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Your Take: Renting Large Tools

One 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 [3] wrote a guest post about frugal tool options [4] 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 [5] 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 [5] 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!