To be honest, most of this site is about mini diggers, the cost of hiring one, what to look for in a hire company, and the likely costs of renting a digger, whether that is for a day, a weekend or a week.
There are certain safety measures to take into account when you hire any power tools or plant equipment, whether that happens to be a compressor or a huge earth moving machine, but this is especially so when it comes to machinery that is capable of digging large trenches into the ground, picking up large clumps of earth and swinging it violently from side to side!
In the wrong hands, or careless hands, these little machines can do a lot of damage. In careful or skilled hands these machines can save you a ton of time, hassle, and money.
Five Essentials To Consider Before Hiring A Mini Digger
Access – mini diggers, because they are mini, can get into spaces and areas where a full blown grown up digger cannot fit. But, and this is a big but, do not assume just because it is micro sized, that the digger you hire will fit into all spaces. If there are access restrictions, get out your tape measure and check the space against the size specifications of the particular machine you’re thinking of renting.
Terrain – diggers are capable of traversing many types of terrain, but depending on the difficulty of terrain, you may want to change the type of digger you hire. The bigger models, which are heavier, are more stable, but the smallest models, the “micro” can be a little unstable on particlarly rough terrain. Check with the hiring company if you are unsure, they will be able to give you good advice.
Ease Of Operation – be realistic here! We (men) all think we can drive anything. Am I right? These machines, as I said at the beginning, can be very dangerous in the wrong hands. Be sensible, swallow your pride, and go against all male instincts, and actually ask for advice and instruction if you’re not sure. Do you promise me?
Compatibility – if you already have attachments, or you are planning to use your digger with other machinery, check before you hire that the particular machine you’re interested in will be compatible.
Maintenance – when you hire a digger you want to know that it is safe and has been well maintained. Now this can be quite difficult to check if you don’t know what you’re looking for. If you are dealing with a reputable dealer they should be able to tell you when it was last serviced. If you are at all unsure about the integrity of the machine, don’t use it. It is just not worth it. There are other places you can hire from, don’t risk your health or damage to you, others, or any property.