Use one of Australia's top marketplaces for wet and dry hire machines and earthmoving equipment to find the ultimate mini excavator supplier. With thousands of excavator hire companies listed nationwide, we make it easy for you to request multiple rental quotes from reliable suppliers local to your job site.
If you’re standing on a residential, commercial, or civil job site and you’re in need of something urgently - our iseekplant suppliers offer competitive hire rates on mini excavators and other earthmoving equipment at locations near you.
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Below, we take you through your mini excavator rental options by size, model, attachments, and wet or dry hire options.
To calculate a day rate from any provided hourly rate, multiply the hourly rate by 8-10 hours (depending on site operating hours) and apply a 5% discount.
If you’re offering a hire contract over 30 days you can often get a substantial discount on these rack rates. We recommend using our Get a Quote function to get multiple accurate quotes.
All rates below are average estimates and are exclusive of GST.
|Mini Excavator Size||1-2 Tonne||2-3 Tonne||3-4 Tonne||4-5 Tonne||5-6 Tonne|
|Dry Hire Rates (per hour)||$30||$40||$50||$60||$70|
|Wet Hire Rates (per hour)||$110||$115||$120||$125||$130|
|Standard Day Rate - Dry Hire||$605||$720||$765||$800||$815|
|Standard Day Rate - Wet Hire||$1,200||$1,320||$1,460||$1,580||$1,780|
|Minimum Hire Duration - Dry Hire Pick Up||4 Hours||4 Hours||4 Hours||4 Hours||4 Hours|
|Minimum Hire Duration - Dry Hire Delivery||1 Day||1 Day||1 Day||1 Day||1 Day|
|Minimum Hire Duration - Wet Hire||3 hours + 1 hour travel||3 hours + 1 hour travel||3 hours + 1 hour travel||3 hours + 1 hour travel||3 hours + 1 hour travel|
|Float Cost||$250 - $270||$250 - $270||$250 - $270||$250 - $270||$250 - $270|
When hiring a mini excavator, be aware of additional costs, which may include:
Remember that these costs may vary based on location, hire company, current market conditions, and additional services or features required. It's best to get quotes from multiple suppliers to ensure competitive pricing.
Micro excavators are a popular choice for very small residential jobs, as they can handle extremely compact spaces and are ideal for excavating around obstacles. They are commonly used for tasks such as trenching, digging foundations, excavating footings, grading, and excavating drainage systems. Otherwise, your alternative is to pick up a shovel and start digging!
When it comes to small-scale projects and tight spaces, our supplier's mini excavators have unbeatable valuable and reliable quality. They offer ideal solutions for residential landscaping, plumbing, or small construction jobs. Refine your hire search using the size filters available on our platform - the best ones for mini excavators are the 1 - 3.4 Tonne and 3.5 - 5.4 Tonne filters.
Here is a table of the most common excavators available on our site (and the most prolific in Australia).
|Mini Excavator Brands||Operating Weight||Model (Product Code)|
|Caterpillar||~1 tonne||Cat 301.5|
|~2 tonnes||Cat 302.5|
|~3 tonnes||Cat 303E CR|
|~5 tonnes||Cat 305E2 CR|
|Komatsu||~1 tonne||Komatsu PC14R-3HS|
|~2 tonnes||Komatsu PC20MR-5|
|~3 tonnes||Komatsu PC30MR-5|
|~5 tonnes||Komatsu PC55MR-5|
|Kubota||~1 tonne||Kubota K008-3|
|~2 tonnes||Kubota U20-3|
|~3 tonnes||Kubota U35-4|
|~5 tonnes||Kubota U55-4|
|Hitachi||~1 tonne||Hitachi ZX10U-2|
|~2 tonnes||Hitachi ZX17U-5|
|~3 tonnes||Hitachi ZX33U-5|
|~5 tonnes||Hitachi ZX55U-5|
If you are hiring a mini excavator for a project at your residential property where you intend to do the work yourself, you are permitted to operate the mini excavator provided the hiring company has given you operation instructions. If you are inexperienced, some of the dry hire companies won't agree to your hire request, due to potential damage to their assets.
However, if you are hiring in a B2B capacity, then there are much stricter rules on the safe operation of Mini Excavators as laid out in the Safe Work licensing guidelines in each state and territory. These guidelines push the liability for your actions as an operator onto the supervisor on the site.
If you haven't operated a mini excavator before, consider hiring a skilled and experienced operator via a wet hire agreement.
If you need a particular attachment for your mini excavator, you can refine your search using the filter panel and select from over 30 different types of attachments. Below is a table of common attachments and their applications.
|Mini Excavator Attachment||Application|
|Bucket||Used for digging and moving material such as soil, gravel, and sand.|
|Auger||Used for drilling holes in the ground. This is useful for planting trees, installing posts, or constructing footings for buildings.|
|Breaker/Hammer||Used for breaking up concrete, asphalt, or other hard surfaces.|
|Ripper||Used for breaking up hard soil or rock into smaller pieces.|
|Compactor||Used for compacting soil and other materials. This is often used in road construction or to prepare a site for building.|
|Grapple||Used for grabbing, lifting, and moving materials like logs, debris, or rocks.|
|Clamshell Bucket||Used for digging and removing material in difficult to reach places or ditches.|
|Tiltrotator||Increases flexibility by allowing the operator to tilt and rotate the attachment, making it easier to work in confined spaces.|
|Flail Mower||Used for cutting grass, small branches, and other vegetation.|
|Pallet Forks||Used for lifting and moving pallets or other heavy objects.|
Our Get a Quote tool asks you a bunch of questions about your mini excavator job so it can be sent to a large number of local suppliers. Usually, your best results come from sending your job to about 10 local suppliers. On average, about 3 will respond and be available (depending on the quality of your job and requirements). Our goal is to try to get every Seeker on iseekplant 3 responses.
Alternatively, search our database of mini excavator hire companies in a location near to your job site and review the supplier’s fleet of machines, then call or SMS them directly.
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