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Excavator hire - Wet and dry

Excavators are one of the most diverse machines in the construction industry. They can help complete demolition work, dig trenches, or clear land. They are possibly the most used piece of machinery across different construction sectors. Whether it’s a small scale digging projects where mini excavator hire is required, or a larger scale site that needs 70 tonne excavator hire, these machines can do it all.

Excavators can be used across the residential, commercial, infrastructural, civil, and mining sectors of construction. An excavator consists of three main parts: the undercarriage, house, and arm. The undercarriage consists of tracks, track frame and a final drive which houses the hydraulic motor. The house includes the operator cab, engine, counterweight, and hydraulic oil tanks. The arm typically consists of a boom, stick and a bucket with three joints between them and the house.

Which excavator is right for your project?

Finding the right excavator for your project is essential so you can get the job done right. Each size of excavator has different costs associated with them for both wet and dry hire. For dry hire, excavator hire rates will generally be between $40 and $180 per hour, and for excavator wet hire they can range from $115 to $270 per hour. Find full comprehensive excavator hire rates so you know exactly which excavator you need for your project.

Do I need a licence to operate an excavator?

The answer to this question isn’t straightforward, however, you will need a licence to operate an excavator above a certain tonnage. For small mini excavators used in residential projects, you can often operate one without special ticketing, but it is best to check specifications before hiring a mini excavator. If you wish to operate a large excavator, a ticket will be required, and you will need to obtain an excavator licence before commencing use.

Find excavator hire near you with iseekplant

iseekplant is Australia’s largest online construction hire marketplace. At iseekplant you can find many top suppliers near your location. You can also find user reviews for all the suppliers that will help you choose the best excavator for your project. We have suppliers all across the major Australian cities like Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and Darwin.

If you need more information, simply contact our projects team via email at projects@iseekplant.com.au, or call us on 1300 691 912. Or if you’re looking for quick, obligation free quotes, use out Get a Quote Tool today to help you make the right decision for your project.

If you’re looking for excavator hire, you may also be in need of tipper truck hire, bobcat hire, kanga digger hire, or try something different like compactor hire, backhoe hire, or dump trucks.

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Top rated Excavator Hire in Australia

Vernice Pty Ltd
Vernice Pty LtdPerth WA
(9 reviews)

"Very professional, experienced and reliable contractors that have provided earthmoving services for many projects at our Waste Management Facilities f..."

Beltana Hire
Beltana HireQueanbeyan NSW
(7 reviews)

"This guys communicate well and the excavator I hired at the time was ready for work with no delays. The E20 is a great machine, the tilt hitch is very..."

SAWTELL PRECISION EXCAVATIONS
SAWTELL PRECISION EXCAVATIONSSouth Toowoomba QLD
(6 reviews)

"If you are thinking earthmoving or landscaping your property I can personally recommend SAWTELL PRECISION EARTHMOVING. This company takes pride in sup..."

Bren-Ten hire and excavations
Bren-Ten hire and excavationsUpper Coomera QLD
(6 reviews)

"Found Jonathan to be very honest, reliable and prompt. Turning up on the right day and time as planed. Something sadly missing with most contractors. ..."

Emlac Excavations
Emlac ExcavationsCranbourne VIC
(6 reviews)

"I couldn’t be happier with the service Emlac has provided us on a range of projects large and small. Attention to detail and quality service Tim ..."

Sweeney Hire
Sweeney HireCardup WA
(6 reviews)

"Mel and Tom from Sweeney Hire go out of their way to make sure the customer is looked after. I have always found them to be honest, reliable and a ple..."

Skyway Hire
Skyway HireGumdale QLD
(5 reviews)

"I have been hiring machines from Skyway on a regular basis for a few months now, Still great easy service and Machines are always clean ready to go. I..."

Leading Excavations
Leading ExcavationsSedgefield NSW
(5 reviews)

"Leading Excavations did the earthworks and slab site for our new home. The staff were punctual, experienced and knowledgable in all aspects of the wor..."

MCJ Earthworks and Construction
MCJ Earthworks and ConstructionTorrington QLD
(5 reviews)

"Mitch has worked on our block preparing it for a new build as well as our retaining wall. Mitch has an eye for detail and is super efficient. Would de..."

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Recent Excavator Hire reviews

Skyway Hire
Skyway HireGumdale QLD
(May 2022)

"I have been hiring machines from Skyway on a regular basis for a few months now, Still great easy service and Machines are always clean ready to go. I..."

- Joe, JNP Plumbing & Gas FittingView profile
Freddas Mobile Diesel
Freddas Mobile DieselLara VIC
(Apr 2022)

"I hired a little Toyota 4SDK4 from Matt to clean up my backyard and found the skid steer to be a late model and in excellent condition at a very reaso..."

- Paul BrugmanView profile
SAWTELL PRECISION EXCAVATIONS
SAWTELL PRECISION EXCAVATIONSSouth Toowoomba QLD
(Mar 2022)

"If you are thinking earthmoving or landscaping your property I can personally recommend SAWTELL PRECISION EARTHMOVING. This company takes pride in sup..."

- ErrolView profile
Leading Excavations
Leading ExcavationsSedgefield NSW
(Mar 2022)

"Leading Excavations did the earthworks and slab site for our new home. The staff were punctual, experienced and knowledgable in all aspects of the wor..."

- Mandy and JohnView profile
Bren-Ten hire and excavations
Bren-Ten hire and excavationsUpper Coomera QLD
(Feb 2022)

"Found Jonathan to be very honest, reliable and prompt. Turning up on the right day and time as planed. Something sadly missing with most contractors. ..."

- Robbie ClarkView profile
Rock Hard
Rock HardJimboomba QLD
(Feb 2022)

"Can't recommend these guys enough. Bruce's workmanship and professionalism was second to none. We got Bruce in to remove quite a few very large yukka ..."

- Simon MarshView profile
CMJ Excavation
CMJ ExcavationKnoxfield VIC
(Jan 2022)

"CMJ Excavation is very professional operation and they have done a heap of work for us (including major earthworks, post holes auger digging, retainin..."

- Tim DrewView profile
Black Swan Plant Hire
Black Swan Plant HireBalcatta WA
(Dec 2021)

"Currently have two Excavators, an IT Loader and 2 Utes. The operators supplied are excellent and my client is very happy with the works so far. 2 mont..."

- ShaneView profile
Quan Excavations
Quan ExcavationsHolt ACT
(Sep 2021)

"Good Day ! My name is Tuan living in Florey. I would like to give positive feedback about Quan's concreting work at my place from, in front of the gra..."

- TuanView profile
Limbourne Earthmoving
Limbourne EarthmovingDeer Park VIC
(Aug 2021)

"Highly recommend Zac and his team. They Have been a first point of call for availability for many of my projects. His team are highly skilled and know..."

- Brett SteeleView profile
Shane's Earthworks
Shane's EarthworksWhittlesea VIC
(Aug 2021)

"We have used Shane for a number of jobs. Digging stump holes, retaining wall holes, site cuts, general site cleans, site prep. Shane responds to quote..."

- JustinView profile
Mackintosh Asphalt Services
Mackintosh Asphalt ServicesRowville VIC
(Aug 2021)

"Friendly great prices and no stress they were easy to deal with and the machine worked for the whole time i hired it, will hire from them again the ne..."

- BrandonView profile

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