The Most Rented Construction Equipment

The construction industry is on the rise, making now a great time to open an industrial tool rental business. However, you still have to figure out exactly what kinds of equipment your customers want.

Online research can let you know the relative search frequencies for equipment, showing which are in the most demand. We used an online search tool called Ahrefs to find the numbers behind how many people are searching for common construction equipment each month, so we could help find what equipment has the highest demand in the construction equipment rental industry. 

1. Scaffolding Rental

Average Monthly Search Volume: 21000

Estimated Rental Price: $15 to $40 per day

Always in need of any type of exterior renovation and construction work, scaffolding is something that contractors need from time to time but can’t justify purchasing. Instead, this equipment is almost always rented.

2. Forklift Rental

Average Monthly Search Volume: 13000

Estimated Rental Price: $225 to $750 per day

There are a wide variety of forklifts that are among the most rented equipment out there. For warehouses or rough terrain, forklifts are specialized equipment that companies with limited demand are sure to rent.

3. Trencher Rental

Average Monthly Search Volume: 12000

Estimated Rental Price: $125 to $300 per day

Trenchers are tools that dig long, narrow trenches. They vary widely in size, from walk-behind models to ride-on trenchers. They see wide use for creating drainage or dealing with roots.

4. Lift Rental

Average Monthly Search Volume11000

Estimated Rental Price: $100 to $400 per day

There are many different kinds of lifts out there for interior warehouse work, electrical line work, exterior repairs, and more. There are also many different types, ranging from articulated lifts to boom lifts and scissor lifts.

5. Scissor Lift Rental

Average Monthly Search Volume: 10,000

Estimated Rental Price: $100 to $300 per day

Scissor lifts are available in electric, gas, and diesel configurations, providing access to high and narrow places that can come up in certain jobs. There are even rough terrain scissor lifts for outdoor environments.

6. Auger Rental

Average Monthly Search Volume: 10,000

Estimated Rental Price: $25 to $100 per day

Augers are important pieces of equipment for digging post holes or other narrow, medium-depth holes. They come in different blade widths, along with either two-person operation or trailer-mounted versions.

7. Mini-Excavator Rental

Average Monthly Search Volume: 9,500

Estimated Rental Price: $200 to $500 per day

These miniature excavators are perfect for landscaping and other small projects, often rented out to homeowners trying to handle projects on their own. They generally range from 1 to 5 tons, providing a versatile range of options.

8. Excavator Rental

Average Monthly Search Volume9,400

Estimated Rental Price: $225 to $750 per day

Excavators come in a wide range of sizes that are suitable for many different jobs. They’re an essential part of all kinds of industrial work, from working on pipes and cables to construction and foundation work.

9. Sod Cutter Rental

Average Monthly Search Volume: 9,400

Estimated Rental Price: $75 to $125 per day

Gas-powered sod cutters come in a variety of cutting widths and cutting depths, giving homeowners and contractors the power they need to easily cut through the sod to prepare a lawn for re-sodding.

10. Backhoe Rental

Average Monthly Search Volume: 8.700

Estimated Rental Price: $150 to $500 per day

Backhoe rentals are used for all kinds of small to midsize renovation and landscaping projects and are often rented out by contractors for individual jobs. Larger companies can need rentals for specific contracts or emergency jobs.

Average Monthly Search Volume: 8,600

Estimated Rental Price: $50 to $100 per day

Floor sanders are used in the refinishing of hardwood floors and other floor types, removing protective finish elements and smoothing the floor itself. There are different types for different flooring, and they are popular rental equipment during home improvements.

12. Ladder Rental

Average Monthly Search Volume: 7,500

Estimated Rental Price: $20 to $50 per day

Many homeowners don’t need regular access to a ladder, or they might not feel the need to own a 32’ or 40’ ladder. In any case, this is a low entry-point equipment category that will get plenty of rentals.

13. Boom Lift Rental

Average Monthly Search Volume: 6,700

Estimated Rental Price: $250 to $400 per day

Boom lifts provide versatile reach and height for construction, cleaning, repairs, and landscaping. There are both articulating and telescoping boom lifts, along with bucket trucks or cherry pickers.

14. Heavy Equipment Rental

Average Monthly Search Volume: 6,500

Estimated Rental Price: $400 to $2,000 per day

While somewhat broad, heavy equipment rental is what people are searching for. Whether they need dump trailers, tractors, excavators, or others, it’s one of the most popular rental categories overall.

15. Log-Splitter Rental

Average Monthly Search Volume: 6,300

Estimated Rental Price: $50 to $100 per day

Anywhere that firewood is widely used for heat, you’ll have plenty of log-splitter rentals. These are typically gas-powered hydraulic splitters that apply powerful force to split logs without the trouble of swinging an ax for hours on end.

16. Paint Sprayer Rental

Average Monthly Search Volume: 5,700

Estimated Rental Price:  $40 to $120 per day

These self-contained painting systems make it easy to get professional results. They’re widely rented by contractors who have had the need to paint come up but don’t typically focus on that service.

17. Crane Rental

Average Monthly Search Volume: 4,600

Estimated Rental Price: $200 to $1,000 per day

Crane rentals can vary widely in height, use, and size. These expensive pieces of equipment are rented out by construction companies and contractors for a wide variety of projects.

18. Bucket Truck Rental

Average Monthly Search Volume:  4,200

Estimated Rental Price: $650 to $950 per day

The Bucket Truck, also known as a Cherry Picker, is an essential tool for working on hard-to-reach areas common for installers & arborists.

19. Lawn Mower Rental

Average Monthly Search Volume: 4,100

Estimated Rental Price: $30 to $100 per day

Both push and ride-on mowers see plenty of rental traffic. While they have relatively low purchase prices for rentals, maintenance can be a concern, and the rental season will vary based on your region

20. Chainsaw Rental

Average Monthly Search Volume:  4,100

Estimated Rental Price: $50 to $150 per day

Plenty of homeowners out there run into the occasional need for a chainsaw, whether to react to storm damage to trees on their property or just do a little trimming.

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Kyle Clements
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Kyle Clements is the Founder & CEO of Quipli, a provider of full rental e-commerce experiences for independent rental companies. Kyle has a decade of software startup experience and has been part of several successful ventures that have become publicly traded or been privately acquired, such as Uber and Clutch Technologies. In the past few years, Kyle has completed hundreds of customer interviews understanding needs and trends in the growing rental market. Kyle brings a unique perspective to the rental industry and is passionate about partnering with rental companies, from upstart rental companies to 8-figure rental businesses, to run their operations more effectively and assist them in creating an impactful experience for their customers.

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