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Small excavators are typically hired by builders, large construction companies, landscapers, and DIY enthusiasts alike and are easy to hire in the UK.
In this article, we will discuss mini digger hire in the United Kingdom, including the benefits of hiring a mini digger, how to choose the right equipment and the cost of hiring one.
Hiring a mini digger has several advantages over purchasing one outright:
When choosing a mini digger for hire, there are several factors to consider:
A mini digger hire is an excellent option for those who require a versatile machine for construction, excavation, and landscaping.
It is cost-effective, convenient, and allows you to use the machine only when needed.
Yes, a mini excavator/digger can break and dig up concrete.
The answer is yes but with a few important caveats.
The terms “metric ton” and “tonne” are used interchangeably and represent the same unit of measurement. Both refer to a unit of mass in the metric system equivalent to 1,000 kilograms or approximately 2,204.62 pounds.
Tonne differs from the short ton (commonly used in the United States), equivalent to 2,000 pounds, and the long ton (commonly used in the UK), equivalent to 2,240 pounds.
So, there is no difference between a metric ton and a tonne – they are the same thing.
The weight range of mini diggers available for hire varies depending on the type of mini digger.
Generally, mini excavator operating weights range from about 907 kg (approximately 2,000 lb) to 5500 kg (approximately 12,125 lb).
Find out more about the weight range of mini excavators.
Mini excavators (1.5 tonnes) have an average hire cost between £85.00 and £100.00 per day, with larger-size diggers costing as much as £500.00 per week.
See our comprehensive guide for a list of daily, weekly, and weekend hire rates.
No, you do not need a valid driver’s licence or an operator’s ticket to legally use a digger on private construction sites, land, or access roads. However, the operator must be competent and trained in using the digger and have read and understood the operator’s manual.
To learn more about UK’s licencing requirements, see our dedicated page.
For more information on towing a plant trailer, see our comprehensive article on the subject.