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Tips on Renting Tools

This advice will help make your trip to the tool rental center run smoothly.

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Before heading off to the local tool rental center, here are a few tips you should keep in mind:

  • Most rental centers now have websites for tools and rates.
  • Reserve the tool or tools ahead of time.
  • Make sure you have proper transportation for the tool or have the rental center deliver and pickup. Many of the larger tools require a tow-hitch.
  • Have the staff show you how to operate the tool or tools.
  • Test the tool before you take it home. Start it up and run it. Good centers will test and run their equipment between rentals.
  • Make sure the center is neat, organized and well staffed.
  • Look for a center that does at least half its business with consumers. Most rental stores rent to professionals as well as consumers.
  • Day rates are a better deal than hourly rates.

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