Excavators are hugely useful for those who are working in construction and need something powerful to assist them with their work. They are, in fact, classed as heavy construction equipment and consist of an end attachment (bucket, grab etc.) with a cab on a rotating platform that is placed on top of an undercarriage with tracks. It is widely known that these machines are also known quite simply as diggers, or rubber ducks as we Brits like to refer to them as. Hiring out an excavator is a relatively easy task that does not require a lot of searching. Here is a short guide on how to hire an excavator as well as the different types that are commonly available.
How to Hire an Excavator?
The best place to find a place that rents out excavators is by going to our Hire Centre. It is also possible to find them in your phone book, but the web and our services provide a much faster result. Once you have found one in your local area, it is quite easy to find out how much it will cost.
Excavators usually have the price listed next to them on our website, and it is not often that you will have to call in order to find out the price. Generally, prices can start at around £50 for a very basic model and go all the way into the thousands for those that are more advanced and high tech. It all depends on what you need for the task at hand.
Requirements for Hiring an Excavator
Of course, in order to hire an excavator, you will need the appropriate license and training. Proof of this will, of course, be required when you go to hire one. The course to drive one does not take a great deal of time and is not particularly costly, so if you think you will need to hire one but do not have a license, it is worth taking the course.
Some companies will also have age restrictions for hiring an excavator, but this will vary for each vehicle / machine. The average age requirement is 25 and over, but you will be able to find one that is willing to rent an excavator to those that are younger and fully licensed.
Types of Excavator
There are many different types of excavator that will be available to you for hire, so it is important you choose the right one for the job. Here are some of the main excavator types so that you can make a more informed decision before you decide. Of course, the company you want to hire form will also be there to offer support and guidance with your choices.
Mini excavator. This model is perfect for garden work and small construction jobs. Small and sturdy.
Earth drill excavator. This model is ideal for those that need to engage in drilling on their site. Equipped with a large attachment, these offer an excellent amount of power to get the job done quickly and with precision.
Microlite excavator. These fit through a standard doorway and are very small as well as light. Perfect for small jobs and sites. They do not always come with a cab.
Backhoe loader excavator. This model has four large wheels and resembles a tractor. It is powerful and ideal for the removal of debris as well as digging and the removal of waste. Powerful, and usually come with a high capacity lift.
Industrial excavator. These models are huge and usually used on large constructions sites that require a great deal of diffing or the moving of massive quantities of debris or waste.
Along with the different models of excavator, they also come in different sizes. The weight of an excavator can vary depending on the type that you go for and the purpose it is needed for. Here is a list of the most common excavator weights for hire, so that you can get an idea of what you need for the task at hand.
- 0.9 tonnes
- 1.5 tonnes
- 3.5 tonnes
- 5 tonnes
- 8 tonnes
- 13 tonnes
- 22 tonnes
- 44 tonnes
It should be noticed that the last weight on this list is available from excavator hire companies, but it is not yet commonly found. However, the others on the list are standard on the vast majority of excavator hire websites.
Finding an excavator that is just right for you is not always an easy task, especially when it comes to discovering one that is perfect for the job at hand. Whether you are looking for something to help with your garden, home improvement, or for work on a construction site, they have a lot of uses and functions. With the wide range of excavators available and with the help of this guide, hopefully you will be able to find the right one for you in no time at all. Visit our Plant Hire Center to compare prices and find a local machine to suit your exact requirements.