Rent large tools, don’t buy them

If you have a big job to do at your home and you’d like to do it yourself, you don’t have to run out and purchase the tools you’ll need to finish the job. There are plenty of rental companies where you can secure the needed tools to complete the work.

For example, maybe you need to pressure wash your deck or patio. Rather than running out to purchase a pressure washer, rent one and you won’t have to worry about storing it at your premises. If you find yourself renting a device multiple times per year, then you may want to consider buying one. But always keep renting as the first option. You will find that often renting is cheaper, easier, and more convenient.

Most likely there are plenty of independent rental proprietors in your area, but here are some national rental companies:


This post has been updated since its original publication in September 2007.

6 Comments for “Rent large tools, don’t buy them”

  1. posted by Jon Matthias on

    I’ve found that in several cases it was easier and cheaper to buy a tool and then resell it on craigslist when I was done with it. Large tools generally hold their value well. It works best for those big projects that may take more than one weekend. Then you don’t feel the pressure of having to finish a project TODAY, or it will cost you another $50.

  2. posted by Erin at Unclutterer on

    I’ve found that the tools that you can rent are often more powerful than ones you could buy at a reasonable price. For example, a good (and I mean super heavy duty, professional grade) power washer can easily be rented, but one of similar quality costs more than a thousand dollars and isn’t even for sale at Lowe’s or Home Depot. Renting, especially in this case, is by far the best option. It would take more than 10 years of renting to come close to the price of a professional grade one … and one you purchase may not even last for 10 years.

  3. posted by larochelle on

    We have a tool lending library in our town. You have to be a resident. If you destroy the item, you have to buy it but otherwise its free.

  4. posted by Michael on

    I’m just about finished remodeling my kitchen and the only tool I rented (as opposed to buying, or already owning) was a wet saw for the tiles. I did that because buying a quality wet saw for only a handful of uses didn’t justify the hefty price tag.

    If you do most home improvement projects yourself I think it is very beneficial to buy most tools, despite the added clutter and cost. If you rarely use the tool, you can always sell it and get back a significant portion of what you paid. If you end up using it often, you’ll be glad you bought it in the first place.

  5. posted by K on

    Our Home Depot has phased out the rental program so call before you go skipping out there looking for a pressure washer….

  6. posted by Ashley Willis on

    Exactly! …. Renting is far better because there are many large tools which we need rarely.

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