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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 Bargaineering.com 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. Rob says:

    I would rent the mid tine tiller. Let me get started on a new garden I have been thinking about for a while but never started.

    Nearest rental center is

    Store# 3203 – “SW OMAHA 132nd & “”L”"”
    12710 L STREET
    OMAHA , NE 68137

  2. Miss M says:

    We rented a paint sprayer to paint the exterior of our house. It saves so much time and does a fabulous job, but I can’t see buying one.

  3. Chewbakka says:

    We rented the 4 HP Aerator for our lawn. The great thing was that we shared it with a couple of neighbors and cost the cost down significantly. One word of caution, cleaning can get kind of messy. Allow plenty of time to clean and dry (drain) out the unit before returning to the store.

    The store we rented it from is:
    Store# 1918 – NAPERVILLE
    2920 AUDREY AVE
    NAPERVILLE , IL 60540

  4. Jason says:

    I’d like to rent the rear tine tiller for tilling the soil beneath our raised garden beds in the backyard. The soil here is so compacted, nothing will grow beyond the topsoil I put in the beds, and it is too hard to till by hand.

  5. Kelly says:

    Woo hoo!
    We were just getting ready to rent a tiller!
    I would rent a Rear Tine Tiller from this local HD:

    Store# 4137 – DOWNINGTOWN
    965 E LANCASTER AVE
    DOWNINGTOWN , PA 19335
    Phone: (610) 518-3330

    We also have one that is in Frazer, PA that I didn’t see listed.

    I’m using the tiller to make a large bed in the front yard, extend a bed in the side yard, and loosen the soil so we can level an area for a DIY swingset kit we purchased.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  6. Michele says:

    I would definitely rent a panelwall drywall lifter. My husband and I are in the process of “finishing” our garage and desperately need one. Thanks!

    Michele

  7. Suzanne says:

    I would rent the 6.5 HP pressure washer. We live near the ocean and have a natural shingle home. The moisture has left one side and several areas around the house covered with a black mold. I would clean this off to preserve my home and my health.
    Store near me:
    Store# 2405 – BIDDEFORD
    550 ALFRED STREET
    BIDDEFORD , ME 04005

  8. Frank says:

    I would rent the demolition hammer to fix my front steps.

    I have rented tools from HD in the past, if it is a tool that is too large for you to store or something you will use only once then the rental is a great deal. The closest store to me is
    Store# 6233 – MIDDLETOWN.

  9. Daniel says:

    I would rent the carpet cleaner, because I have a 4yo and a 2yo. Nuff said.

  10. JD says:

    Rented an aluminum break at ther Rock Hill, SC location. Han it for to days to bend around 300′ of fascia. Easy to rent and return!

  11. Laura says:

    Definitely the pressure washer to get off some of the gunk from the house, deck and garage, renting from #2011, Post Road in Indianapolis.

  12. tom says:

    I’ll be renting a power washer to clean our siding!

    Our store is in Chesterfield, MO.

  13. Marion says:

    The Sod Cutter to remove the tenacious Zoysia grass and replant with herbs, vegetables and mulch in the tiny backyard.

    There are three Home Depot tool Rental Centers nearby:

    Store# 6866 – Philadelphia (Bustleton Ave.)
    11725 BUSTLETON AVE
    PHILADELPHIA , PA 19116
    Phone: (215) 676-7029
    Distance: 2 miles

    Store# 4103 – BENSALEM
    1336 BRISTOL PIKE
    BENSALEM , PA 19020
    Phone: (215) 638-3510
    Distance: 2 miles

    Store# 4134 – NESHAMINY
    900 ROCK HILL DR
    BENSALEM , PA 19020
    Phone: (215) 942-4779
    Distance: 2 miles

    The secret phrase for today is:
    “Ulli doesn’t care about anything. He’s a Nihilist.” :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!
    Marion

  14. Sarah says:

    My apartment has wall-to-wall carpeting, so I could definitely use the carpet cleaner!

  15. Caitlin says:

    I’d rent the 2-Man Auger! We’re planning a fence and a deck and need holes in the ground.

    Our nearest Home Depot rental centre is 63 Woodlawn Road West, in Guelph, ON.

  16. JG says:

    Jim, I started reading your blog a few weeks ago. Thanks for the great tips. I appreciated your blog on the cost and experience of getting a dog. I printed your post and shared it with my wife. Thanks to you she is coming close to agreement on getting a dog now. Oh, yes …. back to Home Depot ….. I rent a Carpet cleaner twice a year and like you said I don’t buy it because I don’t want the hassle of storage and maintaining it. So I could use a carpter cleaning machine from store #2566 in Ellicott City, MD.

  17. Erica T says:

    The pressure water! Our deck needs to be redone! Our nearest Home Depot is on Breckinridge Lane in St. Matthews.

  18. Pam says:

    I would like to rent the hole digger since we will start putting up a fence next weekend. Store number 0383 in Gonzales, LA is the closest store to me and the phrase is
    “Ulli doesn’t care about anything. He’s a Nihilist.”

  19. I’d rent the CARPET EXPRESS® Carpet Cleaner, to use in our general spring cleaning

    There are two rental centers near me, both within 4 miles, but this one is easier to get to for me:
    Store# 1842 – RIVERBANK
    5230 SQUIRE WELLS ROAD
    RIVERBANK , CA 95367

  20. Brad says:

    2-man hole digger for a fence project. Also, we’re re-doing a bathroom this summer, so the tile saw might be useful.

    Closest is Store# 2579 – LANSDOWNE, MD

    phrase: “Ulli doesn’t care about anything. He’s a Nihilist.”

  21. Jenn S. says:

    I would like to rent the Carpet Express Carpet Cleaner. We have our first baby on the way and I would really like to tackle cleaning all of the carpet in the house before he arrives. We live on the 4th floor of our building so we always get charged extra by carpet cleaning companies!

    Closest store is: Store# 4639 – FAIRFAX CIRCLE
    FAIRFAX , VA 22030

    “Ulli doesn’t care about anything. He’s a Nihilist.” (p.s. I’m a huge Lebowski fan!)

  22. Deby says:

    I really could have used this this past weekend, as we spent quite a lot of money getting our vegetable garden ready. We even rented a truck from Home Depot to get most of the stuff home (how’s THAT for big tool rental? ;)
    Please put me in the drawing, I need to rent a rototiller. And buy more dirt. And plants. And fertilizer. And snail bait. Wait, didn’t someone say produce was cheaper if you grow it yourself?
    Store# 6620 is my closest one.

  23. Jon says:

    We’re looking to take out our old carpeting and add in hard wood flooring. We’ve been looking for some time and actually would rent their pneumatic nail gun for flooring. Luckily I work near a Home Depot Rental Center so it wouldn’t be too difficult to rent one.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. Via says:

    I need to rent a pressure washer to prep my log cabin for sale (yes, it is a really bad time to sell, I don’t want to hear about it).

    The nearest rental store is in Skagit County, Washington, a little ways away.

  25. Shanny says:

    I’d rent the Rear Tine Tiller to help start our garden from the rental center in Eugene, OR.


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