Tools That Are Best Rented, Not Purchased

Some tools are so expensive or rarely used that it makes sense to rent. All rental equipment should come with safety guidelines and documentation proving it has been regularly serviced. Look for any damage before signing rental contracts.
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Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Heavy-Duty Drill

Rent a heavy-duty drill for large projects. It is possible to burn out your household drill's motor if it is not sufficiently powerful for the task such as drilling a large number of holes in concrete and masonry. Use a core drill bit for ducting or plumbing. The best core drill bits are diamond-encrusted for effective and efficient cuts. Rental companies may charge extra for each.

Foam Cutter

Circular saws, miter saws and handsaws can tackle most DIY tasks, but when you plan to tackle a large repetitive job, a specialty saw designed for the task at hand will give you greater ease and efficiency in the work. This foam cutter is a prime example. It is used for cutting of all densities of foam rubber, flexible plastic foam and most types of carpeting. Various blades lengths are available.

Fine-Cut Power Handsaw

Handsaw is designed for flush cutting applications like door jamb flush-trim cuts. The tool provides precision sawing in wood, wood composites and plastics.

Heavy-Duty Drain Cleaner

If you are working on major plumbing repairs, you may need the help of specialty plumbing tools. For serious drain cleaning needs, a heavy-duty drain cleaner snake machine with power feeder offers a powerful, yet quiet, motor and gearbox that bears down as the cutter engages tough obstructions. The tool shown provides an audible and visual signal to the operator.


If your electricity supply is switched off or not yet installed, generators offer a portable option for a continuous supply. You will need to establish capacity and size requirements.


Air compressors power pneumatic tools. They are available with power up to more than 5 hp and they can have tank sizes up to 80 gallons (300 liters). The frequency and duration of use will determine the horsepower and tank size that you'll need for your DIY project. A 2 hp compressor will be adequate for typical tasks around the house.

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