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How to Use a Portable Power Generator Safely

by Admin on 06/26/18

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, portable power generators are internal combustion engines employed in generating electricity. They are essentially backup power systems that provide power where and when you need it. There are different types of portable power generators, and there are certain hazards associated with them, but you can safely operate one by following specific precautionary measures.

Uses of a Portable Power Generators

These power systems are versatile and can offer a number of benefits:

  • Backup for blackouts caused by small-scale power failures

  • Power source for essential equipment during disaster and emergencies

  • Run electrical equipment on a farm that feeds livestock and light farms

  • Off the grid construction site usage

  • Power outdoor events that lack a power source

  • Camping in a location where there is no power source

Types of Portable Power Generators

Portable gas generators are ideal for providing power at a campsite or a tailgate party, or use as a backup power supply during a power outage. Power is limited based on the volume of fuel you have readily available.

Electric start generators feature a push button, and maintenance is necessary to keeping the battery charged. They can be used as back-up power for agricultural machinery, electricity for recreational activities and power and heat in your home during an emergency.

Inverter generators are used to convert DC to AC power, and they emit a higher quality output when compared to other portable generators. These are great for tailgating and camping, being less noisy and lightweight.

Safety Measures

There are a number of precautions that you should take to avoid hazards associated with portable power generators.

  • To reduce shock and electrocution hazards, never attach a generator directly to a building’s electrical system without an appropriately installed transfer switch. Also keep the generator dry and ensure that it is properly grounded, using the manufacturer’s supplied cords, ensuring they are not damaged in any way.  

  • To protect against carbon monoxide poisoning, never use a generator indoors, and provide proper ventilation of 3 to 4 feet of clear space on all sides and above the generator.

  • To prevent fire hazards, store and transport generator fuels in approved, properly designed, marked and vented containers, while keeping containers away from flame producing agents.

  • Place generator some distance from work areas and gathering spaces, and wear hearing protection to prevent noise and vibration hazards, like hearing loss and fatigue.

Portable power generators are useful devices that can provide power in desperate times or be a convenient power source. While there are certain hazards associated with its use, safety measures should be exercised to prevent shock and electrocution hazards, carbon monoxide poisoning, fire hazards and noise and vibration hazards.

If you’re looking to rent a portable power generator in Southern New Hampshire, don’t hesitate to reach out to our construction pros at Tri-Rent-All. We can assist you with your choice of a power generator, based on your needs and project specifics. Call today at 603-926-2211 to reach our Hampton location or 603-431-1109 to connect to Portsmouth store!

Excavators vs Backhoes

by Admin on 04/19/18

Here at Tri-Rent-All stores, our customers often ask us: what is the difference between an excavator and a backhoe, and which piece of equipment is more suitable for a particular project? Well, both heavy-duty machineries are often used in construction, farming, and other fields. But, excavators and backhoes differ in certain essential ways, such as size, weight and functionalities. We hope our brief comparison of the two will help you choose the proper piece of equipment for your specific job.


Compared to backhoes, excavators are larger construction machines, weighing anywhere from 3,500 to 200,000 pounds. An excavator can be used to perform a variety of jobs thanks to its unique feature: a 360-degree rotating chassis and boom. Some of the most common projects that excavators are needed for are digging holes and trenches, lifting and placement, landscaping, demolition, and brush cutting with proper attachments. Excavators will suit your needs if you’re interested in a piece of equipment for commercial or industrial sites, with an ability to handle medium to heavy-duty workloads.


Visually, a backhoe resembles a tractor with a two-segmented arm, that supports a boom and a dipper that holds a bucket attachment. These pieces of equipment are named backhoes since they pull dirt back towards the machines. Backhoes do not offer as large or a rotation radius as excavators, but are considered more flexible and easier to operate due to their smaller size and weight of about 15,000 pounds. This machinery is commonly used with different attachments to drill holes, dig trenches of various sizes and carry heavy tools. If you’re performing a light to medium-duty work on farming or industrial sites, a backhoe is a good choice of rental equipment.

If you have any additional questions or would like to rent an excavator or a backhoe in the New Hampshire area, visit our Tri-Rent-All stores in Hampton, NH or Portsmouth, NH!

How to Prepare Your Home for Spring with a Floor Stripper

by Admin on 03/14/18

There’s nothing like a good spring cleaning after a long, cold winter to make you feel organized and refreshed. Spring is the perfect time to rid your home of unwanted clutter, prep your yard for seasonal landscaping, and give everything in your house a facelift – including the floors. For hardwood, linoleum, or vinyl floors, this means stripping and refinishing to restore their former beauty.  This may seem like a daunting task, but there are plenty of tools out there that make the process easier.

The first step in floor stripping is to determine what kind of stripper you need. There are several products that will help strip old wax off of floors, and what you use depends on the type of floor you have. You will also need a wax sealer to refinish your floors. It is recommended to rent an electric floor stripper and an electric buffer to eliminate some of the manual labor that is required to make your floors shine again.

After you find the right product for the project, you can start prepping the floor space. Remove all furniture and other obstacles from the room, and clean the floor by sweeping. Since many of the chemicals used in floor strippers are harsh, it is recommended that you open windows for ventilation, and wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, protective gloves, and goggles.

Follow the instructions on your floor stripper, and start by testing it in a small corner or usually covered section of the floor. This way, you can make sure there is no discoloration or other damage done to the floor. Then, mop the stripper onto the floor and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Use an electric floor scrubber to scrape the old wax off the floor. Rinse the floor with a neutralizer, and allow it to dry completely.

Finally, apply as many coats of wax sealer as needed, and use an electric buffer to make it shine. Your floors will be clean and look as good as new!

Tri-Rent-All has been serving the Seacoast for almost 50 years. We rent out high-quality construction equipment to contractors and homeowners, and have knowledgeable staff on hand to assist you. Let us help you complete your construction projects by calling 603-431-1109.

Excavator Safety Tips

by Admin on 02/16/18

When it comes to operating heavy construction equipment, excavators are as serious as they come. It is best not to take such a piece of machinery lightly, as it can be confusing and complicated. Whether you’re digging trenches, drilling shafts, doing landscaping, mulching forestry, or using the equipment for any other type of construction purposes, before learning how to operate it, you’ll need to know the basic safety precautions in order to avoid any accidents.


  • Make sure you fasten your seatbelt, as it’s not there solely for security but also for comfort considerations.

  • Set the mirrors and make sure they are clean.

  • Check the controls and propel system, ensure that everything is functional.


  • Do not allow any passengers into the excavator to prevent unwanted injuries. This machine is designed for construction, not ride-sharing.

  • Reduce the excavator’s speed while working in congested or rough terrain areas.

  • Choose flat routes and steer the excavator as straight as possible. Don’t make sharp turns.

  • When the bucket attachment is loaded, keep it low for the overall balance and better visibility.

  • Do not dig underneath the excavator.

  • When loading, don’t swing the bucket, or any loose material is at risk of falling

  • Do not clean  the excavator’s bucket by striking it on the ground or against another object.


  • Park the unit on a leveled surface before shutting down the machine.

  • Set the RPM to low idle before shutting the engine off with the key switch.

  • Lock up the cab when exiting the excavator.

Practice with the control movements before doing any serious excavating. Develop your coordination so that you can effectively dig a hole, as well as drop the dirt anywhere. To refill the hole, simply use the bucket in its downward position to knock the dirt back in.

If you would like more information on how to operate an excavator safely or are interested in an excavator rental in Hampton or Portsmouth, NH, get in touch with us at Tri-Rent-All today.

Tire Maintenance for Large Power and Construction Equipment

by Admin on 01/22/18

The tires on large power and construction machines can often be one of the biggest operating costs for equipment. Keeping tires in good condition can help boost productivity, reduce downtime, improve safety, and even increase fuel economy.

Good maintenance is beneficial to lower operating costs as well. A well-maintained machine starts from the ground up, and that means basic tire program with monitoring, maintenance, and even tracking software. Checking for abnormal wear and tear before and after each use, cleaning, removing rocks and other debris, check the condition of the lugs and sidewall separation, and any damage to rims and tread. Here are a few important steps to tire maintenance for large power and construction equipment:

Routine Maintenance

Periodic maintenance should include checking the air pressure, measuring tread depth, and making visual inspections for damage and ensuring diameter matches. It’s best not to wait for the service tech to make any repairs, so operators should be trained. This will help to conserve fuel, tread life, and maximize cost efficiency.

Operators should also know not to exceed their machine’s limits, which include maintaining proper speeds and not overloading the machine. Different loads require different pressures, so each inspection should be done with the tire cold, and knowing when to use a bore pressure gauge. Schedule a routine maintenance program and make sure operators and technicians both are informed and committed to it.

Use Vendors for Bigger Repairs

If you determine a more in-depth inspection or discover service is needed, partner up with your tire vendor. Let the experts handle it. These are specialized pieces of equipment that dealers are better equipped to handle, and using them will also free you up to continue running your business. Not only that, you will spare your operators and mechanics from safety hazards like explosions if they are not careful.

But make no mistake, regular maintenance is still a top priority, which will lessen the time and costs associated with repairs from vendors. Another benefit of using them is that a tire tech can work evenings or weekends to prevent lost time during business hours if your machine needs to be sidelined for a bit.

Tire Training

Partner with your tire companies for generic training. They’re the experts, so have them instruct your crew on what to do to keep the tires in top condition. It will at least provide them with the fundamentals they’ll need to maintain steady upkeep and preservation. If necessary, schedule safety talks monthly too. Safety habits are a good way to ensure tire protection.


Many major tire vendors now offer tire tracking software, which will measure tire performance, air pressure, tread depths, retreads, rotation schedules, visual comments, and percent utilization. Its metrics are trusted and it is a surefire way to maintain preservation. This will bring you many benefits, both long- and short-term. You can inspect inventory and asset reports on a monthly basis and also generate budgets, plan acquisitions, compare cost and value.

If you would like more information on tire maintenance for large power and construction equipment in Hampton or Portsmouth, NH,
get in touch with us at Tri-Rent-All today.