• Rent Tools for Economy, But Know the Safety Guidelines: Chainsaw Use

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    Removing fallen trees on your property doesn’t have to be a hassle. Visit a tool rental company to get a chainsaw for the day, then remove the limbs and cut up the trunk into manageable pieces that you can easily be hauled away. Chainsaw use is safe, but as with any power tool, you should always follow proper safety procedures to avoid injury. Take these precautions when using a chainsaw:

    Wear Safety Equipment You must protect your ears, eyes, limbs, and fingers when using a chainsaw. The best headgear is a special hardhat with a built-in face shield and hearing protection; but at the bare minimum, you need safety goggles and noise-reducing earmuffs. Wear close-fitting long pants and shirtsleeves, heavy-duty steel-toed work boots, and safety gloves as well. You can also obtain special chaps to protect your legs from injury.

    Maintain a Proper Grip Use both hands to start the chainsaw, as per the manual. Grip the front handle firmly with all your fingers and your thumb when making cuts. Avoid walking around with the saw running, but if you must, grip the front handle and hold it at your side, with the bar clear of your body. If you must suddenly stop in the middle of a cut for any reason, keep a good grip on the front handle until the saw fully shuts down.

    Avoid the Kickback Zone You can make upward cuts with the top edge of the saw as long as you move slowly and carefully. But you should never attempt to cut with the top half of the tip. This spot is called the “kickback zone,” because if it contacts wood or another surface while the chain is running, it will cause the saw to kick dangerously back towards the operator.

    Call A-1 Equipment Rental Center at (650) 369-2992 to rent a chainsaw for tree felling, limbing, and bucking. We provide intrepid homeowners and other do-it-yourselfers around the Bay Area with the rental tools to complete any construction or home improvement job. We rent power tools to tractors, so you can rent equipment that fits your needs.

  • Heavy Duty Rental Equipment: Information About Bobcat Tractor Attachments

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    When you rent a Bobcat tractor, you can do much more than move dirt from place to place. With specially designed attachments , these versatile machines can accomplish a wide variety of landscaping, construction, and excavation tasks. To find the right loader attachments for your projects, consult the guide below.

    Utility Fork Landscaping, farming, and ranching tasks can go faster if you use a tractor with the utility fork attachment. Move large bundles of bedding, hay, or straw from place to place, and dispose of piles of manure with ease. Once you’re done moving your loose materials, you can quickly detach the utility fork and switch to another accessory.

    Auger If you’re digging footings or planting trees, the Bobcat auger is the attachment for you. This powerful drill can dig precise holes of various sizes through compacted or rocky soil. The auger’s design ensures that it can dig plumb, vertical holes even when the tractor is on uneven ground. When a backhoe is too slow or imprecise, the auger will get the job done.

    Grapple Sometimes, you need to move a bulky or unbalanced pile of material from one place to another. To move heavy, uneven loads, use the grapple attachments. Paired with either the bucket or the fork, a grapple can secure various objects such as tree trimmings, scrap metal, and any other bulky materials.

    Sweeper Unit Turn your rented Bobcat tractor into a cleanup tool with the sweeper. This attachment easily collects loose materials, and its reversible cutting edge can scrape dried mud and other hardened materials off of flat surfaces such as driveways. The bristles safely gather debris and dirt into a collection bucket, making disposal easy.

    All these Bobcat accessories and more are available from A-1 Equipment Rental Center of Northern California. There’s no need to buy a tractor, a truck, or any other tool if you’re just completing one renovation or landscaping job. We have the equipment rentals and tool rentals you need – even truck rentals. Call us at (650) 369-2992 to reserve the construction equipment you need to complete your project with ease and speed.  

  • Tool Rental Safety: How to Properly Jack up Your Car

    Make sure to review the correct use of jack stands before attempting to lift your vehicle. After all, improper use of a jack can put you and your car in danger. Check out this informative video guide for a helpful introduction to proper car jack use before your next road trip.

    The video guide begins with a warning about unsafe jack use. Next, step-by-step instructions show the viewer how to lift their vehicle properly. Viewers then learn how to lower the vehicle after repairs have been completed. The video also explains how to find safe lifting spots for your jack.

    Contact A-1 Equipment Rental Center at (650) 369-2992 if you’d like to rent a jack to lift up your vehicle. Our huge selection of rental tools and rental equipment is sure to include a jack that’s the right size for your truck or car.

  • Safety Tips for Your Rented Equipment: Miter Saws

    Are you planning to embark on a home construction, renovation, or carpentry project? If so, a miter saw will almost certainly come in handy. This powerful tool will provide you with the accuracy and efficiency you value when working no improving your home, but there are some safety tips that you should keep in mind as you prepare to use a miter saw.

    This video clip addresses the importance of familiarizing yourself with the particular miter saw your equipment rental company offers before you start using it. It also features a miter saw demonstration that highlights the most important safety precautions to take while operating this piece of machinery

    To speak with a professional about the rental options available at A-1 Equipment Rental Center , call (650) 369-2992 today. We have the tool rentals, trucks, and rental equipment you need to complete any project. Call us today or visit our website to learn how we can help you tackle your next home renovation or construction project.

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  • Rental Tools: The Benefits of Using Air-Powered Tools for Construction Jobs

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    Home construction jobs generally require the use of one or more tools in order to be effectively carried out. These days, most traditional manual tools have been replaced with air-powered and electric tools. Continue reading to learn about the advantages that air-powered tools have over electric tools in turning most home construction project ideas into reality.  

    Ease of Use Typically powered on and off with a single switch, air staplers, nailers, and chipping hammers are effortlessly simple to operate. While safety precautions should always be taken, little prior knowledge is necessary in order to make most air-powered tools serve their function.

    Degree of Pressure With the help of a portable or trailer mounted air compressor, air-powered tools can deliver an unparalleled amount of pressure. In addition to giving you access to a high degree of pressure, air compressors give you the flexibility to choose the degree of pressure you desire, even if it is low.

    Efficiency A combination of usability and pressure capability makes it possible for homeowners to complete tasks with an air-powered tool in far less time than it takes to complete the same task with a manual or electric tool. Whether you are driving nails into wood or stapling trim on a window, using an air-powered tool and an air compressor will help you save time.

    Versatility With the right pipes, hoses, and fittings, a single air compressor can be used to power a wide range of tools. The versatility of this power source provides homeowners who choose air-powered tools with another advantage over those who choose other tools. Various accessories can be fitted to many air-powered tools, making them even more suitable for many home construction projects.

    Are you a San Francisco resident or contractor who is looking to rent tools and equipment that will make your next construction project a breeze? A-1 Equipment Rental Center boasts a complete line of high-performance air-powered tools that can be used to carry out just about any project imaginable. To speak with a professional from our business about our inventory of tools and rental equipment, call (650) 369-2992 today.