10 Floor Sander Rental Options: Available Sanders, etc Detailed

Getting a floor sander rental seems like the sort of thing you’d never wonder about until you’re standing in your new home. Once the furniture from the previous occupants has been removed, you may find yourself looking at some sad wood floors and wondering how to fix them. It turns out, sanding your own floors is a good idea and not just for aesthetic reasons. Well maintained wood floors have been shown to significantly increase the value of your home — 54% of home buyers are willing to pay as much as $2,000 more on a property solely on the basis of wood floors. So it can make financial sense to keep your wood floors looking great. Many big-box stores like Lowe’s have their own guides to DIY floor refinishing done right, so sanding your own wood floors is now easier than ever. Looking to rent a floor sander to spruce up your place some? We’ll tell you where you can get one and what to keep in mind when using it.

Floor Sander Rentals

National Stores

The Home Depot

Sunbelt Rentals

True Value

  • Types of sanders available: Location-dependent
  • Rental periods available: 3-Hour, Daily
  • Floor sanders not available for viewing online
  • Find your nearest True Value

Menards (Midwest only)

Reddy Rents

United Rentals

U-Sand

Herc Rentals

Regional Stores

Many times smaller rental outfits will have floor sanders available for rent, usually with the same price point and rental periods as those available at larger home renovation stores. This section offers you a selection of regional rental agencies that have floor sanders for rent, but of course there are many other smaller stores that have not made this list.

American Rentals Inc (Southern CA)

Star Rentals (Pacific Northwest)

What to Keep in Mind about Floor Sanders

  • Not all floor sanders are created equal. When looking at which sander to rent, keep in mind that there are two major types of floor sanders: drum sanders and orbital sanders. Drum sanders are efficient and can strip floors in minutes, but their power can make them difficult to control if you don’t have experience. Also, since drum sanders only sand in one direction, you have to pay attention to the direction of your wood grain to avoid messing up the final finish of your floor (parquet and detail woodwork? Might want to give the drum sander a pass). Orbital sanders are much gentler on floors and very easy to pick up and use, but this also means that it takes much longer to sand the same square footage and it may not have the power you need to get off paint, caked-on varnish, or smooth out any serious dings or scratches.
  • Not all floors are created equal either. Make sure before you even get started that your floor is going to be able to handle re-sanding or refinishing in the first place. Solid hardwood floors are usually fine to refinish, although the age of the floor (and the number of times it may have been refinished) may make refinishing a chancy issue.  Engineered wood floors, laminate floors, and compressed board floors all have different properties that make sanding a more complicated issue. If you have anything other than solid plank hardwood flooring, you might consider at least consulting with a professional before taking matters into your own hands.
  • Rental periods, price, and availability can vary widely. Chances are, if you’re renting a floor sander, you’re going to be choosing a big home renovation store to rent from, since they’re friendly and ubiquitous. Locations like Home Depot will have a variety of sanders available at different price points. Most large stores will require a four-hour commitment at least, but if you’re looking at a large or complicated job, it can get expensive to keep paying an hourly rate when you’re on day three of a rental. In these cases, it makes more financial sense to find a store that will rent to you for a longer period of time. Also keep in mind that many stores are franchised, which means that which products are available for rent depends on the products available at your local store; the best bet is to contact your local store directly and ask if they have floor sanders for rent.

How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Floor Sander?

The price to rent a floor sander for 4 hours at any of the locations on the following list is going to be in the neighborhood of $50 dollars, plus or minus $10. For a day, the price is approximately $70 and for a week, approximately $200. As you can see, if you plan on having the floor sander for a longer period of time, rent for the longest period you may need it, or you may find yourself paying upwards of twice as much as you would have with the longer rental period. Of course, all prices vary, so always check with your local store before making a decision to ensure you’re getting the best deal possible.

In Summary

This listing is by no means comprehensive. Hundreds of local, family owned, and small-time rental outfits will are scattered across the US, many with floor sanders as a part of their regular rental inventory. Your best bet if you can’t find a location that works for you in this article is to do a google search for “Floor sander rental (your location)”, filling in the state or city where you live. Of course, another option is to look in your yellow pages or other local business directory, and call to check and see if any particular location has floor sanders available.

No matter how big or small your DIY refinishing job may be, you are now set to find the perfect sander to make your home remodel a complete success!

And because you may be wondering, see our article about whether or not Lowe’s rents floor sanders.