• Safety Tips: Driving a Backhoe on a Public Road

    The speaker in this video stresses one thing and one thing only: safety! He gives a number of great tips about increasing visibility and some good information about making sure that all moveable parts of the backhoe are locked securely in place. He also has some advice about locking down both brakes, because having only one brake engaged can cause serious issues on the highway. For more excellent tips, watch the video.

    If you’re a contractor or a person with a heavy-duty DIY project, then you may need to rent equipment like a backhoe. If so, then you’re in luck: A-1 Equipment Rentals offers equipment rentals of items such as trucks, tractors, and tools of all kinds. For more information, visit our website or call (650) 369-2992.

  • Why Air Tools are Crucial to Any Construction Job

    Less-experienced contractors or individuals who have undertaken large DIY projects may not understand why having air tools on a construction job is so important. But air tools—also known as pneumatic tools—are essential to quick and efficient construction. Here’s why:

    Not Everything Was Better in “The Good Old Days”

    There’s something to be said for doing things the old fashioned way—but probably not when it comes to constructing your own home. For example, if you were to build a house “the old fashioned way,” then you’d have to go through the process of cutting down the lumber, transporting it to the building site, and constructing everything by hand without the aid of the advanced technology that is available today. In this day and age, we’re fortunate enough to have access to roofing nailers, flooring nailers, staplers, chipping hammers, and other air tools that make your construction job easier and more efficient.

    Your Home Tool Kit Isn’t Going to be Enough

    Along with that fire extinguisher and extra light bulbs, a toolbox is one of the must-haves to have around for all homeowners. Hammers and screwdrivers come in handy quite frequently for small home repairs, but for the bigger projects, it’s worth investing in more advanced tools. For example, if you ever have to drive nails through steel, then the tool of choice would be a pneumatic nail gun can. What you could probably never accomplish with a hammer what you can achieve with this tool—and finish the job at high speed and with very little physical effort on your part.

    Some Jobs are Just Too Specialized

    Some aspects of construction are simply too much to accomplish by using normal handheld tools and your own strength. For example, you may very well need to break apart concrete. There are plenty of pneumatic tools that can accomplish this in very little time and with very little effort on your part. For example, all you need to break apart concrete is a little time and a pneumatic rivet buster or chipping hammer.

    Air tools are essential for any construction job because they save time and labor .  For some homeowners, purchasing pneumatic tools may not be within their budget. Fortunately, there’s A-1 Equipment Rental Center . A-1 Equipment does all kinds of equipment and tool rentals—we even have truck rentals, tractor rentals, and party rentals. For more information, visit our website or call (650) 369-2992.

  • Three Common Construction Jobs Made Easier with Scaffolding

    Ladders are great, useful tools, but they do have limitations. For instance, it’s difficult to maneuver on them, they allow for a very limited range of motion, and they’re useless on uneven ground. That’s why we recommend scaffolding for these three common construction jobs:

    1. Painting:  You might be able to get away with using a ladder in most rooms, but what about staircases, especially those with extremely high ceilings? Scaffolding eliminates this problem, because both of its sides are adjustable and can therefore create a safe, smooth surface for workers, even on staircases. This same adjustability is also what makes scaffolding so useful when you’re painting the exterior of a home. After all, the ground is almost always at least slightly uneven.
    2. Installing Drywall:  If you’re going to be renovating or building a house, then installing drywall is unavoidable. It’s also a cumbersome, awkward task, since industry-standard drywall is eight feet by four feet and most homes built after 1995 have ceilings that are either nine or ten feet high . This means that installing drywall requires some serious wrangling—wrangling that you simply cannot do on a ladder.
    3. Installing or Applying Any Kind of Exterior House Covering:  Whether you’re slapping on stucco or reattaching vinyl siding, you’re going to need scaffolding. Not only will scaffolding help you maintain much-needed balance, but it will also give you more room to maneuver and to carry equipment.

    If you’ve got a job that requires scaffolding, then contact A-1 Equipment Rental Center . A-1 Equipment can rent you safe, effective scaffolding, as well as other equipment rentals and tool rentals of all kinds—not to mention tractor rentals and truck rentals! For more information, visit our website or call (650) 369-2992.

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  • Like what you see here? Here Are More Great Resources for You to Check Out!

    If you’re looking for more information on renting construction equipment, then check out some of these resources.

    • This article emphasizes the benefits of using a tractor in your yard because of the versatility it provides.
    • This article lists the power tools you should buy verses the power tools you should rent. Before you begin any home repair project, make sure you consult this list. 

    At  A-1 Rental Center , we provide the Bay Area with all the tools you’ll need to take care of your construction project fast. We provide tractor, truck, tool, and party equipment rentals, so  visit our website   or call us at for an estimate at (650) 369-2992.

  • Three Ways a Tractor Rental Can Simplify Your Construction Project

    Construction projects can be tough if you don’t have adequate equipment. Some people try and tackle major projects with equipment that can’t stand up to the task. Don’t be one of those people. Rent a tractor and get the job done quickly!

    Let’s take a look at how a tractor rental can simplify your construction project .

    Excavating

    If you are adding an addition to your home or redoing the driveway, then you will need to excavate hundreds of cubic square feet of dirt.  If you were to do this without a tractor, then it would require days of hard labor , which is a burden on your time and on your back. A truck rental company can simplify your project and reduce labor.  

    Convenience

    Tractor rentals save you time and sweat. Let the tractor do the heavy lifting, while you sit back and watch your project come together. Your construction project will be easier to complete with the various attachments you can include in your equipment rental package. These add-ons are designed to help you execute your construction project in a fraction of the time.

    Money

    Any time your project takes longer than you originally planned will be reflected in your budget. A tractor rental allows you to quickly complete your project so that you can stay on your projected timeline. Don’t buy a tractor that you’ll probably only need for one or two projects. Instead, rent a tractor and save thousands of dollars.

    At A-1 Rental Center , we have the tractors you need to get your construction project done efficiently, properly, and affordably. We also have affordable party rental equipment to suit your needs for any upcoming shindig. To learn more about our tractor rentals or other equipment rental options, visit our website or give us a call at (650) 369-2992

  • Five Construction Tools You’re Better off Renting than Buying

    There are some construction tools that aren’t worth buying if you have an equipment rental store nearby.  Even a project that’s going to take a few weeks to complete won’t warrant spending hundreds of dollars on all of the equipment you’ll need to get the job done.

    Here are five construction tools you’re better off renting  than buying.

    Tractor

    Anytime your construction project requires excavating, you’ll maximize your efficiency by renting a tractor.  Unless you need a tractor for commercial use, you don’t need to buy a tractor. Renting a tractor will be more beneficial for small projects.

    Tile Saw

    A tile saw is crucial to your new tile flooring project , but such a specialized saw is not worth buying for one project. Save a few hundred dollars by renting this tool.

    Construction Worker Bullnosing a Tile

    Concrete Troweling Machine

    You wouldn’t want to buy a concrete troweling machine if you only need to repave the driveway. Concrete tool rentals are especially handy for single jobs because you don’t need to store the troweling machine once your job is complete. And, tool rental companies allow you to rent tools for as long as you need in order to get the job done.

    Airless Paint Sprayer

    Painting can be a hassle, especially if you’re using a pan and roller. An airless paint sprayer can speed up the time it takes to paint a room or even several rooms. Once again, don’t bother purchasing this tool. Tool rental companies offer this tool all year long. If you need to touch up the paint at some point, you can rent the airless paint sprayer again. 

    Flooring Nailer

    flooring nailer  is another good tool to rent.  Anytime you’re looking for a highly specialized tool, you’ll save money by renting the tool.

    At  A-1 Rental Center , we provide the Bay Area with all the tools you’ll need to take care of your construction project fast. We provide tractor, truck, tool, and party equipment rentals, so  visit our website   or call us at for an estimate (650) 369-2992.

  • Tool Rentals Could Save You Money

    If you have an equipment rental store in your area, then you can do a lot of different projects over the weekend without spending last week’s paycheck to do it.

    Watch this video on renting the tools you’ll need to complete those weekend projects. You will probably need powerful, specialized equipment to get the job done right. Before you consider buying the tools you need, consider the money you’ll save by renting tools.   

    Take advantage of the tool rental options available in your area.

    At A-1 Rental Center , we have all the equipment you’ll need, from landscape tools to construction equipment. If you need tractors, tools, or party equipment, then visit our website   or call (650) 369-2992  for more information.

  • Have You Enjoyed Our Topics? Here Are The Sources

    Tool rentals can save you money, storage space, and keep you safer.  Our recent articles have pointed out how to stay safer when tackling a construction project and also how to best take advantage of the price-saving benefits of equipment rentals.  For more information on these topics, keep reading below.

    • You will be shocked by how many things you can rent.  This article from a top personal finance website lists tools along with textbooks as some of the best valued rental items
    • Besides the price savings, there is also the eco-friendly aspect of choosing to rent tools instead of buying them.
    • The Safety Blog has some great tips for construction workers on staying safe and avoiding injuries. 
    • Avoiding common power tool accidents is easy if you know a few tips and precautions. 
    • The US Dept. of Labor has a nice review of how to safely and properly use most hand and power tools. 
    • If you’re looking to review proper lifting technique , check out this guide from About.com.

    A-1 Equipment Rental Center is the place to head for all your tool rentals.  At  A-1 Equipment Rental , we have the equipment you need tomorrow, delivered today.  We provide you with the high quality rental equipment you need to get the job taken care of, which includes contractors and homeowners alike.  So give us a call at 650-369-2992 or visit our website to see all that we offer.

  • Why Buy a Tool and Only use it once? Let A-1 Equipment Rental Center Help

    If you own a home, then there is no doubt faced with at least a few do it yourself (DIY) projects per year.  Buying the power tools can be expensive, and if you are only planning on using them once or twice, then that tool will feel like a waste of cash.  Don’t give up your DIY dreams just yet! If there’s a rental center nearby, then you finally have a serious money-saving option.  Check out the benefits of equipment rental below!

     

    • Per Use Cost – Tool rental is a great way to fix the “per-use” cost problem of buying tools.  You figure the per-use cost by taking the total cost of the tool, and dividing it by the number of times you will be using it.  With equipment rental, you share the total cost of the tool with other customers, which is especially nice if you are only planning on using it once. 
    • Rent Anything – Did you know that you can rent almost any tool or piece of construction equipment?  Rental centers often offer tool rental along with truck rental and even tractor rental.  You can dig up your yard, haul away the dirt, and use a power tool to cut and lay new granite slabs all without breaking the bank. 
    • No Storage Problems – Power tools take up space, a lot of space.  The expensive tools need to be stored properly and can often be a hazard to your children or pets if stored near the home.  Tool rental can help prevent a storage problem and keep your home safe from power tool accidents. 

    A-1 Equipment Rental Center is the place to head for all your tool rentals.  At  A-1 Equipment Rental , we have the equipment you need tomorrow, delivered today.  We provide you with the high quality rental equipment you need to get the job taken care of, which includes contractors and homeowners alike.  So give us a call at 650-369-2992 or visit our website to see all that we offer.

  • Air Compressor Safety Tips

    Air compressors are a great, helpful tool that can speed up a number of construction projects.  Properly using an air compressor is vital if you want to avoid any injures.  Luckily, there is a great video on how to safely use an air compressor with tips from Expert Village. 

    Air pressure is a very powerful force and over inflating items could cause them to explode, injuring anyone nearby with flying debris.  Knowing how to properly use an air compressor is vital before you rent one. 

    Are you in need on an air compressor?  At  A-1 Equipment Rental , we have the equipment you need tomorrow, delivered today.  We provide you with the high quality rental equipment you need to get the job taken care of, which includes contractors and homeowners alike.  So give us a call at 650-369-2992 or visit our website to see all that we offer.