Backhoes for Rent

Backhoes are multipurpose earthmoving machines used in construction projects for trench work, utility street work, loading and more. See the wide range of backhoe rentals United Rentals offers for projects big and small below.

4 wheel drive backhoe loader
Cat Class Code
902-1021

Backhoe Loader, 14 ft. Dig Depth, 4WD, Extended Cab, Diesel Powered

  • 4-wheel drive unit
  • Travel speed of up to 24.6 mph
  • Standard backhoe bucket capacity of up to 6.5 cubic yards
  • Standard loader bucket capacity of 1 cubic yard
  • Ideal for digging projects, clearing, landscaping, moving materials and more
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Cat Class Code
902-1020

Backhoe Loader, 14 ft. Dig Depth, 60-90 HP, 4WD, Diesel Powered

  • 4-wheel drive unit
  • Advanced hydrostatic power steering
  • Easy-to-operate controls
  • Variety of bucket sizes
  • Uses: Ideal for trenching, digging, backfilling and loading
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yellow backhoe loader product shot
Cat Class Code
902-1101

Backhoe Loader, 15 ft. Dig Depth, 4WD, Diesel Powered

  • 60-90 horsepower models available
  • Bucket dig force up to 11,500 lbs.
  • Hydrostatic power steering available
  • 4-wheel drive unit
  • Ideal for digging, trenching, backfilling, leveling and grading for construction site preparation
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Orange and black Case 4 wheel drive backhoe loader with an extended cab and bucket and boom lowered
Cat Class Code
902-1210

Backhoe Loader, 15.7 ft. Dig Depth, 4WD, Extended Cab, Diesel Powered

  • 91-104 horsepower models available
  • Bucket dig force up to 14,800 lbs.
  • Travel speed up to 24.6 mph
  • 4-wheel drive unit
  • Uses: Ideal for digging, trenching, backfilling, leveling and grading for construction site preparation
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Earthmoving Equipment
Cat Class Code
902-1340

Backhoe Loader, 17 ft. Dig Depth, 4WD, Diesel Powered

  • 149 horsepower
  • 17'3" digging depth
  • 17,622 lbs. backhoe bucket digging force
  • 14'7" backhoe dump height
  • Ideal for loading trucks, busting up blacktop, placing pipe, digging trenches, moving materials and more
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Yellow and black John Deere 4WD backhoe loader with a 17 ft. dig depth
Cat Class Code
902-1100

Backhoe Loader, 17 ft. Dig Depth, 4WD, Diesel Powered, Extend-A-Hoe

  • 4-wheel drive unit
  • Extendable boom lift arm for additional 3.5' digging depth available
  • Standard backhoe bucket capacity up to 6.5 cubic yards
  • Standard loader bucket capacity of 1 cubic yard
  • Uses digging projects, clearing, landscaping, moving materials and more
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Orange and black Case 4 wheel drive backhoe loader with an extended cab and a 19.5 foot dig depth with boom and bucket lowered
Cat Class Code
902-1330

Backhoe Loader, 19.5 ft. Dig Depth, 4WD, Extended Cab, Diesel Powered

  • 90-130 horsepower models available
  • Bucket breakout force up to 15,800 lbs.
  • Travel speed up to 24.6 mph
  • 4-wheel drive and 2-wheel drive units available
  • Uses: Ideal for digging, trenching, backfilling, leveling and grading for construction site preparation
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orange backhoe product shot
Cat Class Code
902-0015

Backhoe Loader, 20-29 HP, 4WD, Compact, Diesel Powered

  • 4-wheel drive unit
  • Easily towed on a trailer or behind a truck
  • Quick-change buckets
  • Variety of bucket 8-18" sizes
  • Uses: Ideal for trenching, digging, backfill and loading
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Green John Deere 30-39 HP 4WD compact backhoe loader driven by a worker near trees
Cat Class Code
902-0021

Backhoe Loader, 30-39 HP, 4WD, Compact, Diesel Powered

  • 4-wheel drive unit, hydrostatic drive for smooth operation
  • Easily towed on a trailer or behind a truck
  • Quick-change buckets
  • 8-18" bucket sizes available
  • Uses: Ideal for trenching, digging, backfill and loading
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Resources

FAQs About Backhoes

Backhoes are named for their extending arm that pulls dirt "back and up” from a site. While often referred to as construction backhoe machines, these tools are more commonly known as diggers or backhoe loaders. Large backhoe rentals are typically smaller than excavators and equipped with four wheels that can tread on smooth or rough terrain. We also offer narrow backhoe loader rentals with 2-wheel drive and heavier-duty 4-wheel drive models.

Backhoes can fit in narrow worksites and trailers where large earthmovers can't. But they can still complete heavy-duty work. Extensions for the cab and arms are available to meet your site’s needs. Learn more about these versatile machines in our Backhoe FAQs section below.

How deep can a backhoe dig?

Digging depth depends on the model of the backhoe; the standard backhoe we offer digs up to 14'8''. We also offer bucket extensions that can offer an additional 3’6” foot dig. Not sure what you need? Call United Rentals today.

How many yards does a backhoe bucket hold?

While we offer multiple backhoe models, typically each bucket can hold around 1.03 cubic yards of soil. Different buckets are available for multipurpose applications. See our Earthmoving Attachments for more backhoe bucket options.

Is a backhoe the same as an excavator?

Backhoes and excavators (specifically mini excavators) look similar and they can do similar jobs, but they are different in important ways. Typically excavators are much bigger, but mini excavators can do a lot of the same things backhoes can do. They both have articulating booms, dippers, and buckets and are used for trench work, construction work and more. Excavators don't have wheels; they run on tracks (that is why they are also known as trackhoes), and they have very good traction for slick, muddy sites. Excavators have 360-degree swing rotation, but backhoes only have 180- to 200-degree swing rotation. Learn more about the differences between backhoes and excavators on Project Uptime.