The nicer weather has you buying flowers and trees to plant in your backyard. But do you have a rototiller or a sod cutter to prepare the soil before planting?
Your husband finally bought the lumber for the patio deck, but realizes he doesn’t have a power nailer.
You're planning a communion or graduation party and the invitations have exceeded 100 guests. Obviously, you need more tables and chairs to accommodate guests.
You're moving to a new home at the end of the month and you need a rental truck to transport your belongings.
These items and more can be rented for reasonable prices from
“We are a service business. We are not here as a retail store,” said Becky Lennon, owner of Channahon General Rental, Inc. “We are here to help people have a successful party or move. We are here to offer advice.”
Lennon takes pride that her business is here for the community’s needs. Lennon and her husband Arthur opened the business in 1997. Arthur passed away in 2007, but their daughter Caitlin helps run the front counter. Derik Zuelke, manager; Dennis Gossen, chief mechanic and brothers John and Chaddrick Reynolds, delivery/install team help Lennon run the business. Local college and high school students help out in the summer months.
“All my employees have a light-hearted attitude and are very friendly, helpful and demonstrate excellent customer service,” Lennon said. “Friendliness is what we are all about. We help get your job done.”
Lennon emphasized that she and her employees are available to answer questions; even if the customer thinks the question is dumb.
“There are no dumb questions,” Lennon said. “Sometimes we have to refer the customer to another business to get the right equipment they want. We do not rent out the wrong equipment just to get a rental.”
Rental prices are reasonable because Lennon knows how expensive things can be in this economy, especially when it comes to hosting a party.
“We keep the rates reasonable so I can make money and my customer gets a good price,” Lennon said.
The increase in gas prices has not yet threaten Lennon to raise the delivery rates. The last time she increased the delivery rates was in 2008. She said if delivery isn’t in the customer’s budget, all items, with the exception of the big inflatables, are available for customer pick up.
Being close to Interstates 80 and 55 allows customers easy access to the store.
“I’m also targeting my business south to Braidwood, Wilmington and Coal City,” Lennon said. “In addition to Channahon and Minooka customers, I get customers from Joliet, Shorewood and Plainfield.”
Party Equipment and Rentals
The “fun stuff,” as Lennon calls it, is the necessities for hosting a party.
Tents, colorful linens, tables and chairs are for extra party guests. Machines to make cotton candy, popcorn, hot dogs, snow cones and nachos are a great addition to any party, Lennon said.
New inflatables have arrived. There is a slip ‘n’ slide and one that is a two-lane water slide. A third inflatable has both a slide and an area for jumping.
“I have had kids call the store and ask about prices,” Lennon said. “It’s humorous.”
Channahon General Rental, Inc. specializes in renting moving trucks and trailers.
“If your moving at the end of the month, I highly recommend that you call in advance because the trucks and trailers go quickly,” Lennon said.
Lawn and Garden, Tools and Equipment
Spring time is a time when aerators, rototillers, dethachers and post hole augers are popular rental items.
“It’s more cost effective to rent these items,” Lennon said. “Customers than don’t have to purchase, store and maintain items that are used only one time.”
Larger Earth-moving equipment such as bobcats and excavators also are available for rent, Lennon said. Construction equipment like nailers and sanders and indoor household cleaning equipment, including carpet cleaners are also on hand.
For more information on Channahon General Rental, Inc, go to their Web site.