Let's say you've determined that you need a wood chipper for a one-time project. How much can you expect to pay for chipper rentals? What's a reasonable price?
Obviously, prices vary depending on where you are and what you need. Professional and project-oriented chippers come in an array of capabilities and sizes. Let's take a look at some of the options out there.
In the Midwest, rental prices for a 2-in. capacity chipper range from $67 for four hours; $96 per day; $384 per week, and $1,152 per month from Home Depot. The chipper comes with a trailer. Delivery costs $69 plus tax one way, and is available only for full day rentals. This could be a good option for those needing temporary access, and with the means to return the equipment.
In Norristown, Pa., the costs for a 2-in. chipper from Home Depot run slightly higher, at $69 for four hours, $99 for the whole day, $396 for a week and $1,188 per month. Delivery remains the same at $69 one way for an entire day only.
Prices drop again at Home Depot in Pearland, Texas at $68 for four hours. $97 for the whole day; $388 for a week, and $1164 for a month. Delivery rates and terms remain steady at $69 with trailer.
The West Coast – specifically, in La Habra, in Orange County, Calif. – doesn't cost much more. The usual $69 for four hours; $98 for the whole day; $392 for a week and $1,176 for a month. One difference is the $150 deposit fee required.
But what about renting from an independent or smaller local chain? Do prices automatically recede?
Not necessarily. At CCM Rentals in Ohio, a 6-in. branch chipper (note the larger capacity; a 2-in. chipper was not available) rents for $130 for 4 hours; $165 for 8 hours; a seven day week for $740, and a month for $1,850. Equipment delivery and pickup is available for roughly $85, depending on distance.
At Taylor Rentals in Naples, Fla., a 6-in. chipper rents for $325 per day, and $1,300 per week. Delivery and pick-up costs vary with distance.
In Plymouth, Mass., at NorthEast Rentals, an 8-in. chipper costs $180 for four hours; $270 for a day; and $840 for a week.
In Arizona, A to Z Equipment Rental offers 2-in., 6-in. and 12-in. capacity chippers for rent.
A 2-in. chipper costs $120 for four hours; $160 for a full day; $500 for a week, and $1500 for a month.
A 6-in. chipper costs $320 for four hours; $420 for a full day; $1500 per week and $4000 for a month.
A 12-in. chipper costs $450 for four hours; $550 for a full day; $2,800 per week, and $6,500 for a month.
Delivery and pick up are available but depend wholly on the location, and whether the customer can accommodate a two-hour window or requires a specific time.
At Pilchuk Rentals in Marysville, Wash., a 6-in. chipper rents for $95 for four hours; $235 for a day, and $940 for a week. A 4-in. chipper sells for $1,995.
Pickup within 5 miles costs $20.
As always, call well ahead of time to make certain you can reserve the machine you need at the time you want. And confirm that that handy friend is available too, so you don't get stuck with all the work!
Prices are accurate as of this writing but may change at any time.