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3 Tips for Renting a Mini Excavator

Category: Equipment and Solutions

Sometimes, it’s necessary to have a mini excavator to help you on a job. Small, agile and ready to work, these pieces of equipment are handy for all kinds of tasks. However, if the amount of work you do with them doesn’t justify owning a compact excavator, it may be more convenient to rent one until you’re done with the job.

Before searching for a rental store, there are several factors to consider when renting a mini excavator, as it’s important to feel confident when renting one for the first time. Here are some tips for renting a unit that’s perfect for you.

1. Consider the Job

The first step is to know what you need to complete your task. These machines come in various sizes and capabilities to account for the vast number of jobs contractors and homeowners need them for. Assessing the project and deciding which features would be the most helpful, such as the size of the excavator and its bucket, how deep it can dig and the tracks it uses, are key to picking the right model.

2. Account for the Cost

The broad variety of mini excavators on the market results in varying rental costs. Depending on the size and features of the model you choose, renting can cost from $200 to $3,000 per day. In addition, you can add attachments like an auger, breaker, thumb or a combination of the three to your rental for the project you are working on — just keep in mind that these features will increase the cost of renting the excavator.

The delivery of the machine will be priced by the mile if you can’t pick it up on your own. If you are working on a tight budget, find a model from a relatively close facility that can do the job without too much extra expense.

3. Assess the Time

In most cases, the longer you rent a mini excavator, the more economical the rate will be. If you have several jobs to complete within a month or two, it may be worth it to rent the equipment for the whole time instead of renting in short bursts. However, when renting for a longer period, it’s important to have a suitable place to store the machine. A large garage or a storage rental would be ideal for protecting it from the elements.

Rent a Mini Excavator From NMC The Cat® Rental Store

Once you’ve gone through these steps and know what you need, consider renting from a store with over 80 years of experience providing rental equipment that will get the job done. With our training and expertise, you can trust that we will provide the perfect excavator for your needs from our locations in Nebraska and Pottawattamie County, Iowa. Contact NMC The Cat® Rental Store for more information on our rental services.