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Sheetrock Jack or Drywall Lift

Sheetrock Jack or Drywall Lift

While working with my father many years ago, I was introduced to a fantastic tool – a sheetrock jack. My father was finishing his garage and as we were hanging the drywall to the ceiling, I learned of the importance of using a sheetrock jack, otherwise known as a “drywall lift”. To properly and safely hang drywall on a ceiling, a sheetrock jack is invaluable. It saves you the risk of injury, as well as broken drywall sheets by hoisting the sheets into place and keeping them in position while you drive-in the fasteners.

At Bunce Rental, we rent professional duty grade sheetrock or drywall jacks. The jack consists of a pivoting rack with adjustable arms that can hold full or partial sheets of drywall. The rack is attached to a trolley by a telescoping hoist that you raise or lower with a crank. What is great about this tool is by using a drywall jack, a single worker can drywall a ceiling without a helper. Our jacks break-down into three parts for easy transport; the legs that stabilize it on the floor, the lift which extends to give you extra height, and the panel holder or rack, which holds the drywall either horizontally, vertically, or at an angle.

Check out the video below, which shows how to use a sheet rock jack.,,20045376,00.html

For more information on installing drywall or sheet rock, check out the following articles to get you started.,,217215,00.html



14floorpolisherA question we hear a lot is “what is the difference between a Floor Polisher, Floor Machine, Floor Buffing Machine, Floor Scrubber or Floor Stripper?” The answer is “nothing” – they are all the same machine!

At Bunce Rental, we refer to these machines as “Floor Polishers”. You will also see a floor polisher referred to as a “Swing Machine” due to the swing motion the machines have when you operate them. As you can imagine, they are very versatile units. We carry a number of attachments to meet a variety of needs for caring and working on your floors. This includes buffing and scrubbing pads, polishing and scrubbing brushes, floor sanding, and concrete grinding or surface prep attachments.

Pads and Pad Drivers

Using pads with our floor polishers will allow you to do one of three things – strip, clean, or buff your linoleum, tile, and vinyl type floors. An industry standard color-coding system for low-speed floor pads can help you select the right pad for your job. In general, the lighter the pad color, the less coarse or aggressive the pad. We stock pad colors in white, tan (beige), green and black.

Buffing pads (white/tan) are lightest in color and remove scuff marks and dirt from floors. Cleaning pads (green) are designed to clean a little more aggressively than buffing pads, and remove dirt off a floor’s surface without removing the floor finish. Slightly more aggressive than cleaning pads are scrubbing pads (black). They will remove the top layer or two of wax, along with scratches and dirt.

There are also a variety of different chemicals you can use with the pads to help you accomplish your purpose. Check with your local cleaning supply store to learn what chemicals work best to clean, strip or polish your floors.

Brush Attachments

Brushes are used to clean and/or wax the floors. Like the pads, they can be used with chemicals designed to clean or polish the floors. They are available with bristles of varying stiffness and abrasiveness, depending on whether it’s to be used for scrubbing, buffing or stripping.

Grinding Attachments

Grinding attachments are designed to turn the floor polisher into a concrete grinder. Like the concrete grinder, the grinding attachments can use grinding stones, strip-serts, and dyma-serts. The uses and applications for these attachments are outlined in our previous blog post, “Not All Stones Are Created Equal.

Sanding Attachments

Sanding attachments turn a floor polisher into a 16” disk floor sander for sanding and refinishing floors and decks or removing material (paint, texture etc.) from concrete. With a variety of grits of sandpaper available, you can just lightly refinish your floors with finer grits or sand rougher areas of the floor smooth.

Safety First

Basic safety rules should be followed when using a floor polisher. Always use safety goggles and do not wear loose fitting clothing while operating the polisher. Never leave a floor polisher plugged in when unattended and do not store the polisher with the pad/brush on the machine.

Do not operate a floor polisher near flammable fluids, dust or vapors – this could cause a fire hazard. If using floor cleaners and waxes, ensure that they are intended for machine application and understand all information printed on the product Safety Data Sheet.

Does your concrete project require more finesse than simply breaking up the concrete with a jackhammer?  A cut-off saw, floor saw or concrete chainsaw may be the answer.  All three items provide the capability of cutting concrete and in some instances asphalt with control and precision.  Let’s take a look the capabilities of the different concrete saws available for rent.

 Cut-Off Saws


For most concrete cutting jobs, the cut-off saw is a popular choice.  These hand-held saws can be used to cut concrete, asphalt and metal.  Cut-off machines resemble a chainsaw, however they have a circular blade instead of a chain and bar.  Typically available in 12-inch or 14-inch blade sizes, cut-off saws can be powered by a two-stroke gasoline engine or an electric motor.  Abrasive (silicon carbide material) or diamond- rimmed blades are the most common saw blades for cutting concrete.  Both blades are used to cut or score concrete, with our 14-inch (blade diameter) cut-off saws able to cut up to four inches deep.  When used to “score” concrete, the “score line” allows for a nice cut-line when breaking out a concrete section.

 Concrete Chain Saws

concrete chainsawIf you need to cut an opening deeper than 5-inches, you might want to consider a concrete chainsaw for your job.  Our concrete chainsaws have a 12-inch bar and work great for cutting out openings in concrete for plumbing, electrical components, windows and more.  This saw is also designed like a chainsaw using a power head, guide bar and diamond chain.  A two-stroke gasoline engine powers our concrete chainsaws and the saws use a chain that incorporates diamond segments that are laser welded to the chain in place of the cutting teeth typically found on a wood chainsaw.  The diamond segments create a grinding action that wears away the concrete.  This grinding action creates a very safe cutting operation with no kickback and each chain will cut from 30-feet to 60-feet of concrete.

While similar to a concrete cut-off saw, a concrete chainsaw is designed to plunge nose first into the concrete and has the ability to cut more than twice as deep as a 14-inch cut-off saw.  Concrete chainsaws provide a deeper cut with no over-cut, allowing you to make square corners, which is not possible with a cut-off saw.  They can be used to make openings as small as 4-inches by 4-inches and to cut odd shapes and sizes.

For more tips and information on our ICS chainsaws, check out the ICS website,

 Concrete Floor Saws

8hpconcretesawWalk-behind concrete saws or “floor saws” are used to cut sections of flooring or similar flat sections.  Our 14-inch saws will cut up to a depth of 4-inches.  This type of saw can be used for scoring concrete for slab removal with a jackhammer, making expansion cuts to new concrete slabs, and cutting asphalt.  These saws are gasoline powered and similar to the cut-off machines use either a silicon carbide abrasive blade or a diamond-rimmed blade.

 Diamond Blades vs. Abrasive Blades

As mentioned above, you have the option of using either an abrasive blade or a diamond blade when using a hand held cut-off saw or a walk-behind concrete saw.  The abrasive blades work well for small cutting jobs in concrete, asphalt, or even metal.  The downside to abrasive blades is that they wear as you use them (similar to a grinding wheel) so the blade life is much less than the life of a diamond blade.  Diamond blades allow for a faster cut and offer a constant cutting depth.  They are available for purchase or rent and are a much better value if your job requires a significant amount of cutting.  While we have dry-cut blades available, most of our diamond blades are “wet-cut” requiring water to keep the blade cool (which extends blade life) and the dust down.

 Safety First

With any project safety comes first.  The cutting of any material using power tools creates dust and flying chips.  We recommend the use of safety glasses with side shields or safety goggles, work gloves, a work apron or close fitting clothing, hearing protection, and an approved dust/mist respirator.

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

Laying sprinkler lines, electrical lines, or pipe isn’t necessarily time consuming itself. However, digging the trench or ditch needed is another matter. Depending on the size of the trench or ditch you need to dig, Bunce Rental has several options available for completing the task.  Remember; with any digging project call your local utility company or 811 before you dig to locate underground wires or pipes.


trencherwWhen it comes to digging, a trencher can dig a trench that’s 4”- 6” wide and up to 30” deep.  Our walk behind trenchers have an approximately 30″ long bar on the front that looks like an over-sized chain saw bar. The length of the bar indicates how deep the trencher will dig the trench. The bar can be adjusted higher or lower to dig the trench at your desired depth.  The resulting trench will be 4″ – 6″ wide.  Aside from the Vermeer trencher, we carry tracked trencher units from Toro, which have a 24″ digging bar as well as trenching attachment for our Toro Dingo’s, which have a 36” digging bar.

Trenchers are ideal for any application that requires a narrow trench width or digging in a tight space where a backhoe or excavator can’t fit.  They are not as ideal if you are working in rocky soil or ground conditions – they will work slower and have a tendency to bounce up and down as they dig.  It is also imperative to keep people from standing in front of these machines when they are operating because they will throw dirt and rocks in a forward direction.

Backhoes & Excavators


For deeper and wider trenches, we carry an array of backhoes and excavators capable of completing those tasks.  Our excavator line begins with what we call our “Baby Kubota” with a digging depth of 7.5′, a 12″ wide bucket, and variable width tracks (3’3″ to 4’1″).  It is perfect for getting into tight spaces.  Our larger mini excavators range from 10′ to 12′ digging depth and have 20″ wide buckets.


If you need the loader bucket to move dirt around as well as the digging arm, then a backhoe will do the trick. We carry two sizes of backhoes, a full-size Case 580 along with the mini backhoes, our Terramite T5 and T7.  The Case 580 backhoe has options when it comes to digging bucket size: 12″, 18″ or 24″ bucket width.  The Terramites are backhoes designed for small places being approximately 5′ wide and between 3000-4000 pounds. If you need something smaller still, our 3′ wide Toro Dingo’s also have a backhoe attachment for digging available.


Terramite T5 Backhoe

With each of these items always wear protective clothing, gloves, eye and hearing protection.  To learn more about our trenchers, backhoes and excavators, call one of our stores to speak to our staff and determine which equipment is best suited to your project.

After The Flood

Posted: November 7, 2013 by Bunce Rental in carpet cleaning, equipment rental, floors, Home Improvement, Rental Tips

The last thing any of us want to experience is that unforeseen leak or minor flood that has left your home or building a soggy, wet mess.  Now begins the arduous task of cleaning up the water and drying out the carpets or flooring. At Bunce Rental, we have several solutions to help cleanup and dry out your home.  This week, we’re covering cleanup of minor leaks or flooding that does not require a pump to remove standing water from your area.  We’ll cover the different types of water pumps available in a future post.  For now, we’ll take a look at carpet cleaner extractors, fans, dehumidifiers, and ozone generators.

Carpet Cleaner Extractor

More commonly referred to as a carpet shampooer, this machine will extract excess water from your carpets and suction up puddles of water off hard floor surfaces such as concrete or tile.  In this instance, you would only be using the extractor function (vacuum) of the machine to remove any excess water.


Even after using the carpet extractor soaked carpets and flooring will still be wet.  A dehumidifier will help remove moisture and humidity from the area, preventing mold and mildew from growing. To use the dehumidifier, set it up in the area you want to use it in, positioned so that the machine is elevated in such a way that the discharge hose is able to slope down into the bucket or sink to catch water or out through a window.

Turbo Dryers/Direct AirPath Fans

These fans direct air towards the floor to help dry the wet carpets and floors faster.  Many times these will be rented to help dry carpets faster after they have been shampooed.  The Turbo Dryers (also known as carpet fans) are snail-shaped with the airflow directed horizontally across the floor.  The Direct AirPath Fans are circular in shape and can direct the airflow right over the wet area.  Direct AirPath Fans can also be positioned on their side if a more horizontal direction of the airflow is preferred.

Ozone Generators

Once the room has been dried out, an ozone generator will help to kill mold, mildew, or even a smell that’s been left behind by the damage.  A full description of how the machine works can be found on the Shipp Cleaning System’s website.  Keep this in mind when using an ozone generator; the area that is being treated must be closed off.  The area must be clear of people and pets while the ozone machine is running.  While the ozone generator is running, it temporarily changes the oxygen in the area to ozone which while breathable can cause shortness of breath, dizziness, or bloody noses in a similar fashion to thinner levels of oxygen found at higher altitudes.  The ozone generator has a timer that will shut off the machine after the set amount of time (anywhere from 1 to 12 hours).  After the machine is done running, open up the room, let it air out, and check for signs of the odor, mold, or mildew.  If needed, run the ozone generator again.

Shipp Carpet Systems has also provided us with an overview of what to do for cleaning up water and also smoke damage.


To learn more about our fans, dehumidifiers, and carpet cleaners, call to speak to our staff at any of our locations.  Our staff will help you determine which of these options may be right for your application.