• What You’ll Need to Safely Shut Down a Street for Repairs

    Barricades and Yellow Caution Tape for Road Construction

    Street repair is one of the toughest construction jobs there is. It can be extremely difficult to focus on paving, patching, or painting a street when hundreds of impatient drivers are trying to get by. Still, street repair can be much easier if you have all the proper rental equipment . Here’s a brief look at the street closure equipment available for rent from A-1 Equipment Rental Center:


    The biggest challenge to any street repair project is keeping cars out of the construction area. In order to make it clear to motorists that the street is closed for repairs, you’ll need to put up a series of barricades all around your work zone. It’s also helpful to include a sign that says “street closed,” in case the barricades aren’t clear enough. 

    Barricade lights

    Though barricades and signs may work well during the day, they’re harder for motorists to see at night. In order to protect your construction site under the cover of darkness, you may need to add a series of lights to the tops of your barricades. Frequent flashes of yellow light should be enough of a warning to even the most distracted motorists. If you’re planning a short-term, one-time street project, renting your barricade lights makes a lot more sense than buying them.

    Light boards

    When shutting down a street for construction, it’s always a good idea to give motorists plenty of warning. Placing an arrow light board way in front of your construction zone can give motorists enough time to change lanes, so they may avoid driving into your work site. The solar-powered light boards from A-1 Equipment Rental Center are energy-efficient and very easy to operate.

    If you’d like to learn how you can rent street closure equipment, contact A-1 Equipment Rental Center . We also offer trucks, tractors, tools, and everything else you might need to complete a construction project in San Mateo. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us at (650) 369-2992.

  • Looking to Swap Engines? A-1 Equipment Rental Center Has the Tools You’ll Need to Get the Job Done

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    Most car enthusiasts get a lot of satisfaction out of modifying their vehicles. If you’re one of them, then you probably want to crank up the power of your vehicle by swapping out your old engine. Though swapping engines may seem like an extremely difficult process, it’s actually fairly doable as long as you have the right rental equipment:


    When swapping engines in and out of your vehicle, you’ll need to see everything in great detail. Even if your garage has a bright overhead light, you may need to rent an additional light in order to promote maximum visibility. Luckily, A-1 Equipment Rental Center has a number of bright lights that can illuminate even the darkest crevices.

    Engine hoists

    Since vehicle engines can weigh 600 pounds or more, you’ll need help raising the old engine out of your vehicle and lowering the new one into place. Luckily, A-1 Equipment Rental Center carries several kinds of engine hoists to help you bear the load.


    Once your new engine is in place, you’ll need to get beneath your car in order to properly secure the new engine. Since most cars don’t leave enough room for you work underneath, you’ll need to rent a high-quality jack from A-1 Equipment Rental Center. We have jacks to accommodate vehicles of all sizes.

    Hand tools

    In order to finalize your engine swap, you’ll need to drill a few holes, tighten a few bolts, and make a number of small adjustments. A-1 Equipment Rental carries drills, cutters, and many other hand tools that will help your engine swap go more smoothly.

    To learn more about rental equipment and tools, contact A-1 Equipment Rental Center , in San Mateo. We have hundreds of tools and equipment available for rent, including trucks, tractors, drills, and engine hoists. Call us today at (650) 369-2992 to speak with one of our friendly representatives.

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  • Know What Gets Us Out of Bed in the Morning? Chainsaws, Demolition Hammers and Power Tools. You?

    Wide-angle Redoing Bathroom

    Power tools have improved modern living and made do-it-yourself work easier. They have also allowed people to accomplish tasks that were not possible before. Power tools do come with one issue and that is safety. You should not be scared of power tools, but you should be cautious and use them properly. These resources explain some safety precautions to follow and how to properly use certain power tools.

    • Tools of the Trade Online has an informative article on general safety procedures to follow whenever you are working with power tools.
    • This article gives proper advice on general tractor safety and how to be prepared when operating a tractor.
    • Take a look at how chainsaws work and get a better understanding of the two-stroke engine.  
    • Demolition hammers are useful for a number of applications and speed up any demolition project.
    • Using a power auger makes post-hole digging much easier, but many power augers can be risky to operate. Learn how to use one properly in this article.

    Do the job right, and take the proper safety precautions every time. Call A-1 Rental Center at (650) 369-2992 and get your hands on some high-quality power tools today.

  • 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.