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Home Depot Tool RentalOne of the fun things about running a blog is being able to hold giveaways where I can give readers some really awesome things. Today, I have the opportunity to offer up a $200 gift card from Home Depot to one lucky reader.

Last week, Fred from One Project Closer’s wrote a guest post about frugal tool options and several people emailed me to ask if I had any personal experience renting tools. If you remember, renting tools was Fred’s #3 recommendation after borrowing and co-op buying (I would’ve listed renting as a #2, before co-op buying).

Renting a Pressure Washer

I have rented tools in the past. I like to rent larger tools because it’s cheaper than buying and I don’t have a lot of room for storage. A year ago I rented a 3500 PSI pressure washer to powerwash practically every external surface of the house. I blasted away the worked in dirt and grime from the brick exterior, from the walkways, and from some window frames. I used it to remove the stain from our deck so I could restain it. My neighbor has a little power washer that is effective on decks but I had to upgrade to the next level to effective clear off the walkways (or I’d have been there for hours). 3500 is no joke either, you can easily break skin at that PSI.

I rented the power washer because it’s a tool I only expect to use once every few years. I don’t really want to store a power washer in my basement where space is already at a premium. Renting the tool gets the job done and I don’t have to worry about breaking it (insurance!).

Home Depot has a Tool Rental center business where they have started renting out tools so you should check it out for some great ideas. They have over 325 and 1200 locations so there’s bound to be one nearby.

How To Win

How do you get an entry into the $200 gift card giveaway? Visit Home Depot’s Tool Rental site and let me know which tool you’d like to rent, from the 325 they have available, and for what project. Bonus points if you locate the rental center near you.

As always, there will be a secret phrase in the RSS and email feeds. Send that to contest at bargaineering dot com and you’ll get an entry. I will select a winner randomly from the comments and the emails.

The contest will run until noon on May 1st. Void where prohibited.

Good luck!

Congratulations to Kami of Washington D.C. on winning the gift card! Thank you to everyone who entered!

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79 Responses to “Your Take: Renting Large Tools”

  1. SarahJane says:

    Hm. The carpet cleaner I suppose. It looks like a popular item. Or maybe the pressure washer to clean off the driveway.

    Nearest rental center? ‘No results found’.
    I’m guessing it’s actually the Wasilla, Alaska store ~600 miles distant.

  2. Rick says:

    From store #410, I’d pick up the Electric Breaker to take out the concrete steps the prior homeowner put in unevenly.

  3. Stefanie says:

    I would definitely rent the carpet cleaner; a couple of weeks ago my partner accidentally spilled a huge cup of coffee all over the carpet of our rental apartment. We tried to dilute it with some water and soak it up, but now there’s a noticeable stain in the middle of the living room that I’d love to be able to get rid of with a carpet cleaner.

    Closest Rental Center to me:
    Store# 4001 – BEAVERTON
    13700 NW SCIENCE PK DR
    PORTLAND , OR 97229

  4. Crystal B. says:

    I would rent the tile saw. We are remodeling our kitchen and I need to install a tile backsplash and floor.
    Thank you for the fabulous giveaway.

  5. Peter says:

    i’d be renting a plate compactor to finish out our brick patio in our back yard.

    Having the plate compactor instead of the manual version would be a life saver.

    Our nearest rental center is a couple of miles away at 1701 COUNTRY ROAD 18, SHAKOPEE , MN 55379

  6. Dan S. says:

    I would rent their 4HP BlueBird power aerator for my lawn. Been meaning to dethatch and aerate the lawn for a while now and just haven’t gotten around to doing it.

    Rental center near me:

    Store# 4647 – “ASHBURN, VA”

    Thanks for the opportunity to participate in this great giveaway.


  7. My pressure washer had a catastrophic failure last year, spewing oil all over my patio. I haven’t replaced it, so I’ll definitely need to rent one this year. The 3500 psi should be sufficient. My nearest rental center is at Store# 6955 – CENTRAL ISLIP 301 SOUTH RESEARCH PLACE CENTRAL ISLIP , NY 11722

  8. eh438 says:

    I’d be halfway home with the floor finisher from store #4114. My wonderful willing nephew would supply the labor, he ways.

  9. Linda says:

    Why own when you can rent those space eating tools! It’s spring cleaning time at my house, so I would rent a power washer to wash down the whole house. We are also considering installing solar to reduce our electric bill and the panels require cleaning 3 – 4 times a year since it doesn’t rain here in California. In that case it might be better to buy a power washer.

    Our store in San Marcos has a rental center.

  10. Ann says:

    The nearest Home Depot it located at 655 Memorial Drive, Chicopee MA 01020.

    I would rent the drywall lifter. We rented one about 5 years ago to drywall a family room we had added on & it was a great time & back saver. We live in a 100+ year old house and recently gutted our kitchen & dining room and will be hanging new drywall. This would be a great help to us.

  11. Kami says:

    It was a toss up between the carpet cleaner and the pressure washer. But I am going with the PRESSURE WASHER! I live in DC on a bus route and the soot and stains that the buses leave on my siding it ridiculous. It makes my house look grey instead of white and I tried using the hose but that’s of no use against the mighty Metrobus. 🙁

    The closest store to me is only 1 mile away at: Store# 2583 – NE WASHINGTON DC
    WASHINGTON , DC 20018
    Distance: 1 miles

  12. Ana says:

    I’d rent the carpet cleaner – we’re moving out of our apartment soon and it has wall-to-wall. The closest one is in Aspen hill, MD.

  13. Paige says:

    I would love to be able to rent the rear tine tiller so I don’t have to manually till my yard for our garden this year. That would be awesome! Store #2903-Goodman Rd. is literally minutes away from where I live. Thank you for this great giveaway!

  14. Mike says:

    I too rented a pressure washer about 2 weeks ago. I have a fence that goes around my backyard. Every year or so it needs a good cleaning and the pressure washer is the perfect tool.

    Now that it is clean. It needs a new coat of paint (actually opaque stain). It has been about 4 years since the original paint job.

    So, ideally I need to rent an Airless Paint Sprayer from home Depot to get the job done.

    To save money, I was contemplating painting this time with brushes & rollers. But as you can imagine I am not looking forward to that prospect.

    One point, if you have rented from Home Depot previously, they can add you to the preferred customer list. Once you are on this list, they do not require any deposit on the tool rental and have all your info on file. It makes it very easy.

    My local Home Depot Tool rental is here:
    Store# 0909 – ROXBURY
    281-041 ROUTE 10
    SUCCASUNNA , NJ 07876

    I agree, renting is a much more economical way to go with something I have no real desire to own and store and only use every few years.

  15. MikeW says:

    I really need to pressure wash my deck, so that’s what I would rent.
    We have a rental center in Frankfort, Ky

  16. Theresa says:

    Hi there!
    we have been slowly ripping up the ugly-as-homemade-sin carpeting in our new house. There are beautiful hardwood floors underneath, that just need some buffing. If we rented the floor maintainer from the Home Depot it would make short work of that complicated project and save us a lot of money too! The nearest store to me is
    Store# 4114 – UPPER DARBY
    PRIMOS-SECANE , PA 19018

    I see I have neighbors who visit this site. Hello from Drexel Hill!

  17. rbee says:

    The 4hp aerator for spring lawn maintenance from store #1956 in Machesney Park Illinois near our lawn! Thanks

  18. grcg says:

    We are building our retirement house and selling the old one. So we are going to be using a lot of rented tools over the next several years doing as much as we can ourselves. Some of the first tools we will be renting this spring will be a hole auger and a trencher so we can figure out how deep the soil is and get a power line laid. I am going to start to putting in the new garden in this summer too. We got a small garage built last year, now we need to insulate and sheet rock the inside. So one of those drywall holders would be handy to rent.

    Our local Home Depot is :
    Store# 1303 – “FAIRBANKS, AK”
    FAIRBANKS , AK 99701

  19. DebtGoal says:

    Renting tools are great idea for many of the same reasons as a much larger investment – a home. Renting a home instead of taking on a mortgage is a risk management few take seriously.

  20. If you don’t have the space, then rent the tools and equipment you need. If you do have the space, and you’ll use the tool again, it’s usually cheaper to buy it used at an auction or garage sale.


  21. Jim, you are spot on! As a landlord if the purchase of a tool doesn’t repay it’s cost to rent it in under 2 years, it’s not worth the purchase. Same holds true for toys. We head down to Trinity lake every, perhaps every other summer and we could buy jetski’s and incur their maintenance cost, storage, etc, or rent them for $100/day. Granted $100/day seems like extortion since a car rental is half that, but if we rent jetskis for 3 days, that’s $300 per year, which is far less than the cost of owning. Good article!

  22. Karo says:

    Wow- thanks for this super offer
    Could we ever use this-
    Lots to do here…. need to rent a
    * Tiller (rear tine)- to get the garden started
    * Trench digger (12″ trencher) Need to run sprinkler pipe to the garden…..
    * A concrete (drum) sander (pulled out the carpet and can’t afford new- so am neededing to sand the paint off concrete and repaint / stain it)
    Store# 6377 – FL 32541
    Hope we win-

  23. Gina says:

    We would love to rent the 3500 psi power washer to clean the deck and concrete, the 64 cc gas chain saw to cut down some dead trees, the 4 HP aerator (I’ve never tried using one before but the grass keeps dying out in spots around the yard and aerating is recommended), and the hand held post hole digger to dig holes for a honeybee enclosure.

    Store #745 in Lebanon, TN is our store.

    Thanks for the contest!

  24. Meg says:

    A Depot gift card would be fantastic, since we’re buying a house in two weeks and moving away from our contractor neighbor with a garage full of fantastic power tools. I would definitely rent the compound miter saw first … we have a bunch of raised beds to build, and a lot of trim work to replace inside the house. There is a rental place just a few miles from us, in Allentown, PA, and $200 would be awesome!

  25. nickfro says:

    Definitely a power washer. I have some steps with peeling paint that I’d like to clean off, a patio that could use a good cleaning before being stained, and some neighborhood kids who need to be knocked off of their bikes that they ride onto my lawn, despite my shaking my cane at them. Ok, not for that last reason…

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