Whether you’re a DIYer or a contractor who is doing a small job, the mini excavator is perhaps the best equipment to get you going. It has the versatility and power to do the job in constricted location.
But since you just need the mini excavator in a short period, renting is probably the feasible way to get one. I know that you’re thinking – to grab the phone and call Home Depot.
The big question that lingers is it worth it to get a mini excavator rental from Home Depot?
The Home Depot might be able to help you out on this matter as they have a wide variety of excavator brands and models to choose from – Bobcat, Caterpillar, Yanmar, Kubota, John Deere, Komatsu, JCB, name it they have it.
And as Home Depot teamed up with Compact Power Rents, the selections for mini excavators have become even more diverse. You can now choose from 1 to 5-ton capacity excavator so whether you have a project such as landscaping, pipe laying, tree and bush installation, or repairing sewer lines, you can be assured you can get a mini excavator that is just right for your application.
But be sure to come first as they have a “first-come-first-serve” policy and they don’t accept reservations. So when you call or visit the nearest store, and you find the perfect equipment, you have to make a swift decision right then and there.
They’re open 7 days a week but be sure to check the store hours of the nearest Home Depot you want to visit as most of their branches close at 6 pm.
How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Mini Excavator?
The last time I was in their store and transacted with them, I got a Kubota BX25D. It cost me $200 for the 4 hours I had the equipment in my possession. When you visit one of their locations, be sure to ask the minimum rate.
Of course, they also have daily, weekly and monthly terms. The choice is yours.
You to be at least 21 years old and you have to leave a deposit and have a valid driver’s license in your possession as your proof of identification.
You need to have a debit or credit card to pay the deposit and you can get your deposit money back when you return the equipment and be sure to return it in good condition because you may also sign in damage waiver upon registering.
The rental cost will primarily depend on the capacity and how long you want the equipment to be in your possession.
Here’s their pricing (this might be different from where you’re located)
Capacity and Pricing
In Grants Pass, Oregon, where I am in. Here are the available capacity and respective pricing:
For the 1.5 – 2 Ton Mini Excavator Rental
While for the 2.5 – 3 Ton Mini Excavator Rental
If you notice from the table, the longer is your rental term, the lesser the rental cost will be. A good piece of advice – plan ahead to save some cash.
Please do take note that pricing and excavator models available may change every now and then.
To contact Home Depot, you may call 1-888-266-7228, or visit this page to locate the nearest store.
Before Choosing a Mini Excavator, Consider These Aspects
Mini excavators can do many sorts of jobs more efficiently than the usual manual tools – from demolishing small concrete sheds, digging foundations, plowing snow, removing tree stumps, drilling and backfilling, etc. But before you decide, here are some of the things to take note of before renting:
- What kind of job you’re doing so that you can assess the capacity and type of excavator equipment needed.
- How long that job will last; this to determine the rental term.
- The capacity of the mini excavator that is right for the job.
- Corresponding excavator attachment you need
- The size of the bucket and the type of boom you want your rental mini excavator to be equipped with.
- Do you want to have your mini excavator to run on rubber tracks? When your project tends to produce a large pile of dirt; for more traction, the excavator running on rubber tracks is best suited for this application.
How to Rent at the Home Depot
- First and foremost, determine the specifications you want your mini excavator to have/equipped with. Please see above for the things to consider before renting. Doing so will enable decide what best suits your particular project. Anyway, to better assist you, talk to the Home Depot associate, they have the technical knowledge to recommend which equipment is right for you.
- Determine what additional attachments that you might need to make it possible for the equipment to complete the tasks at hand.
- If I were you, log in to their website first to check the availability of the equipment and to find the nearest store from where you are. In the Home Depot website, click “Store Finder”, then, input your zip code/city/state.
- If you found the right equipment, visit their store to make an inquiry about the excavator, rental cost, damage waiver, and renting procedures. Be sure to have some cash for the deposit (debit and credit are also accepted).
- Be sure to understand your liability in the event the equipment suffers damage while in use. You would sign on the damage waiver or pay additional insurance.
- After signing into the document and making the payment; depending on the equipment you’re renting, ask about the safety manual and PPEs needed for the operation.
Know More of the Home Depot’s Rental Policy
Just like any other rental company, you should be aware of the rental policy. In Home Depot, you can opt in their damage protection also known as the damage waiver fee. What does this covers is the accidental damage in the event the equipment suffers such damage. The fee is 10% of the total rental amount. Please take note that the damage protection is just an optional offer you can avail. The amount you paid for the damage protection will be given back upon return of the equipment.
Please be reminded that the damage protection doesn’t cover the following
- loss of the rental equipment
- damage due to abuse or neglect
- inappropriate use of the equipment resulting to damage
Does Home Depot Delivers Equipment to Your Site
The best thing about renting at this company is that the mini excavator or other equipment you want to rent can be delivered to your job site, well of course, for an additional fee. If you’re a DIYer, this will lessen your headache.
You have to give advanced notice to them at least 24 hours if you want the equipment to be delivered to your doorstep.
Before signing any document, when the equipment arrives at your job site, make sure that it is in good working condition, allow the technician to operate it at your job site, and be familiar with its basic operations. You also have to note of the equipment’s current damage, if there’s any, by taking a picture and informing the technician. This protects you from damage liability.
To make a delivery arrangement, you may contact this number 1-888-266-7228, an agent will attend to you to explain the rental process and delivery fee as well.
The technicians will also pick up the equipment from you in a specified date based on the rental duration you opted in.