The last time I rented any tools was probably when I rented that gas log splitter about 8 years ago. I think it cost around $115 for the weekend when I had about 3 cords to contend with. I kinda want to kick myself for doing that because several years later I ended up buying a manual log splitter for about the same price. Granted it doesn’t work as fast as the gas powered and I do have to store it, but it’s small enough it only takes up a about a square-foot of garage floor space. The only other time I seriously considered renting equipment was when I wanted to roto-till some extra garden beds. I don’t remember the price they quoted me but ended up digging by hand. I guess in general I’d rather buy something than rent it just in case I need it for later use but this may not be a universally held value (and probably strongly correlates to one’s answers on the ‘what are you going to hoard when you get old’ thread)
How about you – would you consider purchasing a power washer or would you rent? How about a carpet cleaner? Does anyone rent cars for long trips (not wanting to put the mileage on the personal vehicle) What types of equipment/things have you rented? Are you a buyer or a renter?