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Mini digger

A mini digger or mini excavator is a small sized excavator, typically between 0.7 and 9 tonnes, used to perform small excavation works. It is often possible to attach other attachments besides buckets, such as a breaker, allowing multiple uses.

The price for hiring a mini digger depends on its size, weight and version (e.g. cab or not).


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City Hire

London

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(11 reviews)

Mr Plant Hire

London

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(9 reviews)

S&J Mini Diggers

Surrey, Kent, Sussex, London

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(101 reviews)

Premier Plant Hire

Greater London

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(9 reviews)

JMS Access

Multiple locations

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(5 reviews)

PJP Plant Hire

Manchester and North West

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(3 reviews)

Balloo Hire

Northern Ireland

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(70 reviews)

A.Mac Grab Hire

Greater London

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(5 reviews)

Dial a Digger

South

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Central Plant Hire

Sussex and Surrey

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(3 reviews)

Kelsey Plant Hire

Sussex and Surrey

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(24 reviews)

Kent Operated Digger

Kent

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Lewis Groundworks

Hertfordshire

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Contractors Hire

London and South

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(9 reviews)

Ardent

Multiple locations

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(17 reviews)

Chase Plant Hire

Birmingham

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(29 reviews)

BTG Plant Hire

Epping Forest

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Tiger Plant Hire

Wiltshire

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(12 reviews)

Rhino Plant Hire

Essex and London

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(12 reviews)

Ermin Plant

West Midlands

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(35 reviews)

Griffiths Hire Shops

Shropshire & North Wales

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Turner Tool Hire

Around Sudbury

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GMP Plant Hire

Essex

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(7 reviews)

Arches Plant Hire

Colchester and Essex

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Local Tool Hire

London

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(13 reviews)

1st Hire

South London & Surrey

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(20 reviews)

NLPH

North London

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(13 reviews)

Mulholland Plant Hire

Northern Ireland

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(15 reviews)

CTH Hire Centres

Surrey

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(5 reviews)

West Coast Tool and Plant Hire

Argyll

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(7 reviews)

Double M Plant Hire

West Midlands

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Jackson & Gocher Hire Centre

Surrey

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(9 reviews)

Charles Wilson Engineers

Multiple locations

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Mini digger hire guide

Mini digger performing offset digging
Mini excavators performing offset digging.
Source: Concrete Construction Magazine

What is a mini digger?

A mini digger or mini excavator is a type of plant equipment used to perform excavation works. Micro diggers allow for much more efficient digging works when compared to using a spade or shovel. Excavators come in all sizes, the term mini diggers covers the smaller sized ones (from ~0.7 tonnes to ~9 tonnes) and micro diggers is used for the smallest variants. Mini diggers consist of different parts. The house is attached to the undercarriage and can rotate freely with respect to the undercarriage. The workgroup, which refers to the boom and attachment such as a bucket or an auger, are connected to the house through a swing frame which allows the boom to swing independently of the house. This allows for so called offset digging (see picture). Additionally, there is a backfill blade for levelling and grading.

How to choose which mini digger to hire?

Mini excavators have several characteristics on which you should base your selection:

  • Operating weight: Given an indication of overall size of the mini digger
  • Maximum dig depth: Determines the maximum depth the mini digger can dig
  • Bucket width: Width of the bucket which is attached to the boom
  • Bucket attachment method: Quick-hitch systems allow to quickly attaching buckets to mini diggers, without having to leave the driver seat of the mini digger
  • Width: Important characteristic to take into account when you are going to use the mini digger in locations where access width is restricted
  • Cab: When it is cold or rainy, hiring a mini digger with a cab will make your time much more comfortable

How wide is a mini digger?

Mini excavators come in various widths, with minimal width ~70cm and up to ~150cm or above.

Do I need to hire an operator when I hire a mini excavators?

It depends on your experience operating a mini digger. As highlighted above, operating a mini digger can be quite difficult, hence an operator might be much more efficient at the job. Because operators get the work done quicker, the cost of hiring an operator might be balanced by the reduced hiring costs compared to doing it yourself.

What is the recommended safety equipment when hiring a mini digger?

When using a mini digger it is recommended to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Recommended safety equipment for a mini digger consists of the following: safety helmet, foot protection, ear protection and protective gloves.

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