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The Secrets Of Plant Hire: Everything You Need To Know

There are a few things in the construction industry that hold significant importance and one of these is plant machinery. The fact is that most large-scale jobs would simply not be possible without the use of this form of machinery. So, what is plant machinery and why is it so important to the construction industry? Find out this and many other things in this quick blog about the subject! So, keep reading to find out more!

Various mobile cranes

What is plant machinery?

Essentially, plant machinery refers to all of the large-scale tools which are used in industrial activity. This can, of course, refer to more standard equipment such as excavators, or may also refer to slightly more advanced tools such as cranes. The key is that plant machinery is one of the most vital aspects of a modern building site and without these tools, many jobs would simply be impossible. Therefore, it is essential that when planning a new construction project you ensure that you have the correct equipment to complete the job.

When making this decision and gathering the necessary tools and machinery you should also consider the time frame you have. Schedules are vital in building work and ensuring that you have the right plant equipment at the right time will save you huge amounts of time.


There is no question that plant machinery can be used in many different ways and you won’t necessarily use this kind of equipment for only building work. In fact, there are multiple different uses for large construction machinery so you should definitely consider what type of work you are due to be completing and make the decision on what equipment you’ll need from that. There are so many different uses for plant machinery that it would frankly be nigh impossible to name them all. However, we shall name a few of the main ones so you can get a picture of the kind of roles which you will use plant machinery for. So, keep reading this blog to find out more about plant machinery!

Domestic construction work

While building homes requires substantially less energy than building large office buildings or warehouses due to the size of the project it still requires a fair amount of precision and skill. Modern homes that have been designed with particular detail often require large machinery and modern equipment to achieve the level of precision required. So, certainly plant machinery is often a vital aspect of domestic construction work and if you are project managing a domestic site or running a large proportion of the work then you should certainly consider plant hire to make your and your staff's life easier.

Office construction

Modern office buildings are changing. The days of small buildings with one of two floors are now firmly in the past and ever since the 1980’s the world’s cities have all joined the high-rise craze. Nowadays almost every office building is at least four or five stories high and takes up a huge amount of floor space on the streets below. The sheer scale of these buildings means that plant machinery and plant hire is vital for these projects. So, if you’re building a new large office building make sure that you hire plant machinery to ensure you can complete the work in the required time.

Road construction

Building roads is a vital aspect of infrastructure in the modern world and they take a huge amount of planning and skill to build effectively. Of course, there are many aspects to road building and not every stage requires large plant machinery to get the job done. However, road construction arguably uses the most plant machinery of any of the roles we will mention. After all, building high-quality roads is essentially a more complex variant of groundwork and groundwork is all completed using plant machinery. So, if you’re planning on building a small road on your land or if you’re completing some contracting work elsewhere then make sure you hire a sufficient amount of plant machinery.

Bridge building

Bridge building and construction is one of the most complex tasks on this list and the skills required to build strong bridges that meet the modern safety standard in this country are very industry specific. Of course, you will not be carrying out any work on a project of this sort without being expertly trained on this subject. Bridge-building contractors will likely know all about the importance of plant machinery for their role, however, it may be useful to other contractors to see what machinery they use to learn just how capable plant machinery is. Of course, the main item of the plant they will use is the crane. Modern cranes are now incredibly capable and very safe so hiring a crane from a reputable plant hire company is a very sensible idea.

High-rise flats

As we progress through the 21st century the popularity of high-rise buildings for flats and homes is becoming more and more present. Cities nowadays are filled with tall flat buildings in an attempt to deal with the rapid population increase of our urban areas. Of course, there is now a good deal of money within this form of construction but you must ensure that you are hiring the right tools to complete the job. Of course, some of the most important aspects of building high-rise flats is ensuring that you have the right plant machinery. You will need cranes and excavators along with many other plant machines.


What is the one thing which all of the roles listed above have in common? The answer is, of course, groundwork. All of the projects listed above require some form of groundwork to be completed before the work begins and this will of course require a large amount of plant machinery. In fact, groundwork is arguably the most common role for plant machines to be used in and you must attain a large amount of equipment before you start any form of groundwork project. This is when you should find a trusted and well-supplied plant hire company to ensure that you have all of the necessary equipment to complete the task efficiently.

Most popular forms of plant machinery

There are, of course, a few items of plant equipment that are more popular than others simply because of their ability to complete tasks and their ease of use. Though what are these machinery items and why should you hire them for your project? Keep reading to find out more!

All-terrain crane

As the name suggests, all-terrain cranes are portable cranes that are built to handle a variety of different driving conditions. They are usually large, multi-wheel vehicles, which are fitted with powerful engines. The actual crane is fitted to the chassis of the vehicle and can be operated using a remote or from the cab of the vehicle. These cranes are particularly useful if the site you are working on has challenging typography or if you’re expecting poor weather throughout the duration of the build.

Spider cranes

These cranes are usually a great deal smaller than all-terrain cranes and are required for very different tasks. As they are smaller they are usually used for more intricate work and jobs which require more accuracy. These cranes can also fit into smaller areas so they can access places on the site that the all-terrain crane might struggle with. Of course, their size does mean they have less lifting capacity but they are used for many different tasks so that isn’t a problem usually. These cranes are often fitted with a small tank track so they can be easily manoeuvred around the site.

Lorry loader

A lorry loader is a vital part of any construction project, especially if you are transporting large gravy loads to and from your site. Essentially, these machines have space on the lorry to transport large items and a small hydraulic crane at the end to help lift the items off the lorry and onto the ground where they can then be moved into place.

If you need to hire any plant machinery for your project such as a spider crane, all-terrain crane, or a lorry loader then make sure you contact us today! We have many years of experience in the industry and can certainly help you to find the right tool for the job.

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