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Scott Shaw

Rented A Lift This Weekend

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After several years of thinking about it I went ahead and rented a 34' towable lift this weekend. My house has a 28' peak and I was getting tired of the 100's of trips up and down the ladder.

I spent a little over $200 and had the lift Friday afternoon until Monday morning. In my opinion it was worth every penny. I accomplished in 2 days what it would have taken me 3-4 days to accomplish in years past. All the lights are hung on the house, the 14' Megatree is assembled and all the lights hung. Plus, I just felt safer. I always hate getting from the ladder on to the roof and vice versa. With the lift I was able to load up a few crates of lights, park the lift on the roof and step right out.

I will definitely do this again next year.

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I've always wanted to do that but could never pull the trigger.

Do you plan to rent it for tear down as well or would it be as helpful?

I was wondering the same thing. I rent a lift as well to hang my lights and I also have to rent the lift to remove the lights. I rent the lift more for the trees rather than the house. I guess if you use the all-in-one clips, you could probably just pull and the lights should slide out from under the shingles.

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My lift comes Fri. This will be the fifth year using it. I always rent a straight boom lift and if one is available I get it with an articulating jib. It is unbelievable how easily they can maneuver into almost any position. Use it for the really high sections of roofline and the fifty foot cedar tree I decorate.

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I don't plan to rent the lift for take down. I was careful to put everything up so that it could be removed with a little force from the ground or from my ladder. That does mean that the highest peak on the roof is without lights.

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I use those lifts for work all the time. They are so much fun and easy to use. Great price too, only $200 for the weekend. I might have to put that on next years budget.

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I was planning on renting a left next weekend as well, it will be the first time using one but after having a Heart Attack on the 15th of Oct I justified the cost pretty quick. I'll take photos and post then up.

Tim

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I like the idea of renting a lift. But in wirecats way he just went out and bought one. If I had the money i'd rent a lift as well but because of the cost i'm grounded for the time being.

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Scott,

Me and 7 other neighbors pitched in this weekend and rented a Lift - 34' - Then one of the guys got one for free - exact same kind - We picked them up on Friday and took them back today - We were charged $150 for one day - with tax - $182. - It cost each guy $22.75 X 2 - we also have to get it to take the lights down. One started at one end of the street and the other at the other end and we did all eight houses. Most was just the front of the houses - no big deal - My house was a treeline and one house was on the corner and we went all the way around it - it was fun - the local newspaper came out and took pictures - it was a good time - the time consuming part was moving the darn things and leveling. I will say also it was cold and windy - stretched out 34' high in the wind is pretty scary - there were two guys in the bucket. But it was a good time and our street is going to look awesome.

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Glenn:

Brilliant! I wish my other neighbors put up as much as I do, so we can do likewise. The leift that Home Depot rents out is $180 and has a 34 foot reach. You do have to tow it to your house they do not deliver. I also got a line on a local landscaper who rents a cherry picker by the month from an equipment company, then charges $125 per day including delivery to drop it off at our house.

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I rented a lift with a neighbor too. It was a 51 foot lift. It was driveable from the bucket. Problem was, my house is on a hill. Because of it you couldnt get up close enough to the house because of pine beds and such. But, it got pretty well up to where we wanted it too. The rest will be done with ladders and poles i guess....

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Ian,

Your 34 foot looks just like the the one we rented except maybe a little more compact - ours had a backup gasoline engine - what does yours have for a backup? Also, where do you rent yours or are they just for sale and how much? One of the guys that rented with us said he should buy one - and he can, believe me.

Thanks

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