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Excavator Rental Guide

Excavators are used to break through ground and remove rocks, dirt, and other materials. An excavator can also be used in demolition, to lift and transport material, or to grade land. Excavators come in an array of sizes to meet the requirements of multiple types of job sites. Equipmentrentalpros.com brings you information of the types of excavators and what they do, the most popular excavator manufacturers, and average excavator rental rates.

Types of Excavators

When choosing an excavator, you will first look at the operating weight to determine which machine is best for your project. Excavators range in weight classes from 2,000 pounds of operating weight to 190,000 pounds. Excavators typically fall into compact, small, medium, and large categories. Keep in mind that one brand’s definition of compact might be another brand’s definition of small. There is no cut and dry weight class formula that is used across the board to label excavators. In addition to weight, maximum digging depth is important. This will vary by machine.

Mini or Compact Excavators

Compact, mini excavators weight start at 2,000 pounds and can go up to around 12,000 pounds. Mini or compact excavators take longer to complete a dig, but the lighter weight of the equipment will do much less damage to landscaping. This size is often used to remove small existing structures or retaining walls, dig small trenches, and install trees.

Small Excavators

Small excavators fall into the 12,001 to 24,000 pound category. This excavator size is just right for digging residential ponds and swimming pools.

Mid-Sized Excavators

The mid-sized, or medium, excavators typically weigh anywhere from 25,001 to 100,000 pounds. These excavators are commonly seen on construction sites of all sizes.

Large Excavators

Large excavators weigh upwards of 100,001 pounds. Larger machines can dig a lot of earth with great efficiency. The big boys are perfect for commercial and industrial projects.

Common Excavator Brands Numerous earthmoving equipment companies produce excavators, but some of the more popular brands continue to sell more and more units each and every year. Cat, John Deere, Bobcat, and JCB are just four corporations among many that produce high quality excavating equipment. Some excavator companies manufacture machines in every weight class, while others stick to a smaller grouping of equipment.

Cat

Caterpillar produces excavators in all weight classes:

ModelOperating WeightDigging Depth
300.9D 2061 lb 5ft, 6 in
304E2 CR 8906 lb 11 ft, 2 in
308E2 Cr 18,519 lb 14 ft, 2 in
320E L 54,450 lb 18 ft, 5 in
349F L 117,500 lb 29 ft, 4 in
390F L 190,204 lb 39 ft, 9 in

John Deere

John Deere excavators are available in compact, small, mid , and large models to suit nearly any project:

ModelOperating WeightDigging Depth
17G 3790 lb 7 ft, 2 in
60G 13,547 lb 12 ft, 4 in
160G LC 39,685 lb 21 ft, 4 in
245G LC 56,167 lb 21ft, 9 in
380G LC 83,992 lb 26 ft, 10 in
870G LC 87,659 lb 31 ft, 5 in

JCB

The line from JCB features compact to mid-sized excavators with variable digging depths:

ModelOperating WeightDigging Depth
8008 CTS 2094 lb 5 ft, 6 in
8029 CTS 6321 lb 10 ft, 0 in
8045 ZTS 10,472 lb 12 ft, 2 in
100C - I 21,457 lb 15 ft, 1 in
JS145 31,440 lb 19 ft, 9 in
JS220 49,582 lb 21 ft, 8 in

Bobcat

Bobcat’s line includes both compact and small excavators:

ModelOperating WeightDigging Depth
418 T4 2593 lb 6 ft, 0 in
E20 4306 lb 8 ft, 5 in
E35i 7468 lb 10 ft, 2 in
E42 9246 lb 10 ft, 5 in
E50 10,677 lb 11 ft, 6 in
E85 T4 18,960 lb 15 ft, 5 in

Excavator Rental Rates

Excavators are rented by the day, week, or month. Rates are based on the size of the excavator and the complete length of rental. Rental location also impacts the cost, as some areas will price excavator rentals slightly higher than others.

SizeDailyWeeklyMonthly
Compact – 2000 lb, 5’ 6” digging depth $165 $495 $1240
Compact – 10,000 lb, 12’ 9” digging depth $325 $975 $2375
Small – 23,000 lb, 19’ 6” digging depth $540 $1620 $4040
Mid – 61,000 lb, 23’ 8” digging depth $1145 $3435 $8570
Large – 106,000 lb, 27’ 2” digging depth $1455 $4365 $10,830

An excavator is useful in many situations. Landscaping companies, construction firms, and utility installers are several of the types of businesses that utilize excavators. Equipmentrentalpros.com gives you all of the details on excavator rentals so you can choose the equipment that will help your company succeed.

How Much Does a Excavator Rental Cost?

Excavator Rental costs depend on rental duration, features and options needed, your location and availability. Request a quote for exact excavator rental rates.

2,000 Lbs. Mini Excavator
2,000 Lbs. Mini Excavator
$286
Daily
$767
Weekly
$1,933
Monthly
3,500 Lbs. Mini Excavator
3,500 Lbs. Mini Excavator
$321
Daily
$793
Weekly
$2,033
Monthly
6,000 Lbs. Mini Excavator
6,000 Lbs. Mini Excavator
$357
Daily
$807
Weekly
$2,127
Monthly
7,500 Lbs. Mini Excavator
7,500 Lbs. Mini Excavator
$375
Daily
$927
Weekly
$2,333
Monthly
9,500 Lbs. Mini Excavator
9,500 Lbs. Mini Excavator
$421
Daily
$949
Weekly
$2,393
Monthly
11,000 Lbs. Mini Excavator
11,000 Lbs. Mini Excavator
$436
Daily
$1,120
Weekly
$2,560
Monthly
16,000 Lbs. Mini Excavator
16,000 Lbs. Mini Excavator
$550
Daily
$1,300
Weekly
$3,133
Monthly
25,000 Lbs. Excavator
25,000 Lbs. Excavator
$571
Daily
$1,375
Weekly
$3,433
Monthly
30,000 Lbs. Excavator
30,000 Lbs. Excavator
$743
Daily
$2,045
Weekly
$4,733
Monthly
35,000 Lbs. Excavator
35,000 Lbs. Excavator
$800
Daily
$2,073
Weekly
$5,047
Monthly
40,000 Lbs. Excavator
40,000 Lbs. Excavator
$825
Daily
$2,085
Weekly
$5,200
Monthly
45,000 Lbs. Excavator
45,000 Lbs. Excavator
$850
Daily
$2,100
Weekly
$5,327
Monthly
50,000 Lbs. Excavator
50,000 Lbs. Excavator
$875
Daily
$3,320
Weekly
$7,000
Monthly