Most contractors using slipforming do not own their own slipforming equipment. A general contractor who finds it feasible to use slipforming has three options:
1. To design, build, and operate the slipform complex. This requires the assistance of expert consultants who will help at every step of the project.
2. To subcontract the work to a subcontractor who specializes in slipform.
3. To buy or rent the forming system completely designed and fabricated, ready to be erected at the site to be operated by the contractor’s own forces. The cost of renting slipform equipment is based on the linear feet (or meters) of a slide, the capacity and the quality of the equipment. Jacks and jacking rods are used on a rental basis but forms aren’t normally available for rental.