Fluke Corp. and Flir testers are widely
available from a variety of rental sources.
“In broad terms, Fluke test tools can
be found on a rental basis but not through
retail rental outlets, such as home cen-
ters,” said Dan Wright, communications
manager for Fluke Corp., Everett, Wash.
“Fluke test tools are available through a
wide range of electrical wholesalers and
industrial distributors. Many of these
channel partners offer rental programs.
There are also some specialized test and
measurement rental houses where Fluke
is present as well.”
Wright said ECs typically own testers
“The frequency with which they
must use their digital multimeters, clamp
meters and basic electrical testers makes
owning these core tools essential,” he
said. “With that as background, there
are less frequently used test tools that
may make sense as rental tools, includ-
ing power quality analyzers, power and
energy loggers, electric motor analyzers,
and battery analyzers.”
Basic factors influencing whether
to rent or own are frequency of use and
instrument complexity versus cost.
“If a certain type of analysis is rarely
required, and the test instrument is
complex or costly or both, it may make
more sense for the electrical contractor
to rent than to purchase,” Wright said.
“Often a relatively expensive test tool
also requires a skilled operator to get
the most out of the tool, so in addition
to equipment cost, the contractor also
needs to determine if the proper level
of expertise is within the company. For
those rare occasions where a specific
customer need requires an expensive
piece of analysis equipment, and the
operator skills are available in-house, the
electrical contractor might find renting
to be a realistic solution.
“Another situation where renting test
equipment may make sense is for use on a
large, one-time project. An [EC] may
have the sophisticated test tools required
for the customer’s specs, but the scale of
the project may require additional equipment for a short length of time, and this
might be a good opportunity to contact a
rental distributor,” he said.
Flir offers a rental program through
its Nashua, N.H., facility and at Home
Depot Tool Centers throughout the
“The majority of our renters are elec-
trical contractors,” said Steve Chisholm,
inside sales manager—instruments, Flir.
“Thermal cameras are designed to help
electrical contractors identify potential
issues, so they can get a job done more
efficiently and stay safe while doing
it. Our rental programs for high-end
thermal cameras are a great option for
Chisholm cited several reasons why
electricians rent Flir products.
“Perhaps they have a quick job,
but their own equipment is in use on
another, equally important job,” he said.
“Renting a unit is a much more cost-
effective alternative than investing in
another unit. Sometimes an electrician
only has a need for thermal imaging
during certain times of the year, in
which case, a rental program is the best
option for them.”
Meanwhile, Transcat ( www.transcat.
com/products/rental equipment) is a
relative newcomer in this arena, enter-
ing the tester rental market in 2013.
“We are one of the largest distribu-
tors of electrical test equipment in North
America, and we are one of the largest
providers of calibration services for
testers,” said Nico Smrekar, director of
High-end test equipment such as this
Fluke 438-II Power Quality and Motor
Analyzer can be rented when needed.
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For large projects, United
Rentals offers portable
tool rental rooms.