A Guide On Earthmoving Equipment Hire

Posted on: 23 February 2021

Earthmovers are essential in construction sites and landscapes that need excavation, digging or ground-levelling works. Earthmover hire is ideal for people that cannot afford new equipment or those that need to use the machines for a short time. Below is an article discussing how to hire earthmoving equipment

Type And Size Of The Earthmover

What kind of works will you conduct? It will determine the type of earthmover that you should hire. For instance, an excavator is ideal for digging works, while a bulldozer will help you to level and push soil at the site. A backhoe loader will conduct small-scale excavation works and help you load soil. 

You also need to decide the size of earthmover that you will use at the site. For instance, a crawler excavator is ideal for large-scale earthmoving works and when working on rough terrain such as mines. Skid steer loaders are light-sized earthmovers that can be used in constricted spaces or when conducting landscaping works. What type of attachments do you need? Earthmovers such as excavators, telescopic handlers and skid steer loaders can support a wide range of attachments. For instance, breakers will help you crush rocks, while augers will drill holes. 

Hiring Company

Contact earthmoving equipment hire companies and inquire about the availability of the machine you require. Most customers will be interested in the company's pricing. However, they forget to evaluate the terms and conditions of hire. For instance: 

  • The hiring company should transport the earthmover to and from your site. If not, you will have to bear the transportation costs.
  • If you intend to dry hire the equipment, the company should offer earthmover maintenance services.
  • Ideally, the hiring company should provide service and maintenance records to prove that the equipment is in perfect condition.
  • The company should allow you to adjust the hiring period. 

Earthmover Operation And Safety

Earthmovers should be operated by qualified and experienced people. As such, ask the operator to provide an operating licence and a high-risk work permit. At the site, operators should have spotters to help them identify blind spots and site hazards. Do not exceed the earthmover's limits. For instance, you should not overload the equipment or use it for the wrong purposes. Remember to inspect the earthmover regularly to ensure it does not have defects that could cause accidents at the site. As a rule, you should not use a defective earthmover. 

When hiring an earthmover, select an appropriate size and type, check the terms of hire and observe the recommended operation and safety tips. 


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