Whether you need a winter’s supply for a wood-burning furnace, a smaller stockpile for a cozy fireplace, or a convenient stack for an outdoor firepit, renting equipment for firewood can help you cut, split, and haul all the wood you need. But which tools are best, and why is renting a good option?
The tools that make harvesting firewood – different types of saws, splitters, and processors – can be quite expensive to purchase. Furthermore, once you own them, you need to store and maintain them properly, including sharpening, lubrication, and small engine repairs. If you rent the equipment, however, you will always have access to upgraded, more efficient tools in proper working condition, without any storage or maintenance requirements. This is especially convenient if you only need a small or moderate supply of firewood, as it makes better financial sense to rent the gear if you will only be using it a few days each year.
There are a number of tools that can be rented to process firewood, and the right tools to choose will depend on the amount and type of wood to be processed as well as your experience with the tools. The equipment that can help make chopping and splitting firewood less of a chore includes…
Regardless of the type of equipment you rent to process firewood, be sure you are familiar with how to operate it safely and ask for instructions or a brief demonstration if necessary. Also note whether the equipment is to be delivered and what the delivery terms and charges may be, or if you will need to pick up and haul the equipment yourself. If you are renting equipment for a long job, check into maintenance requirements and whether the tools will need to be resharpened during the rental period. Be sure you have the appropriate safety gear to operate the tools, and be aware of any overtime charges or extra fees based on how or when the equipment is returned.
Renting equipment for firewood processing can make it easier to turn wooded lots, piles of fallen logs, or just cords of rough logs into usable firewood much faster than doing the work with hand tools. By knowing which tools are best for which types of jobs, you can rent the right gear to process firewood safely and efficiently.