Mechanical Bull Rental Price: The Cost of Renting a Mechanical Bull

Mechanical Bull Rental Price: The Cost of Renting a Mechanical Bull


The cost of renting a mechanical bull is the main question that people ask.  In order to provide an exact price for mechanical bull rentals there are several details that a mechanical bull company needs since there are many costs involved in operating and transporting a mechanical bull for rent.


Some of the factors involved in determining a mechanical bull rental price are the date, time, and duration of your event, and the distance needed to drive.  If your event runs into the wee hours of the next morning, then some operators may need to add on a hotel charge and long events (like 10+ hours straight) may incur overtime charges.


If your event is a multiple day gig, then you will probably be able to get a better deal per day since the costs of transportation will be spread over all the days of the event.


At the Mechanical Bull Association, we like to discuss your individual needs to make sure that you are getting exactly what you need.  For instance, a wedding reception may want to a mechanical bull rental for four hours, but they may need it set-up 5 hours in advance, so as not to disturb the ceremony with a set-up.  The Mechanical Bull Association is accustomed to dealing with all types of situations and will make sure your event is covered whatever your needs may be.


Another cost that mechanical bull owners need to cover is insurance.  Mechanical bull insurance is a must for your event.  Do not rent a mechanical bull without seeing proof of insurance, and we suggest getting an additionally insured certificate on the policy as well.  If you encounter a mechanical bull quote that seems much lower than the others, then this low mechanical bull price may indicate that the mechanical bull does not carry insurance, or at least the proper mechanical bull insurance.  Ask questions.  A cheap mechanical bull does not always mean no or inadequate insurance, but a low mechanical bull cost should serve as a friendly reminder for you to do your homework.


Please feel free to ask us at Mechanical Bull Association if you have any questions.


Some mechanical bull companies also quote low rates, but the rates are not all-inclusive.  When it comes to contract time, then you may see added transportation and operational costs, as well as taxes that should have been presented to you upfront in the original mechanical bull price quoted.


Finally, remember that the closest mechanical bull does not necessarily mean the best rate.  Some mechanical bull companies are just very expensive – they may have a fantastic looking mechanical bull with all the bells and whistles and more or may just want to have fewer events.  Also, mechanical bulls are a traveling operation.  That means that they may go all over the country to do events, so a bull based out of CA may just be in TN for your event.  At the Mechanical Bull Association, we track and communicate with all our member mechanical bull operators to know where they are and where they are going.  This means that when we give you a quote we make sure that you are getting the best possible price out of a large pool of potential mechanical bulls.


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Questions to Ask When Renting a Mechanical Bull, Part II

Renting a Mechanical Bull? Questions to Ask When Renting a Mechanical Bull, Part II


Want to rent a mechanical bull but feel a little out of your element?  Do not worry.  The Mechanical Bull Association is committed to making the process easy and fun.  This article is a continuation of “Renting a Mechanical Bull?  Questions to Ask When Renting a Mechanical Bull, PartI.”  If you have any other questions, then please feel free to contact us at any time.  We love to talk mechanical bulls!


What are the power requirements?  

As mentioned earlier, this will depend on the type of mechanical bull you rent.  The 110 volts mechanical bulls will need two dedicated standard outlets on separate breakers.  The 220 volts will require a 220v outlet (with 30-50amps, depending on the model) and a 110v outlet on a separate breaker.  In the case of a 220v mechanical bull, rewiring may be necessary at the venue or a generator may be required.


What are the space requirements?

In general, you should have a 20’x25’ space.  This will give you plenty of room for the inflatable mat, the operator to run the bull, and for a cushion of space for spectators.  Depending on the mechanical bull rented, the inflatable mat can be square or circular.  You also want to make sure there is plenty of clearance above the mechanical bull.  A 110v may allow you to have a ceiling as low as 10 feet, but a 220v should be no lower than 12 feet.


What is the process of renting a mechanical bull from you?

This is an important step because at the end of the day you want to feel confident that you are going to get what you expect to get.  We have heard too many stories where bull operators pull out at the last moment, and there is no contract in place to protect the person renting the bull.  The Mechanical Bull Association makes sure to establish clear communication between everyone involved and that everything is addressed prior to the event.  We draft and follow contracts to protect the renter and give them a feeling of certainty.  You should expect a contract and for all of your questions to be addressed ahead of time.


Do you have experience doing an event like mine?

Although most mechanical bull operators have been in almost every situation under the sun, you should know that the company from which you rent a bull understands your situation.  You may need an operator who can keep the ride exciting by being vocal, or you may need an operator that discusses riding tips with young riders.  You should feel at ease that your needs are met and that safety standards are always in place.


How much is it to rent a mechanical bull?  Is your rate all-inclusive?

This is an obvious question.  The answer you get from mechanical bull companies will depend on the date of your event, time of your event, duration of your event, and the distance needed to drive.  A late event may incur a hotel charge.  A long event may kick an overtime charge into effect.  Multiple days booked in a row may cause a lower rate since transportation costs are spread out across all the days.  There are many factors involved.  Another big cost that influences pricing is insurance.  If you run into a rate that seems much lower than others, then you should definitely make sure that you ask Question One (Do you have insurance, and can I see your certificate of liability?), as this can be a red flag.  Also, make sure that the rate is all-inclusive.  Nothing drives us crazier than hearing a rate only to find out that taxes, transportation, and a hotel were not tacked onto the price quoted.



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