Should You Rent a Generator or Buy One?

Good question. This will all depend on the type of business you have, what your budget is, and whether you are looking at a temporary or permanent situation. The bottom line is, you should probably rent if you only require the use of a generator for a short period of time or for a fixed task. This would be much more cost effective over the short term.

Check out these considerations to ask yourself when seeking a generator rental in Alberta.

The Future

Sometimes the future is uncertain when it comes to your business needs. You may have the extra cash now but what about a month from now, six months from now, or a year from now? A one-time rental will save on costs, allow you to keep your cash reserves, and perhaps save up for a bigger purchase later.

Another possibility is that you eventually want to purchase a generator but are uncertain about the kind or type to get. Renting can give you access to a few options to try out before making a more permanent decision. This way, you can better narrow down the features you want, the price points you can afford and the size you need to power your business.


What you’ll be using the generator for is another consideration. How long will you need to do that for? If you have a one-time project that requires a special application, a rental is best. If you have recurring needs and plan to use it on a regular basis, buying outright may make more sense in the long run.

You may not fully understand your needs till later. Maybe you keep finding yourself in crisis situations where you need to rent a generator for short periods of time when situations arise unexpectedly. It may be a good idea to invest in your own generator to save money and downtime.


If you don’t have the time or workers to maintain your own generator, a rental may make more sense. Rentals don’t have to be regularly serviced by your technicians, lowering your costs for repairs, parts and overtime. Renting a generator connects you with an already well-maintained machine.

Keep in mind, generators require regular maintenance even when you don’t use them. You may not need to use your generator for six months, but if you haven’t been performing  maintenance on it and it doesn’t work when you need it to, this can pose a big problem.

Also, if you don’t have the space or storage for the generator, or a way to transport it, a rental is a better idea.

Contact RLN Energy

Contact us today at 780-991-8575 to learn more about our rental options.

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