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May 7, 2021

If you have some digging to do and feel like a shovel just won’t cut it, then a small household-sized excavator rental may be the key for your project. But what size of household excavator should you get? What types of projects can you use an excavator rental for? What are some things to consider when renting an excavator as a homeowner?

What Size of Small Household Excavator Can You Get?

Technically a mini excavator is any excavator under 10 tons in weight. For small household projects, the power of a 1 – 4 ton mini excavator will be enough in most cases. The benefit of these smaller sized mini ex’s too is that they can easily fit into backyards and down the side of a house to get to where you need it to go.

There are also a variety of other small sizes machines for home projects. Scissor lifts and boom lifts can help with cleaning gutters or trimming tall bushes. A walk-behind skid steer is great for moving mulch or dirt. Machines can help make any project easier. 

Mini excavator digging next to a house

Attachments for Small Household Excavators

There are many different projects that excavators can help with. The traditional bucket attachment is great for digging holes for pools, prepping new garden beds and getting ready to lay foundations for a new shed. With different attachments, however, there are even more things that a mini excavator rental can do. 

A hammer attachment can help tear up a concrete patio or shed foundation. A thumb attachment can help you move large rocks or logs from your property. An auger can be used to drill holes for deck posts, fence posts and to plant trees. With many different attachments, this one machine can help you with any of your home summer projects.

How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Mini Excavator For a Day?

The cost of a mini excavator rental for a day depends on where you are and if you’re getting the machine delivered or not. Prices range from $200 a day up to $500 a day. Delivery prices depend on how far away the supplier is.

mini excavator digging by fence in backyard

Can Homeowners Rent a Mini Excavator?

Homeowners can rent an excavator. It is not recommended to operate any type of heavy machinery without some knowledge on how it operates or how to use it properly and safely. DOZR does provide rental protection on all rentals but this only covers accidental damage. Any damage from misuse or inexperience would not be covered. 

The good news is that most families know at least one person with experience operating a machine.

Tips for Renting an Excavator As a Home Owner

Many cities have a “call before you dig” program to make sure that no sewer lines or pipes are hit while digging. If you plan on renting an excavator and digging in your yard, be sure to reach out to your Cityhall or appropriate resource center to make sure that you are safe to dig where you want to.

Is Renting a Small Excavator Worth It for Household Projects?

Depending on what the project is, renting an excavator is 100% worth it. Digging a small hole can be done with a shovel and some elbow grease. Digging a new foundation for a shed or clearing a whole new garden bed can take a lot of time, effort and energy. Renting a mini excavator for household outdoor projects can save you time, energy and can even help to keep you safe by removing the need for long days of backbreaking labor. 

A great way to make an excavator rental even more worthwhile is to see if any neighbors also have a need for a machine. This way you can rent the machine and split the cost among a few households.

Renting an Excavator for Household Projects in 2021

Renting a small excavator for household projects can help to speed up your summer projects so you can enjoy your home faster than ever. If you are looking for advice on if a mini excavator rental is right for your project, give the DOZR team a call. A member of our sales team would be happy to answer all your questions about pricing, availability and attachments.

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Kevin Forestell
Kevin Forestell is CEO of DOZR and one of the co-founders. Kevin first got started as an entrepreneur when he founded Forestell Landscaping right after graduating from University. His love and passion for the industry and desire to help solve an equipment problem that contractors faced every day is what brought the founding team to start DOZR. Kevin is proud of the level of efficiency brought to the industry through DOZR and hopes that DOZR will help change the standard way equipment is rented.
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