Tools for Maintaining Tree Health

Trees are an invaluable asset to have on your property—they provide shade, add to your landscaping, and can even bear delicious and healthy fruit. But to keep your trees healthy, safe, and beautiful, you’ll need to do some regular pruning. There are a number of specific tools you should use when pruning your trees. Here are some pruning tools to ask about at your local equipment and tool rental center.

Pole Saw

Also referred to as pole pruners, pole saws are tools specifically designed for small to medium sized branches that are hard to reach from the ground. They consist of a long, sometimes telescoping, pole, with a manual or motorized saw attached to one end. This eliminates the need to climb up your tree to do basic pruning, which can sometimes be dangerous.


When you’ve gotten all of the smaller branches necessary using your pole saw, you may need to switch to heavy-duty pruning equipment. Chainsaws are great for thicker branches, and come in a variety of sizes to accommodate the size of the job. Chainsaws are particularly useful when you need to trim large branches at risk of falling.

Brush Chipper

Finally, you’ll need to dispose of your tree trimmings and branches properly. Some municipal waste services will take whole branches, but others may require them to be chipped. A brush chipper is the ideal piece of equipment for breaking down large trimmings. They’re perfect for making your trimmings fit into compost bags and yard bags, and for turning your trimmings into fresh mulch for your garden.

For more information on using the right tools to prune your trees, or for any other project, contact the tool and equipment rental professionals at A-1 Equipment Rental Center. We also provide comprehensive party, truck and tractor rentals. Call (650) 369-2992 to get the tools you need today.

Pruning a tree in spring

Remodeling your Basement into a Usable Space

Unfinished basements tend to turn into messy, cluttered storage spaces that everyone avoids. But with a little bit of work and the right tools, you can turn your basement into a great living space, a quiet study, or just about any other room.

However, basement remodeling can get tricky because of shifts and changes in your home’s foundation. In this video from Ask the Builder, you’ll learn about several ways to ensure your basement remodeling project is a success, including how to prevent radon gas emissions, how to keep your walls straight, and how to lay out wall studs.

To make sure your basement remodeling project is done right, get the right tools from A-1 Equipment Rental Center. We carry a wide variety of tools to help you accomplish all of your do-it-yourself home improvement goals. Call (650) 369-2992 to rent the equipment and tools you need.

Have you Been Enjoying our Articles? Here Are More Great Resources for you to Check Out!

Would you like to learn more about the topics covered in our recent blog posts? If you’re looking for new renovation ideas or ways to cut costs on summer projects, then you might find these resources useful and informative.

  • From large scale remodeling to simple preventative maintenance, you can’t get any job done without the right tools! This simple checklist reviews the top 12 components of any toolbox.
  • Need some fresh ideas for your new deck? This gallery of gorgeous outdoor projects from the Home and Garden Network may be just the thing you need to inspire the perfect patio.
  • Try throwing a do-it-yourself-party! Renovation doesn’t have to be a chore. Making a fun social event out of your home improvement plans is a great way to compromise on costly labor charges. This article from tells you how.
  • Does a full renovation seem like an intimidating prospect? This article explores how consumers are saving money with personalized, focused remodeling projects.
  • Not sure where to start on your deck? Have you thought about painting? This article from outlines the basic steps for adding a colorful new element to your existing deck.

For a free quote, call A-1 Rental Center  at (650) 369-2992 or visit our website for more information.

How to Cut Firewood with Your Chainsaw Rental

When you’re camping or spending time outdoors, knowing how to collect firewood is an essential skill. Especially when you’re using a power tool to make your job easier, a few tips can go a long way toward ensuring your safety.

In this video, you can get some great instructions on how to select a fallen tree, which branches to clear, and how to keep yourself safe when using a saw.

If you’re curious about researching or renting equipment to make the most of your next wilderness adventure, contact the equipment experts at A-1 Rental Center. For a free quote, call (650) 369-2992 or visit our website for more information.

Three Inspiring Summer Landscaping Projects:

As summer hits, temperatures rise. Whether you’re trying to make the most of the outdoors or beat the heat, the summer months are a great opportunity to tackle the home renovations you’ve been putting off!

There are plenty of resources available to help make your summer projects affordable. A variety of online “do-it-yourself” sites and video tutorials can help simplify the most intimidating landscaping projects and lower labor costs. Renting a truck or tools can help lower gas and equipment costs.

To help get you started, here are three rewarding summer landscaping ideas:

Plant a Summer Garden:

Nothing beautifies the exterior of your home like a garden. Planting vegetable seeds can reduce your grocery bills and allow you to enjoy heirloom produce. Select your plants carefully: plants that require less water mean less time spent outside watering. Also, remember to plan ahead: doing the proper research to maximize your summer garden can take time.

Construct a Deck:

The summer months offer the most opportunities to enjoy your deck or patio. If you’re looking to host a big barbeque or birthday party, a stunning deck will go a long way towards creating your personal outdoor paradise. Deck projects can range from constructing a new deck to improving an existing deck with a fresh coat of paint.

Build a Fence:

Adding a simple fence to your property is a great way to enhance or exterior. Protecting your lawn from animals will reduce your summer lawn work. With a complimentary coat of paint, a new fence can make your house pop and add a visually pleasing element to your yard.

With the right tools and proper planning, any project is possible! Contact A-1 Rental Center to rent the equipment or trucks you need to complete your summer landscaping project. For a free quote, call (650) 369-2992 or visit our website to see which tool rental will add the most to your landscaping project.

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