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by Tyrone Benson | 3:07 pm

A mini digger is a great tool for making excavation of any size possible, which is why so many businesses are using them. And for homeowners, these machines are the right tool for many jobs. It beats trying to make a hole big enough and wide enough with a pick-axe and a spade. Though, the price may not be right when it comes to hiring a digger.

It is difficult to find reasonable daily rates. Part of the problem is that the machines are costly to rent. Basically, your business would save a lot more money if you would find used mini digger for sale. In addition to that, the operators come at a premium. Their skills are priceless, it seems.

Just a typical 5-ton digger is going to average between 60 pounds to 95 pounds for the day. Not bad, except that most jobs will require a few days’ access to the mini digger. For a whole week it can range from 350 pounds to 400 pounds.

That, of course, does not include the labor of the person who will operate the mini digger, in addition to transporting it to and from the site. Read on to learn more about how to lower the costs.

Stay Local

The first tip is to find a local equipment rental company to supply the digger. That alone will keep the costs at least closer to the base rate, without going up a tremendous amount. So, while a far-off rural company may offer a great day rate for the equipment, once transportation is factored in, those costs sky rocket.

In general, consider this, the companies will charge according to per 10 mile add-ons. That means, for people living within 10 miles from the equipment rental site, the costs will be an additional 30 pounds. The costs can rise to 60 pounds for longer distances.

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Just Right Is The Best Size

Now, it could be a force of habit especially where household projects are concerned, but resist going with the bigger is better mentality here. Otherwise, bigger just costs more. Even getting a smaller machine will be better to offset the costs. A 1.5-ton JCB could do just as well. They are great for excavation in preparation to install a pond, soil removal, and for landscaping.

While it’s common for the fixed day rate to be advertised and quoted, there are often discounts that are available. Because this is the case, it is alright to ask if they have a discount. For instance, they may provide a cut in pricing if you are renting for a whole week rather than just one day. A 60 pound per day mini digger would perhaps cost 105 for two days and 145 for a three-day rental.

While it is tempting to just estimate the shortest amount of time you may need the digger, book it for at least an extra day. Compare making a mistake, sending it back, and then having to call to have the digger rented another day (at full price) with the price of transportation factored in again. Just sign up for an extra day. It is cheaper.

Contact A Contractor

There’s a reason the people who drive a digger are paid so much. It turns out it is very challenging to drive one, and to manage and manipulate the soil, rocks, etc. with it. People who rent themselves out as drivers are well-seasoned and have gotten their practice elsewhere (other than in your yard.) Be glad to pay them more than having them learn in your garden.

The operator is a wise investment, at the going rate of 200 pounds. It is far less expensive to invest in a professional who knows how to use the equipment, how to dig a hole, and even how to properly grade to avoid drainage issues later.

Deposits Are Big Money

If it feels like there is one hidden fee after another, brace for another one. The deposit is another hidden cost that most people do not consider when they are looking at renting a mini digger. They are renting out a costly piece of equipment, and that’s what justifies the refundable fee of 750 pounds. Otherwise, they will refuse to let the item out of their warehouse. Usually the hire costs will come out of this, and the deposit will be returned.

You could attempt to do it yourself. It would save a lot of money. Though, weigh that against the costs of poor grading and shoddy drainage forever more, and it may not be worth it. Finally, if you break the equipment, you are going to lose your deposit and potentially more than that.

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