Manhole Boxes / Shields for Rent

United Rentals carries a large selection of manhole boxes for rent. Manhole boxes, also known as utility shields, help to reduce the amount of excavation required by surrounding the square pit with heavy steel panels. Adding necessary protection for jobs such as sewer pipe or manhole installation, repairs and tie-ins, manhole boxes ensure your workers will be able to perform effectively with peace of mind. Choose between lightweight boxes for shallow trenches and larger manhole braces for deeper pits. Our manhole box rentals are rated for deeper jobs and are available in single-walled or double-walled models to help keep your crew both productive and safe.

FAQs About Manhole Boxes and Shields

What are manhole braces?

  • Not to be confused with manhole boxes or manhole shields, manhole braces work with hydraulic shoring systems. Combining the benefits of aluminum hydraulic shoring with the ruggedness of steel box tubing, excavation braces are specifically designed for shoring square and rectangular excavations.

Why should you use a manhole shield?

  • Manhole shields help protect workers and maintain a safe working environment. They are designed to be used in various configurations and height options meant to protect workers in certain types of trench work, like pipework or junction box installations.

How do you use a manhole box?

  • To use a manhole box, you must first assemble the shield above ground. Once the manhole box is built, use heavy-rated lifting machinery to place the box inside the trench area and push it down until there is a snug fit. Begin to excavate any remaining undesired material to create the complete depth of your trench, being careful not to damage the integrity of your shield or collide with any overhead powerlines.

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Cat Class Code
944-9985

Curb Plate 3x10

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Cat Class Code
944-9966

Manhole 21 in.-27 in., Pneumatic Disc Testing Assembly

  • Manhole 21-27" diameter
  • Pneumatic disc assembly for testing included
  • Durable and easy to install
  • United Rentals will contact you to confirm requirements
  • Uses: Ideal for completing a vacuum test of manholes to determine its resistance water infiltration
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Cat Class Code
944-9979

Manhole Brace 6' X 9' X 3"

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Cat Class Code
940-7060

Manhole Brace Assembly, 3 in.

  • 4-way hydraulic support with high-yield telescoping steel sections
  • Supports 3" cylinder diameter
  • 4-way hose bridles for simultaneous cylinder pressurization
  • United Rentals will contact you to confirm requirements
  • Uses: Ideal for providing the support needed to secure safe excavations in less stable soils
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Cat Class Code
940-7062

Manhole Brace, 10 in. Oversleeve

  • 4-way hydraulic support with high-yield telescoping steel sections
  • 10" cylinder oversleeves for increased safety
  • 4-way hose bridles for simultaneous cylinder pressurization
  • United Rentals will contact you to confirm requirements
  • Uses: Ideal for providing the support needed to secure safe excavations in less stable soils
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Cat Class Code
944-9986

Manhole Cover, 42 in.

  • Slip-resistant cover
  • Round manhole plate with 42" diameter
  • Corrosion-resistant
  • United Rentals will contact you to confirm requirements
  • Uses: Ideal for covering manholes to prevent unauthorized access and to keep anything or anyone from falling in
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Cat Class Code
944-9984

Manhole Plate 36"

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Cat Class Code
944-9950

Manhole Plate 48"

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Cat Class Code
944-9976

Manhole Tester 38" Without Pump

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Cat Class Code
944-9977

Manhole Tester 44" Without Pump

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Cat Class Code
944-9972

Manhole Tester, 24 in.

  • Handles up to 24" diameter line
  • Calibrated gauges
  • Easy to use
  • United Rentals will contact you to confirm requirements
  • Uses: Ideal for testing new or existing manholes for infiltration and exfiltration problems
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Cat Class Code
944-9974

Manhole Tester, 38", Complete

  • Calibrated Gauges
  • Easy Use
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Cat Class Code
944-9967

Manhole Vacuum Tester, 30-36 in.

  • Available in 30-36" diameter
  • Calibrated gauges
  • Easy to use
  • United Rentals will contact you to confirm requirements
  • Uses: Ideal for testing new or existing manholes for infiltration and exfiltration problems
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Cat Class Code
944-9961

Manhole Vacuum Testing Pump

  • Specialized equipment makes testing a manhole or grease interceptor easy
  • Calibrated gauges
  • Easy to use
  • United Rentals will contact you to confirm requirements
  • Uses: Ideal for vacuum testing a manhole or grease interceptor
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Cat Class Code
944-9991

Pel-guard Manhole Guard

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Cat Class Code
944-9987

Pneumatic Disc Assembly 21" - 27"