Dustcart Lorry Hire
Dustcarts are commonly known as refuse trucks or rubbish trucks, and they are usually used for the collection of household waste. In fact, we see them every week as the bin men come to collect rubbish bins from each house and empty them into the back of the truck. They play an essential role in keeping streets clean and free of rubbish. If you are looking to hire one it can be a little more difficult than other forms of transport, but it is certainly possible. This short guide will take you through some more information on the dustcart, how to go about hiring one, and the different types available.
About the Dustcart and its History
Dustcarts, in some form or another have been used to remove waste for centuries. The first official dustcart was constructed in the late 1800s and had a tipper back that was powered by steam. They were further developed, and in the 1920s they were used with an open top – but the horrible odour meant that covers were soon implemented. It wasn’t until the late 1930s that both the mechanical dustcart and the compacting one were created. This became the basic pattern for the dustcarts we have today. Using the pattern developed in the 1930s, the grapple truck for municipal waste was able to be created during the 1970s and has been in use ever since, with some modifications.
How to Hire a Dustcart
The best and easiest way for you to hire a dustcart is to contact us. We have arrangements and relationships with contractors and hire teams acroos the UK and can provide exactly what you need for the most competitive price possible. Generally, the price will be in the thousands, with the average being at around £3500. However, just give us a call to discuss the requirements of your chosen dustcart.
Requirements for Hiring a Dustcart
There are several requirements that need to be met before you can hire and drive a dustcart. The first is that you must hold a valid HGV2 or LGV2 driver’s license as well as a CPC license. If you do not have these then you will not be able to hire a dustcart. Most companies will ask that you are aged 25 or over for insurance purposes, but there are some that will allow younger people to hire one – but you should expect a higher fee. Individuals, rather than companies looking to hire one will also come across issues during the hire process.
Types of Dustcart Available
There are three main types of dustcart that you can hire from us, although the most common of these is the rear loading dustcart. They are open at the back and the waste is loaded mechanically before being compacted. Usually, there is a mechanism for tipping up the contents of wheelie bins. It is possible to load this dustbin both mechanically and by hand. They usually come in two different sizes, with the smaller version at 3.5 tonnes.
The second type is the front loading dustcart. These are generally used for commercial purposes and have a large lid or covering on the top, used more in other countries rather than the UK but there are still a few available here. Powered forks are positioned on the front of the truck so that industrial bins can be lifted and emptied over the top of the dustcart. Once it has been emptied, the bin is placed back down and the waste is compacted inside the dustcart lorry.
Finally, there is the side loading dustcart. These are loaded from the side either by manual means or mechanically. Often they have a robotic arm installed that is controlled by a joystick and picks up the bin before tipping it into the top of the dustcart. They are often referred to as ASL’s. Much like the other forms of dustcart, this one also compacts the rubbish that is loaded into it. It only requires one operator as opposed to three (required for the other two forms) and no heavy lifting is required, so there is less risk of injury.
There are only really two sizes that a dustcart is available in. These are the standard 3.5 tonne dustcarts and their 7.5 tonne companions. You still require specific licenses (as listed previously) to be able to drive these vehicles. The cost for each size will, of course, vary as well. The average £3500 price quoted earlier was for the smaller 3.5 tonne model.
There are a few reasons you might want to hire a dustcart. You may require one for your own commercial use, or even be trialling a model before purchasing it for your company. There are even those that rent them for use in independent films and television series.
Regardless of the reason, it is vital that you ensure you have all the correct licenses before you contact the company. They are relatively easy to get and do not cost a great deal. While they may not be the easiest vehicles to find for hire, most companies do have a wide range of them on offer. Hopefully this guide has given you some insight into the process.