Home/Mini Excavator Hire

Mini Excavator Hire

Get multiple rates for Mini Excavators in Australia, FAST!
Find the mini excavator best suited to your project
Verified suppliers and top quality machines
No obligation to hire

Where do you need Mini Excavator Hire?

(Rated 4.91 by our Customers for Mini Excavator Hire)
Suburb/Postcode

How It Works

Step 1
Search Our Massive Database
Find construction equipment and service suppliers near your jobsite.
Step 2
Get Accurate Quotes Immediately
You can contact local suppliers directly, or send a quote request to multiple suppliers.
Step 3
Hire The Right Partner
We step out and you pick a partner, then go make sh*t happen together.
Learn more

Mini Excavator Hire- Wet & Dry Hire

Mini excavator hire is fast becoming one of the most used services for both domestic and commercial landscaping and trenching. The use of mechanical aids such as excavators, dingos and bobcats are being utilised by home renovators, construction professionals, and demolition experts alike. However, before hiring out any equipment there are a few things you need to know.

What is a mini excavator used for and who can operate them?

A mini excavator can be tracked or wheeled and can be used for a large variety of jobs on a site or in a backyard. Mini excavators are usually hired for small to medium-sized projects but can also be used for larger projects as well. Some of the main reasons a mini excavator is hired are:

  • Digging holes for foundations, ponds, and large trees and pools.
  • Digging trenches for utility services such as electricity and water, irrigation, and drainage.
  • Drilling holes for fence posts and other structures
  • Levelling site cuts and other grounds where a large amount of dirt needs to be moved.
  • Demolition of concrete slabs, asphalt, and other small structures.

All mini excavators have the full range of motion similar to their larger models. This includes 360-degree rotation and multi hydraulic arms to ensure all digging and loading is made easy.

Although a mini excavator is easy to use, there is some specialist training for safety and compliance that will need to be completed before using them. It is recommended that when looking for mini excavator hire that you also consider hiring a skilled and experienced operator. This will help avoid any hidden costs such as additional hire fees, and your job will be completed to a higher standard and degree of accuracy.

iseekplant can connect you with the right mini excavator hire service who will offer you all the necessary advice on what licences are needed. Through our online marketplace, you will have direct access to skilled operators of mini excavators and other plant machinery.

How much does it cost to hire a mini excavator?

Hiring a mini excavator doesn’t need to break the bank. In fact, due to the huge popularity of the machines, they are available locally, and hiring one can be really affordable. To break it down, here are some general pricing rules:

  • 1-2 Tonne Mini Excavator = DRY hire rate $30-$50+/hr +GST, WET hire rate $100-$120+/hr +GST
  • 3-4 Tonne Mini Excavator = DRY hire rate $50-$90+/hr + GST, WET hire rate $120-$150+/hr +GST

Hiring a mini excavator will often have a minimum hire time of around 4 hours or longer. You will also be required to refuel the machine at the end of the hired period. If your project requires removing soil, some hire plants offer the mini excavator in combination with a tipper truck. This can be a very handy combination as materials that are removed with the excavator will often need to be removed from the site as well.

What are the advantages of hiring a mini excavator?

One of the major advantages of a mini excavator hire is that you can use them for several different applications in a single sitting. They have multiple attachments that are easy to change and don’t take up valuable room on small sites. The multiple tools and attachments make the mini excavator the ultimate all-rounder.

A mini excavator is a great machine to kick start your project. These machines have taken off over the past 15 years and have found a niche in the construction and landscaping industry, working alongside or even replacing larger specialist machinery. Larger excavators aren’t always practical on a smaller site and have many limitations with site access and transport. Hiring a mini excavator on the other hand means you can do most things that the larger machines can do and with some added unique advantages that come in handy. These are:

  • Easier access - Mini excavators are designed to fit in small spaces such as through backyard gates, sheds, and other tight spaces. Often only requiring less than a metre space to fit through.
  • Easy to transport - Mini excavators can fit on a trailer or small truck tray, making transport far easier than large pieces of equipment. Transporting larger machines often require special licenses and oversize permits and can cost far more to transport and operate.
  • Less environmental damage - Mini excavators are light causing minimal damage to surfaces such as concrete and lawns. There is also less site preparation needed to ensure the ground can support the weight of the larger machines. They are also more environmentally efficient and produce far fewer emissions and thus, reduce their overall carbon footprint.
  • Noise pollution - Running a mini excavator is quieter and you’re less likely to encounter trouble due to noise pollution laws.

Find mini excavator hire with iseekplant today

When looking into mini excavator hire, it is important to seek out reputable and trustworthy companies. iseekplant holds a reliable and professional reputation for connecting contractors with services. If you are interested in connecting, get in touch with our customer service team to learn more about how the iseekplant marketplace can work for you.

Read Less

Top rated Mini Excavator Hire in Australia

Dynamik Trades
Dynamik TradesEdwardstown SA
(18 reviews)

"Absolutely the best company for price, service and quality. The family at Dynamix trades can cater to any job you need and it’s always done fast and r..."

JL Excavation & Earthmoving
JL Excavation & EarthmovingCampbellfield VIC
(12 reviews)

"Right from the initial contact with Jeremy from JL Excavation & Earthmoving, the experience was first class. From the phone call to the first site ins..."

Vernice Pty Ltd
Vernice Pty LtdPerth WA
(9 reviews)

"Very professional, experienced and reliable contractors that have provided earthmoving services for many projects at our Waste Management Facilities f..."

Skyway Hire
Skyway HireGumdale QLD
(6 reviews)

"I have been hiring machines from Skyway on a regular basis for a few months now, Still great easy service and Machines are always clean ready to go. I..."

SAWTELL PRECISION EXCAVATIONS
SAWTELL PRECISION EXCAVATIONSSouth Toowoomba QLD
(6 reviews)

"If you are thinking earthmoving or landscaping your property I can personally recommend SAWTELL PRECISION EARTHMOVING. This company takes pride in sup..."

Bren-Ten hire and excavations
Bren-Ten hire and excavationsUpper Coomera QLD
(6 reviews)

"Found Jonathan to be very honest, reliable and prompt. Turning up on the right day and time as planed. Something sadly missing with most contractors. ..."

Sweeney Hire
Sweeney HireCardup WA
(6 reviews)

"Mel and Tom from Sweeney Hire go out of their way to make sure the customer is looked after. I have always found them to be honest, reliable and a ple..."

Leading Excavations
Leading ExcavationsSedgefield NSW
(5 reviews)

"Leading Excavations did the earthworks and slab site for our new home. The staff were punctual, experienced and knowledgable in all aspects of the wor..."

MCJ Earthworks and Construction
MCJ Earthworks and ConstructionTorrington QLD
(5 reviews)

"Mitch has worked on our block preparing it for a new build as well as our retaining wall. Mitch has an eye for detail and is super efficient. Would de..."

Become a supplier

Create a free supplier profile on iseekplant to share in over 35,000+ job opportunities every month.
Learn More

Recent Mini Excavator Hire reviews

YellowX
YellowXAltona Meadows VIC
(Aug 2022)

"Great team to work with! They have a good attitude and passionately describe what will happen in each case. They can help you with problem-solving in ..."

- BitaView profile
Skyway Hire
Skyway HireGumdale QLD
(May 2022)

"I have been hiring machines from Skyway on a regular basis for a few months now, Still great easy service and Machines are always clean ready to go. I..."

- Joe, JNP Plumbing & Gas FittingView profile
Freddas Mobile Diesel
Freddas Mobile DieselLara VIC
(Apr 2022)

"I hired a little Toyota 4SDK4 from Matt to clean up my backyard and found the skid steer to be a late model and in excellent condition at a very reaso..."

- Paul BrugmanView profile
SAWTELL PRECISION EXCAVATIONS
SAWTELL PRECISION EXCAVATIONSSouth Toowoomba QLD
(Mar 2022)

"If you are thinking earthmoving or landscaping your property I can personally recommend SAWTELL PRECISION EARTHMOVING. This company takes pride in sup..."

- ErrolView profile
Leading Excavations
Leading ExcavationsSedgefield NSW
(Mar 2022)

"Leading Excavations did the earthworks and slab site for our new home. The staff were punctual, experienced and knowledgable in all aspects of the wor..."

- Mandy and JohnView profile
Bren-Ten hire and excavations
Bren-Ten hire and excavationsUpper Coomera QLD
(Feb 2022)

"Found Jonathan to be very honest, reliable and prompt. Turning up on the right day and time as planed. Something sadly missing with most contractors. ..."

- Robbie ClarkView profile
CMJ Excavation
CMJ ExcavationKnoxfield VIC
(Jan 2022)

"CMJ Excavation is very professional operation and they have done a heap of work for us (including major earthworks, post holes auger digging, retainin..."

- Tim DrewView profile
Black Swan Plant Hire
Black Swan Plant HireBalcatta WA
(Dec 2021)

"Currently have two Excavators, an IT Loader and 2 Utes. The operators supplied are excellent and my client is very happy with the works so far. 2 mont..."

- ShaneView profile
MSD Group
MSD GroupCampbellfield VIC
(Sep 2021)

"I often use MSD to supply excavators to my site. They have always delivered when requested, made any fabrications to the buckets & machinery when requ..."

- Mark RussoView profile
Limbourne Earthmoving
Limbourne EarthmovingDeer Park VIC
(Aug 2021)

"Highly recommend Zac and his team. They Have been a first point of call for availability for many of my projects. His team are highly skilled and know..."

- Brett SteeleView profile
Shane's Earthworks
Shane's EarthworksWhittlesea VIC
(Aug 2021)

"We have used Shane for a number of jobs. Digging stump holes, retaining wall holes, site cuts, general site cleans, site prep. Shane responds to quote..."

- JustinView profile
GE Civil Enterprises
GE Civil EnterprisesNorth Richmond NSW
(Aug 2021)

"We have worked together with Gerard and his team for over 10 years to deliver a number of projects ontime and under budget. Very experienced and capab..."

- Mick HaleView profile

Mini Excavator FAQs

Here's some tips & frequently asked questions on how to find the right mini excavator for your job

What do we have to offer?

18,718
Construction Suppliers
375,245
Machines & Services
$1.4 Billion
In Job Leads Yearly

Want to Know More?

2022 Excavation Cost Guide- Get an excavator | iseekplant

2022 Excavation Cost Guide- Get an excavator | iseekplant

In construction terms, excavation is the practice of digging up and movi...

Caterpillar 303.5 Mini Excavator Review & Specs

Caterpillar 303.5 Mini Excavator Review & Specs

The 303.5 from CAT is part of their range of mini excavators which are e...

Excavator Types: Which is Right for You?

Excavator Types: Which is Right for You?

Excavators are a staple on construction sites but with there being so ma...

Excavator Hire Guide (& How To Get The Best Prices)

Excavator Hire Guide (& How To Get The Best Prices)

Need to hire an excavator but are unsure how to? It isn’t a difficult pr...

Earthworks Cost Guide 2022 | Machines & Services | iseekplant

Earthworks Cost Guide 2022 | Machines & Services | iseekplant

In Australia, residents and businesses use excavation to prepare the gro...

Excavator Vs Backhoe: Which Machine Is Best For Your Project?

Excavator Vs Backhoe: Which Machine Is Best For Your Project?

Got an excavating project? Wondering what the difference is between an e...

Top 5 Best Excavator Attachment Manufacturers in Australia

Top 5 Best Excavator Attachment Manufacturers in Australia

Excavators are one of the most commonly used machines on Australian work...

5 Things to Know Before Hiring a Mini Excavator

5 Things to Know Before Hiring a Mini Excavator

Stuck on whether you need a mini excavator for your job or not? When con...

Bobcat E20 Mini Excavator Review & Full Specs

Bobcat E20 Mini Excavator Review & Full Specs

Bobcat is a leading brand that has pioneered and remained committed to p...

Top 10 World’s Biggest Mining Excavators

Top 10 World’s Biggest Mining Excavators

Excavators are versatile, heavy machines deployed to move large objects,...