If you are working in the construction sector, you will be all too familiar with the feeling you’re faced with when you realise you don’t have the necessary equipment to complete a job. Often, construction and plant equipment can be costly, particularly if you know that you will only require said equipment for a short period of time.
That’s where plant hire comes in. When you opt for hiring plant machinery over buying it, you cut the costs of purchasing a whole new machine- which in turn helps to improve your overall profit margins on a job. On the other hand, perhaps you are working on your own property, making a renovation or commencing a self-build project. Plant hire comes in handy because you reduce your costs, meaning more of your money can be spent on other, more important items.
In this blog, we’re going to discuss everything you need to know about plant hire. Read on to find out more:
Why consider plant machinery hire?
Whether your project is large or small, it is likely that you will need to use heavy machinery at one time or another, particularly if you are in the process of building. However, purchasing new machinery is costly. It’s not just the initial cost of the equipment you need to think about when buying- it’s the cost of upkeep too. When you purchase heavy equipment and use it regularly, you open the door to a number of problems such as the costs of maintaining the machine and the problem of where to store it.
On the other hand, when you hire machinery, you avoid these issues because you only need to hire the machines for the amount of time that you actually need them.
New machines depreciate in value
Like anything that you purchase brand new, the value of it depreciates over time. If you’re buying heavy new equipment for thousands of pounds, the likelihood is that it will not be worth that when you come to sell it. If you’re purchasing plant machinery solely for one project, you’re likely to lose money when it depreciates in value.
Guaranteed working condition
When you use expensive, heavy machinery, you want to be sure that it gets the job done efficiently and safely. When you hire plant machinery, you can guarantee that it is in good working condition and meets the necessary safety standards because they are regularly checked over by a professional.
Hire for when you need it
Hiring is a great option because it gives you flexibility when you most need it. Every project is different which means that the equipment that you use one day, you might not need the next. You won’t lose money by hiring because you will only use it when you need it.
Choosing a micro or mini digger completely depends on the job at hand. Do you have a large scale project or a small garden to work on? Here are the differences between the two:
Mini diggers are powerful digging machines. Mini diggers are ideal for small to medium-sized projects and can be used for both demolition and digging purposes.
Unlike larger-scale diggers, mini diggers are ideal for smaller projects because they are able to turn in smaller spaces without any problems. This makes them ideal if your project is located in a space with little room or where other machinery is being used. You might opt for a mini digger for a small scale digging project, or perhaps you have a shed to demolish.
Some mini diggers have tracks while others have wheels. Diggers with rubber tracks are great because they cause minimal damage to the ground beneath them, and are also convenient for conducting jobs speedily and smoothly.
Much like mini diggers, micro diggers are ideal for smaller-scale projects. Whether it’s groundwork on your home build project or moving rubble from a garden demolition, micro diggers are great for any type of small scale project. They are easy to manoeuvre and to learn on; there’s no need to worry if you haven’t used one before.
Micro-diggers are also quieter to operate than a large size machine because they are more light-weight and have smaller engines. This also makes them ideal for being transported from one place to another easily using a car or a trailer- so if you have a couple of projects on the go, you don’t need to worry about hiring two or more machines.
If you’re working on a job that requires the use of a digger, why not consider hiring one?
If you were to purchase a mini or micro digger you could be looking at forking out thousands of pounds for one, even second hand. At Basically Tool Hire, we offer a range of diggers ranging from £85 per day or cheaper, depending on how long you require the machinery.
If you’re working on a landscaping project and are manoeuvring heavy aggregates regularly, you might want to consider hiring a power barrow. Power barrows are motorised wheelbarrows which can help to increase productivity by carrying loads for you. Similar to diggers, power barrows work on wheels or tracks. They are much more efficient than regular manual wheelbarrows because they can carry heavier loads and don’t require you to do any heavy lifting yourself. This makes them ideal for jobs where you might struggle to lift heavy quantities of rubble for example, which might otherwise take a strain on your back. Barrows, such as the ones we supply at Basically Tool Hire, can carry up to ¾ tonne.
At Basically Tool Hire, you can hire a track barrow for as little as £575 for a five to seven day period.
Dumpers are fantastic machines used for transporting aggregate materials on construction or landscaping sites. Some dumpers, such as the ones that Basically Tool Hire offers, are capable of carrying up to a tonne of materials at one time.
If you are disposing of excavation waste on your construction project, a dumper truck might be the best solution for you, particularly if you need to move heavy materials quickly and across a site that is rough or muddy.
Dumpers can carry up to a tonne at one time, and cost around £375 for a five to seven day hire period.
If you’re working on a small independent project such as a garden sun house or perhaps you are working on a larger scale project such as a self-build, you are likely to need to assistance of a cement mixer if you are using cement within your build.
Ideal for both DIY projects and professional applications, cement mixers can be hired to combine cement, using aggregates such as sand or gravel with water to form a mortar or concrete paste.
Cement mixers vary in price, and there are different sizes to meet the needs of your project. You might find that a ½ bag petrol cement mixer meets the needs of your home DIY project, whereas a site mixer might best meet the needs of your commercial project.
For a five to seven day hire, you can expect to pay up to £40, making it a lot more affordable than purchasing a cement mixer, which can vary from hundreds to thousands of pounds.
If you’re undertaking a project which requires you to clear land, you might think of ways in which you can best recycle what you cut down. Wood chippers can be used to shred pieces of wood so that they can be reused. You might opt to use the shredded wood as compost, or perhaps you would like to repurpose the chopped wood into something else.
At Basically Tool Hire, we offer woodchippers in a variety of sizes, depending on your requirements. For example, a petrol engine machine can chop branches of 1” to 3” thick, whereas a 6” woodchipper can chip up to four tonnes of material per hour.
Woodchippers can cost as little as £225 for a five to seven day period.
Stump grinders are pieces of equipment that are used to remove tree stumps. These pieces of equipment are ideal if you are working on a groundwork project and need to remove tree stumps to start on the work.
Small stump grinders can cost as little as £240 for a five to seven day time period.
You might be wondering how best to transport your plant machinery once you have hired it. That’s where plant trailers come in. Whether you’re after a car trailer, commercial trailer or luggage trailer, you can be sure to find what you need with Basically Tool Hire. From transporting your plant machinery to your project materials, a trailer can really come in handy when you’re taking on a construction project of any size.
Plant trailers can remove up to 59 litres per day, and can cost as little as £85 for a five to seven day period.
Basically Tool Hire: High-quality plant machine hire in Dalkeith
At Basically Tool Hire, we offer an extensive range of machinery and equipment for hire in Dalkeith and are proud to be one of the leading tool hire and repairs providers in the East of Scotland. From construction tools such as ladders and drills to heavy-duty plant machinery such as mini diggers, we stock a comprehensive range of tools and equipment for your next commercial or domestic project.