Things You Need To Consider When Renting A Mini Excavator

If you need to dig a trench for a sewer/water line or repair, dig a hole for a spa or swimming pool, or prepare an area that is going to be paved for your driveway, you should consider renting a mini excavator. These machines are much smaller than the regular-sized excavator, so they fit in smaller areas. They are also much easier to operate and maneuver. However, before you sign the rental agreement, there are a few things you need to consider to make sure you get the proper machine for the job.


The reach of an excavator is how far the bucket will reach. The machine needs to be able to reach the entire area to be excavated. If it is not going to be able to move around all sides of the site, the reach must be long enough to perform digging on the far side, reaching across the entire excavation. 

Dump Height

Just because an excavator can reach a certain distance horizontally does not mean that it can dump its contents at the reach's height. You need to know where you will be putting the dirt once dug. If you are putting it into a dump truck to be hauled away, make sure the excavator can dump the bucket contents over the sides of the truck.

Transporting the Machine

You may be able to save money if you have a trailer that can haul the mini excavator to your site. If not, you need to be sure the rental company can deliver the machine to you when you need it. Be prepared to have to wait a day or so if the company is going to deliver it to you as their trucks and trailers may already be in use when you need them.


If you have never used a mini excavator and do not feel comfortable learning how to use it while completing your project, you may be able to have the rental company send an operator with the machine. You need to be honest with yourself as to your abilities. Ask for an operator if you are in the least bit hesitant to operate the machine yourself.  If you know you will be needing one in the near future, ask the rental company to recommend a place to be trained on its use. Not only will it save you from having to pay for an operator, but it will save you time when you don't have to wait for the operator.

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