• 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

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    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.

  • General Safety and Mistakes to Avoid When Using a Rented Welder

    This video contains some important information on things to avoid when arc welding . For example, looking down the barrel of your gun is definitely something you want to avoid, even if you think your equipment is not functioning properly.

    Common sense is your best companion when welding—avoid touching hot steel and always use proper protective equipment, for example. Even if you are an experienced welder, you may not have considered just how dangerous it can be to use the oxygen barrel to clean off clothing. This saturates the clothing and makes it extremely flammable, which is a situation you don’t want when wielding a welding flame.

    A-1 Equipment Rental Center encourages safety when using all types of rental equipment. If you have any questions about renting or operating a welder, contact us at (650) 369-2992. We can help you understand the right way to use the equipment you rent from us for maximum safety and performance.

  • Rental Equipment: Jobs that Require the Power of a Pressure Washer

    Pressure washers are among the most popular rental tools available to homeowners because they can be used for a variety of tasks. Power washing your home’s siding, driveway, or deck is a lot easier than scrubbing by hand and is sometimes necessary for preparation of certain home improvement projects. With robust PSI outputs and adjustable sprays, pressure washers are excellent for priming your home for a new coat of paint, washing off your siding, and removing years of accumulated grease and dirt from your driveway.

    Painting Preparation It is very important to thoroughly clean a wall surface before it is primed. An uneven surface can interfere with the adherence of primer and can affect the entire end result of your paint job. Pressure washers are perfect for stripping layers of old paint and cleaning irregularities from the surface of the wall. They can be used at a high setting to remove an old coat of paint, and then followed by a more gentle spray for cleaning that doesn’t damage your home.

    Concrete and Driveway Care High-pressure water is perfect for rinsing away grease and grime from driveway surfaces. You can even clean the interior of your garage’s concrete floor by using a power washer. Power washing is often necessary before coating your floor with epoxy, replacing your driveway with new asphalt or concrete, or preparing a concrete surface for scoring or painting.

    Spring Cleaning Pressure washers are ideal for cleaning decks , siding, and even exterior windows. When spring rolls around, it will be the perfect time to rent this tool and give your home a facelift. Pressure washing is the ideal way to get things clean or prepare them for a fresh coat of paint or sealant, and it’s always nice to have your home sparkle to welcome the new season.

    A-1 Equipment Rental Center offers pressure washers at 2000 and 3000 PSI to handle any task. Contact us at (650) 369-2992 to find out which model is right for your task, or visit our website to explore our equipment’s specifications in greater detail.

  • Renting a Trailer: The Fundamentals of Safe Trailer Towing

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    Finding the right rental equipment is the first step to using a trailer safely. When towing a trailer, you’ll want to be familiar with safety checks, proper hookups, and the capacity of both your truck and trailer in order to have a worry-free journey.

    Review Safety Guidelines No matter how experienced you are, it never hurts to familiarize yourself with basic trailer towing safety every time you choose to tow. Follow instructions when it comes to hitching a trailer to your vehicle, and be sure to properly connect the wiring harness so your signals and brake lights translate appropriately to the trailer. Check the battery for your trailer’s brakes and periodically examine tie-downs when you’re on the road.

    Know Your Towing Capacity Matching the trailer and the load you plan to haul with your truck is very important. You’ll need to know how much weight your truck can handle, including with a pre-installed hitch. You may want to consider installing an upgraded hitch, which you can obtain from your equipment rental company, provided that it matches your vehicle’s towing capacity.

    Get the Right Hitch There are five different classes of towing hitches. You’ll need the right one to fit your truck’s capacity and that of the load you’re going to haul. It’s a good idea to get the highest-rated hitch that matches your towing capacity even if you plan on towing a smaller trailer or smaller load.

    Consider Renting a Truck What happens if your truck doesn’t have the towing capacity you need? You might decide to rent a truck and trailer pair from your equipment rental company. By choosing this convenient option, you will have all the capacity you need and you will know that your equipment will work properly every time.

    A-1 Equipment Rental Center can help you find the right combination of trailers, hitches, and rental trucks for your next towing project. Call us at (650) 369-2992 if you would like to learn more, or visit us online to make a reservation for rental equipment today.

  • Useful Rental Equipment to Make Outdoor Work in the Cold More Bearable

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    Working in the cold isn’t just uncomfortable—it can also be dangerous. There are types of equipment you should rent along with the tools you need for your project to make your next outdoor job more comfortable and safer. Portable heaters can add a spot of warmth in a fixed location, or powerful forced-air heaters can be used to warm an entire area. Along with protective clothing and cold weather safety precautions, this kind of rental equipment can help when you have to work outside, even on the coldest days.

    Radiant Propane Heaters Easy-to-use, radiant propane heaters attach directly to a propane cylinder and provide variable BTU output. With high, medium, and low settings, these heaters can provide up to 15 hours of heat on one standard 20-pound propane cylinder. Featuring an auto-shutoff feature, these heaters automatically turn off when the cylinder runs out.

    A radiant propane heater is perfect for smaller outdoor work areas where blowing air is not appropriate. They can provide localized warmth for stationary positions, such as booths, seating areas, and other such setups.

    Propane Forced-Air Heaters Commonly known as salamander or torpedo heaters, these units have a simplified ignition system with no spark plugs and feature temperature limit switches to regulate their output and promote safe operation. Thermostats provide exact temperature control. These powerful units can provide 3,500 square feet of heating capacity and also feature automatic shutoff features in the event of flameout or low fuel.

    Don’t forget extra propane canisters to help power your equipment and keep your worksite comfortable, safe, and pleasantly warm. Call A-1 Equipment Rental Center at (650) 369-2992 to learn more about our portable heating equipment for rent or visit our website to reserve yours for your next outdoor job.