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Renting on DOZR

Making any changes to your rental including extensions, adding additional equipment or off-renting early is as easy as calling to speak to a DOZR Sales Team member. The DOZR Team is here to support you throughout the duration of your rental. Feel free to reach out to us or visit the DOZR Resources to find the answers to your rental questions.

From manlifts to compact and large earthmoving equipment, there is a wide variety of equipment available for rent on DOZR. Different buckets and attachments, as well as generators, light towers and porta potties can all be booked on DOZR, making a real one-stop-shop for all your projects need. DOZR rentals are good for short-term, multi-day or even long-term projects. Equipment can be rented on its own or with a variety of attachments or addons. If you're looking for a piece of rental equipment that isn't listed on DOZR give us a call and you can speak directly to a sales team member who can help you source it.

There is no minimum required rental to reserve equipment online on DOZR. From daily rentals of a small compact machine to monthly rentals of a 60+ ton excavator, get all the equipment you need for a job of any size on the DOZR Marketplace. The best part? DOZR is there for you during the entire duration of your rental. Questions, concerns or looking to extend? Our Sales Team is always there to help.

DOZR is a construction tech company that creates ecommerce and online rental solutions for the heavy equipment rental industry. The DOZR Marketplace provides contractors with an online aggregate to rent equipment from a variety of rental companies online. DOZR also partners with rental companies to help them embrace the digital era of equipment rentals by providing ecommerce and digital software for their companies. You can search for available construction equipment near you in seconds on the DOZR Marketplace and reserve your rental in minutes.

Renting on the DOZR Marketplace gives you full access to a variety of brands, rental companies and prices in one place. Enjoy the ease of reserving equipment online as well as transparency in pricing and the simplicity of a single account for every single piece of machine you'll ever need.

Mini Excavator Rentals

A mini excavator can be used for removing tree stumps. Using the right sized mini ex and having the right attachments to add help to make a mini excavator a great tool for a variety of jobs.

A backhoe features a backhoe digger on the back and a loader or other attachment on the front. A mini excavator is a small excavator with just a single digging arm on the front. In a backhoe, the operator seat within the cab swivels 180 degrees to allow for the operation of the equipment either at the front or back of the tractor. A backhoe is used for a variety of jobs like digging, lifting, moving, grading, etc. A mini excavator has one single arm with a bucket – or other attachment – on the end. The entire cab rotates and is mostly used for digging.

When choosing to rent a mini excavator, something to ask yourself are: 1) Do I need to rent any attachments with this machine? 2) Is a mini excavator right for my project or do I need a larger machine? 3) Are tracks or wheels better suited for my project? 4) Should I pair my mini ex rental with a skid steer rental for added efficiency?

Mini excavators are often used for smaller projects in construction and landscaping. These include: - Installing pools and hot tubs - Plowing snow - Demolishing small buildings and shed foundations - Repairing sewer lines - Tree harvesting and planting - Smaller home renovations like building a new deck or fence or replacing a driveway - Landscaping projects - Roadside projects such as trench digging and wire placement - General digging projects


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Renting a Mini-Excavator

Mini Excavators have capabilities similar to an excavator while also being able to work in small spaces. Also called a compact excavator or small excavator, mini excavators feature the traditional components of an excavator as a smaller size. Mini excavators are also given the nickname “mini ex.”

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An Overview of the Mini Ex

A boom, dipper - or stick - and bucket connects to a cab that sits on a rotating house. Most houses can rotate a full 360 degrees. Mini excavators can be fitted with either tracks or wheels.

Mini excavators are categorized as having an operating weight under 4,535 kg (9,999 lbs). The smallest mini excavator can fit through a doorway. Their bucket sizes can range from 12 - 24 inches and can always be replaced with another attachment to tackle any job. Many companies, however, label their mini excavators as compact excavators. Compact excavators usually have a cut-off weight of 18,000 lbs. However, most companies often group both mini and compact excavators under the same category.

Attachments for mini excavators include a dozer blade, hammer, auger, grapple or breaker.

Most mini excavators are used for light demo, material handling, stump removal, construction projects or landscaping.

Choosing the Right Mini Excavator Rental for The Job

The best way to find the right excavator for a project is to plan. Knowing exactly what kind of role the excavator will play on site will help determine what kind of excavator is needed. It is more efficient for a job to rent the right size equipment for what is needed instead of trying to make one piece fit for a variety of jobs.

Search for mini excavator rentals on DOZR to see pricing from every supplier in the industry or call our team at 1-844-997-0150.

Mini Excavators VS Standard Excavators

Mini excavators and standard excavators both have a time and place for best use. Mini excavators are better suited for certain jobs than a standard excavator. It is always important to choose an equipment type based on the project demands instead of personal preference. This helps to prioritize efficiency and productivity in all projects.

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Mini excavators are smaller and lighter meaning they offer reduced top-ground damage and reduced track marks. Similar to standard excavators, mini excavators are also available with tracks or wheels depending on the nature of a project and the terrain of a site.

The small size of mini excavators makes them more popular for high-traffic work sites or for working around other equipment types. Not only can they drive over parking lots with less hassle but are much easier to transport between projects. Even though they are lighter it is always important to check that a trailer can support the weight of a piece of equipment before loading it.

Mini excavators are usually used for less intense projects than a standard excavator meaning that they have a longer life span. Just like standard excavators they can be fitted with all types of attachments to diversity their abilities.

Renting a mini excavator on a per-project basis can be much more efficient than trying to use one standard-sized excavator for all jobs. Search for mini excavators on DOZR to see the variety of sizes and attachments available near you.

Attachments for Mini Excavators

Just like with excavators, mini excavators have a selection of attachments that can replace the bucket at the end of the boom. This helps to increase the versatility of the equipment. Attachments for a mini excavator include:
- Other buckets and Couplers (4-in-1 bucket, ditching bucket, V-Bottom bucket, trapezoid bucket, Power tilt pin grab, power wedge, etc)
- Thumbs
- Rippers
- Rakes
- Hammers
- Augers
- Chuck blades
- Grapples (Rotating log grapple, rotating utility grapple, wood processing, demolition grapple, etc)
- Mini excavators can also be fitted with dozer blades to help them move materials around a construction site. They also add a stability factor to the equipment, especially if it's a wheeled mini excavator.

Contractors can rent a mini excavator on DOZR including a variety of attachment options. Search for equipment rentals on DOZR.com or call to speak to a team member at 1-844-997-0150.

Manufacturers and Models of Mini Excavators

Whether looking to buy or rent a mini excavator, there are a variety of manufacturers to consider. You can search for mini excavators for rent on DOZR.

Caterpillar

Caterpillar - also called CAT - was founded in 1925 when C. L. Best Tractor Company joined with Holt Manufacturing Company - the same Holt family responsible for the continual-track system. Caterpillar is one of the most recognized brands of heavy equipment and machinery and is one of the largest heavy equipment manufacturing companies in the world.

With an operating weight of 11,443 lbs, the CAT 305E2 CR is a mini hydraulic excavator with a swing boom of 40.2 hp. It is a mid-range compact excavator which can be fitted with a variety of attachments to assist in all stages of a project.

Yanmar

Viewed as the birthplace of the diesel mini excavator, Yanmar offers eight different compact excavators, six of which feature a true zero tail swing cab. Designed to be fuel efficient and to provide flexibility, Yanmar considers themselves to be a leader in compact equipment.

The Vi050-6A is a compact excavator which swings and turns completely within its own track allowing the ability to dig and trench in extremely tight spaces. Featuring a 39 hp Final Tier 4 Yanmar diesel engine, this excavator has a digging depth of 12 ft 3 in and an operating weight of 10,417 lbs.

Bobcat

Bobcat grew from the creation the skid steer and is a well-known manufacturer for this type of machine. Now supplying both mini and full-sized excavators, the Bobcat R-Series Excavators are designed to make digging easier than ever. With a variety of dig depth, arm configuration and tail swing style there is a Bobcat excavator for every job.

Bobcat mini excavators are available from 2,593 lbs to 18,977 lbs. Just like the Hitachi compact excavators, the weight can extend beyond the standard for a “mini” excavator. The Bobcat E10, E20, E26, E32, E35 and E42 all fall under the 10,00 weight restriction to be considered a mini.

The Bobcat E35 Compact Excavator features a zero tail-swing, advanced hydraulic system and a two-speed travel feature. It is a popular mid-range model fit for any project.

JCB

With 10 different models of full-size and compact excavators, JCB manufactures a variety of excavator types. Mini and compact excavators are designed to provide excellent comfort, controllability, reliability, serviceability and performance. These are the five attributes that JBC puts into all its equipment.

Precise control and an exceptional workspace for the operator, the JCB 18Z-1, 19C-1 and 8029 mini excavators are easy to transport and ideal for confined projects. The 18Z-1 is their most popular compact excavator. With an operational weight of 1,749 kg (3,856 lbs) and a dig depth of 9 ft, 4 in the 18Z-1 was designed to increase profits and decrease downtime.

Hitachi

Having sold over 2.5 million excavators around the world Hitachi is known for and focused on excavators and excavators alone. They currently manufacture over 30 different types of excavators including foresters, wheeled excavators, mining excavators and shovels, construction/production excavators and reduced-tail-swing excavators.

Categorized as “compact excavators” the ZAXIS Dash-5 models is available from a max operating weight of 1,720 kg (3,790 lbs) up to 6,145 kg (13,547 lbs). The heaviest compact excavator is the ZX60USB-5 and goes slightly over the 4,535 kg (9,999 lbs) definition weight of a “mini” excavator. The Hitachi compact excavators are small and mighty tools that can be helpful on any job site.

Potential Hazards & Safety Protocols for Mini Excavators

Operating any kind of heavy equipment could pose a safety hazard. It is important to always be careful and to only operate a piece of heavy equipment after receiving proper training. The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that any employees tasked with the operation of heavy equipment - mini excavators included - are efficiently trained to ensure safe operation of the equipment. Always ask for training and never operate a piece of heavy equipment that you have not been trained on.

rented mini excavator on construction site

Many safety protocols for mini excavators mimic those for a standard excavator. They include but are not limited to:
- Wearing a seatbelt
- Cleaning and adjusting mirrors before using the equipment
- Never transport riders in a bucket
- Surveying job site plans and the status of a work area before starting to dig
- Avoiding sudden movements
- Never dig underneath a mini excavator
- Wearing high visibility clothing, hard hats, ear protection, and a face mask when applicable
- Driving on a route that is as flat as possible
- Avoiding rough and uneven terrain

Familiarize yourself with the max weight and lifting restrictions of a mini excavator before attempting to lift material or a load. If at any point it does not feel safe to operate a mini ex or any other kind of equipment stop and speak to a supervisor.

The History of the Mini Excavator

The history of the mini excavator starts off with the creation of the excavator which came from the first-ever steam shovel.

The steam shovel was invented by William Otis. The equipment would travel on railway tracks and could move up to 300 cubic yards of material a day. This machine was used to build the Panama Canal and dig the foundations of early skyscrapers. The last steam shovel was sold in 1931 and hydraulic shovels took over.

Sir W.G. Armstrong & Co invented the first hydraulic system in 1882 which was then used by Kilgore Machine Co to develop the first hydraulic excavator 15 years later.

There are two separate incidents noting the creation of the mini excavator. There is the “first” mini excavator - ‘the smalley’ - and the first self-propelled mini excavator - the YNB300.

The Smalley Mini Excavator

Invented by Richard Smalley, this piece of equipment is credited with the very first mini excavator. With no actual engine and sporting only two wheels on a single axis, the Smalley excavator moves by the operator using the digging arm to pull itself forward on the two wheels.

These compact pieces of equipment were great for tight spaces and smaller jobs. Because they were self-walking (or could be towed behind another piece of equipment for longer journeys) they were very cost-effective. Richard Smalley invented this piece of equipment in 1959.

The YANMAR YNB300 Mini Excavator

Yanmar introduced the first diesel-powered self-propelled mini excavator in 1968. Founded in Osaka, Japan in 1912, the company specialized in diesel engines and also makes fishing equipment as well as heavy machinery. In 1933 Yanmar worked on producing the world's smallest diesel engine. This invention is what most likely lead to the creation of a small, compact, mini version of the excavator.

Refund Policy

DOZR offers refunds within 24 hours if the equipment does not meet the specifications that were transacted on. Equipment rented on DOZR can be returned at any time by emailing equipment@dozr.com, and no further rental charges will be charged after the equipment is off-rented.

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