United Rentals is a leading supplier of rental equipment, including hydraulic shoring tools. Our selection of durable hydraulic shoring tools are manufactured for trench shoring and excavating applications. We carry a comprehensive and heavy-duty selection of trench shoring rentals and hydraulic shoring tools like manhole braces, fin boards, hydraulic trench release tools, shoring hand pumps and any other accessories commonly found in a complete shoring system. Keeping your crew safe while underground is our top priority — our tools are designed to easily maneuver around existing utilities and provide ample space for you and your crew members to work. Read our Essential Trench Safety Tips article and learn more about hydraulic shoring in our FAQ section below.
Trench shoring is designed to prevent collapses and cave-ins by bracing the walls of a trench with hydraulic pistons constantly applying even pressure until they press walls up against the trench. Hydraulic shoring is typically used with steel plates or heavy plywood called FinForm to brace against the trench walls. This shoring solution offers maximum versatility and is ideal for working in complex conditions, especially around existing utilities and structures.
What are the benefits of beam and plate shoring systems?
Beam and plate systems offer a unique cost-effective alternative to customary sheet-piling methods. Ideal for longer-term excavations, these systems are installed faster than traditional steel sheeting at a fraction of the cost, while providing you with the necessary workspace. Need more help? Contact one of our trench safety experts.
How deep can a trench be without shoring?
According to OSHA requirements, a trench protective system must be used when a trench is 5 feet or greater in depth. If less than 5 feet, OSHA requires that a "competent person" may determine that a trench protective system is not necessary.