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Walk-Behind Trenchers for Rent

Highly maneuverable and versatile, United Rentals' fleet of walk-behind trenchers for rent is ideal for various light-duty trenching applications.

For our full list of walk-behind trenchers, view the items below. For more information about trenchers, visit our resource section below.

Orange and black DITCHWITCH 11-15 HP Walk-Behind Trencher, 24-36 in. Dig Depth, Wheels
Cat Class Code
930-1101

11-15 HP Walk-Behind Trencher, 24-36 in. Dig Depth, Wheels

  • 24-36 in. dig depth depending on model
  • 11-15 horsepower depending on model
  • Gas power
  • 35" wide
  • Uses: Ideal for applications in tight spaces such as installing fiber optic cable or irrigation lines
Orange and black DITCHWITCH 11-15 HP Walk-Behind Trencher, 24-36 in. Dig Depth, Tracks
Cat Class Code
930-1102

11-15 HP Walk-Behind Trencher, 24-36 in. Dig Depth, Tracks

  • 24-36 in. dig depth depending on model
  • Rubber tracks for traveling across rough terrain
  • 11-15 horsepower depending on the model
  • Features hydrostatic skid steering
  • Uses: Ideal for compact applications such as irrigation line and landscape lighting installation
Orange Ditch Witch Walk-Behind Trencher
Cat Class Code
930-1200

16-27 HP Walk-Behind Trencher, 36 in. Dig Depth

  • Up to 36" dig depth depending on model
  • 16-27 horsepower depending on model
  • Gas power
  • Includes backfill blade
  • Uses: Ideal for jobs in tight spaces, like installing telecommunication cables
Orange Ditch Witch Walk-Behind Trencher
Cat Class Code
930-1230

16-27 HP Walk-Behind Trencher, 24-36 in. Dig Depth

  • 24-36 in. dig depth depending on model
  • 16-27 horsepower depending on model
  • Rubber tracks for traveling across rough terrain
  • Features simple, easy-to-operate controls
  • Uses: Ideal for compact trenching jobs such as wire or cable installations
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Cat Class Code
930-1540

25-31 HP Walk-Behind Vibratory Plow, 16 in. Dig Depth

  • Up to 16" dig depth depending on model
  • 25-31 horsepower depending on model
  • Gas power
  • Features hydrostatic steering and easy-to-use controls
  • Uses: Ideal for installing cable, irrigation systems and drainage pipes
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FAQs About Walk-Behind Trenchers

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.

FAQs
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 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. 

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 the 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.