Buying former rental equipment: Would you?

Discussion in 'Rental Equipment' started by tlc1994, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,001

    That's the way my rental department (shop foreman) is ran, If a machine isn't 100% it doesn't get rented or sold. The last thing I want is to cause a contractor or even homeowner down time from faulty equipment.....
  2. Southern Heritage

    Southern Heritage LawnSite Member
    Messages: 169

    I've purchased some from rental houses with great results. Now a competitor of mine has bought tons of stuff. Sod cutter. Rescue saws, chainsaws, mortar mixer, concrete mixer, etc. they lover the stuff he picked up a wackier tamp last week for $350.00 I was pissed cuss I need one bad
  3. mow king

    mow king LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 570

    Be careful and check out the equipment! The big "green" rental place sells a lot of their equipment with problems. I bought a rollback truck from them - Blown head gasket. Drivers daily logs I found under the seat noted the issues. They denied it and refused to do anything about it. An equipment dealer bought 10 skidsteers from them and ended up sending 8 to the auction because of major issues. Not all rental places are the same, but some sell equipment for a reason!
  4. joe crumpler services

    joe crumpler services LawnSite Member
    Messages: 120

    One of my associates bought a Case backhoe from a rental firm in 1997. I ran it myself for a couple of years until I hurt my back. He still uses it, but not every day. He just replaced the pump in the transmission. Everything else has been normal maintenance.
  5. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,791

    Bought my mini ex from united. Where else are you going to get a printout of every oil change and greasing? Tight machine, wouldnt hesitate to do it again
  6. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,735

    United is literally the next block over from my house. If I could find a used CTL w/ cab from them I would buy it.
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  7. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,791

    Most of what i saw was bare bones, no cabs etc. whats nice about them is they have a master list and can grab stuff from other locations all over the country. I called every major rental house and told thrm what i wanted and united found it for me and set it up
  8. stringfellohawk

    stringfellohawk LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 767

    I just bought a fully loaded Cat 259B3 from a Cat dealer's rental fleet. It has 660 hours on it. I agree with the prior post on where else can you find the comprehensive data on maintenance? I can even track how many hours a day the machine was ran on any specific day due to the tracking system installed on the machine.

    Some types of equipment can't be abused as much as others and most rental places where I live always give you equipment that is pretty fresh.

    Due diligence is key.
  9. jlbf0786

    jlbf0786 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Charlotte, NC
    Messages: 728

    I have had great luck with the RENTAL Equipment that I've purchased from Sunbelt in years passed; I bought a Ryan Lawnaire IV that was 2 years old for $700 and I still use it from time to time because of its reliability.
  10. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,460

    its like buying from anyone else sometimes you will get junk sometimes you will get a deal .

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