Yearly Archives: 2017

Rental equipment for improving your lawn.

How to Get the Best Looking Lawn in the
Neighborhood Without Breaking the Bank

Rental equipment for improving your lawn.

Rental equipment for improving your lawn.

Every year around this time, there’s at least one yard in the neighborhood everyone wishes were their own. It has the perfectly manicured lawn, the rounded hedges and the flowers that just won’t quit blooming. As you look at your own lawn, with the weeds and brown spots, you wonder where you went wrong. After all, you were out there mowing as much as your neighbors last year.

Well, time to let you in on a little secret. Not only did those neighbors you envy so much spend time mowing their lawn, they also dethatched their lawn, aerated it, used a rototiller to turn up the dead patches and reseeded, but they also carefully re-edged along the sidewalks.

Sound like an expensive proposition? It would have been had they hired a lawn service, or bought all the tools they needed, but they did the entire project themselves with rented tools. According to the American Rental Association (ARA), more and more people are turning to rented equipment and tools for their home improvement projects. Not only does renting offer significant cost savings, it is convenient as well. When you rent tools, you don’t have to worry about equipment maintenance or storage. You will also be able to take advantage of expert advice from a rental professional. These trained professionals will be able to guide you in the right direction and give you tips on how to operate the equipment in the safest and most effective way. They can also help you select the correct tools for your project.

For example, if you visit your local rental business and say your lawn is looking sparse and brown, they’ll tell you that thatch — the layer of interwoven grass, leaves and stems that blocks water and nutrients from reaching the roots — is the likely culprit.

To pull out the old thatch, you’ll be urged to rent a dethatcher, also called a power rake, which will remove the tangle of grass clippings, leaves and stems that have collected in your grass. The next step will be to rent an aerator, which is a gas-powered machine that actually pokes holes in the earth and removes cores of dirt as it goes. The holes allow nutrients, air and moisture to penetrate your lawn’s root system. Once that’s done, you’ll need to get out there and tackle the weeds.

If you have any patches that are all weeds and no grass, you can use a rototiller to turn up the ground and then reseed. You’ll also want to rent an edger once or twice during the season to give your lawn that well cared for look.

With a little effort and some cost-effective rental tools, your lawn may just become the pride of the neighborhood. At Rentalex, our professional rental representatives will make it easy for you to learn how to use the right tools for your project. For more information on Rentalex, visit us online at, or call us at (813)971-9990.

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Get Professional Results without the Professional

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Rentalex – Tools & Equipment Rental

In the do-it-yourself television shows, the pros make it look so easy and for them, it is. They have a lot of big tools to do the work; they know which tools are right for the job and how to use them. This information is not privileged and you don’t have to watch years of do-it-yourself shows to learn how.

Rentalex carries the same tools the pros use. We also have rental specialists on staff to explain how to use them before you take it home so you do the job right — without damage to yourself, your house or the tool.

To get your money’s worth out of renting a specialty tool, there are a few things you should know to rent right.

First, choose the best tool for the job. Tell the staff at Rentalex what you want to accomplish rather than what tool you want to rent. We may suggest a different tool that will do the job better and quicker. Trust us to rent you the tool you need and not more tool than you can handle.

Trust Rentalex to provide correct information. We believe in volunteering answers for the questions you don’t know enough to ask. When we ask questions, we’re investigating. At Rentalex, we ask questions in order to rent you the correct tool to get professional and efficient results.

The information we can provide is invaluable — so not only do you rent well-maintained equipment, but you rent it with the security of knowing you’re doing it the best way possible. Once you decide on a tool, our staff teaches you how to use it safely. The customer’s safety is important at Rentalex. If a tool doesn’t feel right or doesn’t seem to be working correctly, please call us at (813)971-9990. Plus, we offer instruction on project preparation before taking the tool home.

Here are some examples of tool possibilities you can use and knowledge you’ll get at Rentalex:

Airless Paint Electric 395

Airless Paint Sprayer

Paint Sprayer: Painting is one of the simplest, most inexpensive redecorating projects. You can make it even simpler and faster with a rented airless paint sprayer. Be prepared and you’ll get incredibly fast spray painting. Cover, mask and tape windows, furniture and floors, and thin and strain the paint through a nylon stocking or paint filter. We can offer advice on how to thin the paint to get it to go through the sprayer, but you must also read the manufacturer’s instructions on how to thin their paint.

Get these steps done before driving to Rentalex to pick up the sprayer. You’ll save yourself the expense of time when you have the tool and aren’t using it. Keep the paint supply clean and don’t let the paint dry out to keep the nozzle from clogging. If the nozzle gets clogged, don’t put your hand in front of the spray. An airless sprayer can severely damage flesh in seconds. The instructions will tell you how to unclog the nozzle. Don’t point the sprayer at anything you don’t want to paint. See our paint sprayers here:

Nail Gun

Nail Gun

Nail Gun: Use a nail gun to avoid the frustration and pain of hammering. Nail guns drive nails much faster and set the nails below the surface so the nails are ready for filling. A few tips for the first-time nail gun user: use manufacturer-specified nails to keep the gun from jamming. Keep the nails clean — don’t put nails into the gun that were just dropped into sawdust. Learn how to lubricate the head if you plan to use it for more than a day. See our general building tools and equipment here:

General M240H Auger

General Auger

Power Auger: Another common do-it-yourself project is fence building. What can be a quick project becomes weeks-long if you have a lot of holes to dig. Rent a power auger to dig all the post holes for you, and your fence really can be a weekend job. Two-person power augers are perfect for fence post holes.

These machines drill holes for small-diameter uses and come with interchangeable 4, 6 or 8-inch augers. Identify what kind of soil you’re digging in to determine how big a machine you need. See our 1-man general gas auger here:

Other tools available for rental include skid steers, walk-behind trenchers, drywall hoist, pressure washers, and tile saws to name a few. Some of which you may think “I couldn’t really operate one of those.” But in reality, you can.

Our staff will make it easy for you to learn how to use the right tools for your project. With the right tools you get professional results without the professional. Renting is the smart way to get things done. For more information on Rentalex, visit us online at, or call us at (813)971-9990.

Light Tower Rentals

Getting Equipment Ready To Go!

At Rentalex, we always strive to offer the best service possible. Our equipment rental representatives are committed to provide our customers with well-maintained, safe, and competitively priced equipment. Check out some pictures of our rental equipment including light towers and forlifts getting ready to get on the road and be delivered.

Light Towers
Light Towers

Light Towers
Light Towers


Need help finding a tool? We can help you find the equipment you need to complete your project.
Contact us Today at (813)971-9990 to get a quote!

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Home Improvement Simplified
Even Small Projects Have A Big Impact

When budgeting demands cut back on life’s little extravagances, it’s a disappointing but acceptable change. Cutting things out of the budget, like home improvement projects, might seem reasonable in the short term, but it’s a bad decision in the long run. Taking on those projects might seem like an expensive proposition, but with smart solutions, like renting tools, taking proper care of your home is well within your budget.

Protect your most important investment

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Rentalex – Tools & Equipment Rental

Your home is your largest investment and no matter how the housing market fluctuates, you don’t want to neglect maintenance and upkeep around the house. Taking the time to do projects will not only ensure the safety of your family, but it will also ensure your financial security for years to come. Investing energy and money into fixing little problems, like a crack in your home’s foundation, will prevent larger problems down the road.

Simple projects to refresh the look of your home, like a fresh coat of paint or a little landscaping work, will not only make your home feel more warm and inviting, but it will also yield a large return on investment when it comes to resale value. The “green” movement might offer ideas for other projects. By making your home more energy efficient, you can reduce bills and add value for the future, should you want to put your home on the market.

Improve your house without increasing your bills

Although many home improvement projects can be simple, they often require tools that most people don’t commonly have. This is when it makes sense to visit your local rental store Since you will most likely only need the tools or equipment once, renting is a more cost-effective solution than buying new or hiring a handyman.

Stocked with pressure washers to clean off your siding or deck, jackhammers to tear out an uneven front walk and concrete polishers to give your garage floor a new finish, your nearby rental store is like the ultimate workshop — filled with professional grade tools, see our fleet here: Rentalex Rental Equipment. Your local rental professionals will make sure you get the right tools for your job, and they will teach you how to properly use the equipment you need.

Find your local rental resource

Avoid spending time and money running all over town to find the tools you need — make one stop at your local rental store. Rentalex is a rental store located in the Tampa Bay area ready to help you. Our rental representatives can provide how-to tips and help you find the perfect tool to help you complete your project. Visit our Tampa store at 1028 Skipper Road, in Tampa,FL 33613. Don’t let your biggest investment become your biggest burden — maximize your investment while cutting your costs with rental.

Getting Ready for Hurricane Irma

Getting Ready for Hurricane Irma

Getting Ready for Hurricane Irma

Rentalex is preparing for Hurricane Irma, equipment is being moved to a safer location. Stay safe during the hurricane!

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Yard Work Accidents are Common This Time of Year
– Here are 7 Tips to Stay Safe –

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Rentalex – Tools & Equipment Rentals

This time of year, you can’t help but notice the chainsaws buzzing and the hum of wood chippers reducing twigs, branches and what were once towering trees into mulch. Not to mention, the noise coming from edgers, rototillers and other machines working hard to get the yard ready for winter. As long as the weather is nice, do-it-yourselfers will be out in force cleaning up yards across the country.

If you’re planning to join the ranks, be sure to take the time to study up on safety precautions before operating equipment like chainsaws, chippers and edgers. They can be dangerous if you don’t take the proper safety measures.

Since January 2000, there have been dozens of claims involving people who were injured while using rented yard equipment, according to ARA Insurance Services, an insurance company owned by the American Rental Association. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Wood chipper accidents — 11 claims
  • Chain saw accidents — 12 claims
  • Log splitter accidents — 11 claims
  • Accidents involving rototillers — 6 claims
  • Stump grinder accidents — 6 claims

Don’t become the next statistic. Make sure you know how to operate the equipment before getting started.

Rentalex is ready to offer safety advice on our tools and machines. When you arrive at our store, located at 1028 Skipper Road in Tampa, Florida. Tell one of our rental experts what you want to accomplish and they will help you find the equipment you need to get the job done. Our staff is regularly trained on using the equipment and can provide you with plenty of tips for proper and safe use. Rentalex staff is prepared to demonstrate how to use each tool safely and effectively. Don’t hesitate to ask a lot of questions to make sure you know how to handle the tool you’re taking home.

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If, for example, you’re planning to cut down a pine tree with a trunk that’s three feet in diameter, we will help you find the proper saw and show you the right way to handle it. Our staff will recommend you first clear away dirt, debris, small limbs and rocks from the area you’re planning to cut. Then before turning on the saw, to check controls, chain tension and all bolts and handles to ensure they are functioning properly. We also suggest our customers wear protective equipment when operating the saw, which includes hand, foot, leg, eye, face, hearing and head protection.

Chippers can also be dangerous when they aren’t handled in the correct way. A machine that is powerful enough to chew up tree limbs and then spit them out as little chips can easily do the same to a hand or arm, according to ARA Insurance Services.

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration put together these seven tips to keep in mind while operating a chipper:

  1. Never reach into a chipper while it is operating.
  2. Do not wear loose-fitting clothing around a chipper.
  3. Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and safety instructions.
  4. Use earplugs, safety glasses, hard hats and gloves.
  5. Protect yourself from contacting operating chipper components by guarding the infeed and discharge ports, and preventing the opening of the access covers or doors until the drum or disc completely stops.
  6. Maintain at least two tree or log lengths between chipper operations and other workers.
  7. If your chipper is jammed, make sure the engine is turned off when you try and remove the shrub or branch.

No matter what kind of equipment you’re renting, chainsaws, chippers or some other tool, be sure to ask one of our rental experts to include the instruction manual and any safety information they may have. Reserve a tool for your next outdoor project by visiting us at 1028 Skipper Road in Tampa, FL 33613 or call us today at (813)971-9990.

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Invest in Home Improvements, Not in Tools for the Job

Garden Tools and Lawn Equipment Rentals

Many homeowners see fall as the year’s last chance to fix that leaky roof, resurface the driveway, restain the deck, clean the chimney, and tidy the yard. But while all your last-minute chores probably won’t break your back, they could break the bank if you try to buy all the tools you will need to get the jobs done.

For many homeowners with realistic home improvement budgets and limited tool storage space, renting from Rentalex located in Tampa Florida is the answer. Cheaper than buying, renting tools allows homeowners to put their home improvement dollars towards materials, rather than equipment.

Here are some common home improvement or repair tasks:

  • Deck Maintenance – Fall is a great time to re-stain the deck, and repair any damaged wood. If you are removing and replacing damaged wood, you’ll need a variety of hand and power tools such as power saws and a nail gun. To stain or seal the deck, you can rent power sprayers to make the job fast and easy.
  • Roof and Window Repairs – Keeping your windows and roof in good shape can help reduce future costs. Scaffolding can help you reach both and is often a safer, more stable work space than a ladder. Rentalex staff can help you determine the tools you will need to repair the roof or damage around windows.
  • Clean Up the Backyard – Clear brush, sod or seed bare spots in the lawn, remove leaves and store summer gardening tools. Rentalex rents hedge trimmers, lawn mowers, sod cutters, leaf blowers, yard vacuums, chainsaws, and stump grinders.

To learn more about tools and equipment available for rent at Rentalex, visit us at 1028 Skipper Road in Tampa, Florida 33613 or call one of our rental experts at (813)971-9990.