Our mini excavators are excellent for precision excavations as they combine the compact size of a backhoe with the heavy-duty tracks and 360-degree swing of an excavator. United Rentals’ has mini excavators for rent in a broad range of sizes and capabilities. Our smallest 3,000-lbs. machine is ideal for jobsites with weight restrictions and our largest 18,000-lbs. mini excavator can dig swimming pools, utility trenches and more. You can expect to find mini excavators from trusted manufacturers like Bobcat and Takeuchi among our rental fleet. For more information on mini-excavators, visit our FAQs section below.
We have divided our fleet of mini excavators by weight. Our smallest compact excavator has an operating weight of 3,000 lbs. and our largest has an operating weight of 18,000 lbs. By comparison, our smallest standard-size excavator weighs 44,000 lbs.
A mini excavator can do most of what other earthmoving equipment can do. It has a boom, stick, and bucket for trenching, loading, and dumping soils. It is different from other loading equipment, like a backhoe, because it has tracks instead of wheels, making it more productive in wet conditions. We also offer attachments such as breakers or hammers, augers and different sizes of buckets. Learn more about what an excavator can do at Project Uptime.
The width depends on the model of the mini excavator. Smaller compact excavators start at three feet wide, and larger models can be about seven feet wide. This does not include the articulating arm as it is swinging. Measure your jobsite and ensure you will have enough space for a mini excavator to move around comfortably and safely.
Operators have used mini excavators for all sorts of landscaping and clearing jobs, including stump removal. Before you choose a mini excavator, you'll have to consider how large and tough the tree is and how deep the roots go. You want to choose a compact excavator that has the power and lift to remove the stump without damaging the equipment. United Rentals also offers thumb attachments for our mini excavators that can assist in stump removal.