Finding the Right Mini-Tractor Rental
Purchasing a mini-tractor can cost thousands of dollars. Most people can’t justify such a high cost for a tool they won’t use very often. On the other hand, hiring a professional to do a simple job can be a waste of money. If you have the know-how, you shouldn’t hire someone else just because they have the right equipment.
This is why renting is often a good choice. Whether you need to excavate, create holes, fill holes or otherwise move earth around, a rented mini-tractor is a way to get the job done without breaking your budget.
How to Choose a Mini-Tractor
The three most common types of rental work vehicles are mini excavators, mini skid steers and mini backhoes. Note that you might see the term “mini track hoe” often associated with these vehicles, but a track hoe is just another term for excavator.Regardless, all of these machines are generally referred to as “mini-tractors.” To add to the confusion, sometimes these machines are also referred to as a mini Bobcat rentalor a mini Kubotarental. This is because Bobcat and Kubota are popular manufacturers in this field, so their brand names are used in place of general descriptions. Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification.
The most important thing you need to know is what your needs are. Do you need to dig a lot of material out of the ground? Do you need to create a grade to a piece of land? Do you need to move a lot of material away from the job site? Knowing what you need makes it easy to find the right equipment – even if you’re unfamiliar with some of the terms.
Mini excavators are mainly used for digging. They’re especially effective when there’s not a lot of room for a standard size excavator to maneuver. Aside from digging, a “mini ex” is also very effective at trenching, moving boulders, loading material into trucks, demolition, soil gradation, heavy lifting and more.
The average operating weight for a mini excavator is between .7 and 8.5 tons. Most vehicles include a backfill blade and independent boom swing. Probably the most popular model on the market is the Kubota mini excavator. With a rental, you probably don’t need to be overly concerned with brand names. After all, if your rented excavator has any problems, just return it to the Lowes and it’ll be replaced with a better machine.
Here are a few advantages of a Mini Excavator:
- They’re the best choice for trenching
- They’re compact enough for use in a household yard or small space
- They’re excellent at demolition
Here are a few things to consider if you’re looking to rent a mini excavator:
Brute Arm and Bucket Force – Together, this will determine the overall power of the mini excavator. While each machine is different, with a mini the average front loader life capacity will be around 750 pounds.
Tires or Treads – Mini excavators can have either treads or tires. Generally, tires are less expensive, which can cut down on mini excavator rental rates. However, treads distribute the weight of the vehicle more evenly. This reduces damage to lawns. If you’re going to be working around the home, treads can drastically eliminate the need for worksite repairs.
Mini Skid Steer
A mini skid steer is similar to a mini excavator, only the skid steer can do a bigger variety of jobs. This is due to the number of attachments available for a skid steer. Some common uses of a skid steer include:
- Blowing snow
- Truck loader
- Pallet mover
- Rock picker
There are over 1,000 different types of attachments for skid steers. Generally speaking, a skid steer is a good choice when you have a unique project you’re not sure how to tackle. A qualified Lowes rental professional can help you find the perfect attachment for your needs. The Boxer mini skid steer is an especially popular model.
Here are a couple of things to consider when you’re looking to rent a mini skid steer:
Sit or Stand – Many mini skid steers are operated by the operator standing behind the machine, where he or she stands on a platform. This improves overall maneuverability – making sure the skid steer can fit in a backyard, for instance. This also makes it easy for the user to quickly step away from the machine and complete other tasks.
Cab or No Cab – If you’re standing on a platform behind the vehicle, you’re going to be exposed to the elements. If it’s a nice day out, this is no big deal. If it’s not, you might get uncomfortable.
For small projects, you probably don’t need a covered cab with a seat. After all, if you’re renting a mini skid sheer, you can (hopefully) generally plan the time of year you’ll be working. If you know for sure you’ll be doing a lot of work in rough weather conditions, however, a full size skid sheer might be more comfortable.
A backhoe is a piece of excavating equipment with a digging bucket at the end of a two-limbed arm. This is similar to an excavator, but there are a few keys differences. A backhoe is attached to separate vehicle. An excavator has its own chassis.
Backhoes are divided into two types:
Generally, the industrial models are able to carry heavier loads.
Functionally, a backhoe is very similar to an excavator. While backhoes can be larger and stronger, many people prefer the compact size of a mini-excavator. A mini backhoe really makes the most sense if you already own a tractor. If your project requires you to rent a tractor and a backhoe, you should really double-check and make sure a mini-excavator isn’t a cheaper and easier option.
Don’t let all the various terms confuse you. Basically, you either want to dig into the ground or move a lot of material. If you’re looking to dig, you’ll want a mini excavator (sometimes referred to as a mini trackhoe). If you already have a tractor, a backhoe is a type of excavator you might want to consider. A mini-excavator can be used in back or front years. One with treads instead of tires will also significantly reduce damage to your lawn.
When you need to move a lot of material, you’ll probably want a mini skid steer. This vehicle can help you move just about any type of material including sand, clay, dirt or even man-made material like pallets and crates. When you’re looking for more information on mini excavation rental or mini skid steer rental, don’t be afraid to ask us for help. We’ll have you digging and moving in no time! Find a lowes near me