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Using Rental equipment?

Discussion in 'Rental Equipment' started by ryry278, Dec 31, 2008.

  1. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,116

    I have rented before, but I never charged more because of the cost. Charge the same as you would if you owned the machine. I have a lot of equipment now that I would have rented when I started, now I don't know how I would go without it.
     
  2. ryry278

    ryry278 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 588

    Well i can't afford to buy any of that stuff now. I was not plannign to charge alot more just enough to cover the prices and i cater more to the upperclass houses so hopefully that will help. I was looking at renting vs. owning and maintaing and it just makes alot more since for an machine i might use 2 a year. and at sunbelt renting is actaully affordable and about what you would add on for the price of your machine use.
     
  3. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,981

    Renting is fine for equipment that you only will use sporadically. Especially if it costs a couple grand to buy. In the early spring I like to wait until I have a lot of mulch jobs lined up, then I go and rent a bed edger and knock out all the edging, saves me a ton of hours vs. doing it with a shovel. Not cost effective for one job, but for 8-10 jobs it sure is.

    The only thing I'd really like to NOT rent any longer is an aerator. Renting them in the fall sometimes is a challenge. Sometimes the places will be all rented out and you have to wait or scramble calling a bunch of other places. I'm hoping to get enough customers to commit to aeration early in the year so I can justify buying one finally.
     

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