United Rentals Opens First Trench Safety Branch in Canada

Greenwich, CT - May 10, 2005


United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI), North America's largest equipment rental company, today announced the opening of its first trench safety branch in Canada. The facility, located in Abbotsford, British Columbia at 30579 South Fraser Way, will provide customers in the greater Vancouver area with underground construction equipment rentals, sales and service and a comprehensive line of contractor supplies.

"Engineering and construction activities have grown steadily in this region since 1999, with spending expected to top $6.5 billion this year alone," said Dar Franklin, branch manager for United Rentals. "We have established a presence to deliver special expertise and added convenience to customers working on underground construction projects. Our trench safety facility in Abbotsford adds another dimension to our company's longstanding history of service in British Columbia."

The new location will rent the latest technologies in steel trench shields, aluminum trench shores, steel crossing plates and custom slide rail systems, as well as confined space ventilators, detectors and other equipment. United Rentals also offers delivery service, 24-hour emergency response service and professional safety training for customers.

About United Rentals

United Rentals, Inc. is the largest equipment rental company in the world, with an integrated network of 730 rental locations in 48 states, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. The company's 12,900 employees serve construction and industrial customers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners and others. The company offers for rent over 600 different types of equipment with a total original cost of $3.7 billion. United Rentals is a member of the Standard & Poor's MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 2000 Index® and is headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut. Additional information about United Rentals is available at www.unitedrentals.com.



Chuck Wessendorf
VP, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
United Rentals, Inc.
(203) 618-7318 

Nicole Salas
Manager, Corporate Communications
United Rentals, Inc.
(203) 618-7246