BY CHRISTINA GERMANO
In April, the national equipment rental company Sunbelt Rentals acquired Spring Valley’s Clarkstown Equipment. Like its predecessor, Sunbelt Rentals offers Rockland County homeowners the equipment necessary to complete a variety of construction jobs and DIY projects, and remains in its original location on Route 59 East. But unlike its predecessor, Sunbelt Rentals boasts the abundant resources and convenience that only a nationwide company with more than 425 locations, nine of which are in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, can possibly offer.
Leo Peixoto, Sunbelt Rentals’ director of business development for the North East, says, “We’re not a typical small rental company… We want people to know we are a quality organization”. Because the breadth of Sunbelt Rentals extends nationwide, the company offers a wide variety of equipment, affordable prices, and superior customer service that smaller companies cannot. Sunbelt Rentals’ equipment and service offering is further broadened by its Pump & Power, Climate Control, Scaffolding, Industrial Resources and Oil & Gas specialty divisions; Rockland County residents can find the equipment they need for any household job. Every product can be found in their extensive catalogue (available by request from https://www.sunbeltrentals.com/customerservice/).
In the past few years alone, the greater Rockland County area has experienced several severe weather events, including two hurricanes and a particularly harsh winter. Unfortunately, with extreme weather, often comes damage to homes, but Sunbelt Rentals has the equipment necessary to ease these situations. In Sunbelt’s catalogue, homeowners can find Refrigerant-Type Dehumidifiers, machines created to “provide powerful drying power for the restoration of carpets, dry wall, and other materials following water damage”. The dehumidifiers are used in conjunction with Sunbelt Rentals’ carpet dryers and open air fans (also available in the catalogue) to essentially pull moisture out of a room and discharge it outward.
Additionally, the company features Gas Portable Generators, any of which can power several elements of a household at once during a power outage. Brian Lucarelli, manager of the Spring Valley location, says most people use them to power lights, coffee makers, and heaters during an outage. He explains, “These generators are a great tool to have during a storm.” The generators can also be used to power electrical items used during camping trips, barbeques, and other outdoor festivities.
Perhaps the most important element of Sunbelt Rentals’ business model is right in its name: rentals. While most construction equipment companies offer their products strictly for purchase, Sunbelt Rentals allows its customers the flexibility and convenience of rental plans. The company’s website features a page titled “Why Rent?” on which they list the benefits of renting through Sunbelt Rentals rather than purchasing equipment from another company.
Peixoto believes renting equipment is a far superior choice, explaining, “If the machine breaks down, needs maintenance, needs to be moved, we do all of that for you”. In other words, the price of renting equipment comes with the guarantee that Sunbelt Rentals will assist its customers every step of the way, offering a 24/7-support team to help get the job done more quickly and efficiently. In the end, Peixoto says, “It’s all about the capital investment”. For example, whereas purchasing a 4×4 Backhoe Loader (used for digging, loading, etc.) can cost upwards of $110,000, renting the same equipment from Sunbelt Rentals costs just $2,083 a month, or roughly $400 a day.
The company encourages Rockland County residents to visit its Spring Valley location and learn about the range of services and equipment Sunbelt Rentals offers. Keep an eye out for their open house, where the company will hand out catalogues and teach Rockland County residents about the benefits of working with Sunbelt Rentals.