Our inventory of gas-powered walk-behind trenchers features machines with wheels or tracks and 11 horsepower to 27 horsepower. Ideal for a variety of uses, these trenchers are often used for lighter-duty applications like laying cable lines, phone lines and more. They can also be used to dig trenches for foundations or landscaping. Our inventory includes top brands such as Vermeer, Ditch Witch and more with models featuring dig depths of up to 36 inches. For more information on our walk-behind trencher rentals, please read our FAQ section below.
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 explore our Project Uptime article on how to use a walk-behind trencher or contact your local United Rentals branch to speak with a specialist.
The cost of a walk-behind trencher rental will vary based on the model, size and the United Rentals location you rent from. Enter your location to see rental rates in your area.
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.