The construction and demolition industry relies on plant hire companies for heavy duty machinery such as JCBs, diggers and grab lorries. While large corporations may have some of their own vehicles and equipment on site, many will rely on renting out a good deal of it as a more expedient and cost effective measure.
The benefits of plant hire include:
- Not having to maintain a particular vehicle when it is not in use.
- Reducing logistical problems in transporting plant equipment to construction sites.
- Hiring the equipment needed for specific construction jobs and keeping costs down.
- Having access to a broader range of plant hire equipment that provides greater flexibility when needed.
Types of Plant Hire
Plant hire doesn’t just cover machines like diggers and dumper trucks – nowadays you can rent construction site accommodation, access lifts and rail equipment as well. Many companies provide a wide range of different equipment for hire. The most popular, particularly for construction and demolition waste management are:
- JCB: The traditional excavator with a shovel at the front is often called a JCB and is used for lifting up large amounts of debris or soil and transporting it to a different location. It will also have a digging arm at the rear end and can be used for a multitude of building tasks.
- Diggers: These vary in size and can carry out large amounts of excavation work. They normally have a crane like structure that has a scoop at the end which can be used to ‘hook’ up debris and soil from the ground.
- Bulldozer: A common site in construction areas, the bulldozer uses a large, slightly curved front plate to push vast amounts of heavy debris ahead of the vehicle.
- Dumper Trucks: Of course, you need some way to transport all that debris and waste. Dumper trucks vary in size from 4 and 6 wheel to 8 and can carry large quantities of soil and concrete around a building site or for taking to recycling plants.
- Telehandlers: These work on the end of a long, hydraulic poles that can reach awkward places on any building site.
- Grab Lorries: For removing different types of waste, a grab lorry essentially acts as a mechanical arm, reaching down and picking up material.
- Skips: These are also available from plant hire companies and can include huge metal ones with inbuilt compactors that need to be loaded onto roll on roll off trucks.
- Attachments: Various industrial size tools can be added to plant hire including those for drilling or breaking up tough surfaces.
Plant Hire Companies
Most local areas will have their own plant hire company and you can check on our national database for those near you.
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- APlant: One of the leading plant hire companies in the UK they employ over 3,000 staff and service 30,000 customers delivering everything from forklifts and telehandlers to excavators and dumper trucks.
- Hewden: Specialise in excavator, skid steer, telehandler and dumper truck hire to name just a few. Hewden also hire out attachments such as breakers, augers and plate compactors as well as tower lights for night work.
- Plant Hire UK Ltd: The company pride themselves on the high quality plant hire they provide combined with top class customer service. A smaller company than many of the others but growing its hire portfolio every month.
- HE Services Ltd: They work mostly in England and South Wales but have a fleet of plant hire vehicles number around 3,500. Provision includes dumpsters, bulldozers and twin drum rollers.
Plant hire makes sense for the construction industry primarily because of the size and maintenance costs of these large vehicles and tools. You can search for plant hire companies in your local area on our full database.