Walk-Behind Trencher vs. Ride-On Trencher: Which is Right for Your Project?

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When you need to make trenches, finding the right trencher is integral to the success of your project. Before you decide on your equipment rental, learn more about the different kinds of trenchers available to you. Keep reading to decide if a walk behind or ride-on model is the best for your job:


As an operator-propelled machine, a walk-behind trencher is easy to use and to control. It can easily fit through narrow spaces, including gates and doorways. The wide pneumatic tires with tubes give it the traction it needs to dig quality trenches. This tool is perfect for jobs that require trenches that are 12 or 18 inches deep. If you are not familiar with trenches and how they work, a walk-behind has a simple operating system that is easy even for beginners.


At 85.2 inches tall, 149.5 inches long, and 57.5 inches wide, a ride-on trencher means business. The oil tank has a capacity for 9 gallons, and the oil system can hold 12.5 gallons. The 3-cylinder engine can displace 125 cubic inches. Ride-on trenches are for larger jobs. Traveling up to 4.2 MPH, you can dig some serious holes with this fine piece of machinery. A ride-on trencher is better for jobs that need a lot of strong digging. If you have experience with heavy machinery like this, a ride-on trencher could be just what you need to get the job done.

A-1 Equipment Rental Center has both walk-behind and ride-on trencher rentals to help you complete every project. Let us provide the tools and equipment for your San Mateo and Santa Clara County, Los Altos, Sunnyvale, San Jose, or Fremont do-it-yourself projects. To learn more, visit us online or call (650) 369-2992.

Are You Trying to Save Money?

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In today’s economy, everyone is trying to save money where they can. One of the easiest ways to save a few bucks is to rent the tools and equipment you need for home construction projects and repairs instead of buying them outright. For more information about our recent blog topics, check out these helpful resources from around the web:

  • The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) provides ten tips for dealing with water damaged property in this article from Idaho.gov.
  • The most important thing you can do in the event of a flood or water damaged property is to act immediately. For some helpful tips on how to organize cleanup efforts, take a look at this guide from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
  • While it’s best to contact your insurance company right away in the event of flooding, this article from About.com will give you more information about what your insurance policy might cover.
  • Thinking about a home renovation project? If so, then check out this home renovation checklist from CNN.com for some helpful tips to get started.  
  • This article from the Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety and Health will give you some helpful ladder safety tips to keep you safe during your next building project.

From basic plumbing tools to heavy-duty construction, A-1 Equipment Rental Center has all the right stuff at all the right prices. For more information, visit our website or dial (650) 369-2992.

Basic Plumbing Tools You Will Need For Your Next Project

Plumbing repairs can be pricey, but when it comes to most clogs and leaks, you probably don’t have to call a plumber. With the right tools (and a bit of knowhow), you can save yourself time and money when it comes to household plumbing repairs. To learn more about the basic tools that you’ll need in the event of a plumbing problem, take a look at this video.

Some of the basic plumbing tools that you’ll need include dual-adhesive plumber’s tape, flexible PEX pipe, a water closet auger, and a water shut-off key. You can find all of these plumbing tools and more right here at A-1 Equipment Rental Center. From plumbing snakes and snap cutters to pipe cameras and electric pipe threaders, A-1 Equipment Rental Center has it all. For more information about our complete inventory of rental plumbing tools and equipment, visit our website or dial (650) 369-2992.

Is Your Home Suffering From Water Damage?

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Despite how prepared you are as a homeowner, dealing with water damage can be a stressful and overwhelming endeavor. But with the right equipment, a bit of patience, and a whole lot of elbow grease, your home can be back to normal in virtually no time at all. And when it comes to water damage cleanup equipment, renting is definitely the way to go. Here’s why:

Save Money

Commercial dryers, radiant heaters, and other similar pieces of water damage cleanup equipment can cost hundreds and thousands of dollars, but it only takes a fraction of that to rent them. Flooding inside of your home has cost you enough already; don’t waste any more money buying equipment that you will (hopefully) only need once.

Save Time

In the event of a flood, the most important thing you can do to prevent further water damage is to act quickly. Fortunately, an equipment rental company will be ready to assist you as soon as you get in touch with them. Don’t waste valuable time running around town looking for a commercial dryer dealer when the equipment you need is just a phone call away.

Get the Job Done Right

If you want to protect your home from further water damage, then it’s important that you completely dry out your home. Any leftover moisture can weaken your home’s structural integrity and may also promote the growth of harmful mold and mildew. To get the job done right, you will need the right equipment, and renting is by far the easiest and most economical way to get the equipment you need.

If the unthinkable happens, A-1 Equipment Rental Center will be here to provide you with all the water damage cleanup equipment you need.  We have turbo dryers, radiant propane heaters, propane forced air heaters, and more. For more information about our inventory of water damage cleanup equipment, contact us online or dial (650) 369-2992.

Benefits of Renting a Ladder for Your Next Building Project and Tips for Staying Safe

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Whether you’re building a deck or installing new shingling, you can count on needing a ladder for your next home renovation, addition, or repair project. High-quality ladders can be expensive, but renting allows you to reduce the cost of your project by hundreds of dollars. Also, ladders are quite big and bulky, and storing them can sometimes be a pain. When you rent a ladder, you don’t need to worry about finding room for long term storage; just simply return it when you’re done.

But before you set up your ladder and get to work, be sure that you understand how to safely use it. Here are some helpful ladder safety tips:

  • Read and follow all labels and markings on the ladder (especially the ladder’s load capacity).
  • When climbing up or down the ladder, always maintain 3-points of contact on the ladder (either two hands and a foot or two feet and a hand).
  • Always use a ladder only on a stable and level surface. If you are using an extension ladder, be sure that all locks are properly engaged.
  • Never place a ladder on boxes, barrels, or other unstable bases to obtain additional height. If you require additional height, then contact the equipment rental company to rent a longer extension ladder.
  • Never use a ladder during or immediately following inclement weather. After a rainstorm, be sure to that the steps or rungs are completely dry before you attempt to climb.

If you need a ladder, then don’t hesitate to contact A-1 Equipment Rental Center. Our extra heavy duty ladders come in a wide variety of sizes and are perfect for your next personal or professional building project. For pricing information, visit our website or dial (650) 369-2992.

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