Comparing Loader Types To Hire: What’s The Difference? What Is The Best Choice?

As an expert in the construction field, you will know that selecting the right equipment to hire can make all the difference. Whether it is time-based or for a higher profit margin, choosing the correct machinery plays a huge part in the outcome. A common task you will have to plan for is material handling and loading, no matter the scale of your project. Therefore, we have put together this resource article to help you compare different loader types to hire, optimal uses and where each design differs. 

By the end of this article, we hope that you will have all the information you need to get started. Let’s get straight into it and look at why you might want to hire a loader.

Why you might want to hire a loader

why hire a loader?
Articulated loader

In the fast-paced world of construction, time is always of the essence. Therefore, having the right machinery to aid you in reaching your completion targets is a must. When it comes to handling materials that enter, exit or even move around a construction site, hiring a loader could be the correct solution for you.

No matter the industry you are in, you are sure to find one of these machines within it. Here are some very compelling reasons why you might want to consider hiring a loader.


Hiring a loader will save you time when it comes to a lot of common tasks you can expect to come across on your project. Tasks such as bulk material handling, lifting, loading and unloading are just a few to state. These machines can save hours of manual labour and staff. Allowing others to focus on other tasks while these machines are in operation.


Most loaders are available with several different attachments that are designed to help. Attachments such as buckets, forks, grabs, brushes and more, all offer a wider range of versatility to the machinery. In turn, eliminates the need for other equipment.


Due to the versatility that hiring a loader can offer, it also makes it far more cost-efficient. Loaders are multi-functional and highly capable of performing a range of duties that would take a whole gang to complete.  

Enhanced safety

Hired loaders are equipped with advanced safety features including operator cabins, lifting warning alarms, excellent visibility and more. Using a machine like this will also reduce the risk of accidents happening by removing the labour part of loading, unloading, and moving of materials.

Increase productivity

All of the above benefits of using a hired loader ultimately lead to higher levels of productivity per day. This results in your business being able to complete more projects per year, increasing your annual turnover.

Verity to choose from

Like most machinery these days, there are plenty of different designs, specs and features to choose from across the board. Allowing businesses to choose the right machine for that particular project. Choosing to hire machinery like this enables construction businesses to swap between sizes and specs depending on their requirements.

Hiring a loader can be a very strategic move for any construction business. Especially if they are looking to boost their productivity, enhance safety, cut labour costs and increase annual turnover.  So, what types of loaders are there on the market to hire? How can you leverage them and their attachments to position yourself competitively in the market?

Different loader designs

There are several different loaders you can expect to see on a construction site. Each offering a range of different benefits that may suit your needs. In the realm of heavy machinery, loaders play a large part in determining versatility and operational efficiency. Understanding the specific loader designs is important to ensure you hire the correct loader specific to your project. Let’s have a closer look at some of the most common loader designs that are available to hire.


Telehandler Hire
Telehandler Hire

The most common of loaders you will find to hire. Also known as loadalls, telehandlers are considered workhorses throughout all industries. They offer a robust and versatile solution to most lifting and material handling projects in construction. With the added benefit of an extendable boom and interchangeable attachments, these machines make for mean companions on any size of construction task. Their design also offers an efficient solution for moving heavy loads over short distances.

Rough terrain loaders

Rough Terrain Loaders
Rough Terrain Loaders

Similar to a telehandler is a rough terrain loader. Also known within the plant industry as a rough-terrain forklift. These loaders offer a less complex lifting solution to loading and loading pallets on a construction site. Their fixed chassis and two-wheel steering, results in being able to offer less versatility than other loaders, however, they are extremely productive machines. These machines are designed specifically to be able to lift loads vertically.

Articulated loaders

Articulated compact loader
Articulated compact loader

This design of loader features an articulated joint between the front and rear sections of the machine offering higher levels of manoeuvrability. The design of this machine offers far better control, especially in tight spaces. Articulated loaders also benefit from being able to offer a wide range of different attachments. Even more so than a telehandler. This makes them ideal for compact handling tasks.

To be able to correctly select the type of loader that will best suit your construction project, you should always consider the following questions to aid you in selection.

Considerations when choosing a loader to hire

Before selecting the right loader for your construction project, you should consider the following factors.

Task specific

What do you need to machine to do? What tasks may it cover? Each type of loader has its own limitations. Finding the correct machine that will cover all your tasks will benefit your productivity and efficiency.

Power, lift height, capacity

Knowing the power, lift height and lift capacity of a loader is essential. Incorrect selection could lead to injury or damage to the equipment. It is vital to know this information to ensure that the machine can keep up with your intended workload.

Terrain navigation

Even though most loaders are ideal for navigating all types of terrain and obstacles. Some designs will benefit better than others. Uneven, soft grounds are better suited for articulated loaders compared to rigid chassis machines. It is always best to match the loader with the terrain you will be operating it on. Worst case scenario, you may need to adapt the ground to operate the machinery on it.

Types of attachments

Versatility is absolutely key here. The number and type of attachments available with a machine can be the defining factor. Especially if it going to save you from hiring or purchasing additional equipment. Always assess all pending tasks prior to ordering the machinery you need. Attachments such as buckets, forks, brushes, and ploughs can all be extremely useful.


Considering the most cost-effective solution will always be key when hiring any machinery. Not only is it the cost of the machinery and attachments, but also the value provided by your supplier. What else are you getting for your money and is your investment justified? Does your supplier offer long-term hire rates? This doesn’t mean you should ever shrug on your machinery. Always make sure you get your money’s worth at a competitive rate. Here is an additional resource to help you find the right supplier: How To Choose The Right Equipment Hire Company Near Me?

Once you have considered all these factors, selecting the correct loader for your project should be a simple task. If you are ever unsure, speak to a plant hire specialist to help you. Loaders are extremely sort out pieces of equipment, therefore be sure to book and arrange delivery in plenty of time.

Common attachments for loaders

There are many common attachments that you can find on loaders. Some more than others. However, you can use these examples to expand your planning and equipment selection.


Loader bucket
Loader bucket

Buckets are used for loading and unloading loose materials such as hardcore and stone on a building site.


Loader forks
Loader forks

Forks are used to lift materials that are stacked on pallets, in bags or within crates. Forks are the most common attachments used on a loader on a construction site.


Loader brush attachment
Loader brush attachment

Brush attachments allow you to clean or brush the surface that the machine is running over. These can be used in farmers and equestrian yards, or in the final stages of construction projects.


Loader snow plough attachment
Loader snow plough attachment

When the rough weather hits, having a snowplough available can be the difference between your project continuing that day or not. Using these attachments can make a huge difference over the winter months.  


Basket for loader
Basket for loader

A basket is designed to hold one or two people safely in the air. Somewhat like a scissor lift. It allows you to work safely from a height without having to organise alternative equipment.

Hay grab

Hay grab for loader
Hay grab for loader

Even though these attachments are used predominantly in the agricultural industry, you should consider whether an attachment like this would be suitable for your project.

There are an infinite number of different attachments with many more being designed for each type of loader every year. Nevertheless, it is important to understand what is possible with each type of loader available to hire.

Common loader brands to hire

There are hundreds of different loader brands in the world, all with their own designs and specifications. However, the two most common brands of loaders you can expect to hire in the UK are as follows:

Avant Techno

“Avant machines have been available in UK for the past 20 year. The company first set-up the shop in the UK with the appointment of a national distributor in 1994. However, in 1999 the decision was taken to take full control of the UK activities by establishing a wholly owned subsidiary to handle everything from sales and marketing to servicing and repairs in order to show its total commitment to the UK market.” 

See an example of an Avant loader to hire here


“The story of JCB is one of innovation, ambition and sheer hard work. From small beginnings building agricultural tipping trailers in 1945, to the global force in manufacturing the company has become today, JCB has constantly pushed the boundaries in our desire to be the best. My father and company founder Joseph Cyril Bamford’s motto was, “Jamais content”, and that is exactly right – we are never content with our achievements. But I believe that even he would be amazed by what the company has become. Today, we have 22 plants on four continents and more than 750 dealers around the world.”

JCB is also responsible for manufacturing the UK’s first front-end loader back in 1949.

Here is an example of a JCB loadall or telehandler that is frequently used in construction projects across the UK today.

What licences do you need to hire a loader?

You do not need an operator’s licence to hire a loader in the UK. That being said, it may well be a requirement to obtain one to use the machinery on a construction site. Most insurance companies will not provide cover for the use of machinery unless the operators can prove competency. This is normally done by either an NPORS or CSCS operator card which can be obtained after receiving training. 

Most UK construction sites will request to see these operator cards prior to allowing you to work commence. If you are ever in need of NPORS training in the UK, we highly recommend checking out Vally Plant Training.

Hired loader rates

Loader rates vary from supplier to supplier. However, you can expect to pay anywhere between £300-£385.00 + VAT per week. This cost will not include additional attachments and any other rate some suppliers may charge. Attachments will cost extra unless agreed. It is always worth exploring long-term rates to save on your overall cost of hire.

In addition to the cost of the loader and attachments, you can check out our guide to making extra savings when hiring machinery in our resource, Harnessing Hire Equipment to Save Money This Season.”

Need more help or ready to hire a loader?

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If you need further guidance or are ready to rent construction equipment, don’t hesitate to explore WHC Hires extensive equipment listings. You can also check out our guide to choosing the right equipment supplier in your area, as well as our compact loaders and telehandlers on offer. Make your construction project a success by selecting the perfect machine for the job. Call us on 01684377977 or visit our website today!

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