HSS Tool Hire is a UK based tool hire chain that hires out all types of power tools and machinery, they are one of the biggest tool hire chains in the UK. I want to go over some of my experiences and findings with HSS, so this post is mostly focused on UK readers. I am however going on to be taking a look at large chains elsewhere in the world soon!
The majority of people in the UK that sand their own floors do so with tools hired from HSS. Many of those same people give up and end up calling up professionals like me. There are several reasons why. If you are considering hiring from them, please read to the end.
One of those reasons is that they are sanding old pine floorboards that are covered in pitch (or bitumin or whatever you want to call it).
Sanding through this can be gruelling if you don’t have the right information about how to tackle this.
Usually these pine floorboards are very uneven, which is also a struggle. Both of these can mean hours of work with little to no progress.
It doesn’t help that the tools from HSS are not very powerful, nor heavy enough for dealing with these tasks.
A third and most common problem is that as soon as people start moving with the HSS floor sander, the sand paper “explodes”. This is because the sand paper is just that, ‘paper’.
Most professional floor sander hire shops have polyester backed sand paper. This makes it almost impossible to tear by hand and much more durable when being spun at several thousand rpm and applied to the floor.
This really is a con. They hire out machines that are weak and ineffective and then sell sand paper that disintegrates on application. So you either hire the machine out for longer and buy more papers or return the machine, defeated and hire a professional.
On the HSS website they recommend you rent their orbital sander which does the edges and the main floor at the same time! Hoorah!
What they don’t tell you is that this machine has too large a surface area and is completely ineffective at sanding floors (like all orbital sanders).
The quality of the sanding machines that HSS hire out is bottom of the line. The Hiretech HT7 and HT8 are both awful machines for producing a quality finish. They are the cheapest machines available which brings me to my next point:
HSS Hire prices are unconscionably high. This is what really inspired me to write this post. I wanted to check to see if HSS hire out detail sanders for the corners of the room (which they don’t).
I was totally shocked to find that HSS Hire prices are almost double that of a professional floor sander hire shop. Which is even more infuriating when you know that the small local professional floor sander hire shop’s machine literally cost double to buy.
I always knew that HSS were bad, I just never knew they were total con artists.
Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below, especially if you have already had a bad experience and have only now found this article.
Rant over, avoid these guys like the plague!