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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


Create An Outdoor Space That ‘Wows’

Posted: November 7, 2013 by Bunce Rental in Home Improvement, Lawn & Garden

Provided by the American Rental Association

Whether you own a cozy cottage or mega mansion, as a homeowner, you likely embrace the outdoor living trend. But when you look at your deck or patio, does it leave something to be desired? By taking a do-it-yourself (DIY) approach, you can affordably create outdoor spaces that enhance the style and functionality of your home, plus add to the overall value of the property.

Here are a few of the leading trends that the DIY homeowner can use to cost-effectively create an outdoor space that “wows”:

Rent rather than buy

Upgrading or adding a deck or patio can feel overwhelming unless you have the right equipment to do the job. Renting what you need saves money, plus helps you maximize your time so you can enjoy your new outdoor space sooner. From power washers and saws for cleaning and cutting, to utility loaders and tampers for digging and compacting base materials, you’ll find everything you need at your local American Rental Association member rental store. Visit for locations near you. Not sure what you need? The pros at the shop are specially trained and can help you choose the best time-saving tools for your project.

Use pavers for patios

Whether you’re looking to refresh your current patio space or are starting from scratch, patios are great ground-level entertainment spaces. More homeowners are opting for pavers to level and define the space, which adds elegant detail, rather than a bland concrete slab. Find pavers in varying shapes, sizes and colors at your local home improvement store. Remember, by digging and installing a base layer, your pavers are less likely to shift over time. Dig down and compact base material with a rented plate compactor or a tamper before laying the pavers in the desired pattern.

Define your deck

If you’re adding a new deck, composite decking material is the way to go. While it costs a bit more than lumber, it lasts longer and is virtually maintenance-free, which will save you time and money in the long run. It’s just as easy to work with as wood and can be cut and assembled in a similar manner. If you simply want to refresh an existing wood deck, rent a power washer to quickly clean off dirt, grime and paint chips. Replace gray and tan paint with deep brown hues, which adds a subtle upscale appearance. Modern exterior paint lasts years and some options even fill cracks in wood, so look for a brand that best suits your needs.

Go native with greenery

Adding plants to your outdoor space helps the area feel cohesive with nature. Not sure what to add? Whether for pots, containers or the surrounding landscaping, consider native lawn and plant materials. Not only will they look great and add color and depth to your outdoor space, but they are typically lower maintenance and many require less water. Explore options at your local garden center or state extension service’s website.

Create an outdoor kitchen

Homeowners want to enjoy more time outside and that means cooking and dining al fresco. While a basic barbecue grill will do, outdoor kitchens are in high demand. Building your own outdoor kitchen space is simple. Install countertops surrounding your grill and consider incorporating features like a small fridge, gas burners for side items, smokers or built-in storage spaces for spices and cooking tools. Stainless steel continues to be the go-to material for outdoor kitchen features, blending modern style with the organic look of Mother Nature.

Light the night

The right lighting can take a good outdoor space and make it great. Solar lighting is trending for outdoor spaces, and this eco-friendly option is also affordable. Light pathways with solar landscape lighting – eliminating the need for electrical cords. Jazz up deck posts with post caps that provide a gentle glow. Finally, a string or two of white garden lights adds a twinkle to the beautiful ambiance of a summer evening.

Diggin’ Up Holes

Posted: November 7, 2013 by Bunce Rental in Home Improvement, Lawn & Garden

If only the kids in the movie, “Holes”, had access to some of the posthole diggers we rent, perhaps their task of looking for the buried treasure would have been much easier.

Whether you are putting in fence posts, making test bores or pouring footings, we rent a wide range of tools to help you accomplish your digging job.  A posthole digger is ideal for many projects such as installing fence posts, decks, planting trees and shrubs, and more.

Manual Posthole Diggers

Often called a clamshell posthole digger, they kind of look like a giant pair of bolt cutters that are used upside down.  Manual posthole diggers are designed to clamp down on the spot of dirt, dig into the ground, and pull the dirt out, creating the hole for the post to go in.  A standard posthole digger will create holes for up to 4″ x 4″ posts.

2 Man Posthole Diggers

A 2-man posthole digger is one solution for jobs requiring a more powerful auger or for drilling larger diameter holes.  As the name suggests, this gas-powered machine requires two people to operate.  The engine sits at the center of the machine with the auger for drilling attached to the underside.  Four handles protrude horizontally from the motor base.  To operate, each person will grab two of the handles and aim the auger in the spot where the posthole is to be drilled, lowering the machine into the ground.  The machine is very user-friendly as the handles will flex under load to help absorb vibration and a centrifugal clutch is designed to slip on overload or sudden contact with buried obstructions like rocks.  They can be equipped with either a 6” or 9” diameter auger.


1 Man Posthole Diggers


A 1-man posthole is another solution for those jobs requiring a more powerful auger or for drilling larger diameter holes by putting the power of a two-man digger in the hands of one operator.  Perched on two wheels, these diggers kind of resemble a seesaw.  At one end of the posthole digger is the engine and auger – at the opposite end is the handle, which is used to maneuver and position the posthole digger, and to direct the auger up and down.  Again, this is a very user-friendly machine as the right angle frame design minimizes operator fatigue by eliminating torque kick back.  They can also be equipped with either a 6” or 9” diameter auger.

Posthole Attachments

Dingo Tracked Models

When renting a Bobcat or Dingo, you have the option of renting a posthole attachment. Both are good choices if you have a lot of holes to drill, harsh soil conditions or you require deeper, larger holes to be dug.  Both posthole attachments can drill holes up to 4′ deep and 30″ wide.  The Dingo is ideal for those “hard to get to” areas where you need more power than a 1 or 2-man posthole digger but not the space for the Bobcat unit.

With each of any of these items always wear protective clothing, gloves, eye and hearing protection.  Remember; with any digging project call your local utility company or 811 before you dig to locate underground wires or pipes.  To learn more about posthole digging equipment, call one of our stores to speak to our staff and determine which equipment is best suited to your project.

Invasion of the Lawn

Posted: November 7, 2013 by Bunce Rental in Home Improvement, Lawn & Garden

It’s like the “Invasion of the Blob”, going everywhere and into everything.  Nothing is safe; not your patio, not your flowerbeds, not your walkways, not even your home.  Without fighting back, your grass and lawn will take over the areas surrounding it, making your home’s curb appeal something to be desired.  When nature decides to take over like a blob-like invader, your only defense is to trim and edge your lawn.

A lawn edger helps remove weeds and trim grasses that grow over sidewalks, patios, driveways and curbs.  By creating a clean edge around your lawn, you define the area the lawn is to grow in and keep grass from growing up into your flower beds, patios, walk ways, driveways and anything else that is around your lawn.  Edging doesn’t have to be done weekly – every other mowing typically is enough.

The first step is to trim the grass around the edges; the grass and brush the lawn mower can’t quite cut down, leaving your lawn looking like it has a mo-hawk around the edges.  A weed eater will trim the grass down just fine.

Your next task will be to edge the lawn.  Edging the lawn will help keep grass from creeping outside of the boundaries you designate.  A lawn edger will accomplish this task just fine, with a perpendicular blade that cuts between the lawn and the areas surrounding it; a sidewalk, flower beds, trees, a patio or other part of your yard.

You’ll need to line up the edger blade with where you want your edging line to be.  Many lawn edgers have a guide or wheel guide that you can use to line up the blade.  You can also adjust the blade to cut at different depths.  A gas-powered lawn edger will start in a similar fashion to a lawn mower.  Then guide the edger along the lawn, creating your edge and giving your yard that extra something that gives it that extra appeal.

A lawn edger, like most power equipment needs to be operated with safety in mind.  Always wear protective clothing, gloves, eye and hearing protection.  The blade on a power lawn edger can also throw objects.  Make sure the safety guards are in place and that everyone stands back when the edger is running.  Be especially sure that children, pets or personal property (like vehicles) are not near the work area.  Keep the blade from making contact with concrete, asphalt, rocks or utility lines, such as landscape lighting wires.

Watch this video from DIY Network’s “Yard Crashers” for more tips on using a lawn edger.

When The Sod Is In The Way

Posted: November 7, 2013 by Bunce Rental in Home Improvement, Lawn & Garden

Some of the more fun and creative projects are enhancements to the yard and surrounding landscape.  Projects such as adding a garden or enlarging a patio, or even adding a gazebo or hot tub can be fun and rewarding.  One common problem with many of these projects is grass – grass that is in the way of your project.


For smaller jobs, a shovel and a garden/grub hoe can do the trick.  But if you want to clear grass for larger projects such as garden space or landscaping, you’re going to need a gas-powered sod cutter to do the job.  A sod cutter slices under the grass, loosening up the sod as you drive the mac

hine forward.  This enables you to pull up or roll the strips of old turf after cutting.  If you have an even larger area of sod to remove, you can always use an excavator or backhoe to loosen and remove the sod.

No matter how much sod you need to cut, you’ll find that choosing and using the right tool for the job will make this work a little easier.  The sod you remove is a valuable resource that can be transferred to other areas you’d like to make green and beautiful or disposed of by recycling.

For a quick tutorial on operating a Sod Cutter, check out this video from

Operating A Sod Cutter

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.

Removing Invasive or Noxious Plants

Posted: November 7, 2013 by Bunce Rental in Home Improvement, Lawn & Garden

As we move into the “Spring and Summer” months, invasive or noxious vegetation is also on the move – many times full speed ahead!  These plants, in some cases, are harmful to animals and native vegetation; or in other instances, they just get in the way of your landscape.  If the plants are considered noxious, state and county laws will require property owners to remove or cut them down.  To help you learn more about how to get rid of this pesky vegetation, we’ve compiled a list of resources for dealing with a few of these unwelcome plants.

Keep in mind, that with many of the plants, there is no quick fix solution to getting rid of them.  In some instances, multiple methods will need to be employed over time, to keep them from growing back year after year.  Most of the resources listed below will include information on all of the plants listed below and others.  We’ve chosen different resources for each one to provide you with a range of options and information to help you determine the best methods for eradicating your invasive and/or noxious vegetation.

Horse Tail Weeds

Tansy Wagwort

Scotch Broom


General Resources

To learn more about laws and regulations regarding invasive and noxious vegetation, check out the following resources:

Pierce County Noxious Weed Control Board

Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington

Pacific Northwest Weed Management Handbook

Washington Native Plant Society South Sound Chapter: Washington State Noxious Weeds