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The "75 minutes" is also from the time they hit the enter key on the rental form until they hit the enter key on the return form - no slack. They give you 75 minutes as a "one hour rental with 15 minute grace period". I.e.: you'd better have that thing loaded before you get the rental agreement done or you'll be paying them rental time to load. I've tried it twice, and have never been able to get it back in the alloted time, even with it loaded at the store (I do live a good 20 minues from the store, though). It just takes so long to unload a full truck.

If you're actually going to buy enough material to need the truct, and it's not piece dependant (if you need the straightest lumber they've got, forget it), then call 'em up and order it delivered. For $30-55 they'll do it all for you and save you the fifteen minuted trip to the store, an hour in the store, 30 minutes loading, $19.95 rental fee, 30 minutes unloading, and 15 minutes back home. For a true weekend warrior, that 2.5 hours is well worth the $10-35 you spent for the delivery. Heck, you can't even get college students to work for that kind of money.

Check your local Enterprise rent-a-car if you need a truck and you're not going to load it with gravel from a front end loader. The one in Blacksburg, VA has a 1/2T pickup for $30 a DAY.

I've had some Home Depots that let me return to the store to start my 75 minutes over again with no additional cost. YMMV on that one.

This is a real YMMV. Some have said a purchase is required, but I have rented the Home Depot truck numerous times with no purchase & no questions asked. In fact, I once used the Home Depot truck to pick up my french doors at LOWES! (The Lowes truck was out). Also, unlike rental companies, you are not required to put gas in it (I did anyway).

I just rented one a few hours ago from Lowe's (San Bruno, CA). Got the agreement at 10:55AM but the guy wrote down 11:20AM as pickup time "in order to load the truck". It's $19.00 btw.

I'm moving out soon (from a small 1 BR apartment to another one, 20 miles apart). What's the best "move" for this situation? It will probably take me a whole day to move, so this Home Depot / Lowes choice might not work too well for me.
Any comments/suggestions?
Thanks!

A couple of cases of beer, a few pizzas and some friends always worked for me. Although make sure you limit the beer intake until AFTER the move is complete for obvious reasons...

RBB

fixxer said: [Q]I'm moving out soon (from a small 1 BR apartment to another one, 20 miles apart). What's the best "move" for this situation? It will probably take me a whole day to move, so this Home Depot / Lowes choice might not work too well for me.
Any comments/suggestions?
Thanks!

Dont forget at most places the rental is a PICKUP, (although i have seen some vans, but not many)
And for moving stuff a van is more ideal since you can stack stuff better and safer than a pickup.

I have a funny story about a rental from HD about five odd years ago.
I rented the truck and loaded it with sheetrock on a Sunday morning. I have some help so when I got home I unloaded the truch and then remembered that I had a load of construction debris that I had to get rid of. My town dump is on the way back to HD so I loaded the HD truck with my debris and stopped by my town dump. I paid my $35.00 dump fee, showed my drivers license to show I was living in the town and dumped the debris. I then brought the truck back to HD.

A pretty good deal for me. All done in a few hours.

Thanks HD

Out in S. Cali, Lowes requires a purchase to rent and home depot doesnt. HD is first come first serve. If you need it come early in the morning, I had to wait till 3pm last time I borrowed from them.

Nobody likes a rude bunny.


this wouldn't be idea for moving though, since you won't likely to load/unload your stuff in 75 minutes. Wish it was for the whole day though

I agree if load/unload time included, then it's bad deal. I have HD in 15 minutes from me, but loading can take 20 minutes, so 20+15+15+15+5=70 and any unpredicted short stop can ruin the deal.

What about learning driving manual? Are you going to save some gas money, or car makers stop supply automatic from next year?

My friend charges $25 an hour for his labor & that comes with his huge truck too. No gas or insurance charges <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

handyguy said: [Q]My friend charges $25 an hour for his labor & that comes with his huge truck too. No gas or insurance charges <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

Send me your friend's number, sounds a better deal. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0> This truck rental is gonig on for years and is not a deal at all.

this has been around for at least three years, always same price. I rented once three years ago from HD, and no purchase required. and 75 minutes is shorter than you might think!

agheno said: [Q]Nobody likes a rude bunny.

been smoking again - huh?!

Lowes does not charge you for loading at the store. You get the truck/paperwork, load-up, and when ready to depart they will clock you out to start the 75 minutes. I have done it a couple of times.

Omagh said: [Q]I have a funny story ...

Personally I appreciate your story, but I don't think it's very "funny." Am I missing something?

Do they allow you to load the truck before they hit the enter key on the rental form?

Overzeetop said: [Q]The "75 minutes" is also from the time they hit the enter key on the rental form until they hit the enter key on the return form - no slack. They give you 75 minutes as a "one hour rental with 15 minute grace period". I.e.: you'd better have that thing loaded before you get the rental agreement done or you'll be paying them rental time to load. I've tried it twice, and have never been able to get it back in the alloted time, even with it loaded at the store (I do live a good 20 minues from the store, though). It just takes so long to unload a full truck.

If you're actually going to buy enough material to need the truct, and it's not piece dependant (if you need the straightest lumber they've got, forget it), then call 'em up and order it delivered. For $30-55 they'll do it all for you and save you the fifteen minuted trip to the store, an hour in the store, 30 minutes loading, $19.95 rental fee, 30 minutes unloading, and 15 minutes back home. For a true weekend warrior, that 2.5 hours is well worth the $10-35 you spent for the delivery. Heck, you can't even get college students to work for that kind of money.

Check your local Enterprise rent-a-car if you need a truck and you're not going to load it with gravel from a front end loader. The one in Blacksburg, VA has a 1/2T pickup for $30 a DAY.

That's not bad at all! I'll probably rent one when I buy a couch from a business right down the street from them later this month. They were going to charge me $80 to deliver the thing <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif" border=0>.


Doin' donuts in the Lowe's parking lot for 72 minutes under 20 bucks. That rocks!

Ah, the things I could do to a rental truck in 75 min for $20....I believe it's time to ignore the warnings at the beginning of Jack@ss!!

$19.95 to rent the truck, it says fuel included. siphon hose, anyone? JUST KIDDING mods!
I'm sure those trucks hold at least $50 in fuel these days.

It'd be almost worth the humor to pay $20 to drive it down to lowes, park it in the loading/unloading area for 70 minutes, and drive back. Maybe do the opposite with the Lowes truck if they are nearby. Bet you'd see some surprised double takes from customers walking in the building.

expert5186 said: [Q]$19.95 to rent the truck, it says fuel included. siphon hose, anyone? JUST KIDDING mods!
I'm sure those trucks hold at least $50 in fuel these days.

It'd be almost worth the humor to pay $20 to drive it down to lowes, park it in the loading/unloading area for 70 minutes, and drive back. Maybe do the opposite with the Lowes truck if they are nearby. Bet you'd see some surprised double takes from customers walking in the building.

Good idea! Menards here I come.

Or, maybe my Saturday nite cruiser. Too many gals and not enough room!

expert5186 said: [Q]$19.95 to rent the truck, it says fuel included. siphon hose, anyone? JUST KIDDING mods!
I'm sure those trucks hold at least $50 in fuel these days.

It'd be almost worth the humor to pay $20 to drive it down to lowes, park it in the loading/unloading area for 70 minutes, and drive back. Maybe do the opposite with the Lowes truck if they are nearby. Bet you'd see some surprised double takes from customers walking in the building.

are they diseal or unleaded?

Ref. Home Depot: Big YMMV because you do (or at least I did) have to buy something at the store. They offer the service so that you buy large items from them. According to the rules the customer has to buy something (large) to use them.

I have used them a couple times. I always get the big flat bed, people get out of your way, which is good because 75mins goes fast.

[Q]Truck Rental

Home Depot's easy-driving automatic, air-conditioned rental trucks are ideal for taking home items that won't fit in your vehicle, including lawn equipment, garden materials, building materials, barbecue grills, irrigation and drainage materials, lumber, furniture, cabinets and water heaters.
Our trucks allow you to get large items home safely, without damaging your vehicle with an oversized load.

It's easy to rent a truck. There are no insurance charges, no mileage charges and no refueling charges. Plus, the first hour is 75 minutes more than enough time to get home and back. And charges don't begin until your purchase is loaded.

To rent a truck, just stop by at the Special Services Desk or Tool Rental Center before you shop and present your driver's license, a valid vehicle insurance card and a major credit card or Home Depot credit card. After making your purchases, simply sign the rental agreement and you'll be ready to go.

Call your local Home Depot store for more information.


Hot Deal. Thanks OP for bringing this to my attention.

marFAN2003 said: [Q]Doin' donuts in the Lowe's parking lot for 72 minutes under 20 bucks. That rocks!

Naw, do donuts with the Lowe's truck in the Home Depot parking lot!!<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0><img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-cool.gif" border=0><img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0><img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif" border=0><img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border=0>

thanks for the info! i was gonna check on this, i'm moving about eight blocks and only need it for big furnature items. I was hoping they had this deal again. One of my friends rented a Uhaul and it cost him $100 to move two blocks. I'd rather carry my couch down the street than pay that <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

I like the HD / Lowes truck for transporting purchases home. However, IMO, there are better options if you just need a truck for a short time. Budget frequently has weekend specials of $19.95 / day for a Ranger pickup. Enterprise has a weekend special on a full-size pickup for $30 / day.

The HD's and Lowe's in our area require a minimum purchase of $75 to rent the truck.

Maybe a local thing?

robsnyder18 said: [Q]Not sure by location, but the one I rented in Tampa was automatic! You may be able to rent a car for the day to teach someone how to drive a manual!

If you're in Tampa, that might explain being able to rent a manual car - from my experience, the only places that rent manuals anymore are those that rent sporty cars, and even then, you gotta look around if the model comes with auto trans as an option. Much higher concentration of those places in California/Vegas/Florida. Not much call to rent S2000's in Seatle, for example...

Omagh said: [Q]I have a funny story about a rental from HD about five odd years ago.
I rented the truck and loaded it with sheetrock on a Sunday morning. I have some help so when I got home I unloaded the truch and then remembered that I had a load of construction debris that I had to get rid of. My town dump is on the way back to HD so I loaded the HD truck with my debris and stopped by my town dump. I paid my $35.00 dump fee, showed my drivers license to show I was living in the town and dumped the debris. I then brought the truck back to HD.

A pretty good deal for me. All done in a few hours.

Thanks HD

HAHAHA!!! ROTFTIP!!!

How about renting the truck, putting a couple big "Sucks" banner underneath the Home Depot text on the truck sides, then driving it around town for 75 minutes? <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

(Or a Lowe's truck, depending on who you hate)

fatcow said: [Q]Can one use HD gifcard to rent the truck?

not sure about HD, but you can use GCs at Lowe's - bought a riding lawnmower this weekend using GCs and had 1 left over for the rental..

Unless you are a hulk, normal family will take at least 3 hours to load and unload stuff. How does this qualify a hot deal again?

Omagh said: [Q]I have a funny story about a rental from HD about five odd years ago.
I rented the truck and loaded it with sheetrock on a Sunday morning. I have some help so when I got home I unloaded the truch and then remembered that I had a load of construction debris that I had to get rid of. My town dump is on the way back to HD so I loaded the HD truck with my debris and stopped by my town dump. I paid my $35.00 dump fee, showed my drivers license to show I was living in the town and dumped the debris. I then brought the truck back to HD.

A pretty good deal for me. All done in a few hours.

Thanks HD

hahahahaha! funny!

<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-confused.gif" border=0>

Regarding the free gas. If you get the truck with a full tank then you are lucky indeed. Last time I rented it out, the gauge was riding on empty the whole time. I didn't have to go very far, though. Anyways, the deal is... gas is 'free' if there's any left in the tank. If there's not then you are responsible. I figure HD and Lowes just leaves it up to the renters to fill the tank and everyone else is living off the kindness of others...

HoopyFrood said: [Q]

If you're in Tampa, that might explain being able to rent a manual car - from my experience, the only places that rent manuals anymore are those that rent sporty cars, and even then, you gotta look around if the model comes with auto trans as an option. Much higher concentration of those places in California/Vegas/Florida. Not much call to rent S2000's in Seatle, for example...

I rented a 24' U-Haul to move from TN to IL and that baby had a manual tranny. Always fun to floor it and keep it floored when you push in the clutch and change gears. Those suckers WILL break the rear tires loose, assuming the back is empty! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0>

I always use either Home Depot or Lowe's truck rental to haul materials or equipment to my house. for all i can remember (well, since i bought my house 6 years ago) it has always been this price. and, that 75 minutes goes by fast. believe that.



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