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Can Anyone Hire A Mini Digger? – Excavator Hire Basics

If you are considering undergoing a project that is going to require some serious muscle, you might consider using a mini digger. If you are reading this article, then you are probably exploring the options of hiring a mini digger and the obstacles that may come in your way. All of which we will answer for you within this article. 

When undergoing any size of construction/landscaping project, hiring a mini digger is one of the favoured choices of tradespeople and enthusiastic homeowners. Mini diggers increase your productivity levels and make your entire project far more efficient and cost effective. 

Who can hire a mini digger?

Small excavator hire

There are no specific guidelines set out in terms of age and ability by HSE (Health & Safety Executive) to hire a mini digger. However, something to give thought to, is that the equipment is the customers liability, whilst in their possession. This means that if a mini digger incurs damage during its hire period, then the customer is liable. For every penny…!

Customers are solely responsible for machinery as soon as delivery or collection has taken place. The best way to cover yourself, is to make sure you take out a temporary cover insurance policy for the duration of the hire.

What is a temporary cover insurance policy?

A temporary cover insurance policy covers the operator if any accidents occur during hire. If you currently do not have any temporary cover for plant hire, then organising cover is fairly simple. If you are involved in a business that is already operating, do not assume that plant hire is covered by your existing insurance policy. Always call and check before agreeing to hire a mini digger. 

If you are looking for a comprehensive cover for hiring plant machinery, then explore what JCB insurance has to offer. Alternatively, for an in-depth read about plant hire insurance see our other resource, “plant hire insurance explained” here.

What details do you need to hire a mini digger?

kubota mini digger hire

Every hire company is different in their approach regarding required personal information and deposits to hire a mini digger. Nevertheless, hire companies will generally require some basic information such as:

  • Two forms of identification (Passport, Driving Licence, Photo ID)
  • Address of the customer (Utility bill with home address stated)
  • Deposit (Cash Customers)
  • Insurance 
  • Credit customers must undergo a credit check to ensure they can afford credit repayments. 

Providing all this information is at hand on the day, you can expect to organise your hire. You will also have to complete contract agreement paperwork before taking the machinery away. which, This should take you no more than 10 minutes on the basis that you have all the correct information. 

Transport of the mini digger? 

Mini digger on trailer
Digger transport on towable trailer

No matter where you hire a mini digger from, you are always going to have to deal with transporting it. Most hire companies will offer a delivery service to save you the hassle, otherwise, you will need to tow the machine behind your own vehicle. Not all cars can tow a digger, therefore if you wish to transport the machine yourself, it is always best to consult with your local hire depot in advance. 

If you are considering towing a mini digger yourself, you will require: 

  • A vehicle that can tow up to 3.5 T
  • Fully comprehensive insurance with additions for towing
  • Adequate plant trailer and securing system

Functions and features of a small excavator

Have a closer look at the functions and features of a mini digger that we offer from WHC Hire.

Cabin walkthrough and controls

Using a mini digger for business or commercial use?

If you are planning on using a mini digger for business or commercial use, you may require an NPORS or CSCS card to operate the machinery. This DOES NOT stop you from hiring a mini digger, however you may require it to operate on a building site. Always abide by the current and most up-to-date health and safety legislation to protect you and your business. If you plan to operate a mini digger for personal use, then this does not apply. 

WHC Hire Services

If you are still unsure whether or not you are able to hire a mini digger, then speak to our expert team here at WHC Hire. We are committed to supplying the nation with the highest quality plant equipment on the market. Since 1997, we have offered a wide range of mini diggers available to hire for long or short-term projects. With depots in Tewkesbury, Worcester and the Cotswolds, we are available and on hand when you need us.

Click here to see the latest plant and machinery we have on offer, or call 01684377977 to discuss your project with one of our friendly and knowledgeable team. Together, we can help you get the job done right.