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Rent vs. Buy: Tools for DIY Projects

Rent vs. Buy: Tools for DIY Projects

Are you in need of new tools for DIY projects you have planned? Many household DIY projects require specialty tools that you don’t already own.

These days tool rental stores offer a wide variety of equipment and specialty machinery that you can rent to make your projects easier. Here are some things to think about when preparing for your upcoming projects.

Rent vs. Buy?

When determining whether you should rent or buy the tool you need, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How often will I use the tool once my immediate DIY project is complete?
  • Does the frequency of use justify the cost of buying the tool?
  • Is the expense greater than I can currently afford?

If you find that the tool you need will be something you use once and then store in the garage to collect dust, your best option will be to rent it. Renting takes away the responsibility of storing and maintaining equipment you’ll rarely use. Additionally, renting is a great way to save money because the cost of renting is usually far less than the expense of paying for a tool outright.

If you know that it’s a tool you’ll use more frequently then it makes sense to buy it. A general-purpose tool that is more versatile is more likely to be worth the investment in the long run.

Renting Tools

Renting a tool is very similar to renting a car. You need to make sure it comes with an instruction manual and safety instructions and check it beforehand for any pre-existing damage.

Here are some examples of tools you might want to rent:

  • Specialty Saws. Examples include a reciprocating saw, a finecut power handsaw, or an electric undercut saw. These can be used for projects that involve precise cuts, such as rim door jambs or trim when doing a flooring project.
  • Air Compressors. They come in various horsepower power and tank size options and serve many purposes. For example, it can be combined with a nail gun to nail down the moldings and transitions when installing laminate flooring on stairs.
  • Heavy Duty Tools. You may own common tools that won’t cut it for the project at hand. Instead of burning out your household drill, for example, you can rent a more powerful heavy-duty drill that can easily handle the effort.

Buy Used

If you’re still interested in purchasing the tools you need, talk to rental centers. They periodically replace their current tools with the latest model, allowing you to purchase quality used tools at a reduced cost.

You can save time and money by renting any tool for your DIY projects, it just depends on what works best for you.

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What are some tools you’ve rented to complete DIY projects in your home? Share them with us in the comments below!

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About Kimberly Crossland

Kimberly Crossland is a guest writer for Bestlaminate's Blog and founder of the GetVailAz.com. She has an unnatural obsession with the power of words, which is really cool because she can speak two languages: English and Danish. Her other job titles include wife and dog-walker.

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