ARA of Chicago & Illinois suburbs rents just about every kind of personal property, specialized tool, and equipment to just about everyone. There are thousands of products for rent, including things you may never have considered to be “equipment.” Fine china, candelabra, baby cribs and canopies are examples.To serve the diverse needs of ARA-member businesses for services such as advertising and employee training, which vary according to rental inventory and target market, the American Rental Association divides equipment into three broad categories: Construction and industrial equipment, including the full range from heavy to light contractor equipment. Examples are backhoes, loaders, mini-excavators, scaffolding, air compressors…. General tools, including all equipment for do-it-yourself projects in lawn, garden and home improvement or repair, industrial & construction equipment, moving vans & trucks, hitches, audio & lighting equipment, trade show displays. Examples are floor care equipment, rototillers, thatchers, wallpaper steamers, pressure washers…. Party and special event equipment, including everything for special events, theme parties, weddings and receptions. Examples are tents, tables, chairs, props, table linens, china, silverware, plates, glassware, Moonwalks… Some rental businesses carry inventory from all of these broad categories, and others specialize in equipment from one or two areas.