FAQ: How It Works

Table of Contents

  1. Our Rental Process
  2. The Tool
  3. Damage and the Damage Waiver
  4. When Things Go Wrong
  5. Billing, Cancellation and Early Returns
  6. Shipping
  7. Rental Extensions & Late Returns
  8. Local Pickup
  9. Other Questions
  10. Meet the Team

Rental Process

How does this whole thing work?

Our rental process is designed to be as easy and convenient as possible. Simply find the item you’d like to rent, hit the big orange “Rent Me” button and follow the steps to checkout. Your order will arrive on the day requested with a prepaid return shipping label. At the end of your rental, just close the box back up, slap the return label over the original label, and give the box to the appropriate shipping carrier. You’re done! For more information on our process, check out this page we’ve created that explains it in even more detail.

Can I reserve an item?

Absolutely! To reserve an order, simply indicate the date you want to receive it and the day you want to send it back on the calendar of the checkout page. The shopping cart will automatically calculate your rental and shipping prices. We will confirm your reservation by email. Your credit card will not be charged until your order is ready to ship.

Rentals cannot begin or end on Saturday or Sunday (no shipping is available).

Please plan on getting the Tools a day before you absolutely must have it to allow for shipping irregularities. UPS and FedEx guaranteed arrival dates are met well over 95% of the time, but problems still do occur, especially during the winter months. We promise to ship your order on the day necessary to have the first scheduled delivery attempt as the day you request your rental to begin. After that it’s out of our control.

If I’m a first time renter, is there an approval process?

All orders are sent through an order verification process. The goal of this process it to make sure that no identify theft has taken place, and that the person placing the order is who they say they are. Another goal of the process is to make sure that each potential customer is the type of person we want to entrust our valuable tool to.

After you submit your first order, our website will ask you a series of questions. By answering these questions, you give us information that we can then cross check so that we can establish your identity, and your trustworthiness. For most customers, the information provided at this state is sufficient to approve their order. For some customers, we may email or call and ask for some additional information, or to get something clarified.

If we ask for more information and never hear back from you, your order will be cancelled at the end of the day on the scheduled ship date. Occasionally, even when all additional information is provided, we are not able to approve an order without a deposit, although this is rare.

How is the rental period calculated?

The rental period is calculated beginning at the close of business on the day of the first delivery attempt, or the first scheduled date of your rental, whichever is later. Your rental period then runs in 24 increments from that time, and must be returned to the shipping carrier by the end of the rental period.

Example: A 7 day rental, scheduled to begin on a Tuesday, begins accruing rental time at 5 PM on Tuesday.

Are there any special requirements for renting certain items?

In these cases, we ask you to obtain independent insurance

We require this insurance even if you pay for our damage waiver. We do this because, with high value items or large orders, our primary worry is that some of our tools might be stolen from With the high value of these items, the amount owed to us if it gets stolen is more than most people can pay out of pocket. The insurance gives us some measure of security that if the tool disappears, we’ll be compensated.


Is the tool in good condition?

Before and after each rental we check each tool visually.

What comes with the tool?

Most item pages will have an “Item Includes” list stating what will arrive with the tool. Tool comes to you as it came to us from the manufacturer

What comes with your order needs to come back. If the order comes back without them we’ll have to charge you for a replacement.

Can I ask for help in deciding what to rent?

Sure! We have customer service representatives answering the phones every weekday from 8 AM – 6 PM CT, and they can get you transferred to the appropriate technician that has expertise with the particular tool  you would like some advice with. We also answer emails and chats all day. We also have staff monitoring emails at night and on the weekend, so you can contact us then as well.

Damage and the Damage Waiver

What if I damage the tool?

Let us know immediately. Our contract states if the tool is broken you are responsible either for replacing it or paying for repairs. If it is not repairable, we’ll charge you the cost of a tool.

What do you consider damage?

Any major scratches or scuff marks and impact damage to the body or the mechanicals. Minor scuff or marks considered normal use, not damage.

What is the damage waiver?

The damage waiver is an optional add-on for tools we offer, although typically it is not available for other tool. The damage waiver limits your maximum liability for a damaged item to the lesser of: 5% of the replacement cost of the item or the actual cost of the repair. It covers damage wherever it occurs, including outside the U. S., as long as we were notified where the tool was going before the rental. Without damage insurance you are responsible for the entire cost of repairing or replacing a damaged tool.

What isn’t covered by the damage waiver?

The damage waiver only covers accidental damage. It doesn’t cover loss, theft, or any other scenario where there isn’t enough of the item left to identify it as our tool. It only covers accidental damage that is not the result of negligence by the renter.

So what is considered negligence?

Our definition of negligence basically means: you did something really stupid with our tool. Meaning if you decide to run over the tool with your car

When Things Go Wrong

We try and be the best rental company around. That being said, we aren’t perfect. We do make mistakes from time to time. Sometimes, even when we are perfect, fate intervenes, or UPS screws up.

Can you guarantee my order will arrive on time?

We guarantee that we will ship your order on time so that when we hand it to the shipping carrier, it has a scheduled arrival date on or before the date you requested it to arrive. Past that, it is completely out of our control. Although both UPS and FedEx are highly accurate, they do make mistakes, and sometimes, bad weather intervenes as well.

If your package is delayed, we will try and notify you if we find out, so that you can prepare contingency plans. However, the best contingency plan is to order the tool to arrive a day or two before you actually need it. That way, if something happens in transit, we can get it fixed in time to still arrive.

What are my options if my package is delayed?

If your package is delayed because of a carrier error, we can offer a refund of the outbound shipping, as well as either extend your order by the length of the delay, or offer you a refund for the portion of the rental that the tool didn’t arrive in time for.

If the package arrives too late for you to use it, we can recall the package and issue a full refund. In many cases, we can also send out a replacement order to meet you at a different destination if your order was for a trip out of town and the delay means the package will arrive after you depart.

Can you guarantee the tool will work as promised?

I wish we could, but sadly, we can’t. I can promise that we will do everything we can to make sure the tool is working. We will inspect the tool both when it returns from its prior rental, and before it goes out on your rental. We will clean it thoroughly. We will have a minimum of two people check off all the items that should be included in the rental. We will pack it securely.

Even with all these precautions, stuff still happens. A box can be jarred during transit hard enough to break something inside. Occasionally, we can even make a mistake and forget to include something, although it is really rare.

What happens if the tool doesn’t work as promised?

We are 100% committed to making everything right. If it isn’t working right, just email or call and let us help you check it out first.

Occasionally, an item really does arrive broken. If this happens we will replace it immediately within the limitations of our stock. If time constraints prevent us getting a replacement to you (if you’re leaving for vacation for example) we will refund the rental price and shipping costs as soon as you return the tool. By renting, you agree that if you don’t notify us of a problem within 24 hours of receiving the tool we are not responsible for replacing or refunding the tool.

If you ordered the wrong item, don’t know how to use it, or didn’t know the limitations of the tool, etc. we will work with you to get you something more suitable, but we will not be able to give you a complete refund. We will always, however, issue an account credit for unused over the minimum 4 day rental charge if you return it early.


Do you charge a deposit?

In almost all cases, no. Occasionally, we aren’t able to gather enough information to properly verify an order, and we may ask for a deposit in those circumstances. Also, in rare cases, because of the high value of the tool, we may ask for a deposit for certain items if you cannot secure independent insurance coverage.

If we decide a deposit is necessary, we will always contact you and ask your permission before we accept the order and proceed with the deposit.

For 99.9% of orders, no deposit is ever necessary.

When do you charge my credit card?

We charge your credit card on the day your order is shipped. This will be between 1-3 days before your scheduled arrival date.

What is your policy on cancellations?

If you cancel your order before it leaves our warehouse, there is no penalty or fee for cancelling your order. After that point, your order is subject to our early return refund policies.

Can I return an order early for a refund?

Yes. If you’d like to return your order early, or you need to cancel it after it has left our warehouse, we will refund you the difference between the rental fees you paid and the rental fees that would have been charged for the length of time you actually had the tool. Please note: Our minimum rental length is 4 days, meaning that even if you return it within the first 4 days of the rental, we will calculate the refund as if you had the tool for 4 days.


What shipping carrier & service do you use?

Our default carrier is UPS. Depending on the amount of time between the day you order and the day you request the tool to arrive, our current stock level of the items in question, and your location, we may ship your order via UPS Overnight, 2nd Day Air, 3rd Day Select, or Ground. Simply put, we will select a service that UPS guarantees to arrive no later than the date you have specified for your order.

What time is my package guaranteed to arrive by?

For both standard and overnight shipping, packages are not guaranteed to arrive until the end of the business day on the arrival date you selected. If you require an A.M. delivery, please leave a note in the special instructions box during checkout and one of our team members will contact you about your shipping options.

I hate UPS, can I ship using FEDEX?

If you prefer  shipping, we can gladly switch it to FEDEX.. Unfortunately, there is a 15% surcharge associated with shipping via FEDEX. This is because our volume with FEDEX is lower, which means they don’t offer pricing as low as UPS does.

Is a signature required?

Yes. A direct signature is required on all of our packages.

But I won’t be home to sign for it, can you waive the signature requirement?

No, we can’t. We recommend having it shipped to a UPS Office location where you can pick it up at your convenience. Our staff would be glad to arrange this for you if you don’t already have a specific UPS location in mind. Just put a note in the special instructions box during checkout!

Where do you ship?

We ship to all 50 states. Unfortunately we don’t ship internationally.

What about PO Boxes?

We do not ship to PO Boxes. Unfortunately, we have just had too many problems with USPS shipping to feel comfortable ever sending anything via Priority Mail. For this reason, we can’t ship to your PO Box.

How are your shipping rates calculated?

Our shipping rates are calculated automatically in the shopping cart. Our system is smart enough to calculate the correct pricing for multiple items in your cart. For instance, if you order two items with $29 shipping, our system will charge you $34 for shipping them both together.

Our prices are flat-rate, so you’ll never pay more just because you are located further away from us.

What about return shipping?

A return shipping label will be included in the box. Just put everything back in the box, tape it up, and place the return label directly over the original label and you are all set!

Can I get my order shipped overnight?

Absolutely. Once you select your arrival date, our system will know automatically whether overnight shipping is the only option to have it arrive on that date. If so, it will upgrade your order to overnight shipping to ensure it arrives on time. Please note that our standard overnight shipping method is FedEx Overnight, which means it is only guaranteed to arrive by the end of the day. If you need it to arrive in the morning, simply click the drop-down shipping options menu and select Priority Overnight.

What is the latest time I can order and still get my order shipped out on the same day?

Our daily shipping cutoff is 4 PM CT. Any order placed by this time can be sent out that day. If you place your order close to the deadline, please monitor your email and phone for any communication from us. If we need additional information, there is a very short window of time that we can hold your order and still get it sent out that day, so it is imperative you respond as soon as possible.

Extensions and Late Returns

Please note, this means that it will ALWAYS be cheaper to rent an item for 14 days rather than renting it for 7 days and then extending for another 7 days.

Example: If an item rents at $43 for 7 days and you request a 7 day extension before the end of the rental, the extension will cost $38.70. This means you will pay more ($81.70) than you would have if you had originally rented it for 14 days ($75).

Why don’t you just charge extensions at the difference between the new rental length price and the old rental length price?

We do this to encourage people to rent for the maximum length of time they may need an item, and then return it early for a refund rather than rent it for the minimum length of time they may need it. We do this because it helps us have a better idea of when an item will actually return from a rental, so that we can accept future reservations for it.

If a renter selects the maximum length of time they may need an item, we can confidently accept a future reservation, knowing that the excepted arrival date is actually the latest possible time the renter will send back the tool. If instead, the tool is rented for the minimum length of time the renter may need it, a situation could arise where they assume they can get an extension on the item, but we have already reserved it for another renter.

What if I am late with my return?

We email you a reminder the day before the tool should ship back, and another reminder if it is a day late. If you took the tool to a UPS Store on time (not a drop box) but there was a delay in shipping, you are not responsible. If the tool has not been scanned into the UPS system by 6 pm on the day it is supposed to ship back, it is late.

How are late fees calculated? On 4 day rentals, a late fee equal to 25% of the rental fee is charged for each day the tool is late, beginning with the first day overdue.

For rentals of 7 days or more, the late fee is assessed beginning on the second day overdue.

If the late return of your tool causes us to have to ship a tool to a waiting customer by overnight delivery, you will additionally be charged the actual overnight delivery charge we had to pay.

If at any time an extension is turned down and you do not contact us, we will have to turn your account over to collections.

The amount sent to collections is the retail cost of the items, plus our expenses in attempting to collect from you. At that point, if you send the tool back, you will still owe the fees of the collection agency which are several hundred dollars. We cannot take it back, undo it, stop it or reverse it. Also, we will exhaust all civil and criminal remedies available in pursuing the matter.

Can I pick up tooles in person?

You may pick up between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays if you are in the Westchester, IL  area at our office:10321 W Roosevelt Rd Westchester IL 60154.

Local renters please note: We are an Internet-based business. You cannot come into our store and place an order in person. Your order must be placed over the Internet before coming to pick up your order. You cannot come in and browse our inventory.

Because we are not a brick-and-mortar store, we don’t have a large waiting area. We ask that you do not loiter, and we also ask that you try and keep your voices down while you are in the waiting area, as our employees are also trying to answer the phones and work with our non-local customers.

We do not accept cash or checks for rentals, the order must be placed with a credit card.

Other Questions

We completely respect your privacy*

We never share your information with anyone. Ever. But many people, in an attempt to preserve their privacy create a new email address to place online orders. Which is, of course, the same things that the people committing online fraud do so they can’t be traced. Its not a huge problem unless you don’t check that new email account to get the messages we’re likely to send you. When we get no response to email, we figure the order is fraud and cancel it.

What if I want to rent for more than 90 days?

We offer extended rentals and leases up to 6 months. Please contact us and we’ll be happy to work with you.

What if I want to rent an item for a day or two?

We are happy to now offer 1-day rentals on all items. The price is exactly the same as our 4-day rentals*. (It really is, actually, that’s the lowest price its worth putting the tool at risk for.)

Do you sell used tool?

Yes we do. We rent tools for about two years and then sell them. We will list all for sale items on the For Sale page

What if I want something you don’t carry?

Please email us. If we have two or three requests for an item, we’re likely to add it. Also if you want an item for an extended lease we will almost certainly be able to a accommodate you.

Why don’t you have a page of testimonials like some of those other sites?

We think it’s pretty useless for you to read our hand-picked emails. Legitimate review sites, like, post everyone’s reviews of a business, good and bad.

Will you match another rental house’s price?

Nope. It’s easy to cut corners in the rental business to make prices cheaper, but doing so affects quality. For example:

  1. We keep customer and technical support staff available by phone and email from 8 until 5 every weekday, and by email from 5 until 9 pm and on weekends from 9 am until 7 pm.
  2. We don’t charge your credit card until the moment we pack for shipping, no matter how far in advance you reserve.
  3. There are no fees or charges for canceling a reservation up until the day of shipping.
  4. If an item is late or missing we email you rather than immediately charge a fee to your card.
  5. All of our transactions with you are encrypted, stored on secure and encrypted servers, and our security processes are monitored and certified by outside agencies. We don’t keep your credit card info on an Excel spreadsheet on our laptop.
  6. If an item gets damaged while in your hands we charge you for just the replacement cost (unless you have our damage insurance)
  7. If (it’s rare but it happens) the shipping company doesn’t get your order delivered on time, we overnight you a replacement or issue a refund to your credit card, not just a store credit.
  8. We inspect every item when it returns and again when it ships out. Anything that does not meet specifications is immediately removed from stock and sent to repair.

Do you have an affiliate program?

No, for several reasons. First and foremost, its gotten these days to where everyone on the internet sells their opinions and recommendations through a multitude of “affiliate programs”, getting kickbacks from every manufacturer and retailer they can. We spend a lot of our time making recommendations to people and we want to be trusted: if we recommend something its because we like it, not because someone’s giving us $0.25 every time we do it. We want it to work the same way in reverse: if someone recommends us, its because they like us, not because we’re giving them $0.25 every time someone clicks on their recommendation.