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Sewer Cameras Put An Eye On The Problem

February 20, 2012 3 comments

Sewer Camera & Pipe Locator Rental

See what you’ve been missing – not just in sewer lines, but in your bank account. The Gen-Eye video pipe inspection and location systems are real money makers for you because you’ll know what the problem is, where it is, and how deep to dig. It keeps your costs down, your quotes competitive, and your customers happy. [ General ]

 

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Ain’t No Party Like A Social Media Party!

September 8, 2010 7 comments

Pretty sure that statement isn’t true but we are going with it for the purposes of this post.

We were approached by Rental Management, the official magazine of the American Rental Association, about writing an article on our social media efforts.  We are happy to say, Rental Management thought enough of the article we put together to publish the piece in the September issue of Rental Management.

For your pleasure…or maybe ours, here is a section and the link to the full article on rentalmanagementmag.com:

For the past few years, Aztec Rental Center, a construction equipment rental company in Houston, has been looking for innovative and cost effective ways to increase sales and drive more traffic to our website. In doing so, we’ve learned that leveraging different mediums and joining conversations already taking place online can fill this need and produce continued success. The proper kind of attention and exposure gives you the opportunity to promote your company and inform current and potential customers about your business.

In order for a company to advance, you must adapt — and quickly. The explosion of social media in the past few years means information is constantly at your fingertips, but it also means what was news three hours ago is often times no longer relevant. Regardless of whether or not social mediums like Facebook are around 10 years from now, right now they’re effective tools for spreading your message and, even better, they’re free.

The purpose of viral marketing is to create a symbiotic relationship between an organization and its community. In the past, many establishments have been apprehensive to use sites such as Facebook and blogs as they offer no real unit of measurement in regard to the effectiveness of a specific campaign or overall success of any particular marketing strategy. However, the rapid shift to social media websites to market and promote products, causes and companies has made the presence on such media a necessity. As viral marketing has become more pronounced, it is important to focus on why it exists and, more importantly, how to develop your message and tools to make the most of this new medium.

Read the full article: The Blog Approach

Special thanks to Rental Management and the ARA for enjoying our blog, Twitter feed and Facebook page and spreading the word of how awesome we are!

Home Owners Saving Money While Bringing Back “Do-It-Yourself” Approach

August 30, 2010 8 comments

Home owners going back to a “do-it-yourself” mentality is an increasing trend over the past few years.  More and more home owners are trying to “cut back” during these economic hard times.  Taking on small projects, repairs and other around the house maintainance items themselves has been an increasingly common way to capture some extra money and relieve some stress on the monthly budget.  Projects such as extending a patio, pressure washing, carpet cleaning or snaking out a clogged plumbing line can be done much cheaper by a home owner than hiring someone else to come in to do it.  One of the biggest areas people are adopting the do-it-yourself approach again, is lawn and garden care.

You Can: “DO-IT-YOURSELF”

 

A survey was recently conducted by The National Gardening Association showing this increase of home owners taking matter into their own hands.   The survey came back with about one out of five households nationwide spent more time caring for their lawns and gardens last year and 16 percent less money in total than in previous years.

The survey goes on to indicate that, while most of the 83 million households that participated in do-it-yourself lawn and garden activities last year spent about the same amount of time on their lawns and gardens, 22 percent spent more time food gardening, 19 percent spent more time flower gardening, 19 percent spent more time container gardening, 14 percent spent more time on lawn care, and 13 percent spent more time on yard and landscape maintenance. Only about 1 out of 10 households spent less time on lawn and garden activities last year.

These recently published results found in the Hard Times Lawn & Garden Survey and 2010 National Gardening Survey show how more Americans are tightening their belts while benefiting from their own lawn and garden maintenance, said Mike Metallo, President of NGA.

“It makes perfect sense that people are spending more time on do- it- yourself lawn and garden activities during this great recession because it’s a simple and direct way homeowners can maintain and improve the appearance of their property and save money by doing more for themselves,” Metallo said. “It’s clear that food gardening is a significant priority for many people because exercise, health and nutrition, along with food safety, are on the forefront of their minds, along with the dollars they spend on produce in stores.”
   
According to NGA’s 2010 National Gardening Survey, household participation in all types of do-it-yourself lawn and garden activities increased by 2 million households last year, to 83 million households from 81 million households the previous year. The average annual amount spent per household on all lawn and garden activities decreased by $81 from $444 to $363. And the total amount spent on all lawn and garden activities decreased by 16 percent to $30.121 billion last year from $36.060 billion the previous year.

Full Article: More people saving with do-it-yourself lawn & garden care

So, if you are looking to save that extra money and “do-it-yourself” your local rental store should be the first place you look.  Rental companies like Aztec Rental carry the equipment that will get your job done.  From lawn and garden equipment (chainsaws, lawn mowers, blowers, aerators, & sod cutters) and home project equipment (pressures washers, carpet cleaners, tile saws, & concrete mixers) to contractor equipment (generators, compressors, jackhammers & compactors) and earth moving equipment (backhoes, dozers, skid steer loaders & excavators), will be on hand and rental ready.

Basically, what every the project or job you have we make it easy, from the equipment and expertise to the proper use and advice.  So, if you are in the Greater Houston or surrounding areas come see us at Aztec Rental for all your rental equipment needs.  If Houston is not where you call home, contact your local rental company for information.

We strive on our customer service, and an important part of that is understanding what our customers want, need and what is in their best interest.  Many people do not want or need to rent equipment, as owning the equipment is more logical and beneficial for them.  If renting the equipment is not what you had in mind and would rather own the equipment yourself, great news, Aztec Rental is your source for new equipment as well.  We have the privilege of partnering with top of the line manufacturers in the outdoor power equipment, lawn equipment and construction equipment industries, to get you the “right” equipment for your needs.   If you are looking to purchase that chainsaw, trimmer, blower, walk behind lawn mower or zero turn mower you have always wanted, look no further, Aztec Rental has the experience and knowledge you are looking for in an equipment dealer.

Brands: Stihl, Echo, Ferris Mowers, Snapper Mowers, Trailers and more.

Helpful Do-It-Yourself Articles:

Lawn Aerator: How & When To Use
Spring Cleaning At It’s Easiest: Get Your Lawn In Shape
How To Refinish Your Hard Wood Floors

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Disaster Preperation & Recovery

July 6, 2010 Leave a comment

YOU CAN’T CONTROL MOTHER NATURE.

Be prepared. Be Safe. Recover.

Aztec Rental is your local resource you can count on when Mother Nature takes control. Whether it’s a hurricane, flood, tornado or any unfortunate disaster we have the equipment and experience to stand beside you and assist you through the devastation. Both our Houston and Sugar Land locations have rental equipment and equipment/tools you can purchase to give you piece of mind in preparation or to get you on the road to recovery.

For information and help with disaster preperation & recovery click here.

Basics For Selecting The Right Generator For Your Application

June 9, 2010 62 comments

“What size generator do i need?” 

This is a very common question and it is easier to answer or figure out on your own than you may think.  The following article was written in Rental Managment Magazine by Vince Groberg a Wacker Neuson Corp product specialist.   We thought he explained how to select the right size generator very well, making it as simple as possible.

Selecting the right generator for the job

By Vince Groberg

Vince Groberg is a regional product specialist, utility for Wacker Neuson Corp., Menomonee, Wis. The information in this article covers basic portable generator sizing information. For more detailed or advanced information, e-mail application.support@wackerneuson.com.

Generators are a necessity for most job sites. Portable power units can power everything from small tools to portable offices. Selecting the right generator for the job doesn’t take rocket science, but it does take planning. It is important to understand that customers are asking for reliable, temporary power for their application when they rent a generator. Sometimes the customer knows his/her power requirements, so this is not an issue. More often however, a customer only has a general idea of how much power is needed. In this case, you must determine from the customer the amount and type of power required and where and for how long that power is needed in order to pick the right size generator for the job.

Three factors play a part in sizing a generator for the job: type of load, total watts to be connected and power of the generator.

Type of load

The first factor to consider when sizing a generator is the type of load being connected. There are two types of electrical loads: resistance and induction loads.

Incandescent lights and heating units are examples of resistance loads. Most construction equipment requiring generator power has induction loads for electric motors.

There are two types of induction load motors. Universal motors, which use brushes, power hand drills, saws and concrete flex shaft vibrator motors. Capacitor motors, which are brushless, usually power submersible pumps, air compressors and table saws.

When sizing a generator to these motors, the main difference is that the capacitor motors need about a third more starting current than universal motors.

Wattage requirement.

After determining the type of load, the next step is to find the total watts of the load to be connected. The most accurate method to determine wattage is to check the nameplate on the machine. However, if this information is not available, wattage can be figured by the simple formula:

amps x volts = watts

Load requirements to electric motors differ, but all motors require more power to start than run. Capacitor motors require up to six times more starting power for longer periods of time. Universal motors draw 1½ to 2 times the running current for shorter periods of time.

Generator power.

Once you determine the wattage, you can choose your generator. The basic guide to follow is if the generator has enough power to start the load — its surge rating — it will have enough power to continually run it.

There are three power ratings for generators, including maximum or nameplate rating, which has a duration of 30 minutes and 10 percent duty; continuous rating, which has a 24/7 duration and 100 percent duty; and surge rating or motor starting rating, which has a duration of two seconds and instantaneous duty. Generator designs have different surge capacities that vary between 1.2 to 2.5 times their continuous run rating.

Next, determine what kind of generator you have. A premium construction-grade generator offers 100 percent duty and with an electronic automatic voltage regulator (AVR) can surge 2 to 2.5 times its run rating. A value construction-grade generator offers 100 percent duty with capacitor or rectifier excitation and can surge 1.5 to 2 times its run rating. A low-cost homeowner generator offers temporary duty with capacitor or rectifier excitation and can surge 1.2 to 1.5 times its run rating.

For example, the surge rating of Wacker Neuson’s GP5600 is equal to two times 5,000W or 10,000W.

If you cannot determine the design of the generator, then assume surge capacity is equal to 1.5 x continuous rating. It is better to oversize the generator to be used by your customer.

Let’s say a contractor wants to use a portable gasoline generator to power his temporary job shack. He needs to connect seven 100W light bulbs (700W), a coffee maker (850W), small refrigerator (induction, 600W to run and 2,000W to start) and a 1,500W radiant heater.

The light bulbs, coffee maker and radiant heater would run constantly, consuming 3,050W. With the refrigerator cycling between off and start/run, the total wattage demand on the generator will vary between 3,050W and 5,050W, which can be handled by a 5,600W portable generator.

For another example, let’s say a 2-in. submersible pump requires 771W to run (6.7 amps x 115V). A 2-hp flex shaft vibrator runs on 2,000W. The pump and vibrator motor require a total of 2,771W to run, however, the pump has a capacitor motor and will require 2,313W for starting, while the universal vibrator motor requires 2,600W. You should size the generator by adding the largest start load to the remaining running loads, which in this case would be 4,313W (2,313W + 2,000W). To run the pump and vibrator, a 5,600W generator will be needed. This will give the customer enough power to also add another tool, such as rotary hammer, which needs 1,100W to run and 1,600W to start.

Another way to size a generator is to calculate amperage instead of the wattage. You can compare the maximum amps of the tool to the generator, the same way you compare the wattage. If you need to calculate the maximum amps of a generator, simply divide the maximum wattage by 120: Maximum amps = maximum wattage/120.

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Rental Management Follows Rental Pulse With A New Look Website

June 8, 2010 1 comment

The facelift is an effort to be more user friendly and meet the needs of their readers and advertisers. 

Nice Job RMGroup.

Rental Management, the award-winning monthly magazine dedicated to the success of your equipment rental business, last week unveiled a revamped look for its website, www.RentalManagementMag.com. The new design and feel are intended to more closely align all of the products and services under the RMGroup banner, including Rental Management, supplements, Rental Pulse and the group’s custom publishing program.

“We relaunched Rental Pulse and http://www.RentalPulse.com earlier this year and the next step was to freshen the look, and improve the navigation and usability of www.RentalManagementMag.com, We now intend to continue to evolve the site by adding more enhancements and online content as we move forward” says Wayne Walley, Rental Management’s editor. Rental Management also is the official publication of the American Rental Association (ARA).

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Fly Like An Eagle, Or At Least Get Your Job Done

March 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Ever had a task of cleaning a window on a 20 story office building?  How about changing that light bulb in a vaulted ceiling, which was a great idea when building the house, but now quite the dilemma?  Perhaps cleaning the graffiti at the top of the local water tower, is unfortunately your mission.  Maybe it is just good old fashion construction that requires you to be in the air.   

As we understand it, you were not made to fly; if you were you would be an Eagle.  Obviously an Eagle you’re not, so leave it to Aztec Rental to get those clodhoppers of yours airborne.  Aztec Rental has numerous options of aerial lifts to accomplish your goals that can go a little beyond sea level. Whether it is scissor lifts, boom lifts, personnel lifts, or scaffolding – we got you covered.   

The bottom line, If the job at hand requires aerial lifts it’s probably in your best interest to soar like and Eagle with Aztec Rental, rather than flop around like a turkey with the others. 

The Eagle has landed.

Renting is made easy with [Aztec Rental].
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