Whether you’re a contractor or a home DIYer, we can agree on one thing—there’s nothing more exciting than adding a shiny new trailer, ladder, power tool or piece of equipment to your arsenal. Believe me, we’re right here with you.
As much fun as a project buying spree can be, it’s oftentimes not cost-effective. Let’s be practical for a second—DIY and contract work both have to adhere to budgets and time constraints. So, before you make your next purchase, let’s make sure it’s a practical one.
Why rent power tools or equipment?
Reason 1: Lower upfront cost
If you’re just comparing upfront totals, renting is more cost-effective than buying. The value of purchasing comes only after you add a tool to your commonly used arsenal. The fact is, we’re all on a budget and special tools or equipment can inflate it rapidly.
Equipment rentals give you the flexibility that purchasing doesn’t. If you need some extra hands-on deck, you can rent the additional tools needed to complete the job without bloating your work costs. If you’re a new contractor or just a casual DIYer, you may be unsure if you’ll need the tool again, so renting is a great way to get started.
Reason 2: Give it a trial spin
Maybe you’ve got the gardening itch and you’re tired of toiling away with your hand tiller. You know a rototiller would make your life easier, but is it worth the investment? Will it be such a big improvement to justify the cost and the room it will hog in your garage?
Maybe. You could be a green-thumbed gardening machine and have the need to keep tilling and expanding your plant empire all season long. In this case, it’d be worth the cost and space investment, but you didn’t really know the value until you gained some experience.
So, before whipping out your credit card for an impulse buy, renting a tool for your first go-’round will let you make a more informed decision.
While you probably have a pretty good idea of how useful common tools are, renting will give you a chance to try equipment for when you’re experimenting with projects outside your main expertise or just learning something new.
Reason 3: You don’t have to store it (or, in some cases, transport it)
You may not think about it at the time of purchase, but storage absolutely figures into the price of
a tool. At home or work, your storage space is limited. Every tool or piece of equipment takes up space that will eventually run out. When it does, you’re tasked with either downsizing or putting the money into expansion.
So, while a new piece of equipment may seem like a good value, if it isn’t being used frequently enough to earn a spot in your limited storage, maybe it isn’t as critical of a purchase as you thought.
Rental tools and equipment are returned at the end of the allotted time, which means you’ll never have to wonder where to store them.
If you’re a contractor thinking about large equipment purchases, another aspect to consider is transporting it. If you only have one trailer, can you afford to have it taken up by a piece of heavy machinery for each job, or do you need that trailer to transport materials?
Wildcat takes the hassle out of large equipment and heavy machinery transportation. We can deliver your rentals, so you’re able to keep your transport resources available for more pressing matters.
Reason 4: No maintenance required
Power tools and work equipment are both machinery that requires occasional repairs and maintenance. If you aren’t trained on how to fix every piece of machinery in your work collection, annual maintenance is a cost you’ll have to consider.
The responsibility of rented equipment maintenance and upkeep falls squarely on the rental company. Also, if you do happen to run into a breakdown while using a rental tool, they can, in most cases offer a repair or replacement to get you back to work quickly.
Reason 5: Guaranteed to get the right tool for the job
It’s happened to most of us, even if we’re embarrassed to admit it. We purchased a tool for the job and it ended up not working out. Some of us will keep it in hopes we’ll find a use for it later, while others will take the walk of shame to the exchange counter.
A reputable tool rental company will always ensure you have the right tool for the job. They can offer expert advice on the best equipment to get your project done on time and within budget.
If you aren’t sure of how to use a particular equipment type or model, they can give you a demo before you leave the yard and introduce you to any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) you may need to operate it safely.
At Wildcat, we always ensure you have the right tool for the job, know how to use it, and can answer any questions you need. No matter the project, we’ve got the tools you need to get it done. Just ask us!