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Pros & Cons of Renting vs. Owning an Air Compressor

Air compressors are useful for an array of projects, and there are certainly pros and cons to both compressor ownership verses renting. Here are some key points to consider that may help to decide which route is best for you:

Frequency of Use

How often you plan on using an air compressor can have an impact on whether renting or purchasing is a better option for you. If you have small projects a few times a year or a temporary use that requires a compressor, renting a unit would be the best and more cost effective solution.

If your projects require air on regular basis, owning a compressor may be a more convenient and cost effective option. 

Maintenance & Repairs

Maintaining a compressor is crucial for the machine to function properly and safely. Maintenance can be costly and take time depending on the size of the unit and the frequency of use.  However, when you rent a compressor at CLS, we take care of the maintenance for you. All of our equipment is on a routine maintenance plan and thoroughly inspected to ensure it’s ready when you are.

Repairs are also an added expense when owning your own equipment.  Breakdowns can happen even on well maintained machines and sometimes happen when you need it the most.  When renting a unit from CLS, in the event of a breakdown, you will have 24/7 on-call support from our team.  Our technicians will come to you to repair or replace the rental to keep your project up and going. 

Do you own a compressor that you don’t have time to service or is in need of repair?  We can service and repair customer owned equipment, even if was not purchased from CLS as well!  Give our Service Department a call to schedule an appointment.


The size of an air compressor needed may also be a deciding factor when it comes to owning versus renting. Commercial size air compressors can be a very large investment. If you are not in a position to purchase these larger units, renting or even leasing may be a good option for you.

Best Fit For You

Another factor to think about when choosing a compressor is if you will always need the same type of equipment.  Will you need more flow or pressure from project to project?  Or will your needs remain the same?  When renting a compressor, you have access to more than one type of compressor each time you rent. This means that you can optimize your cost and productivity in ways not possible by owning a single machine.

No matter which way you decide to go, our experts will help you find the right compressor for the job according to your needs, budget, and use.  Contact us today to learn more and get a quote.