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Why Choose Earth Moving Equipment Rentals for Your Project?

Should you rent earth moving equipment? It’s an $84 billion dollar question. By 2026, the global earth moving equipment market size is expected to reach $84.24 billion — a surge driven by the demand of excavators, loaders, and dump trucks in the construction and mining industries. And for good reason — the cost-effectiveness, efficiency, and versatility of earth moving equipment can help with jobsite and home improvement projects of any scale.

Renting earth moving equipment is a popular choice among contractors, homeowners, and project managers due to its ever-growing benefits. But what projects would an earth mover come in handy for and is it worth renting over buying?


Benefits of Renting Earth Moving Equipment


Whether you're moving dirt in your own backyard or taking on a large-scale project, earth moving equipment is essential for a wide array of construction endeavors. Here are five benefits of renting:

  • Cost savings: Owning heavy machinery requires a substantial initial investment, along with ongoing maintenance costs, storage expenses, and deprecation. This can weigh heavy on your budget, leaving little room for other important aspects of your project. Renting eliminates these financial burdens and allows you to allocate your budget towards other crucial project aspects. At the same time, it gives you the flexibility to scale your equipment up or down depending upon project needs.
  • Access to advanced technology: With renting, you can access cutting-edge machinery with state-of-the-art features without the need for long-term commitments or frequent upgrades. This means enhanced productivity and precision, giving you an edge in an ever-evolving industry.
  • Wide range of equipment options: Renting equipment grants you access to a vast selection of machinery that's tailored to your project's requirements. From excavators for foundations, trenchers for utilities, bulldozers for land clearing, and skidsteer loaders for versatile operations, Sunbelt Rentals offer an extensive fleet to meet your needs.
  • 24/7 expert support: When renting equipment, it’s about more than simply picking up the machine and calling it a day — reliable parts and routine servicing are musts. That’s why Sunbelt Rentals offers full rental support that includes both. Certified technicians are always on hand to keep your machines in peak condition.
  • Training courses: There’s often a learning curve that comes with handling heavy equipment. Sunbelt Rentals offers comprehensive training courses that will help you operate your earth moving equipment safely and efficiently. With expert training, you'll learn how to work in compliance with OSHA regulations and improve your overall safety.


How to Select the Right Earth Moving Equipment for Your Project


1. Excavation and Grading


Large-scale excavation and grading projects require the efficient removal of soil, rocks, and debris. That's where excavators come in. With versatile attachments like buckets, hydraulic breakers, and grapples, these machines can handle various tasks, such as creating trenches for utilities or reshaping the landscape.

By selecting the right equipment for each project, you can optimize performance and efficiency. You can use an excavator for projects involving:

  • Foundation digging and excavation for buildings and structures
  • Landscaping and land clearing, including removing stumps, rocks, and debris
  • Pond and pool construction, including digging and shaping
  • Demolition projects, such as tearing down old structures or removing concrete

There's a machine tailor-made for every task: When renting an excavator, it’s important to pick the right size for your application. Sunbelt Rentals offers hydraulic excavator and excavation equipment rentals in a broad range of sizes and capabilities.

An ideal option for medium-sized jobs where productivity is a priority: Crawler excavators are some of the most powerful and efficient movers and lifters on the job. On the other hand, mini excavator rentals are ideal for loading, dumping, or trenching on a muddy, compact jobsite.

To assess which size excavator is right for your project, consider factors such as:

  • Reach
  • Dump height
  • Maximum digging depth

For example, when workshop worker and pro woodworker Johnny Brooke needed to clear a fallen tree from behind his shop in Mars Hill, North Carolina, he rented a wood chipper and mini excavator from Sunbelt Rentals to do the work. He used the wood chipper to clear the brush and limbs and the mini excavator to help move sections of the tree. Take a look.


Person using a mini excavator from Sunbelt Rentals to move sections of a fallen tree behind a building.


2. Trenching and Pipeline Installation


Trenchers play a vital role in digging trenches for pipelines, cables, and drainage systems. These machines excel in cutting through soil, asphalt, and concrete with precision and speed, significantly reducing manual labor. Trenchers come in different sizes and configurations, enabling you to create trenches of varying depths and widths, ensuring efficient installation and maintenance of underground utilities.

Use a trencher in projects involving:

  • Underground utility installation, including digging trenches for water, gas, or electrical lines.
  • Irrigation system installation, trenching for sprinkler lines.
  • Fiber optic cable installation for telecommunications.
  • Drainage system installation to manage water runoff.

Sunbelt Rentals offers a variety of competitively priced gas-powered, walk-behind, and ride-on trencher rentals. To choose the right one for the job, consider factors such as soil conditions or if you want to use a trencher with tires or tracks. Those working on densely compacted ground or projects with deeper trenches should opt for heavier-duty models. However, smaller models are great for installing lighting systems or gutters.

Johnny did just that on another project at the shop — this time getting gutters installed on the front porch with the help of an off-road scissor lift and trencher from Sunbelt Rentals. He got everything done with ease, saving time and cost associated with ownership, in the process.  


Person using a walk-behind trencher from Sunbelt Rentals.


3. Land Clearing and Leveling


For land development, clearing vegetation, and preparing construction sites, bulldozers are the go-to machines. With their immense power and durability, bulldozers can remove trees, rocks, and obstacles, level uneven terrain, and create access roads. Their versatile blades and rippers allow for efficient land reshaping, grading, and compaction.


4. Loading and Transporting Materials


Earth moving can be tough work, but it doesn't have to be inefficient. Loading, transporting and depositing material can be made quick and efficient with the right equipment and expertise. Sunbelt Rentals understands the importance of maximizing productivity while minimizing downtime. That's why Sunbelt Rentals offers cutting-edge equipment and expert services to help you get the job done quickly and effectively.

Skidsteer loaders: Sunbelt Rentals’ skidsteer loaders combine the maneuverability of a skidsteer with the traction and floatation of a track loader for unmatched versatility on challenging terrain. Tackle tasks such as:

  • Site cleanup and debris removal.
  • Material handling and loading, including moving and transporting heavy materials.
  • Landscaping tasks, such as grading, leveling, and spreading topsoil.
  • Snow removal and plowing during winter months.

Wheel loaders: With their powerful engines and efficient systems, Sunbelt Rentals wheel loaders make light work of heavy loads. Depending on your project, choose a Compact or Large wheel loader for:

  • Loading and transporting materials, such as gravel, sand, and construction debris.
  • Clearing snow from roads, parking lots, and pathways.
  • Earth moving tasks, including leveling and backfilling.
  • Site preparation, such as grading and compacting soil.

Tractors: Sunbelt Rentals has a fleet of tractors that are ideal for performing an array of utility and landscaping applications, including:

  • Agricultural tasks, such as plowing, tilling, and planting.
  • Landscaping and lawn maintenance, including mowing and grading.
  • Hauling heavy loads using trailers or attachments.
  • Construction projects, such as road maintenance and land clearing.


A Rental Partner You Can Trust


Sunbelt Rentals offers a broad range of earth moving equipment, including excavators, skidsteers, dozers, and backhoes to meet the needs of both the homeowner and the commercial user. Whether you're clearing land, installing pipes and utility lines, or loading and unloading dirt and soil, you can rest easy knowing you’ll have the machinery to get the job done efficiently.

Contact Sunbelt Rentals today to learn more about earth moving rentals and how they can help with your next project.