• Company Profile: Bobcat

    When you’ve got a tough job to do, you need equipment you can rely on. Bobcat is a company that provides some of the toughest earth moving equipment on the market, including backhoes. Whether you need to dig a foundation for a structure or trench for piping, Bobcat equipment can help you get the job done. 

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    Bobcat has roots that go back to 1947, when it was founded in North Dakota. For over 60 years, Bobcat has made some of the finest earth moving equipment available, and has proudly served global mining, construction, landscaping, and agriculture industries. The company’s reputation as “one tough animal” has been hard earned, and Bobcat products are always dependable. Bobcat has earned numerous awards in recent years, including the American Society of Agriculture Engineering “Historic Landmark” award for the company’s development of the skid steer loader.

    A Bobcat backhoe is a powerful ally in any major earth moving project. To learn all about Bobcat backhoes, call A-1 Equipment Rental Center at (650) 369-2992. Our tractor rental and equipment rental services can help your San Jose project go a little smoother. 

  • How to Make Your Next Move Go More Smoothly

    Though moving is a necessary part of life, no one likes to lift heavy boxes and furniture. Still, moving doesn’t have to be a stressful endeavor; as long as you keep a positive attitude, give yourself plenty of time, and assemble the right tools, you can make moving much less of a hassle . Follow these tips the next time you decide to relocate.   

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    Downsize and Organize

    Excess clutter can make any move unnecessarily difficult. Instead of hanging onto old items that you’ll never use again, donate or throw them away. Once you’ve pared your belongings down to the bare essentials, begin organizing your items and preparing them for the big move. Since downsizing and organizing your belongings can take a long time, try to get started months ahead of your moving date.  

    Obtain Moving Equipment

    Without the proper moving equipment, your precious belongings could easily become damaged in transport. To make sure your belongings stay organized and intact , assemble tape, boxes of all sizes, garbage bags, plastic tubs, and other important moving supplies. Renting a dolly can help you carry more at once, helping speed the moving process. You might also consider putting colored stickers on boxes and pieces of furniture to ensure that your items make it to the proper rooms in your new home.

    Rent a Moving Truck

    One of the most exasperating aspects of moving is making multiple loads between houses. To eliminate this hassle, consider renting a large moving truck. A large enough moving truck can protect your belongings from damage and reduce your number of trips down to one. To determine what size of moving truck to rent, consider consulting a truck rental firm.  

    A-1 Equipment Rental Center is dedicated to simplifying the moving process for residents throughout the San Jose and San Francisco areas. The next time you’re getting ready to relocate, call us at (650) 369-2992 to rent a truck, dolly, or whatever else you need. Visit our website to get a better idea of our equipment rental services.

  • Important Plumbing Tips

    If you’re like most homeowners, you probably don’t know much about your plumbing system. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a plumbing expert to prevent your home from experiencing serious water damage; you just have to know where your water shutoff valve is.

    In this video, a plumber discusses the importance of knowing where your water shutoff valve is so you can access it in the event of a plumbing emergency. The shutoff valve is typically located near the home’s basement or foundation. As a homeowner, it’s your duty to locate the shutoff valve and make sure it’s accessible at all times.

    If you prefer to address your own plumbing problems , let A-1 Equipment Rental Center provide the tools. You can call us at (650) 369-2992 to learn about our equipment and truck rental services for Bay Area residents. 

  • Tasks that Could Benefit from the Use of Compaction Equipment

    If you’re unfamiliar with construction practices, you will likely forget several small but important details when attempting your own projects. For instance, some projects require the use compaction equipment for the best results. Here’s a brief look at common projects that benefit from rollers, compactors, and other pieces of compaction equipment

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    Pouring Sidewalks

    Pouring a long-lasting sidewalk is more complicated than it might seem. If the soil beneath a sidewalk is too loose, erosion could cause pieces of the sidewalk to break off prematurely, or tenacious weeds could sprout through the sidewalk. A gas-powered compactor can make sure the soil is dense enough to resist shifting and plant growth before the sidewalk concrete is poured. The more compact the soil is, the longer the sidewalk will last.

    Preparing a Foundation

    Compaction is even more important when building a home or another structure. Even if a home has a concrete foundation , that foundation is bound to crumble and fail if the soil around it is loose. Before pouring a foundation, experienced builders make sure the underlying soil is compacted enough to resist water and potentially devastating erosion. There are several pieces of equipment that can provide ample compaction—including a jumping jack compactor, which looks like a jackhammer; and a ride-on roller, which looks like a riding lawnmower.   

    Constructing Roads

    Just like sidewalks, roads must be built on sufficiently compacted soil if they’re going to last for decades. It’s also important to compact the asphalt after it has been laid down, as this helps prevent pieces of asphalt from becoming dislodged over time. Ride-on rollers are effective for compacting asphalt roads, bike lanes, and driveways.  

    If you’re interested in any of the above projects, and want to do a professional-grade job, you’ll need some kind of compaction equipment. Fortunately, A-1 Equipment Rental Center offers several compactors and rollers. Call our Bay Area office at (650) 369-2992 to find out if we have the rental equipment you need for your next project

  • How to Help Your Lawn Get Ready for Spring

    Though the Bay Area enjoys decent weather all year round, many homeowners neglect their lawn during the colder months. However, the great thing about lawns is that they can bounce back once the weather warms up. If you’re anxious to restore your lawn to its former glory this spring, consider the following tips.  

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    Remove Thatch

    Over the winter, leaves, blades of grass, and other types of organic debris will come together to create a layer of thatch on your lawn. If left alone, this thatch will make it difficult for water and nutrients to reach the grass roots. To give your lawn a fighting chance this spring, remove the thatch with a hard metal rake.  

    Aerate the Lawn

    There’s a good chance that your lawn’s soil has become impacted during the winter. Again, impacted soil can make it difficult for your grass to get the water and nutrients it needs. Fortunately, a core aerator can remove small plugs of soil, making it easier for water to seep into the ground.

    Fill in Bare Patches

    Heavy foot traffic and plant debris can conspire to leave several bare spots in your lawn. Instead of allowing your lawn to have a few unsightly bare spots, consider overseeding your lawn. Applying seed to your lawn can be very easy if you have the right seeder.  

    Add Fertilizer

    Though experts say that fall is the most important time for fertilization, you can also give your lawn a little bit of fertilizer in the spring . Compost and mulch are the best kinds of fertilizer, though you can also use chemical fertilizer if it’s more convenient.

    Apply Preemergent

    Grass isn’t the only thing that grows in the spring—enterprising weeds will also grow, soaking up the nutrients and water meant for your grass. Fortunately, you can keep your lawn relatively weed free by applying a preemergent herbicide.

    If you need any kind of landscaping equipment to help maintain your lawn this spring, call A-1 Equipment Rental Center at (650) 369-2992. We offer our San Jose clients landscape rakes, lawn aerators, mowers, and much more. 

  • Why Does it Make More Sense to Rent Equipment from A-1 Instead of Buying It?

    Whether you are an experienced do-it-yourselfer or seasoned general contractor, renting tools and equipment from A-1 Equipment Rental Center simply makes more sense than buying new or even used equipment. In addition to the financial benefits of renting equipment from us, there are also the benefits that go along with having access to an endless supply of the latest tools and equipment from the brands you know and trust. Here is a closer look at why you can’t afford not to rent your equipment from A-1 Equipment Rental Center. 

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    Save Money on Special Equipment

    It’s no secret that tools are expensive, but some special equipment can make the cost of most tools seem miniscule by comparison. Air compressors, compacting equipment, augers, and post-hole diggers are just a few examples of special equipment that can set you back a few thousand dollars (at least) if you were to purchase them new. Fortunately, you can rent these tools and more at A-1 for a fraction of the cost of buying new.

    Get the Tools You Need Fast

    Depending on the nature of the project you are working on, you may need a special tool or piece of equipment fast. Larger tools can take days or even weeks to arrive if special ordered, which means your project will take longer to complete than you intended and possible even budgeted for. With our wide selection of rental tools and equipment, you can pick up exactly what you need, when you need it.

    Don’t settle on just any tool for the job; make sure you use the right tool for the job. For the best deals on the best selection of rental tools and equipment in the Bay Area , visit A-1 Equipment Rental Center. Visit our website to find the tool you are looking for, or call us at (650) 369-2992 for assistance.

  • This App Can Help You Stay On Top of Home Maintenance

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    If you have a smartphone or tablet, take your tech to the next level and use your mobile companion to help maintain your home. With the BrightNest app , you can tackle important home tasks with easy-to-follow instructions, a personal schedule, and helpful reminders. After you create an account and fill out a basic profile with your personal goals, BrightNest delivers customized tips and tricks to help you maintain your home.

    For the more advanced home maintenance tasks, A-1 Equipment Rental Center offers all of the tools and equipment you need. Visit our website to learn about the equipment rentals we offer to homeowners in the Bay Area. To make a reservation , or for help finding a specific tool or equipment not features on our website, call A-1 Equipment Rental Center at (650) 369-2992.