BY ROXANNE McROBERTS, Weekend Projects Editor
Rental facilities are bursting with business this time of year as homeowners are digging, washing and building around their properties since ground has thawed and temperatures are calling them outside.
Vernon Dettinger, manager of Rental World, 2662 Columbia Ave., says the most popular tools to rent right now are aerators and over-seeders. Rototillers also are right up there in the high-request rental category this time of year, as are pressure washers.
Aerators, also known as pluggers, are gas-powered and come in various sizes. Their cost ranges from $50 for a four-hour rental to $85 for a full day.
Gas-powered over-seeders are similarly priced and are fairly easy to use. While you have to push an over-seeder, to some extent it will pull itself along, according to Dettinger.
Rototillers, also gas-powered, range in size from a 2.4-horsepower motor to a 9-horsepower variety. "Most people go with the 4.5 horsepower, which ranges in price from $27 for a four-hour rental to about $42 for a full day," he says. He notes that the 9-horsepower model is easier to use because the tool does most of the work -- but it's also more expensive to rent, at $72 for four hours or $100 for a full day.
"The smaller the rototiller, the more manual labor required," he says.
Lawn mowers rent for about $33 per day. String trimmers rent for about $50 a day and pressure washers (with instruction) for $85 per day. Chainsaw rental ranges from $35 to $90 for four hours.
Manual post hole diggers, or clamshell diggers, rent for $7 a day but require a commitment of muscle. Gas-powered post hole augers come in one- and two-man versions. The towable, one-man auger starts at about $60, and the two-man is about $70 for the day. With the auger hole diggers, there is the choice of a 6-, 8-, 10- or 12-inch diameter bit.
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