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Guidelines for Using a Rented Breaker
You likely will not find it difficult to operate a rented breaker once you obtain some experience with it. Here are some tips to help you use your rented breaker safely and correctly. Your local, ARA-affiliated rental store can provide you complete instructions for using your rented breaker.

Safety tips
  • Read all manufacturer warnings and instructions prior to using your rented breaker.
  • Follow safe lifting practices when loading and unloading rented breaker.
  • Properly secure rented breaker when you transport it.
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), such as a hard hat, dust mask, safety glasses, hearing protection, protective boots and gloves.
  • Never wear loose clothing or jewelry that can catch on the rented breaker during use.
  • Ensure feet stay clear of the rented breaker’s steel tool during operation.
  • Let steel tool on rented breaker cool before touching it.
  • Keep onlookers at an appropriate distance from the worksite.
Usage tips
  • Rent the appropriate breaker from your local ARA-affiliated rental store. See Power Sources of Rented Breakers Vary for descriptions of types of breakers that you can rent and What Do You Need in a Rented Breaker? for features that you can look for in a breaker when renting.
  • Check and, if needed, service fluid levels in rented breakers before use. Some breakers require frequent lubrication.
  • Select a tool for the rented breaker that suits your intended application. Make sure to secure it to the rented breaker properly.
  • Follow manufacturer’s recommendations for starting and shutting off the rented breaker.
  • Stand with your legs apart and feet firmly planted on the ground to maintain better balance and control when using the rented breaker.
  • Use both hands to hold the rented breaker by the handle(s).
  • Begin work by positioning the rented breaker perpendicular to an outside edge of the work surface. Maintain this perpendicular alignment during operation.
  • Do not exert physical strength against the rented breaker. Instead, guide the breaker and let it do the work.
  • Do not let the rented breaker remain in one spot for very long while in use. Shut off the equipment before moving it to the next area.
  • Do not use the rented breaker’s steel tool for prying or lifting.
  • Shut off rented breaker before changing bits.
Contact your local, ARA-affiliated, rental store for information on available rental products and services to meet your breaker needs. To locate the rental store nearest you, use the Rental Store Quick Locator above.

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