All You Need to Know About Mini Digger Hire

Small to medium sized construction jobs need adequate planning. There are many questions you need to ask yourself, in order to not only find the right equipment for the job, but to complete it successfully too. When considering Skidsteer Loader hire in Perth, RME has all the information you need to know to help you with your planning. 

First things first, consider the following points:

  • Check out utilities in and around the area you’re digging, do any of these need to be attended to?
  • What is the dig depth required, and is the ground sufficient in terms of quality?
  • Is there local provision to dispose of waste?
  • Is access to the site sufficient?
  • Calculate the cost of hiring equipment, versus the time the project is likely to take
  • Explore insurance issues

Now, let’s explore the pertinent issues.

Utilities, e.g. gas and electric lines, what needs to be considered?

You cannot simply decide where you’re going to dig, and then go for it. There may be gas lines, electric fibre optics, communication lines, sewer or water pipes in and around the area. This is something you need to research ahead of time. When planning your project, identify whether any of these utilities are located where you plan to dig. Speak to local councils, gas and electric companies, and use detection equipment, to identify cables and wires.

Dig depth, and the condition of the ground you’re digging

Giving a set depth on how far down to dig is impossible, because it totally depends on the job. If you are completing a gardening project, you’re not going to be digging as far down as someone who is laying foundations. This also depends on the condition of the ground you’re actually going to be digging.

Identify whether the ground is hard or soft. If you are digging soft ground, you will actually have to dig further down, than if you are digging harder ground, for stability reasons. If you are dealing with extremely hard ground, you will need to hire a heavier duty digger. In this case, a mini excavator of around 3 tonnes is the best choice, which is stronger and has more digging clout.

Standard mini excavators work down to depths of around 1800mm to 4675mm, depending on whether you go for a micro digger, or a heavier option, such as an 8 tonne choice. In addition, you need to consider the size of the bucket on the digger, and the width you need to dig. All of these choices will be made easier by knowing the type of ground you’re digging and how deep you need to go. Of course, you also need to know about the material, which lies on top of the ground, e.g. is it concrete, tarmac etc. This is going to need extra equipment in order to penetrate the ground. You ay need to consider hiring a separate attachment in that case, such as a breaker.

Disposing of digging waste

When you dig a hole you are obviously going to have waste to dispose of, and this cannot simply be put anywhere. In some cases you can simply move the disposed digging material to another part of your site, to be used for another reason. In other cases, you could hire a skip and dispose of it that way. If you have a lot of digging material to be disposed of, you could think about hiring a dumper, which makes moving the material around much easier. A skip loading dumper or a mini tracked dumper are both good choices. These move the material into a large skip, without you having to manually do it yourself.

Access to the area you are working in

You need the correct amount of space to work in, so you need to assess the site. This means checking if there are any hazards in the way, e.g., any lines or building work overhead, as well as underneath. Is there road access to the site? If you are working down a winding country lane, or are you linked to a busy road? If so, you need to think carefully about when you are planning on having your equipment delivered, to ensure no delays.

If you have little room for manoeuvre then it may be best to hire a micro digger, which has a lesser size and smaller tracks, to get into and out of your site.

Time planning and cost

In order to find out how much your digger hire cost is going to be, you need an estimate of how long you’re going to need it for. It goes without saying that the longer a project, the higher the cost, but you don’t want to run short and have to re-hire. This could end up costing you more in the long run. Make sure you plan in a little extra time for any unforeseen circumstances, such as adverse weather. If you are working during the winter months, adverse weather conditions may hold you up, and even a large amount of rain is going to make it impossible to work to time frame.

Giving an exact cost without having all the information to hand isn’t possible, but estimates can be given. Mini diggers can often be hired for multiple time frames, so you can hire the machine for a day, or a month, or more. The type of equipment you hire has a bearing on the price. There is a full hire price, and the amount of time you need it for is calculated from that. For instance, if a three day period of time is considered the full hire price, one day will cost half (50%), a weekend will cost 75%. It is possible to extend hire after the original time, for a fractional cost, which will be communicated to you at the time.

The equipment won’t be automatically collected at the end of the agreed hire period, just in case you need it for a day or two longer. In this case, you will be contacted and you can negotiate extra time if necessary.

Important insurance information

Any type of heavy duty work needs insurance, and this isn’t something you should forego. How to arrange this depends on your circumstances. If you are in business then you will probably already have insurance, and if not this can be arranged. This type of insurance is called Hired In Plant Insurance. If you are a domestic customer then we can arrange a loss or damage waiver policy for you at the time of hire. Simply call RME on 089 3718070 or email for information and competitive pricing now.