Save More Than Money By Renting Specialty Tools For One-Time Projects

3 June 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Articles


Taking on difficult home improvement projects can save you a lot of money, and the wealth of information available on the internet lets do-it-yourself (DIY) enthusiasts tackle new jobs that they previously were apprehensive about. Many projects, however, require a tool that you'll only need once. If you're taking on a home improvement project that you likely won't do again and need a specialty tool for it, rent one -- even if it costs more money than buying one, because there are benefits other than saving money.

Saving on Storage Space

First, you need space to store the tools you own. Throwing another socket wrench into your tool box may not be a big deal, but some specialty tools, such as a mini excavator, scaffolding or a circular saw, require a fair bit of room to store. It makes sense to find a place where you can keep tools that you use regularly, like that socket wrench. When you won't need a tool for a long time, though, you can keep your workshop to a reasonable size by renting it instead of buying it.

Saving Time with More Efficient Tools

Second, renting a tool might help you complete a job more quickly. For instance, you can install a fence with a shovel, pick axe and post hole digger. Digging all the holes necessary for a fence with just these tools, however, will take a lot of time (not to mention muscle). A two-man auger would let you dig the holes in just a few hours, rather than a few days.

If you're pressed for time or want to complete a job quickly, renting a tool can help you work more efficiently. The money you spend on renting the tool may be made up in the time you save.

When you're renting a tool to save time, you should still book your rental for longer than you think the project will take. While the tool should help you complete the job more quickly, unforeseen complications often arise during home improvement projects. SheKnows recommends always giving yourself a little extra time when renting the tool, just in case something comes up.

Learning to Use a Specialty Tool

Third, if you'll only need the tool once, then you likely haven't used it before. When purchasing a tool, you have to figure out how to use the tool yourself. While most tools come with owner's manuals, the directions aren't always easy to follow.

If you rent a tool, then the tool rental company should provide you with thorough instructions on using it. In addition to showing you how to operate the tool safely, they may also have some pointers that will make using it much easier. Even if you run into problems while using the tool, you should feel comfortable calling up the rental company and asking for help over the phone. This kind of support only comes with a rental.

Transporting a Large Tool

Finally, some tools are difficult to transport. For example, a small backhoe may require a trailer to move it from location to location. Unless you have the equipment required to transport a tool, rent it from a facility that also provides trucks or trailers for bringing it to your site. There may be an additional fee to rent a truck or trailer, but it will cost less than purchasing a new vehicle just for the tool.

The next time you go to tackle a one-time DIY project and need a specialty tool, consider renting the tool. Even if it costs you more to rent, you'll save space and time by doing so, not to mention have much better support for learning how to use it. For more information about renting or buying specialty tools for your next project, visit.