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The Benefit Of Hiring Construction Machinery

Updated on December 20, 2013

From telehandlers to excavators, bulldozers to dump trucks, the construction industry certainly has its fair share of specialist machinery. These incredibly useful vehicles and machines do not come cheap, however, with most costing upwards of ten thousand pounds. How then, can smaller construction firms get their hands on these essential tools for their trade?

Read on to learn all about the benefit of hiring construction machinery.

Financially Viable

For most firms, hiring construction machinery is simply the only financially viable option. Smaller firms, unable to afford the deposit and finance on their own fleet on construction vehicles have no other option than to hire. On the other hand, many larger firms with the budget to invest in new equipment often still opt to hire construction machinery rather than purchase it brand new or second hand.

One of the reasons for this is that telehandler hire is actually far cheaper than one might expect. A typical example would be a telehandler with 3000kg load capacity at 9m boom extension, suitable for many construction sites. A construction firm can expect to pay somewhere in the region of £250 to £300 per working week to hire one of these machines; roughly equivalent to £6.25 per hour. On the contrary, investing in the same machine brand new is likely to set a firm back between £30,000 and £40,000. Back of the envelope calculations show that to get the same value for money, the firm would need to use the telehandler solidly for 40 hours a week for well over 24 months.

This type of usage is unlikely for most construction firms who are likely to operate any one piece of machinery in a fraction of their daily tasks. Coupled with the fact that the firm is likely to require the services of more than one type, make and model of construction machine and it is clear that a rental policy is by far more financially viable.

Finally, by hiring construction machinery, a firm leaves the cost of service and maintenance with the rental firm. Aside from fuel and operator costs, a construction firm has only the hire rates to worry about. By purchasing a piece of machinery, however, a firm takes on the responsibility for all these costs themselves.


The nature of the construction industry is that no two jobs are the same. Each job is likely to demand different capabilities from a range of different construction machines. As such, investing in a range of types and models of machine is quite simply unaffordable for many construction firms.

On the other hand, short term rental allows a firm far greater flexibility as they can change their entire fleet per job or site. If, for example, a particular job has a small site then a 17m telehandler is likely to be unsuitable. Instead, a firm can hire a compact machine, a 7m telehandler for example, in order to get the job done.

The same is true for different types of construction machine. Perhaps a certain site has an excess of material that requires removing. A construction firm can simply hire a dump truck on a one off basis to shift the debris and carry on with their work.

No Maintenance or Service

As mentioned, by purchasing a piece of construction machinery, a firm takes on all the responsibility of service and maintenance. If that machine breaks down, it is the responsibility of the construction company to take it out of service and have it repaired. This is costly in both time and money. Whilst that machine is out of action, work must stop or slow down until it is operational one more.

On the other hand, by hiring a piece of construction machinery, a firm leaves this responsibility with the rental company. There are no service or maintenance costs and, in the event of a breakdown, the rental company should be able to quickly swap out your machine for an operational one. The saving is twofold: no maintenance or repair costs and a drastic reduction of downtime.

Quality Advice

Finally, the professionals at a construction machinery hire firm will be able to give you quality advice on exactly what make and model of machine is best for each job your firm undertake. Instead of having to make a ‘best guest’ or rely on bias information from manufacturers, you will have access to a wealth of experience and knowledge ensuring you hire the right machine to get the job done.

As you can see, the benefits of hiring construction machinery are extensive and comprehensive. Whilst, of course, investing in construction machinery is the right decision for some firms, rental is by far the superior policy in many situations. Get in touch with your local rental firm for a quotation today.

Types Of Construction Machinery Available To Hire

Construction is certainly a challenging and diverse industry to work in, with each job requiring unique techniques and tools for successful completion. As a result, there are a whole host of standard and specialist construction machineries available on the market. Whilst some construction firms own their own expansive fleets, others keep smaller inventories, using the hire market to supplement their machines as and when certain jobs demand it. Other companies opt solely to hire construction machinery, preferring the flexibility and affordability it allows.

As construction machinery advances and the leading manufacturers develop and release new models it is easy to lose track of what is available to the construction industry. Whatever your construction firm’s purchase/rental policy is, it is always useful to have a grasp on the different construction machinery on the market today.

Here is a flavour of the construction machinery available to hire today.

Straight Mask Forklifts

Unlike traditional forklifts, designed for pallet transportation across warehouses and yards, straight mask forklifts are suitable for any time of site or environment. Specifically designed for difficult terrain, these four wheel drive trucks are more powerful and versatile than any traditional forklift could ever be.

With typical load capacities well over 2500kgs at 4m boom extension, these forklifts are as versatile as they are powerful making them ideal for construction. Like there telehandler cousins, there are wide a range of fork attachments available for straight mask forklifts adding to their versatility.

They are particularly popular for inner city and multi storey constructions where power and versatility are a must.


As one of the most versatile pieces of construction machinery, a telehandler is high up on the wish list of any construction firm. Similar to the straight mask forklift, they are designed for manoeuvrability over rough terrain as well as ensuring accessibility to even the most difficult to reach places.

The range of telehandlers is also nothing short of astounding. From nimble machines designed for small sites and tricky terrains to powerhouses, capable of reaching up to 17m, there is literally a telehandler for every construction site. Variations to the telehandler include machines capable of 360° rotation that take versatility to the next level.

With such a plethora of telehandlers available it is difficult to pinpoint one or two applications for which they are particularly useful. What is certain is that every construction firm is likely to require the services of a telehandler on almost every site they operate.


Whilst tractors as we know them have been around for decades, there are still advances and developments happening year upon year in the tractor world.

One of the latest trends is tracked tractors, with several leading manufacturers now offering tracked ranges as well as their standard tyre models. More and more farmers are turning to tracked tractors as the effects of soil compaction on crop yield become better understood. In addition, tracked tractors are far less likely to become stuck in wet and muddy conditions – something particularly desirable here in the UK!

A number of manufacturers are also unveiling their compact ranges this summer. These tractors are smaller and more manoeuvrable than traditional counterparts, making them ideal for construction sites and property estates. They are also far cheaper, making them more affordable to purchase or hire for sectors of the industry such as construction, who are less likely to require their constant usage.


Again, in the digger world, there is continual investment and development by the likes of JCB and other leading manufacturers. Features such as built in cameras for visibility, accurate boom load indicators for safety and hydraulic load sensing systems that allow for incredibly smooth operation are just a few of the latest developments.

In the latest state of the art cabs, air conditioning and noise protection are by no means new developments, but have been perfected to ensure a safe and comfortable working environment for operators.

The digging force in the latest models is also higher than ever before, with forces of over 4 and 2 tonnes now commonplace for bucket and arm respectively. With each model, arm reach is extended and traction force increased to allow further versatility and control.

And these are just four of the many construction machineries available to hire from firms across the UK. As the construction industry begins to find its feet and work picks up, there is a fair chance that your firm may be investing in acquiring the services of one of these pieces of kit soon!


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