Pedestrian/Ride-on Roller Cost – Discussing Hire Cost.

The construction pedestrian/ride on roller is a vital piece of compacting equipment used on roads and construction sites all over the globe. Now if you are considering thinking of hiring one of these pieces of essential plant equipment. Knowing how much a pedestrian/ride-on roller cost to hire could make planning for your project far easier. Throughout this article, we will take you through absolutely everything you need to know about rollers, how much they are to hire, what brands are available, and any other fine print you may need to consider before hiring a machine. By the end of this blog, you will have all the information you need to confidently hire the right size roller and what it will cost you. Let’s get rolling…

What Pedestrian/Ride rollers are available?

Rollers come in several shapes and sizes, however, they all have one thing in common. They are all compactors. Machines are designed to reduce the amount of air between particles within the ground. They can be used on all types of soil and sand, rock and stone to produce a stable ground surface. Rollers can also be used to level-out building materials as they are added to a project. By compacting every layer that is added, it establishes strong foundations to construct on. So what rollers are available?

Single Drum Pedestrian Roller

Rollers start from something as simple as a single drum pedestrian roller. Single drum pedestrian rollers are a popular choice for small-scale projects, such as landscaping.

The single drum pedestrian roller is operated by an individual walking behind the machine, which is fuel-powered. These machines can be extremely cost-effective, however would not be suitable for large-scale projects, unlike a double drum roller.

Double Drum Ride on 120/80 Roller

Double drum ride-on rollers come in a number of different sizes, of which can be used on larger scaled projects than a pedestrian roller. These drums often offer vibration technology to increase the overall amount of compaction created with every pass of the machine. This means that the compaction is far greater and faster compared to a small walk-behind single drum pedestrian roller.

Double drum rollers are the most popular types of compactors to be used within the construction industry. However, different size ride-on rollers are the best fit depending on the project’s scale.

80 Ride on Roller

  • 800mm wide roller
  • Ideal for small driveways and less traffic areas
  • Articulated for additional manoeuvrability (brand dependant)
  • Downward weight with water 1800kg

120 Ride on Roller

  • 1200mm wide roller
  • Ideal for large driveways, road repairs asphalt repairs
  • Articulated for additional manoeuvrability (brand dependant)
  • Downward weight with water 2950kg

The Pedestrian/Ride On brands you should look out for?

If you are considering hiring a roller, it is always best to look for the most reliable machinery on the market. Why? Well, the last thing you want to face is forking out additional money to hire a machine twice. By sticking to the following brands named, along with choosing a supplier that regularly invests in the quality of its equipment, you are bound to be on the path to success.


BOMAG is the world market leader in the field of compaction technology and manufacturer of machines for the compaction of soil, asphalt and refuse. Originally founded in Germany in 1957, BOMAG has over 2500 different products and is known globally for its quality and reliability.


Founded and started in 1904 by Benjamin Holt, who invented the first commercial-type tractor known as the Caterpillar. Caterpillar, or CAT, is globally known for its extra-large machinery. Compaction equipment was not what they took to market first, however, have been regarded for producing some of the finest earthmoving equipment on the market.


Founded in 1945 by Joseph Cyril Bamford, JCB has been world-renowned for its design of the backhoe, telehandler and excavator design. However, unlike either BOMAG or CAT, JCB only supplies smaller compaction equipment, such as single drum pedestrian rollers and vibrating plates and rammers.

Pedestrian/Ride-on Roller Cost roller

So how much does a pedestrian/ride-on roller cost to hire? There are generally three main factors that make up the price of hiring a road roller.

First, the machine itself, a high spec machine, for example, a pneumatic or vibrating double roller machine, will cost far more than a single drum roller.

Secondly, the age of the machine. If the machine that you are hiring is extremely cheap. Think twice. Hiring poor quality machinery will cost you more in the long run. Always ask to inspect the machinery beforehand.

Finally, can you transport the machinery yourself? Not all rollers can be transported by the average licence holder. Single drum rollers are small enough to be towed behind a standard vehicle. However, if you are looking to hire a ride on roller, you will want to include the cost of delivery of the machine into your price as well.

Based on an online survey, expect to pay the following minus any delivery costs:

Single drum pedestrian roller weekly hire cost average: £82 per week +VAT

Medium size 800mm articulated vibrating ride on roller cost average £115.00 per week + VAT

Larger 1200mm articulated vibrating ride on roller cost average £189.00 per week +VAT

Pedestrian/ Ride on Rollers delivery

As previously mentioned, delivery of a roller is generally not included unless asked for. This can be charged on an each-way basis, or one standard delivery cost depending on the hire company’s policies.

Small single drum rollers are able to be towed behind the rear of a vehicle if you wish to keep the cost of hire down. However, if you are looking to hire a larger roller such as an 800mm or 1200mm articulated option, you will most likely have to arrange delivery with your supplier.

If you decide you require a roller to be delivered, plant hire companies will have a set rate within a certain radius from their depots. The further you are away from their depot, the more expensive the delivery cost will be. If you cannot tow or transport the machine yourself, always make sure that you factor in the cost of delivery to ensure you complete your project with no hidden surprises.

Insurance for Roller hire

While a roller is in your possession, it is the customer’s responsibility to insure the machine from accidental damage or theft. Not all business insurance policies will cover plant hire equipment. If you need help to find plant hire insurance, we would highly recommend JCB finance.


Once you know the duration of the period of hire and start date, you can easily activate a policy for short or long-term periods.

Where can you hire a pedestrian/ ride on roller?

We at WHC Hire have been supplying pedestrian/ride-on rollers to businesses, companies and the general public for over 20 years. With a huge investment of the latest technology with machines from BOMAG and JCB, we can supply pedestrian/ride-on rollers for as little as £64 + VAT a week. WHC Hire is on a mission to provide the highest quality machinery to all to ensure that you can get the job done safely and in a timely manner. As an internationally recognised UK plant hire company for its attention to detail with our own HAVS (Hand and Vibration Syndrome) testing facility, along with holding 4 consecutive gold awards from RoSPA in health and safety. You can guarantee the quality and condition of our machinery. Find out more about what state-of-the-art rollers and compaction equipment we offer, here.

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