be liable for loss or damage during this time. Most business insurance policies should cover hired goods, but check your particular policy for peace of mind.
We’re here to help…
Our friendly team is on hand to support you through the hire process, from quotations to instrument support. Please contact our team to discuss your requirements.