Thinking of RENTING a machine and DOING THE JOB YOURSELF? Big MISTAKE! Don't do it!
You'll likely still owe PLENTY MORE. Here's a composite rundown of the typical charges you'll be assessed at final checkout based on research conducted at four Nashville area rental stores:
Hey, that's NOT the $275 quoted on the phone, that's over $500!
But wait, these extra charges may also apply to your situation:
And hold on, that change accumulated in your couch is still up for grabs! So all four Nashville area rental companies researched for this piece have one more nasty surprise for you: You'll receive a machine full of fuel, then when you return it nearly empty, they fill it full of diesel and charge you the cost of the diesel plus $1 extra per gallon (currently that would total about $5/gallon). On top of that $500 rental or so, add as much as 25 more pure profit dollars to your final total (most of these machines have about a 25 gallon fuel tank). Cha Ching!
far easierto call The Bobcat Man! Plus, with The Bobcat Man doing your job for you, hours of your time will be freed up to either watch Sanford and Son re-runs or to double your productivity!!!
Sunbelt Rentals offers a John Deere brand machine for an over-the-phone "rental fee" of $255.The actual final cost to get an insured JD skid steer delivered to your site and use it for 8 hours: $545. Don't give it a good power washing prior to return? That'll be an extra $150! Holy Leaping Lizards!
The advertised, over-the-phone-quote, rental price of a T300 Track Loader from the Bobcat of Nashville rental division:
But with sales tax, mandatory insurance (15% of rental fee), 24 gallons of $5/gallon diesel, a $98 each way delivery fee THE TRUE COST TOTAL Skyrockets to a WHOPPING...
And return it dirty? Add $100 for the cleaning fee. Compare that $651 to Bobcat Man's $325 flat rate!
And a bargain basement $145 rental at Art's Rent-Alls? Well you get what you pay for, and in this case, what you pay a lot extra for...They do give an over-the-phone quote of $145 on a Bobcat. But it's as unstable on any sort of slope as a machine can be and even if you stick a bowl of Wheaties in the tank, it packs only 25 HP. Been there, done that and it's no fun bouncing a bucket around on top of hardpan on a vastly underpowered machine that can't dig in.
And in regards to many folks claims they'll "tow the rental machine with my Ford F-150"? Or their Chevy C-10 or some other half ton pickup? Maybe in the Neighborhood of Make Believe where the seriously misinformed reside; here in Nashville it JUST AIN'T happenin'... with the machine and trailer you'd be towing a combined weight way over the legal GVWR, The sales guys all specified, "3/4 ton truck or larger only."
Unless you can somehow avoid or mitigate any of these charges: the added costs for insurance, sales tax, 14 gallons of diesel, and $90 delivery, the "$145 rental" total morphs into $335.90 at final checkout. Now there's a heart attack moment for ya... Honey, quick, what's that Bobcat Man's number? Oh yeah, 855-6630
At most places, unless you pry the information out of the sales person the possible fees you'll pay aren't normally fully disclosed upfront. If they were, not many folks, mostly the insane, would rent, everyone else would hire me : ) But once the mistake to rent is made due to getting sucked in by an artificially low price, the job is usually lost to me forever, and sadly, the customer, stuck with an underpowered machine they can't run very well, gets far less, but pays far more. Often they can't complete essential parts of the project but have exhausted their budget helping some rental store pay their advertising bill, electric bill, employee's wages and other store overhead. I lose. You lose. But hey, the rental store owner is all smiles as he drives away in his Lamborghini and starts sending you personally signed Christmas cards.
You have The Bobcat Man- a highly experienced operator on one of the most powerful, versatile machines on the market- ready to do your bidding... why spend more to rent a glorified Tonka Toy? It makes zero sense.
Please note that the Bobcat Man's $85/hr., 4 hr. minimum rate for $340 TOTAL is of limited duration and its a major steal so if you're interested CALL NOW TO BOOK YOUR DAY: 855-6630.
Hiring The Bobcat Man places all liability on him. That's huge!
And Bobcat Man's $340 price for up to 4 hours of Bobcat work includes high quality insurance, it includes all diesel fuel, it includes load/unload and delivery, it includes the many truck and trailer expenses; the maintenance; the repairs; the cleaning....NO NASTY SURPRISES WHEN IT'S TIME TO PONY UP! 855-6630.
But if you are determined to rent one of these beastly machines regardless of how much money you'll be sending down the porcelain poo collector, you had better know what you're doing with it. Otherwise, besides wasting much of the money figuring it out, you could possibly harm yourself or others. Many amateurs renting machines, and even some professional operators, have been killed or seriously maimed for life in skid steer and track machine accidents.
When you have a real job to do you can either waste a lot of time and money fooling around with a smaller 25 -55 HP machine, rent a T650 or equivalent for $650-$850*, or call The Bobcat Man and save enough $ to purchase a new set of tires for your vehicle plus buy yourself a steak dinner at Outback on the way home.
Get true value for your money: ASK the operator you're thinking of hiring:
CALL 811 BEFORE THE DIG! It's FREE!
If your job involves any type of grading or digging, it's mandatory that you call 811 which is Tennessee One Call.