Maybe you need power to light up a construction site at night. Maybe you know in advance that bad weather is likely and you might need some backup power in your home. Or hey, maybe you are taking the whole crew camping and you know Mom won’t be able to handle it without some of the (electronic) comforts of home. A portable generator can help with these situations, but they can be pricey. That’s why renting might be the right option for you.
How often are you going to use your portable generator?
You might be considering renting a portable generator to help with a once-in-a-lifetime kind of project, or something that’s rare – every couple of years or so. In that case, unless you just like the feeling of having one in your workshop and don’t mind the price, you can save thousands of dollars by renting a portable generator rather than purchasing one of your own.
What kind of portable generator do you need?
Portable generators come in all shapes and sizes, so think carefully about what specs you need when renting—-you’ll want to make sure your local rental store has one that meets your needs. Your local rental store can also help you figure out what wattage you need and can show you how to operate your rental safely.
Are you willing to take on maintenance and repairs?
If you’re a small engine genius, this may be a no brainer for you. But if you’re more interested in using a portable generator than in maintaining one, keep in mind that most rental stores have mechanics who keep all of their machines clean and in working order. One less thing you have to worry about!