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Sanders, Edgers, and Hardwood Floors!

Posted: April 15, 2014 by Bunce Rental in Uncategorized

With the recent popularity of refinishing hardwood floors, we thought we’d give you an overview of the options available at Bunce Rental for sanding your hardwood floor. This overview is designed to help you better understand the different types of sanders available to prepare your hardwood floor. If you need any further information we are always available to help you with suggestions to help you finish your project. Just give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Drum Sanders

There are generally two types of floor sanders: orbital and drum sanders. Drum Sanders are the workhorses of our sanding fleet and are the sanders typically used when refinishing floors. They do the best job at the best possible speed. These sanders can be aggressive, which means you’ll need to keep the drum moving at all times when it’s touching the floor. There are however, places where drum sanders are not the best choice. Drum sanders consist of an 8″ wide drum that holds the sandpaper. The rotating drum does an excellent job of removing old finishes, repairing scratches and imperfections, and light finishing work. The biggest drawback to a drum sander is that if you have to sand at right angles to the wood grain it can leave “sanding scratches” in the floor. In this case the orbital floor sander may be a better choice.

floor_edgerFloor Edger Sanders

A Floor Edger is a type of disk sander, which is used with a drum sander to sand and refinish a hardwood floor. This sander is built specifically for tackling those hard to reach spaces around your walls and doors that you just can’t reach with the drum sander. The floor edger is handheld and designed so that the sanding disk can get extremely close to the wall without causing any damage to your molding or baseboards.

Orbital Sanders

Orbital Floor Sanders consist of a 12″ x 18″ sanding pad that oscillates back and forth in an orbital motion. This ensures that no repetitive sandpaper scratching will occur and allows for safe use for cross grain sanding. If you have a narrow hallway, pantry, or entry where the flooring is run at the wrong angle to use a regular drum floor sander, the orbital sander would be a better choice. Because the movement of the orbital sander’s paper is minimal compared to the drum sander, it will not leave sanding marks. The biggest drawback to the orbital sanders is that they are much slower than the drum sanders. This is why drum sanders are much more popular – if you have a job that can be handled by a drum sander you’ll be much happier using that type of sander. An orbital sander is best for those jobs that are not best suited for the drum sanders. Aside from using sandpaper to refinish the floor, we also carry screens. The screens can be used to sand to a finer finish than a standard 100 grit sandpaper or used between layers of varnish to smooth out the any imperfections that may form during application.

U-Sand Pro Floor SanderU-Sand 4-disc Orbital Sanders

The U-Sand orbital floor sander is another type of orbital sander. Unlike the drum sander mentioned above, the U-sand orbital floor sander takes care of your floors with a less aggressive orbital 4-pad design (but more aggressive than an orbital sander). These pads are extremely easy to change, attached simply by Velcro. This design allows you to sand not just with the grain of the wood, but any way you choose, making this sander ideal for small spaces such as closets or hallways. Its upright design also lets the U-sand orbital sander get extremely close to the walls, cutting out the need of an additional edging sander.


When using any floor sander, it is important to pick the right sandpaper for the job. We stock sandpaper from 16-grit (course) to 100-grit (fine), which will handle most sanding jobs from start to finish. We even have buffing pads to take your job to the next level. Feel free to stop in or give us a call – we can answer any questions you might have about getting started on your floor project, or any other project you might have in mind.

Safety First

Sanding and finishing wood floors can create an explosive or combustible environment. Do not operate floor sanders around solvents, thinners, fuels, floor finishes, or any other flammable materials. The sanding dust is also very flammable and can spontaneously ignite or explode – make sure to empty and clean the sander dust bag when not in use.

Always wear safety goggles, protective clothing, and a dust mask while sanding. Keep hands, feet, and loose clothing away from all moving parts on the machine. Keep the work area well ventilated. Disconnect the power cord before replacing the sandpaper and never leave the machine unattended while it is connected to a power source.


Spring Seminars 2014: Sanding Hardwood Floors

Posted: February 6, 2014 by Bunce Rental in Uncategorized

Stop by our downtown Puyallup store on Saturday, March 22 to learn tips and tricks for sanding your hardwood floors. Jim Wolfe, from Essex Silverline Corporation, will join us again for our third annual hardwood floor sanding seminar.  Aside from helping you understand your options and the process for sanding your hardwood floor, you’ll have the opportunity to try out the floor sanders on a hardwood floor. So mark your calendars for Saturday, March 22 and join us at 1812 East Main St in Puyallup to attend this free seminar. Free doughnuts, popcorn, and coffee will be provided.

Hardwood Floor Sanding Seminar

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.

Generator Safety

Posted: November 21, 2013 by Bunce Rental in Uncategorized

Portable generators can offer convenience for use on construction sites, at special event locations and for use during periods of prolonged power outages.  They can also be very dangerous if used improperly.  Our portable generator safety tips below can help you avoid personal injury and expensive damage.

Always operate the generator outdoors – Never indoors or in an attached garage.
Just like your automobile, a portable generator uses an internal combustion engine that emits deadly carbon monoxide.  Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, making it undetectable to humans.  This deadly gas can cause health problems such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, confusion, blurred vision, loss of consciousness, and even death.  Be sure to place the generator where exhaust fumes will not enter the house.  Only operate a generator outdoors in a well-ventilated, dry area, away from air intakes to the home, and protected from direct exposure to rain and snow, preferably under a canopy, open shed or carport.

Never connect your generator directly to your home’s wiring.
Connecting a portable generator directly to your household wiring can be deadly to you and others.  A generator that is directly connected to your home’s wiring can ‘back-feed’ onto the power lines connected to your home.  Utility transformers can then “step-up” or increase this back-feed to thousands of volts—enough to kill a utility lineman making outage repairs a long way from your house.  You could also cause expensive damage to utility equipment and your generator.

The only safe way to connect a portable electric generator to your existing wiring is to have a licensed electrical contractor install a transfer switch.  The transfer switch transfers power from the utility power lines to the power coming from your generator.

Never plug a portable electric generator into a regular household outlet.
Plugging a generator into a regular household outlet can energize “dead” power lines and cause injury to neighbors or utility workers.  Always connect individual appliances that have their outdoor-rated power cords directly to the receptacle outlet of the generator, or connect these cord-connected appliances to the generator with the appropriate outdoor-rated extension-cord having a sufficient wire gauge to handle the electrical load.

Never overload the generator.
Overloading your generator can seriously damage your appliances and electronics, as well as the generator itself.  Always prioritize your needs.  A portable generator should be used only when necessary, and only to power essential equipment.  Your generator is also equipped to power only a certain amount of wattage.  Exceeding that wattage rating will also overload the generator.  Never operate more appliances and equipment than the output rating of the generator.

Safety, Safety, Safety
Remember “safety first” when operating a portable generator.

  • Always use the proper power or extension cords
  • Read and adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions for safe operation
  • Never store fuel indoors or try to refuel a generator while it’s running
  • Turn off all equipment powered by the generator before shutting down your generator
  • Keep children away from portable electric generators at all times.

Always plan ahead for your generator needs.
In the Pacific Northwest, fall and winter sometimes bring major storms that result in prolonged power outages.  Ideally, the best time to get a generator is well before the storm is announced.  Once the storm is announced, many times your local rental centers (as well as other outlets) almost instantly run out of generators.  If you find yourself in need of a generator, and looking to rent one, remember to call ahead to reserve a unit (or get on the waiting list if it’s storm related).

For more information on operating your portable generator safely, check out the following resources below.

Fall & Winter News & Events

Posted: November 7, 2013 by Bunce Rental in Uncategorized

With the holiday season approaching, we wanted to take a moment to let you know what’s coming up from our Toy Drive and Party Equipment Sale to our holiday hours.

Annual Party & Event Equipment Sale @ American Party Place

  • Friday, November 8, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Saturday, November 9, 9:00am – 3:00pm

It’s time again for our party division’s annual sale of retired and discontinued rental equipment. Stop by 4522 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409 and grab a great deal on old table linens, dishware – you never know what you’ll find.

Thanksgiving Hours

In honor of the Thanksgiving Holiday, Bunce Rental, American Party Place, and American Medical Rental & Supply will be closed on Thursday, November 28. We will resume normal operations on Friday, November 29.

Toys For Tots Toy Drive

Our annual Toys For Tots Toy Drive kicks off November 29. Drop off new unwrapped toys at any Bunce Rental, American Party Place, or American Medical Rental & Supply. Our elves will ensure the toys our delivered to the Toys For Tots warehouse to be given to underprivileged children in the area for Christmas.

Christmas Hours

In observance of the Christmas holiday, Bunce Rental, American Party Place, and American Medical Rental & Supply will be closed Wednesday, December 25. Bunce Rental and American Medical Rental & Supply will also be closed Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24. American Party Place will be open December 24 for party and event rental pick-ups from 9 am to Noon. All divisions will resume normal operations on Thursday, December 26.

New Year’s Day Hours

To celebrate the New Year, Bunce Rental American Party Place, and American Medical Rental & Supply will be closed on Wednesday, January 1, 2014.

When The Tree Falls

Posted: November 7, 2013 by Bunce Rental in Uncategorized

In the great Pacific North West we are blessed with an abundance of trees, but each winter we always seem to have a few storms that blow through; and when they do, they take down trees and limbs.  When Mother Nature takes down a tree what do we do?  You’ve used a chainsaw to cut the trunk up and cut the limbs away.  Now what?  There are limbs to get rid of, pieces of the trunk too big for a fire, and a stump left behind.  Luckily, Bunce Rental has the equipment you need to make cleaning up this tree’s mess a breeze!

Log Splitter

log_splitTo cut the pieces of the trunk into a more manageable size for use as firewood or just for removal, a log splitter will make the task easier.  The log splitter can be used in the horizontal position (pictured left) or flipped for use in a vertical position.  Our log splitters have an opening to accommodate up to 25″ of log.  The logs can be split into 6″ wedges.




Brush Chipper

chipper_bc1000xlBrush chipper will cut the limbs into beauty bark size chips.  The chippings can even be used for beauty bark or filling in low spots in the yard.  At Bunce Rental, we carry two sizes of chippers from Vermeer; 6″ chippers and 12″ chippers.  The 6″ chipper will chip branches up to six inches in diameter, while the 12″ chipper will chip branches up to 12 inches in diameter.  Keep in mind that if all your limbs are small and thin, they will plug up these chippers unless you feed them through with the larger branches.  The chippings come out of a chute, which can be aimed in the direction, you would like: a certain spot in the yard or into the back of a truck to haul away.



Stump Grinders

stumpgrinderNow that the firewood is cut and the branches are chipped up, all that is left is the stump. Before using a stump grinder to remove the stump, use a shovel to remove any rocks from around the base of the stump.  This is important because the rocks can be thrown when the cutting wheel engages and the rocks will also dull or damage the teeth on the cutting wheel.  Next, you will use a chainsaw to carefully cut the stump as close to the ground as possible (without the chainsaw hitting the dirt and dulling the chain).  Now you are ready to use the stump grinder by positioning the cutting wheel over the stump and slowing lowering the wheel into the stump (about 3”).  Use the hydraulic lever to slowly swing the wheel from side to side to clear out the wood and grind the stump away.  As you grind down, you will need to repeat this process a few times to work your way through the other side of the stump.  Normally, you would like the freshly dug hole to be at least 4” below the ground where you can then fill the hole with topsoil.  Aside from the Vermeer Stump Grinder pictured, we also carry the tracked Toro Stump Grinder.  If space is a concern the Vermeer Stump Grinders have a second set of wheels, which can be removed to get through narrows spaces.

With each of these items always wear protective clothing, gloves, eye and hearing protection.  To learn more about our stump grinders, chippers, and log splitters, call one of our stores to speak to our staff and determine if the equipment is suited to your project.

The Bunce Rental Blog Is Moving

Posted: February 20, 2013 by Bunce Rental in Uncategorized

The Bunce Rental Blog is moving and getting a new address. All new blog posts will be found at, along with all previously posted blogs. For those of you who have subscribed to be notified via e-mail when a new blog is posted, take a moment to re-subscribe at the new address.