A Look at Our Damage Waivers

A-1 Rental Center includes a damage waiver on all of our equipment rentals, unless the customer specifically declines it. The waivers exist to protect customers from being held responsible for costly equipment damage, should there be an accident or misuse of the equipment while it is in use. Because much of our equipment costs thousands of dollars, this damage waiver can save customers a significant amount of money.

With the damage waiver, we agree to waive all claims against a customer for equipment damage, except for a $250 deductible on equipment valued at over $5,000. Equipment that is valued at a lower cost is protected without a deductible. The waiver protects customers from damages whether they were intentional or accidental. The cost for a damage waiver for equipment is 10% of the rental cost, and on vehicles, it is $12 per day, $48 per week, or $144 per month.

A-1 Rental Center is happy to explain our damage waiver and all of our rental policies when you reserve your equipment. To learn more about our equipment rentals in Redwood City, call (650) 369-2992.

What to Do if You Experience a Mechanical Breakdown on Your Rental

One of the best things about renting tools in San Mateo is that you don’t have to worry about any of the maintenance or repairs to keep those tools in their best working condition. However, breakdowns can occasionally happen when the equipment is in use, so you may need to take some steps to get rented tools fixed if they suddenly stop functioning.

Most importantly, you should never try to make repairs yourself. Even if you know what you’re doing, any errors could end up costing you. Instead, stop using the equipment, turn it off, and unplug it immediately. Call the rental company to swap out the tool or to have them come make onsite repairs.

When you rent from A-1 Rental Center, you can rest assured that any mechanical breakdowns will be handled promptly and efficiently. We even offer time credit to customers who call right away for repairs instead of waiting out their rental period to alert us about any problems. To reach us for your equipment rental needs in San Mateo and the greater Bay Area, call us at (650) 369-2992.

Top Reasons for Renting an Air Compressor

Air compressors are versatile pieces of equipment because they can attach to a wide range of different tools to make tasks like nailing in new baseboards or spray painting your home’s exterior a breeze. Air compressor tools are simple to use, so it doesn’t take much expertise to successfully operate a compressor when you rent one from an equipment rental service in the Bay Area. Let’s take a look at some of the most common projects that might prompt you to rent an air compressor and compatible tools.

Carpentry Projects

Pneumatic nailers and staplers are among the more common attachments to use with an air compressor because they are easier to use (and more cost effective) than their battery-operated counterparts. If you are installing siding, framing, or molding around the house, renting an air compressor can make the job go by much faster. Pneumatic tools and compressors are also useful for everyday carpentry projects.


Instead of spending hours trying to achieve an even, drip-free coat with a paint brush, you might opt for spray painting with the help of an air compressor. You can apply paint to larger surfaces easily and evenly, so you won’t have to fuss with multiple coats and seemingly endless brush strokes.

Auto Repairs

If you’ve ever popped open the hood of your car to try and perform even the simplest auto repairs, you might find that the most challenging step is loosening nuts and bolts—especially in the tight spaces between parts under the hood. An air ratchet attached to a compressor will help get any bolt unfastened so that you can easily access the parts you need to. You can also use the compressor to get rid of surface dust and dirt that might be caked on to parts of your vehicle.

For these projects and any of your DIY repair needs in San Jose or Redwood City, contact A-1 Rental Center. We offer a range of different tools you can rent to complete your latest home improvement project. You can reach us on our website or by calling (650) 369-2992.

Tips for First-Time Drill Users

Power drills offer tons of convenience for any project where screws are needed, but they do require some safety precautions as well as a little practice to use correctly. If you’ve never used a power drill before, the prospect may be somewhat intimidating. By following the simple tips below, you can relieve your anxiety and stay safe as you get to know this handy power tool.

Protect your hands and eyes.

Safety should always be a priority in the presence of power tools, and your hands and eyes will require the most protection. Your hands will be holding the drill, which can get quite hot and create lots of vibration, so use thick but well-fitted work gloves for protection. Wear goggles to protect your eyes in the event of any projectile wood or metal shavings, which can fly off of your work surface when the drill is moving at higher speeds.

Change bits as needed for the project.

If you rent a drill, it will come with a variety of drill bits, and you should change them as needed for a given project. If you need a larger hole drilled, you may have to work your way up with larger and larger bits. Using the wrong drill bit for a task can require you to apply more force than usual, and that can make your hand much less steady as you drill.

Never change the bit with the power on.

When you’re using a corded drill, always unplug it before changing the drill bit. With cordless drills, take out the battery pack or hit the off switch. This will reduce your chances of accidental injuries as you swap out the drill bit.

Practice drilling on scrap wood or metal.

You might need a little practice to get used to the adjustable speed of your power drill and to learn to drill with a steady, precise hand. Use a piece of scrap wood or metal—whichever is more appropriate for your project—and get a feel for the tool with a few practice holes.

When you need to rent a drill or any other power tools to help you make home repairs or finish DIY projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, call A-1 Rental Center for the tools and expertise you need. Renting tools can save you money and ensure that you’re using the right gear for every job, so give us a call at (650) 369-2992 or visit our website today.

Learn How to Cut Ceramic Tile with a Jigsaw

When you install ceramic tile as flooring or a backsplash, chances are you will need to cut some tiles to make everything fit correctly around corners and edges. If you need to make specialty cuts that aren’t just straight lines across the tile, you should use a jigsaw to carve out the cuts you need. This video demonstrates how to make jigsaw cuts in ceramic tile, emphasizing the importance of choosing the right blade and keeping it wet and cool as you cut.

For jigsaw rentals and any other tools you need in the San Francisco area, call A-1 Rental Center at (650) 369-2992. You can also browse our website to see our inventory of rental equipment serving San Mateo, Oakland, and Redwood City.

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