Renting a labeler can be a cost-effective solution for short-term labeling projects, allowing you to avoid the expenses associated with purchasing a labeler outright. However, it’s important to consider your specific requirements and the available options before making a decision. In this article, we will explore the factors to consider when renting a labeler and provide general pricing guidelines to help you choose the right labeler for your needs.

Renting a label applicator is much like renting a car and much of the decision making can be comparable.  What do I need to get the job done?  I know this is a short-term acquisition so, “Can I get from A to B in a compact sedan?”  Or, do I spend a few extra bucks because time is running out before my deadline and I need the highest level of production possible (Like renting a C8 sports car to cruise Miami Beach).

These same principles very much apply to most labelers purchases.

If you are going to use your labeler every day picking the right labeler with the right options the first time is critical to ensure maximum efficiency with minimum maintenance. Because of this, most customers chose to get the labeler that will make them happiest in the long-run.

Unfortunately, too many people narrow their focus to the initial price of the labeler with the goal of finding the cheapest vendor. This normally results in sacrificing service, quality, and/or warranty. This short-term approach inevitably leads to regret—especially considering that unlike a vehicle, a labeler cannot be traded-in if one is unhappy with their initial investment. 

The most common configurations/options to be considered when purchasing or renting a labeler or labeling system

  • Merge/blow/tamp
  • Apply only or print and apply
  • Front / back / wrap
  • Stack light warning w/ low label detection
  • Encoder for speed following
  • Zero downtime efficiency
  • Large rolls handling for longer running
  • Clear label sensors
  • Collapsible rewinds required for film liners
  • Portable labeler mounting stands
  • Upgrade to stainless steel wherever possible
  • Cut down peeler bar for a specific label size
  • Cut down wrap belts for particular bottle sizes
  • Upgraded motor for larger labels

As you can see, there are many configurations available. When someone receives a quote from QLC, we thoroughly examine each config as to educate the customer of the specific configuration’s benefits. We want to identify its overall importance to the success of the project.

So, how much does a labeler cost, really?

Pricing Guidelines: To give you a general idea of rental labeler costs, we’ll provide estimated price ranges for different configurations. Please note that these prices may vary based on project details and specific options required.

1) Simple blow on w/ no installation assistance $1,500-$2,500 per month

2) Wrap labeler w/ no installation assistance $3,000-$4,000 per month

3) Front/back/wrap labeler w/ no installation assistance $6,000-$10,000 per month

Conclusion: Renting a labeler can be a practical and cost-effective choice for short-term labeling projects. By considering your specific requirements, understanding available configurations and options, and prioritizing quality over initial price, you can make an informed decision. Remember to assess the long-term benefits and potential ROI when selecting a rental labeler, ensuring maximum efficiency and customer satisfaction.