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What is grab hire?

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If you’re doing a construction project or planning to do one, then you’ve probably heard of grab hire. But what exactly is it and how can you benefit from it? In this blog, we’ll go through some of the things you need to know about grab hire!

What does grab hire mean?

Grab hire is the name for the process which involves grab lorries. These lorries are hired to clear away large amounts of muck and waste that are built up in construction sites. These materials can be difficult to move, which is why grab lorries exist - they are designed to fit into awkward spaces and carry heavy loads.

Grab lorries are utilised to dispose of large quantities of materials or wastes through its powerful hydraulic arm. If companies are looking for ways to clear away their construction site of any rubble or waste, a grab hire service is the best possible option they can choose.

As an entrepreneur, you might be wondering if a grab hire service is right for you. Grab lorries are specially designed to carry or clear away a wide range of materials or wastes in large amounts. From topsoil, concrete, aggregates, rubble, bricks, garden waste, muck and general non-hazardous waste, grab hire is the popular and fitting choice for commercial clients with waste management needs.

Since grab lorries are capable of carrying huge amounts of materials or waste in a single trip, the need to carry out multiple trips to the transfer area, recycling plant or waste processing plant is eliminated. As we have mentioned earlier, these trucks are able to carry topsoil and other materials like sand and gravel. These materials can be piled loosely on the grab lorries or placed inside bags, depending on your preference.

Most grab lorries can accommodate a load of 8 to 16 tonnes, which makes it a cost-effective choice as compared to hiring a skip container that news to go on multiple trips.

What materials can be collected?

Most grab lorries are about 3.2 meters wide which means they have plenty of room. Because of this, grab lorries can carry a range of materials of different sizes, including:

  • Inert muck such as clay, earth, soil and chalk
  • Hardcore, topsoil
  • Green waste - grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, branches, garden and tree waste, etc.
  • Concrete, rubble and aggregates
  • General non-hazardous waste
  • Muck
  • Mixed waste - plastics, leather, wood, metal etc.
  • Other general waste
  • Recyclable materials like clean concrete and rubble - bricks, paving slabs and bits of tarmac

There are also types of waste that grab lorries are not intended to dispose of.

  • Asbestos
  • Batteries
  • Gas bottles
  • Oil
  • Paint
  • Some hazardous waste
  • Tyres

You might be wondering as to who would need the service of grab lorries. You will be surprised to know that there are many people who require it. Here are just some of them:

  • Property developers. Developing large tracts of land is a lot of work. As a result, large amounts of waste are being generated and to clear away the construction site, grab lorries are needed. Once the construction site is clear, the developers are free to continue with their construction venture and as soon as another pile of waste is accumulated, grab lorries would be needed again to take them away in a cost-effective way.
  • Property Renovations. If you are a property buyer or house developer, property renovation may come as a necessity. Some renovations can be relatively small but some are required to be done on a larger scale. For instance, if you need large amounts of sand and gravel in your renovation project, you would need a grab lorry to bring it to the site. And after the renovation is done, you would also need a grab lorry to clear out all the waste and make way for the newly-renovated property.
  • Landscapers. When it comes to gardening, various raw materials such as soil gravel, sand and other garden materials are required. If done on a large scale, carrying those materials yourself is an impractical endeavour. This is when you should hire a grab lorry and count on its capabilities. Straining yourself to finish any gardening or landscaping job is simply not worth it so if you need a quick and easy way to carry materials and remove wastes, you know what to do.
  • Labour-intensive enterprises. If your business entails the carrying of materials in excessive amounts, hiring a grab lorry is the most reasonable thing to do. Instead of hiring several employees to carry out those heavy tasks, you just need to hire a single vehicle to do all the heavy lifting for you. And if you need to place raw materials in areas that are hard to reach, you can count on the grab lorry’s hydraulic arm to provide the solution.
  • What is ‘muck away’?

    The idea of undertaking building works in an absolutely clean manner is great but in actuality, any kind of building works will always produce some sort of waste. This is very true when it comes to excavation or property redevelopment. The process of removing waste from these operations is called ‘muck away’.

    These days, several companies are pressured to undertake this process in a more eco-friendly manner but the great thing remains the same: muck can become a source of extra financial resource and its sustainable disposal can ultimately help the bottom line of the company.

    Muck away is similar to how it sounds - it simply means the process of waste being collected and then disposed of. This is an essential part of any construction project as it allows the construction site to be kept clear of any rubbish that could potentially get in the way.

    Here at AU Grab hire, we offer a professional grab hire service to suit your needs. Whether you need to hire a grab lorry or want our muck away service, our team can provide this for you for an affordable price! Get in touch today to discuss your next job and we’ll see what we can do for you.

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