Renting tools and equipment for your building job
If you've got a one-time job to do, it often makes more financial sense to rent rather than buy the tools you need to get it done. Equipment rentals offer a flexible, practical alternative to purchasing tools, leaving you with more money in your pocket to invest in building materials.
Helpful Tips for Tool Rentals
To make sure you get the tools you need at a price you can afford, there are a few tips you should keep in mind when it comes to equipment rentals. First, check to see if the tool rental company has a website; this can save you a lot of time, as you can quickly and easily check out the available tools and make sure the equipment you need is on hand.
Plan ahead; don't wait until the day before you're planning to start the job to rent your equipment. Most tool rental companies experience a spike in business in late spring and early summer, so you should reserve the equipment you want well ahead of time to avoid being left empty-handed.
If you're renting power tools that you've never used before, ask the store's staff to give you a tutorial in the safe and proper operation of the equipment you need. While most companies that offer power tool rentals regularly test and service their equipment, you should also check that the tools your rent are in perfect working condition before you take them home.
Finally, if you're renting a large piece of equipment, make sure you have a way to get it home. Not all equipment rental companies will deliver and pick up their equipment. Know the rental company's policy and be prepared so you can avoid being left with an expensive rental and no way to transport it – you'll want to know in advance if you're going to have to pay for truck rentals, too, just to move your tools to and from the job.
Sourcing Equipment Rentals
Many large home improvement retailers offer tool and equipment rentals. Hertz tool rentals, Home Depot tool rentals and Lowe's tool rentals are all affordable and reliable.
If you prefer, you can also rent tools from independent stores. The advantage of this option is that many owner-operated stores have more flexible rental policies. In general, though, you'll get a better rate if you rent by the day rather than by the hour; if you need a certain piece of equipment for an extended period of time, you can also get weekly and monthly rentals.