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A Guide to Tool Hire In 2023: Everything You Need To Know

Updated: May 31, 2023

Hiring tools instead of outright buying them can be a great way to save time and money. Read on to discover the benefits of tool hire in 2023, as well as popular tool rental options you’ll want to consider.


When might I need to consider tool hire?

Almost all tools are available for hire. With that being said, certain projects are more suited for tool hire than others. In these situations, it makes sense to hire tools that you’re not going to need very often rather than buying them, both from a cost and storage point of view.

Projects that are ideal for tool hire include plumbing and driveway works that require groundworks and excavation equipment, tile saws for complicated tiling jobs, and floor sanders. In the garden, turf lifters and rotavators will make light work of lifting a tired lawn or digging over a large area.

Additionally, more and more people are choosing to renovate their homes, and this has therefore led to an increase in the need for tool hire. So if you’re renovating your house, or even just a room, it’s definitely worth considering whether tool hire could be the most sensible option rather than buying tools you are unlikely to use again.

What are the benefits of hiring tools and equipment rather than buying?


One of the most convincing reasons to hire tools and equipment rather than buying them is the substantial reduction in costs. It eliminates the initial upfront investment which can be incredibly expensive, as well as redundant if you’re not likely to use the tools again. Tool hire also alleviates any loan or hire purchase agreement payments which in turn helps with cash flow - you only pay for what you need, making it much more cost-effective.

Low maintenance

By hiring equipment directly from a hire business the cost of the equipment maintenance is with them. This means you don’t need to invest in the equipment to repair when it goes wrong (which can be extremely costly), paint when it’s looking a bit tired or clean when it gets covered in mud and dirt. It also means that you do not need space to store the equipment, some of our machines take up a lot of room.

High quality equipment

Tool hire companies offer reliable, high quality equipment that is regularly checked and serviced. Because running a successful hire business depends on delivering reliable tools that won’t let customers down, rental firms tend to only buy equipment from leading brand names, and will ensure that their product range is regularly updated with the latest models.

Renting reduces the risk of theft

High-value equipment can be a target for thieves, especially when kept on-site or outside of a property. If you buy tools, you need to find somewhere secure to store them, and may also need to pay for additional insurance in case of a burglary. However, when you hire tools, the equipment is only on-site when needed, reducing the amount of time that it needs to be stored and cutting the risk of theft.

Hire kit for as long as you need

Sometimes you need a tool for a few hours, or sometimes for a week. Sometimes your schedule might change or unexpected delays occur, meaning you can’t be certain how long you’ll need equipment for. The benefit of tool hire is that you can hire tools on a short or long-term basis, and many companies offer flexible hire periods which allow customers to change their plans if necessary. However long you need a tool for, once the job is done, simply return it to the tool hire company, with no need to worry about where to store it or its resale value.

What are the most popular tools and machinery available for hire?

While almost all tools and machinery out there is available to hire, some options are particularly popular. Here’s some common equipment you’ll be able to rent:

Scissor lifts

Scissor lifts are a very popular machine to hire because of their simplicity and ability to raise heavy objects off the ground. They provide a safe method of working at height whilst reducing the amount of manual lifting workers have to do. Scissor lifts are a stable use of access for jobs such as roofing, industrial construction, event production and more. Used correctly these machines can prevent fatal falls and back pain from improper lifting. Scissor lifts range in several different sizes depending on your requirements.

Diggers and excavators

Commonly used in construction, these machines excavate the ground and move and dump earth or building materials on-site. They are highly capable machines that you can use to dig quickly and efficiently. Plants like this are also suitable for demolition, landscaping, utility maintenance, installation, and more.

Micro and mini diggers are nifty machines that you can use for smaller projects - they’re particularly ideal when the work field is confined or for domestic scale projects. You can operate one without a licence, making them suitable for DIY, and they have simple controls that are easy to get to grips with and offer excellent manoeuvrability. Larger excavators obviously allow you to undertake heavier digging and lift greater loads.


Proper on-site lighting can be essential for ensuring construction and DIY projects are efficient, safe, and delivered on time. Building site lighting equipment is suitable for indoor and outdoor work areas, offering higher visibility at night, and buildings without windows, or undergoing the first fix.

Hand drill

A popular tool used all over the world, hand drills are a cheap and easy way to create holes in different materials and bind materials together. Common types of drills include:

● Hammer drills - suitable for drilling materials other than concrete

● SDS drill - perfect for drilling concentre

● Cordless drill - commonly used for screw driving; you can use it on wood but not on concrete

Portable concrete mixer

A portable concrete mixer is a tool you’re bound to spot at any construction site. This handy machine helps the workers by providing fresh concrete at the worksite without the wait. Concrete mixers are undoubtedly a low-cost investment - workers use them to save time and maximise efficiency. All that’s required is cement, water, and an aggregate (gravel or sand).

Nail gun

Useful around the house and on worksites, nail guns help drive nails through wood and other types of material used in construction quickly. These tools feature different mechanisms that determine whether the gun will discharge multiple nails or not.

These four types of mechanisms are:

● the full sequential trigger

● contact trigger

● single sequential trigger

● single actuation trigger

Nail guns cause thousands of injuries each year, so it’s important workers are provided with sufficient training in how to handle them properly.

Claw hammer

A claw hammer is a handy construction tool that workers can rely on. With a claw-shaped tail that can be used to pull out nails or as a pry bar for demolition work, this hammer’s capabilities are further enhanced by a curved head that gives pulling leverage when pressed against a flat surface. This makes it useful for a number of different jobs.

Tile saw

Particularly relevant to housing construction work, this tool is perfect for when tiles regularly need to be cut down to size to fit areas such as door frames, window shafts in bathrooms and kitchens, and irregular walls. Simple and easy to use, tile saws and cutters are able to cut fragile materials like porcelain and ceramic carefully while reducing the risk of shattering.

Drill rental and more at Rocket Rentals

At Rocket Rentals, we provide the tools to ensure your visions come to life through our comprehensive plant and tool hire services. From digger hire to hammer drill hire and security equipment, we have a fantastic selection of products available for use. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.

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