Archive for January, 2014

Recently, we discussed the different types of jackhammers and pavement breakers available for rent in “Bust A Move With A Jack Hammer”.  As mentioned, the type of material and application you are working with will determine the type of hammer and tool bits (point, chisel, spade, etc.) you will need to efficiently complete your job.

The different tool bits let you break, cut, dig, or tamp using the same electric or pneumatic hammer and by choosing the right jackhammer tool for your job, you will be able to complete your work easier, faster and safer.  The material you are working with usually tells you which tool you will need to use.  For example, if you use the wrong jackhammer tool the concrete may not give it back or you’ll spend time punching holes in the concrete without doing much breaking.  That is why it is important to learn which tools are made for each type of job.

Concrete Points and Chisels

The standard moil point and the narrow chisel are the most widely used all-purpose tools for concrete breaking.  When using either of these tools it is important not to pry too much with the hammer as the tool shank could break prematurely.  Larger chisel bits are popular for scoring normal-strength concrete or breaking up weak concrete or other materials that are too soft for efficient moil point or narrow chisel work.  With soft materials, a moil point simply punches a hole, while a chisel bit does more breaking or chipping.

Asphalt Spades and Clay Spades

For materials such as asphalt use an “asphalt spade” with a 5-inch wide blade.  It cuts through thick asphalt pavement and removes deteriorated asphalt quickly.  But don’t use this tool to break or cut concrete – the thin blade and softer steel is too easily damaged.  Spades for clay or hardpan cutting and removal come in blade widths of 4-1/2 inches and 5-1/2 inches.  The blade section is thin and curved for faster cutting and easier earth removal.

Bushing Tools

Bushing tools are used to remove high spots in a floor or to roughen a surface for better adhesion of overlayments and top coatings.  Engineers sometimes specify a bushing tool for roughening concrete surfaces at construction joints.  The tool also is used for texturing architectural concrete surfaces.  Bushing tools have a serrated face with rows of pyramidal points made of hardened steel.  Typically there are 9 or 16 points.  The paving breaker tool has a 2” square face and the smaller chipping hammer and electric hammer tools have 1-3/4” square faces.

Rod, Stake and Pipe Drivers

You can also save time and effort by using tools that drive rods, stakes and pipes into the ground.  Ground rod drivers, furnished in diameters ranging from 5/8” through 2-1/2”, are used to drive form pins, curbing pins, and different sized steel and stakes.  A pipe driver, designed to accommodate more than one size pipe, uses a center stem to guide the pipe and the cup does the driving.


To use a jackhammer or pavement breaker as a tamper, a shank with a square or round tamper pad can tamp backfill or repack loose materials in tight corners or narrow trenches.

Sharpening:  All of our points, chisels, spades, and bushing tools are professionally sharpened after each rental.  This ensures that each tool has the right cutting angles and is properly heat-treated to restore the integrity of the steel before use.

Remember, the right “tips and bits” make a jackhammer, chipping hammer or pavement breaker one of the most versatile and productive tools you can rent!

Three Cubic Foot Concrete Mixer Electric

Three Cubic Foot Concrete Mixer Electric

You’re ready to pour that concrete slab for your new patio, hot tub, or storage shed.  Depending on the size of your slab, ordering a concrete truck may be overkill or a portable concrete mixer may not be enough to handle the job.  Today’s blog will cover the different concrete mixer and mixing options available from Bunce Rental.

Concrete Mixers

A concrete mixer combines cement, sand or gravel and water to make concrete.  Mixing concrete by hand, without using a concrete mixer can be pretty grueling and challenging work.  Portable concrete mixers are perfect for any small or medium sized job.  They are easily operated by one person and can easily be moved from one place to another.  We rent different types of portable concrete mixers: electric 3 cubic-foot mixers, which are stand mounted or towable, gasoline powered 9 cubic-foot mixers.

The principle behind both the portable concrete mixer and a concrete truck is the same.  The revolving of the drum mixes the ingredients together and then keeps the concrete from drying and hardening.  Port able concrete mixers are described in terms of drum capacity.  So a 3 cubic-foot mixer has a drum capacity of 3 cubic-feet. Batch output capacity is a different measurement.  While a concrete mixer might have a 3 cubic-foot drum, its actual batch capacity will only be around 1-1/2 cubic-feet.  So, don’t go only by the size of the drum, as when mixing concrete the drum will be at an angle and will only be 2/3 full.  The electric mixers come with a stand, which enables the mixer to be upright, allowing you to mix a pretty full drum load.

Where to rent MIXER CONCRETE 9 CU FT GAS in Puyallup Washington, Tacoma, South Hill, Spanaway, Parkland WA

Nine Cubic Foot Concrete Mixer Gas Powered

The 9 cubic-foot towable mixer is a heavier duty machine.  As the name implies, they can be towed behind a vehicle and used for different jobs and in different locations.  A gasoline motor powers them and the drum has an attached lever that allows the drum to tip down and the concrete to pour into a wheelbarrow.

U- Cart Concrete

For projects that require larger loads, but not enough to justify having a truck deliver the concrete, check out our U-Cart Concrete.  Our professional concrete blending system is capable of producing up to 15 yards of ready mixed concrete per hour.  Using your ¾-ton truck or larger tow vehicle, take one of our tandem-axle mixing trailers with up to 1-yard of concrete to your jobsite; back up to your form and using the built-in hydraulic jack, place the concrete right where you need it.  While 1-yard of concrete may not sound like a lot – most people don’t realize that mixing just one yard of concrete would require over 40 bags of sack concrete.  What a great way to save time and money!

IMG_8897U-Cart Concrete is available for purchase at our Tacoma, South Hill Puyallup and Parkland / Spanaway locations.  Our concrete is made with premium-quality Portland type II cement and a premixed sand and 5/8″ pea gravel aggregate.  Since a trailer with a full load of concrete weights over two tons, we recommend at least a ¾-ton pickup for towing and a receiver hitch rated for 6000 pounds with a 2″ ball.  Remember, the maximum towing speed is 35 mph due to the weight involved.  You should have all site preparation done before coming to get concrete, and it is best to dump the concrete immediately on arrival at the jobsite, especially in hot weather.  If you are unsure of how much concrete you need, our online concrete calculator can do the math for you.  To use our online calculator or learn more about our U-Cart Concrete systems, go to our website at

Our new website will make the process of finding equipment much simpler. We’ve partnered with Point Of Rental Systems to create an online experience that will make looking for equipment via our website much easier and more convenient. Let’s take a moment to go over some of the new features.

Database Driven Online Equipment Catalog

By partnering with the same company that created our counter sales software, we were able to create an online equipment catalog that is interactive in ways similar to searching for items on Amazon or other online retail stores. You either search by clicking on a category or typing in keywords and then a list of items matching your search comes up. Then you can click on the item for more information.

Quote Request

Our new website also gives you the ability to generate a quote request. You can select items you would like to rent and get a price estimate (not including extras such as tax, damage waiver, or delivery fees). You may then submit the quote request to our stores where our staff will follow up with you to provide you more details about the cost of renting the equipment.

Please note that the quote request is NOT a reservation. It is simply for the purpose of contacting us for more information about the equipment. To reserve equipment, you must contact one of our locations either by phone or by stopping by the showroom and speaking to our staff.

Forms and Applications

All of our forms and applications are available under the Resources menu on the Navigation Bar. PDF files of our credit application and update forms, employment applications, and donation request forms can be found here. We have also included a PDF file with information on our rental policies as well as links to our blog and information on our propane sales.

Enhanced Mobile Experience

Our mobile website also got an upgrade and boasts many of the same features as the full website. When you’re on the go or on the job site, you’ll have 24/7 access to our equipment catalog and rental rates.

We hope our new website will make your renting experience a breeze. Take a moment and go check out the new website for yourself at

Bust A Move With A Jack Hammer

Posted: January 7, 2014 by Bunce Rental in Uncategorized

We have all heard or used the term “Jackhammer”, which in general refers to a heavy tool used to break hard substances such as concrete, asphalt, or pavement into pieces by a repeated pounding action.  It is a tool that sounds like a simple solution to bust up concrete or other hard surfaces – just rent one and bust away!  But not so fast…

The type of material and application you are working with will determine the type of hammer and tool bits (point, chisel, spade, etc.) you will need to efficiently complete your job.  For example, if you are breaking concrete the thickness of the concrete will determine the type of hammer and tool bit required.

Jackhammers or breakers are available in several sizes (many classified by weight) and can be electric, gasoline, pneumatic or hydraulic powered.  They also have many uses including: breaking concrete, cutting asphalt, digging, driving fence posts, driving rods and spikes and tamping or compacting soil.  In our next blog we will describe the assortment of bits available for the hammers that provide options to tackle the toughest demolitions jobs.

Electric Chipping Hammers and Breakers

45# electric hammerElectric hammers and breakers are great for smaller jobs.  They are extremely portable and easy to use.  The 30 lb. Electric Hammer or “chipping hammer” is a drill-like tool, such as a Bosch, which can be used for chipping away thin concrete, mortar, bricks, or any tile (ceramic, porcelain, etc).  These tools excel at removing tile from floors and walls, and also at removing patchwork from concrete surfaces.  The 45 lb. Electric Hammer is easier to use on walls and from scaffold than the bigger 60lb hammer.  It is ideal for tearing down old fireplaces or breaking down block/brick walls.  The 60 lb. Electric Hammer is the industry standard for breaking up concrete indoors or out (up to 4” thick).

Gasoline Powered Hammers

With no compressors, hoses or cords to set up, a 65 lb. gas-powered hammer is ideal for many jobs.  They are indispensable for tasks that involve moving along a line, from position to position or for working in remote, inaccessible locations.  They work best for concrete jobs up to 4” thick.

Pneumatic Hammers

60# air hammerPneumatic or “air hammers” use compressed air as the power source.  The air supply comes from a large (usually towable) air compressor.  We typically match up our hammers with our 185 CFM Air Compressor, making the hammers good for larger jobs, particularly if the concrete is more than 4” deep.  The compressed air provides the extra power to chip away at and bust up the concrete.  Pneumatic hammers will typically do the job faster than electric hammers too, especially if there is more concrete to break up.  We carry pneumatic chipping hammers; rivet busters and 60lb or 90lb jackhammers.


Hydraulic Jack Hammer

Hydraulic BreakerThe skid steer (Bobcat) hydraulic jackhammer attachment (Breaker Hammer) is the tool of choice when you have a large concrete removal project on your to-do list.  It works best for larger demolition jobs, such as tearing down block walls, poured concrete, concrete slabs, floors and footings.

Remember to take property safety precautions when using any jackhammer or breaker and always wear protective clothing, gloves, eye and hearing protection.