Skip Truck and Skip Lorry Hire
If you are undertaking building work or emptying your house of old furniture and rubbish, it is likely that you will employ the uses of a skip at some stage. They come in a variety of sizes to suit a person’s needs so that you can empty your home quickly and into one large container. However, when the skip is full it will require removal, and that is where a skip truck comes in handy. This vehicle was created to load up skips and transport them to the appropriate location for depositing waste. This little guide will take you through the process of hiring a skip truck as well as some of the models that are commonly available.
How to Hire a Skip Truck
You can easily find skip trucks for hire in our Plant Hire Centre. They are a widely used and required service, making them relatively easy to find.
Most companies will have several models you can choose from, but the prices may be listed in store. Those that do list their vehicle prices on our website average at about £800 per rental, although the total cost is largely dependent on the size of the truck and where it is hired from. The best option is to call us for a list of prices.
Requirements for Hiring a Skip Truck
There are several important requirements for driving a skip truck. The first of these is that you must hold an HGV2 or LGV2 driver’s license. In addition to this you also need a CPC license and a DIGI card in order to operate the vehicle. Without any of these you are unable to legally drive the vehicle. The vast majority of companies will also require that you are aged 25 or over for insurance reasons. However, there are some that will rent the vehicle to younger drivers – just bear in mind that it is likely to cost you extra money due to the insurance.
Types of Skip Truck Available for Hire
The types of skip truck that are available to you will vary from company to company. However, here are the most commonly found models of skip truck to help you make an informed choice based on your needs.
The two most frequently used forms of skip truck are the hook and chain lift models. These have long hooks or chains attached to the poles on the back of the truck for the manual attachment of a skip. It’s a very secure method and the skip can then be mechanically loaded from the cab. These are the types you are most likely to see on a rental website.
There is also the option for cable vehicles. These work in much the same way as other models, but they use strong cable instead of chains. They are also more mechanical and often considered to be stronger. This is why the cable skip trucks are usually the heavier models (26 tonnes and above). They are able to lift more, making them ideal for industrial and construction use.
Finally, it is also possible to hire drag unit trucks that have the addition of a drawbar so that you can drag smaller units or attach a trailer. This means that you are able to transport more material in a safe manner. This is only usually available for the much larger models and gives them a total weight of 44 tonnes, which is the maximum for this kind of vehicle. While these are not the traditional skip trucks, they are still frequently used for larger tasks.
Skip Truck Sizes
The skip truck comes in a wide variety of sizes, from relatively small to huge and industrial. Here are the most frequently found sizes of skip trucks available for hire. The lighter ones are ideal for household skip removals, while the larger ones are perfectly suited to industrial sized jobs, especially in areas such as construction.
- 3.5 tonne skip truck
- 7.5 tonne skip truck
- 10 tonne skip truck
- 18 tonne skip truck
- 24 tonne skip truck
- 26 tonne skip truck
- 32 tonne skip truck
- 44 tonne skip truck
Skips are exceedingly useful and come in several sizes to suit your needs and the task at hand. Whether for professional or personal use, to cover breakdowns or try before you buy scenarios. By hiring one of these you can move and unload your skip quickly, safely, and legally so that it can be refilled again. Remember to have the relevant licenses for both your skip and the hiring of a skip truck to prevent any issues while carrying out your work. It’s a simple and quick process, so you’ll have your truck on the road in no time.