Walk-Behind Trenchers for Rent

When you need a walk-behind trencher for rent, you can count on United Rentals to be your supplier. Walk-behind trenchers are a type of small trenching machine that can be used for a variety of purposes. Popular for their maneuverability and versatility, they are often used to install underground utilities, such as water and sewer lines. They can also be used to dig trenches for foundations or landscaping. Choose from top brands such as Vermeer and Ditch Witch for high-quality options. These trenchers feature wheel or track-based navigation and range from 5 horsepower to 27 horsepower, ideal for anyone looking to complete smaller jobs. Let United Rentals be your go-to for walk-behind trencher rentals.

FAQs About Walk-behind Trenchers

How do you operate a walk-behind trencher?

  • Operating a walk-behind trencher requires several detailed steps from ground preparation to safety tips and precautions. We encourage you to always consult the equipment user manual and apply the appropriate safety measures prior to operation. However, if you still need assistance, feel free to browse informational articles on our Project Uptime site or contact your local United Rentals branch to speak with a specialist.

How much does it cost to rent a walk-behind trencher?

  • The cost of a walk-behind trencher rental will vary based on the model, size-,- and United Rentals location you rent from. Enter your location to see rental rates in your area.

Can you trench frozen ground with a walk-behind trencher?

  • Typically walk-behind trench diggers do not have the horsepower or torque for trenching frozen ground. Ride-on trenchers are the standard for frost-covered ground. If it is a light frost and the soil underneath is soft, a walk-behind trencher with a pointed carbide blade will be able to break up the frost. However, a walk-behind trencher may take a long time and be insufficient. See the operator’s manual and manufacturer specifications for digging depth limits.
Walk-Behind Trencher
Cat Class Code
930-1101

Walk-behind Trencher, 11-15 HP

  • Trench width maximum up to 6"
  • Hydrostatic drive for easy operation and low maintenance
  • Color-coded controls for quick recognition
  • Digging depths up to 24"
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Cat Class Code
930-0003

Walk-behind Trencher, 24 in., 5-15 HP

  • Digging depth up to 24"
  • Cutting width from 2 1/2-4 in.
  • Self-propelled or operator-propelled models available
  • Upright position reduces strain on operator
  • Ideal for digging trenches for utilities, plumbing and irrigation
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Cat Class Code
930-1102

Walk-behind Trencher, 36 in., 11-15 HP, Tracks

  • Digging depth up to 36"
  • Cutting width from 4-6 in.
  • Hydraulic steering forward and reverse
  • Gas/LP/Diesel power options
  • Ideal for digging trenches for utilities, plumbing and irrigation
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Cat Class Code
930-1200

Walk-behind Trencher, 48 in., 16-23 HP

  • Digging depth up to 48"
  • Operator safety handles with automatic stop release
  • Hydrostatic drive for easy operation and low maintenance
  • Color-coded controls for quick recognition
  • Ideal for digging small- to medium-sized trenches for utilities, plumbing, cable TV and irrigation
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Walk-Behind Roller Pack Shot
Cat Class Code
930-1230

Walk-behind Trencher, 48 in., 18-27 HP

  • Digging depth up to 48"
  • Trench width maximum of up to 8"
  • Hydrostatic drive for easy operation and low maintenance
  • Color-coded controls for quick recognition
  • Ideal for light- to medium-duty trenching work for electrical work, plumbing, irrigation and more
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