Aluminum Boxes/Shields for Rent

United Rentals’ aluminum trench boxes for rent provide strength while being lightweight, typically weighing around half as much as steel trench shields. Also known as aluminum shoring boxes, these protective barriers are ideal for keeping your workers safe during trenching operations. Our comprehensive line includes popular shields as well as heavy-duty models. We also carry a Modular Aluminum Panel Shields (MAPS) system, which can be assembled in minutes and is designed to adapt to site requirements. Both systems help protect workers if a collapse occurs. Learn more about aluminum trench boxes in  Benefits of Modular Aluminum Trench Boxes.

FAQs About Aluminum Boxes & Shields

What is an aluminum trench shield?

  • A trench shield is a protective tool used to retain dirt during trench excavations. Unlike a box, shields are not necessarily enclosed on three or four sides. They are commonly open at opposing ends with metal walls running the length of the shield and held open by spreaders. However, the terms are often used interchangeably because they have the same purpose. For more information, Trench Box vs. Trench Shield: What’s the Difference? can help you learn more about the similarities and differences between trench boxes and trench shields.

What is aluminum hydraulic shoring?

  • Hydraulic shoring is a process used to enhance protective trench sheets or shields. Pressure is used to apply force to the shoring, which pushes against trench walls and the dirt being held in place to prevent a cave-in.

What are the three main methods of protection against cave-ins?

  • According to OSHA, to prevent cave-ins you must slope or bench trench walls, shore trench walls with supports, or shield trench walls with trench boxes. We encourage site managers and teams to review these standards to ensure the use of best practices and overall safety on jobsites.
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Cat Class Code
940-8705

Adjustable Spreader, 22 in.-36 in.

  • Aluminum or steel options
  • Adjust trench box from 22"-36"
  • Easy to transport and set up
  • Sturdy and reliable construction
  • Uses: Accessory for trench box systems that allows for more flexibility in the trench
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Cat Class Code
940-8707

Adjustable Spreader, 28 in.-46 in.

  • Aluminum or steel options
  • Adjust trench box from 28"-46"
  • Easy to transport and set up
  • Sturdy and reliable construction
  • Uses: Accessory for trench box systems that allows for more flexibility in the trench
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Cat Class Code
940-8710

Adjustable Spreader, 34 in.-55 in.

  • Aluminum or steel options
  • Adjust trench box from 34"-55"
  • Easy to transport and set up
  • Sturdy and reliable construction
  • Uses: Accessory for trench box systems that allows for more flexibility in the trench
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Cat Class Code
940-8712

Adjustable Spreader, 36 in.-60 in.

  • Aluminum or steel options
  • Adjust trench box from 36"-60"
  • Easy to transport and set up
  • Sturdy and reliable construction
  • Uses: Accessory for trench box systems that allows for more flexibility in the trench
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Cat Class Code
940-8715

Adjustable Spreader, 42 in.-66 in.

  • Aluminum or steel options
  • Adjust trench box from 42"-66"
  • Easy to transport and set up
  • Sturdy and reliable construction
  • Uses: Accessory for trench box systems that allows for more flexibility in the trench
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Cat Class Code
940-8720

Adjustable Spreader, 52 in.-88 in.

  • Aluminum or steel options
  • Adjust trench box from 52"-88"
  • Easy to transport and set up
  • Sturdy and reliable construction
  • Uses: Accessory for trench box systems that allows for more flexibility in the trench
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Cat Class Code
940-8725

Adjustable Spreader, 72 in.-104 in.

  • Aluminum or steel options
  • Adjust trench box from 72"-104"
  • Easy to transport and set up
  • Sturdy and reliable construction
  • Uses: Accessory for trench box systems that allows for more flexibility in the trench
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Cat Class Code
940-8724

Adjustable Spreader, 72 in.-108 in.

  • Aluminum or steel options
  • Adjust trench box from 72"-108"
  • Easy to transport and set up
  • Sturdy and reliable construction
  • Uses: Accessory for trench box systems that allows for more flexibility in the trench
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Cat Class Code
940-8726

Adjustable Spreader, 84 in.-108 in.

  • Aluminum or steel options
  • Adjust trench box from 84"-108"
  • Easy to transport and set up
  • Sturdy and reliable construction
  • Uses: Accessory for trench box systems that allows for more flexibility in the trench
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Cat Class Code
940-8727

Adjustable Spreader, 96 in.-120 in.

  • Aluminum or steel options
  • Adjust trench box from 96"-120"
  • Easy to transport and set up
  • Sturdy and reliable construction
  • Uses: Accessory for trench box systems that allows for more flexibility in the trench
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Cat Class Code
940-9845

Aluminum Trench Box Extension Leg Kit, 2 ft.

  • Extend your trench clearance 2'
  • Accessory kit for aluminum trench box rentals
  • Easy to transport and set up
  • Contact United Rentals with your requirements
  • Uses: Accessory kit for aluminum trench boxes that offers 2' of additional clearance above trenches
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Cat Class Code
942-6776

Aluminum Trench Box, 4 ft. by 6 ft.

  • Telescoping spreader sets in a wide variety of sizes
  • Pulling and lifting lugs
  • Foam-filled sidewall prevents dirt and moisture from building up, reducing friction
  • United Rentals will contact you to confirm requirements
  • Uses: Ideal for protecting workers from weight of soil in the event of a cave-in
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Cat Class Code
942-9257

Aluminum Trench Box, 6 ft. by 8 ft.

  • Reliable and durable construction
  • Lightweight trench shield system, pipe clearance can vary
  • Can easily be transported via pickup truck
  • Contact United Rentals with your requirements
  • Uses: Ideal for light duty shoring trenches 6' by 8'
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Cat Class Code
942-6778

Aluminum Trench Box, 6' x 6'

  • Size: 6' x 6'
  • Telescoping spreaders
  • Light Weight Trench Shield
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Cat Class Code
942-6778

Aluminum Trench Box, 6' x 6'

  • Size: 6' x 6'
  • Telescoping spreaders
  • Light Weight Trench Shield
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Cat Class Code
942-9092

Aluminum Trench Box, 8 ft. by 10 ft.

  • Reliable and durable construction
  • Lightweight trench shield system, pipe clearance can vary
  • Telescoping spreaders included
  • Contact United Rentals with your requirements
  • Uses: Ideal for light-duty shoring trenches 8' by 10'
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Cat Class Code
942-9310

Aluminum Trench Box, 8 ft. by 16 ft.

  • Reliable and durable construction
  • Lightweight trench shield system, pipe clearance can vary
  • Telescoping spreaders included
  • Contact United Rentals with your requirements
  • Uses: Ideal for light-duty shoring trenches 8' by 16'
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Cat Class Code
942-9315

Aluminum Trench Box, 8 ft. by 6 ft.

  • Telescoping spreader sets in a wide variety of sizes
  • Pulling and lifting lugs
  • Foam-filled sidewall prevents dirt and moisture from building up, reducing friction
  • United Rentals will contact you to confirm requirements
  • Uses: Ideal for protecting workers from weight of soil in the event of a cave-in
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Cat Class Code
942-9084

Aluminum Trench Box, 8 ft. by 8 ft.

  • Reliable and durable construction
  • Lightweight trench shield system, pipe clearance can vary
  • Telescoping spreaders included
  • Contact United Rentals with your requirements
  • Uses: Ideal for light-duty shoring trenches 8' by 8'