Which Style Auger is Right for Your Digging Needs?

Power Auger Bit

Hand augers can be used for an array of purposes, but some jobs require power augers which are available at a tool rental shop. In some cases, a power auger may not be necessary, but the amount of work it can accomplish makes using one a better choice. This article covers some different types of augers and what they are used for.

Hand Augers

Hand augers are useful for doing small jobs that do not require making a large number of holes. The main restriction with hand augers is the diameter and depth of hole they can create. There are two main types of hand augers:

  • Clamshell Augers work like an inverted pair of scissors. There are two long blades, which you push into the ground. Pulling the handles apart will close the blades together, allowing you to pull the dirt up and create a hole.
  • Screw Augers are another type of hand auger with a T-type handle on top of a metal tube that you screw into the ground. After screwing it down, pulling it back up removes the dirt. Usually, these augers make a six to eight-inch wide hole with a depth determined by the length of tube.

Power Augers

Power augers are best when a job requires a large number of holes, deep holes or the ground is hard. There are three common types of power augers:

  • Handheld Augers are considerably faster at digging holes and can penetrate harder surfaces. They sometimes require two operators and can be a safety concern if they get stuck on something in the ground.
  • Wheeled Augers have the same benefits as a handheld power auger but with added safety and ease of use. Having wheels gives the auger better support, while also making it easier to move.
  • Tractor Post Hole Augers are the safest type of power auger to use as long as they are used properly. They mount to a tractor’s 3-point hitch as the name implies and are the easiest to use of all augers.

These augers are all available for rent at A-1 Equipment Rental Center, and you can even rent a tractor if needed. For more information, give us a call at (650) 369-2992.

Five Great Links To Inform And Inspire Your Next Big Project

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Though there are some tools that you use fairly often, there are many more that have very specific uses. Therefore, it’s not always economical to buy a new tool every time you take on a new project. For more information, check out these additional resources:

  • Are you always starting new home improvement projects? Stay safe with these tips from HowStuffWorks.com.
  • There are dozens of ways you can increase your home value. Discover 30 of them at HGTV.com.
  • Are you having a tough time with your latest home improvement project? Let this page from Forbes.com help you.
  • Though less dangerous than forklifts, pallet jacks can still cause harm. Learn how to safely use a pallet jack at this page from the National Ag Safety Database.
  • How can you learn to safely operate a forklift? This page from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has the answer.

Have questions? Call A-1 Equipment Rental Center at (650) 369-2992.

An Overview of Concrete Tools

If you’ve ever poured concrete, then you know how difficult it can be to work with. If you have the proper tools, however, you’ll end up with perfectly-shaped concrete every time.

In this short video from AsktheBuilder.com, home improvement expert Tim Carter shows us a few handy concrete tools—including concrete rakes, magnesium floats, a bull float, and a power screed. When it comes to shaping your concrete, these incredibly useful tools make the job go a lot quicker.

If you’re looking for some of the items featured in this video, don’t hesitate to contact A-1 Equipment Rental Center. We have a wide variety of equipment and vehicles available for rent. For more information, call us today at (650) 369-2992.

Save Your Back with User-Friendly Material Handling Equipment

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Running a business is full of surprises. For example, one day you could end up with too much products or materials for you and your staff to handle. Instead of jeopardizing your employees’ health by hastily taking care of these materials, it’s important that you take a step back to ensure you have all the proper tools to handle the situation. Renting the following material-handling equipment will make life a lot easier for you and your employees:


You’ll be amazed at how much time, effort, and money you can save by renting a simple dolly. Instead of picking up boxes one by one, a box dolly allows you to stack several boxes and take them all in one trip. Four-wheel dollies and appliance dollies are also great for moving around large, unwieldy items. Once you’re done with your dollies, you can simply return them to the rental center.

Scissor lift

Painting, window washing, gutter repair—there are a lot of business and home improvement projects that require you to be up high. Instead of risking injury on a rickety ladder, you should strongly consider renting a high-quality scissor lift. A scissor lift is fairly easy to use and can provide you with a solid standing surface up to 32 feet in the air.

Pallet jack

It’s nearly impossible to move heavy pallets of equipment without either a pallet jack or a forklift. Since forklifts can be very dangerous if you don’t have the proper training, you’re probably best off renting a pallet jack. Your pallet jack can easily slide between the layers of your pallets, crank them up, and transport them without hardly any effort on your part.

If you’re looking to rent a dolly, a scissor lift,  or a pallet jack, contact A-1 Equipment Rental Center. We can also lend you a truck, a tractor, scaffolding, or virtually anything else you’ll need for your next business or home improvement project. If you have any questions, call us today at (650) 369-2992.   


Have a Big Job but Lack the Proper Tools? A-1 Equipment Rental Center Can Help!

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If you’re a homeowner, you’re no stranger to home improvement projects. You have probably spent quite a bit of time in the yard or in the garage plotting your strategy. However, as you may have experienced, putting in a natural stone walkway or building a new kitchen can be extremely difficult without the proper tools—yet purchasing these tools for a one-time use is hardly economical. Here’s a quick look at how A-1 Equipment Rental Center can help you get the tools you need:

Vehicle rental

Whether you need to haul a huge load of mulch or take a ton of debris to the dump, sometimes a big truck is very necessary. However, most homeowners would rather not commit to buying such a behemoth. Luckily, A-1 Equipment Rental has a wide selection of trucks, vans, and tractors to suit every need. We also offer 14- and 25-foot moving trucks.

Equipment rental

Though hauling materials is very important, most jobs require good equipment to handle those materials once they’ve been delivered. That’s why A-1 Equipment Rental offers air-compressors, drills, ladders, saws, shovels, and virtually anything else that you might need for any sort of job. No matter how big or small your project may be, we’ve got you covered.  

Fair rental policy 

Most importantly, we offer our customers a fair and flexible rental policy on all vehicles and equipment. You can rent any of our products for a couple hours, a whole day, or a whole week to ensure that your project is completed. You’ll also be glad to know that all of our items are clean, gassed up, and ready to go at the time of rental.

Your home or business projects are too important to attempt without the proper tools. That’s why A-1 Equipment Rental Center is dedicated to supplying all clients with high-quality equipment at affordable rates. For more information, call us today at (650) 369-2992. 

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