A Rookie's Guide To Tool Rental

You've noticed your neighbors have increasingly been redoing their kitchens, bathrooms and backyard patios lately. It's not your imagination. Canadian homeowners poured more than $63 billion into renovations in 2013, which is nearly 4 percent of the country's total economy. 

You've always been one to hire a landscaper or construction company for your projects around the home. However, with all of the do-it-yourself home-improvement projects advertised on television these days, you're confident you could take on more of the fixes needed around the house by yourself, or at least with the help of a friend. 

It makes little sense for you to purchase the tools you'll be using only once or twice a year, and thankfully home-improvement retailers in your area offer tool rentals. Here are a few tips to keep in mind before signing on the dotted line for that power saw rental. 


You'll have to remove any tendencies toward procrastination if you're going to pursue a tool rental. Tool rentals are often by the hour, not by the day, especially for handheld tools such as a rotary hammer.

The good news is a tool such as a rotary hammer will break up concrete or tile covering concrete in a matter of minutes, not hours. Just be sure and ask the tool rental company about any fees that could be assigned for late returns to keep you motivated.    


While finding the cheapest tool for rental is tempting, it could backfire. For instance, large tools such as tile saws are not all one and the same. By choosing the cheapest rental price, you might find yourself shorthanded. 

The cheapest tile saw might seem like a bargain, but did you know it can cut only thin tile? It will take a high-end model to achieve a cut on a thicker type of tile such as marble, and this is something learned by experience. In this instance, a cheaper tool rental could mean you've got to haul the tile saw back to the rental store for a model with more features.

Price also comes into play with manual versus power tools. If you're going to be building a fence around the backyard, chances are you'll need a hole digger. A manual tool could do the job; however, in this case, springing for the more expensive power model makes sense.

A power tool rental may cost more, but you'll get the job done in half the time and for half the amount of sweat. Just plug the power hole digger into an outlet in your backyard. Some power hole diggers are a two-man piece of equipment, and you may need to get a friend to operate the power tool with you. 


Return the tool in the condition in which you got it, and the home-improvement retailer will be sure to rent to you again in the future. If you're looking for a tool rental business in your area, visit Location Ferrento.