Rental Equipment: Guide to Air Compressors and Pneumatic Tools

Heavy-duty construction jobs often require tools that can run for long periods of time off of portable energy supplies. Pneumatic tools like saws and drills run on pressurized air from machines known as compressors.

In this video, you will learn about the different types of air compressors available and how they work for various pneumatic tools. For compressors, it’s not tank size that’s important, but pump and motor size that determine air output. Depending on the size and frequency of tool use, you may need a portable, two-stage, or commercial compressor. Pneumatic tools range from hand saws and drills to larger devices like jackhammers.

At A-1 Equipment Rental Center, we supply air tools and compressors for any size workload in the San Francisco Bay Area. Call us at (650) 369-2992 for more information on rental equipment for construction, home and garden, and fueling needs.


A Visual Guide to Using a Floor Buffer from Your Rental Center

Using a floor buffer or floor polisher helps with cleaning, maintenance, and finishing of flooring. When you have selected the appropriate pad for the job, install it on the bottom of the machine. Adjustable handles allow you to use the floor buffer at a comfortable position.

As this video demonstrates, you should position the cord safely out of the way over your shoulder, and rest the operator’s handle near your upper thigh for maximum control. Control the motion of the buffer by moving slowly and steadily, which will keep the buffer’s movements predictable. Gently lifting the handle allows the buffer to naturally move to the right due to the behavior of the polishing pad. Pushing down on the handle will help it move to the left.

If you need a standard-speed floor polisher or an industrial floor buffer, A-1 Equipment Rental Center has the rental tools you’re looking for. Call us at (650) 369-2992 if you would like to learn more, or visit our website to browse our brands.


Important Safety Tips for Working on Rented Scaffolding

Safety gear

To work on ceilings, windows, gutters, and other hard-to-reach areas, you will need to rent portable scaffolding. These moveable platforms allow you to work in otherwise inaccessible places high above the ground. Unlike a ladder, scaffolding provides you with space to spread out your tools and materials. Since you will be working several yards above ground level, you need to observe these safety procedures whenever you use a scaffold:

Secure the Platform Before you climb on, make sure the scaffolding is stable. For adjustable scaffolds, you need to check that the platform is locked in place and level, not pitched or tilted. Inspect the guardrails to make sure they are not loose. Also, some portable units have casters for easy mobility. Always be sure to lock down the casters so the scaffold does not roll while you are on it.

Use Safety Gear Whether you are working on the scaffolding or near it, you should always wear a hardhat and steel-toed boots to protect against dropped tools and accidental falls. Check your boots to make sure they have good non-slip soles. Depending on the kind of work you are doing, you may also need to wear safety goggles, gloves, and noise-reducing earmuffs.

Don’t Overload Portable scaffolding can only support a fixed amount of weight. Do not allow workers to crowd the platform. If several people need access to an area, consider renting two platforms for added safety. Never put heavy equipment or materials on scaffolding without checking the weight limit first. Do not attempt to run heavy power tools that cause excessive vibration while on a portable scaffold.

When you need a scaffold to complete repairs around your home or workplace, rent one from A-1 Equipment Rental Center. You can also rent ladders, jacks, power tools, and trucks from us. No matter what kind of renovation project you are doing, we have everything you need to get the job done. For more information on equipment rental rates and availability, call us at (650) 369-2992.


Tips on Working with Rental Tools and Staying Warm in Cold Weather

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Renting tools and equipment instead of buying new is a great way to save money—especially if you only need them for a one-time job—while also ensuring that you complete your project efficiently and safely. From landscaping, plumbing, and construction equipment to truck and trailer rentals,A-1 Equipment Rental Center can help you find the right tool for the job. Check out these great resources on how to get the job done right:

  • This document from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has important safety information you should review before towing a trailer.
  • These tips from MayoClinic.com focus on exercising comfortably and safely in cold weather, but they can be applied to any work in the winter cold.
  • This article from CNN explains several holiday hazards, including improper ladder usage.
  • Check out this illustrated article from Missouri.edu for some tips on operating and handling a chainsaw.

Call us at  (650) 369-2992 to learn more about our high quality inventory.


How to Dig a Hole with a Two-Person Auger from a Rental Center

No matter what kind of project you’re undertaking, digging holes is tough work. Using a rental auger can cut down on time and frustration. This video from HGTV explains how to use a basic two-person auger. You’ll see just how this kind of equipment can simplify building a fence or deck by taking the hard work out of digging holes.

Most power augers have a lawnmower-style pull cord, a choke, and throttle for simplified operation. With a helper, starting and maneuvering the auger is easy, and you can have several holes dug in minutes.

A-1 Equipment Rental Center has the tools you need to handle any job. Rent a power auger with us to take the headache out of building a fence, constructing a deck, or digging. Call us at (650) 369-2992 or visit our website to learn about the rental equipment we carry.


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