Hand Tools Just Not Cutting It? It May Be Time to Bring in the Power Tools

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Equipment rental shops stock a number of useful power tools that make any project easier. Technology has advanced over the years, and there are now power tools that can replace nearly any type of hand tool available. The main advantages of power tools are speed and strength; however, many power tools perform with more accuracy than hand tools as well.

No matter what type of job you are working on, it will consist of some combination of breaking, building, or putting on the final touches. Read on for more information on what tools will make what jobs easier and how they do it.


Demolition often sounds exciting; however, once you are in the middle of tearing anything apart, you realize how much work it can be. Larger jobs, like taking down a wall, are very tedious when working with only hand tools. These jobs are made much easier with the help of  power tools, like a demo hammer. Another power tool that is applicable for large-scale jobs is a chainsaw. These large saws are available in different styles for different applications. Common chainsaws are often used for trimming and cutting down trees, while other chainsaws are made for cutting through concrete.


Construction covers a wide range of jobs, and therefore, many tools fall under this category. The two most commonly used power tools in construction are saws and drills. Saws come in a range of styles, from chainsaws to table-saws. Sawing by hand is one of the most laborious tasks and leaves room for error. Electric and gas-powered saws provide speed, power and accuracy while also being much less labor-intensive. Power drills are one of the most useful tools you can rent because they are multipurpose. There are drill attachments for a huge range of different tasks, making the power drill a must have.


Finishing usually involves sanding and polishing, both of which are tedious to do by hand. Power sanders and polishers make both tasks much easier and allow for more consistent and even finishes in most cases.

A-1 Rental Center carries all of these power tools and many more for doing a perfect job every time. Call us at (650) 369-2992 for more information.

Do You Know How To Install A Drainage Pipe?

Plumbing of any kind is often recommended to be left to the professionals. This is mostly due to the fact that many people don’t have the tools or supplies needed to do the job right. However, you can get the right supplies at most home improvement stores or you can rent the tools from an equipment rental shop.

A drainage pipe allowing water to drain from your roof may not technically be considered plumbing but it involves many of the same techniques. This informative video shows how to install a drainage pipe to prevent water from collecting on the lawn. The techniques covered and tools used in this video are applicable to a number of different jobs.

For any do-it-yourself project, come to A-1 Rental Center for your tool rental needs. Whether you need small power tools or heavy machinery, we have it all. Call us at (650) 369-2992 to check out our stock or reserve some tools.

Which Style Auger is Right for Your Digging Needs?

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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.

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