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5 Steps to Rent a Backhoe
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Tim Forestell
June 22, 2021

5 Steps to Rent a Backhoe

If it’s your first time renting a backhoe, or any other kind of construction equipment, you may have a lot of questions. What is a reasonable price to pay? How does delivery work? What happens if it breaks down? Who do you rent from? What type of information do you need to provide when renting?

Renting a backhoe doesn’t have to be complicated or intimidating. Here are some tips and tricks for renting a backhoe anywhere in North America.

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Step 1: Confirm That a Backhoe Rental is Right for the Project

Before you even start looking to rent a backhoe, you should make sure that it’s the right machine for your job. Renting specific equipment for specific jobs not only increases efficiency on the job site, but it can reduce budget costs, improve workflow and increase on-site safety. 

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Backhoes are multi-use machines that can do a little bit of everything. From planting trees and landscaping to snow removal, they have great power on construction sites. However, there may be some cases when renting a loader, a mini ex or a skid steer may be a better option. 

If you aren’t sure if a backhoe is right for your project, the DOZR Sales Team is happy to help talk you through your options. In the same way that project planning and organization is done with purpose, so should the selection process of choosing what machine you need. 

Step 2: Determine How Long You Need to Rent a Machine

Let’s say that for your project you confirm that you need to rent a 70 hp backhoe. In order to successfully rent that machine, length of time or dates for the rental are needed. Daily, weekly and monthly rentals and rates are available. 

Of course, rental extensions or getting an additional machine at the end of the set rental period is easy when you use a larger marketplace platform such as DOZR, but getting one machine for the length of time you need it is obviously ideal.

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Step 3: Source Your Machine

Now that you know your machine type and for how long you need it, it’s time to source a machine. Heading over to to search the Marketplace is a great way to compare prices, view real-time availability and see what suppliers out there have the machine you need. Makes, models, suppliers and locations can all impact the range of prices out there. 

The biggest change in equipment rentals over the past 5 years is the ability to go to one place to view pricing and availability from a wide range of suppliers. Traditionally, you would have to call or email a variety of suppliers and see what quote they gave you. After waiting for a phone call back, you’d have to compare those quotes, counteroffer, apply for an account, and then, finally, you’d get your rental. Bypass this telephone-tag game by leaning on the latest in Marketplace rentals to make sourcing machines, comparing pricing and viewing suppliers easier than ever.

The DOZR Marketplace gives you as a contractor way more control over what machine you want, who you want to rent it from and does it with the simplicity of a single account.

Step 4: Gather the Information

Now that you’ve decided you need to rent a backhoe, know how long you need the rental for and have compared pricing to find the rate that works best for your project, there are additional details and information to get together. 

Site location, contact information, company name, email address and whether you want the equipment delivered or if you want to pick it up are the basic pieces of information you will have to supply at the time of booking.

Step 5: Enjoy a Stress-Free Backhoe Rental

Once you’ve reserved your machine, the DOZR team is there along the way from delivery to off rent to make sure that everything moves smoothly. You can get your backhoe rental for as long as you need it and even off rent early or extend if necessary. 

Nervous about booking equipment online? Another benefit of renting on DOZR is that our Sales Representatives are always here to support you. After you book equipment online, a member of the DOZR Team will reach out to you to confirm your booking and ensure that we have everything we need to get you your machine. Or, you can give our team a call directly.

Renting a Backhoe 101

Renting machines can help contractors control timelines and budgets. It should be an easy, transparent and stress-free process. With these 5 steps, you can confidently rent a backhoe or any other type of construction equipment. 

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Tim Forestell
Tim Forestell is one of DOZR’s co-founders and CCO. Tim got started in the industry as VP Operations for Forestell Landscaping before founding DOZR with Kevin and Erin. Aside from the amazing team at DOZR, his favourite thing about DOZR are the customers. Working with DOZR renters every day gives him a peek at the evolution of different projects and hearing stories about projects being developed from start to finish.
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