Excavators for Rent

United Rentals offers multiple sizes of excavators for rent, ranging from 21 tons to 25 tons, for multipurpose applications like digging, backfilling, clearing and trenching.

Featured Excavators

See our most popular, widely available excavators for rent. Set your location to see real-time pricing and availability.

For our full list of excavators, view the items below. For more information about excavators, visit our resource section.

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Cat Class Code
905-1015

Excavator, 12.5-14.5 tons

  • Excellent all-around visibility
  • Maximum digging depth 19'7"
  • Ground level reach up to 28'4"
  • Bucket capacity up to .98 cubic yards
  • Ideal for standard excavating jobs on construction sites
  • Add this excavator to your cart now
Cat Class Code
905-1030

Excavator, 15-17.5 tons

  • Excellent all-around visibility
  • Maximum digging depth 21'9"
  • Ground level reach up to 32'6"
  • Bucket capacity up to 1.11 cubic yards
  • Ideal for standard to heavy-duty excavating jobs on larger construction sites
  • Add this excavator to your cart now
Cat Class Code
905-1035

Excavator, 15-17.5 tons, Zero Swing

  • Excellent all-around visibility
  • Maximum digging depth 19'7"
  • Ground level reach up to 28'4"
  • Bucket capacity up to .98 cubic yards
  • Ideal for standard excavating jobs on larger construction sites
  • Add this excavator to your cart now
Cat Class Code
905-1045

Excavator, 17.5-19.5 tons

  • Excellent all-around visibility
  • Maximum digging depth 21' 4"
  • Ground level reach up to 30'
  • Bucket capacity up to 1 cubic yard
  • Ideal for standard excavating jobs on larger construction sites
  • This is oversized equipment. View permit information below.
Full Size Excavator Pack Shot
Cat Class Code
905-1060

Excavator, 21.5-25 tons

  • Excellent all-around visibility
  • Maximum digging depth 22'
  • Built-in wheels for easy maneuverability
  • Ideal for standard to heavy-duty jobs on larger construction sites
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  • This is oversized equipment. View permit information below.
Cat Class Code
905-1085

Excavator, 25-28 tons

  • Excellent all-around visibility
  • Maximum digging depth 21'9"
  • Ground level reach up to 32'6"
  • Bucket capacity up to 1.11 cubic yards
  • Ideal for standard to heavy-duty excavating jobs on larger construction sites
  • This is oversized equipment. View permit information below.
Cat Class Code
905-1080

Excavator, 25-28 tons, Reduced Swing

  • Tail swing between 6' and 7'10"
  • Maximum digging depth 21'9"
  • Ground level reach up to 32'6"
  • Bucket capacity up to 1.11 cubic yards
  • Ideal for standard to heavy-duty excavating jobs on larger construction sites
  • This is oversized equipment. View permit information below.
Cat Class Code
905-1135

Excavator, 31.5-33.5 tons

  • Excellent all-around visibility
  • Maximum digging depth between 20-22 ft.
  • Ground level reach up to 31'
  • Bucket capacity between 1-2 cubic yards
  • Ideal for standard to heavy-duty excavating jobs on larger construction sites
  • This is oversized equipment. View permit information below.
Cat Class Code
905-1150

Excavator, 35-39.5 tons

  • Excellent all-around visibility
  • Maximum digging depth 24'10"
  • Ground level reach 36'3"
  • Bucket capacity up to 2.75 cubic yards
  • Ideal for standard to heavy-duty excavating jobs on larger construction sites
  • This is oversized equipment. View permit information below.
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Cat Class Code
905-1205

Excavator, 50-55 tons

  • Up to 12 track rollers per side
  • Comfortable, climate-controlled operator cab
  • Digging depth up to 27' 2"
  • Heavy duty and durable
  • Ideal for digging, trenching, backfilling, leveling and grading
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Cat Class Code
905-1005

Excavator, 9.5 tons, Zero Swing

  • Excellent all-around visibility
  • Comfortable, climate-controlled operator cab
  • 14'11" digging depth
  • 16,335 lb. breakout force
  • Ideal for digging, trenching, backfilling, leveling and grading
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Resources

FAQs About Excavators

Excavators — also called track hoes — are one of the largest pieces of equipment used in construction. Excavators can do heavy-duty clearing, loading, digging and trenching. This large excavation equipment is ideal for your commercial construction site or landscaping job. With 360-degree swing rotation, our durable track hoe rentals are ideal for muddy terrain and can handle your site’s needs efficiently. If you’re looking for excavator rentals or other construction equipment for excavating, we have just the equipment for you. Learn more about excavators in our FAQ section below.

Is an excavator the same as a digger?

Backhoes — also known as diggers — and excavators (specifically mini excavators) look similar and they can do similar jobs, but they are different in important ways. Typical excavators are much bigger, but mini excavators can do many 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 known as track hoes), 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.

What size excavator should I use?

The best size of excavator for you depends on the size of your site and the kind of work you are doing. Consider whether a heavy machine like an excavator can move around easily within the site and whether a 25-ton machine might damage the site. United Rentals offers clearing rake attachments for our excavators so you can clear roots, brush and more across your site. We offer hammer attachments for breaking through tough asphalt or cement and other attachments. Our excavators are used primarily on construction sites or large landscaping sites where they are unlikely to damage surrounding structures. If you have a smaller site, see our mini excavator section.

What are the types of excavation?

There are many types of jobs excavators are used for, including:

  • Trench excavation

  • Cutting and filling embankments

  • Basement excavation

  • Dredging

  • Excavation of various materials including rock, silt, topsoil and muck