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Tips and guides to help you find the right grader

Here's some tips and guides on how to find the right grader for your job

1. Grader Hire Rates Guide

Many earthmoving and construction jobs will need a grader on site. Graders are used for civil engineering projects to precisely refine surface levels that a scraper, excavator or dozer has “rough graded”. Here are some rough indications to what you can expect to pay when hiring a grader.

Grader Dry Hire Rates

It’s important to note that many plant hire companies will negotiate dry hire prices for long term projects. So it never hurts to ask. Below are a few examples of grader dry hire rates we’ve seen in the past:

  • Grader 12ft $75 to $135/hour on dry hire
  • Grader 14ft $90 to $145/hour for dry hire
  • Grader 16ft $105 to $160/hour on dry hire

Standby Rates

Standby rates are generally just slightly less than the hourly dry hire operational rate. For example, if the machine costs you $100/hour to rent, expect to pay $95/hour for the grader to be on standby.

Grader Wet Hire Rates

Wet hire is always going to attract a higher rate than a dry-hired grader, as it includes an operator and fuel. A common price we’ve seen for grader operator rates are between $50-$70 per hour on top of the machine’s dry hire rate.

Do you need a grader with a GPS?

Nowadays graders are almost universally operated with GPS. A GPS guidance system will increase the price of the grader on an hourly basis compared to graders without a GPS. We’ve heard of graders with GPS systems biing charged at an extra $20-$50/hour on top of dry hire/wet hire rates.

How far does the grader need to travel to your worksite?

Graders can be very expensive to mobilise. The general rule of thumb when it comes to transporting a grader is, the more remote your project is located - the higher your mobilisation and demobilisation costs will be. We recently saw a quote of $600 each way for a grader to be transported to and from a site which the hirer incurred the costs of- to give you a very rough idea.

How can I find the best grader rates possible?

Easy – iSeekplant have many high-quality grader hire suppliers throughout the country. You can compare different providers with a few simple clicks. If you don’t have the time to search for yourself – contact our expert team on 1300 691 912 or shoot our Projects Team an email with your project requirements, and let us find you the best grader rental rates around. Otherwise you can run a search from the homepage for a grader in your project's location.


2. What is a grader?

Graders are heavy duty machines that are equipped with a long blade designed to create smooth and flat surfaces. Graders are found in a range of construction sites - from massive infrastructure projects, roadworks and building developments, these powerful machines precisely grade areas with ease.

Learn more about graders here!


3. What size grader do I need for my job?

There are a number of important factors to consider when you consider hiring a grader. Motor graders are available for hire in a wide variety of sizes, but they’re most notably differentiated by their frame arrangement and blade width. Most smaller residential and development projects won’t need a grader with a blade more than 10 feet. Civil and road construction jobs will need graders with 12-16ft blades. Large-scale infrastructure works will need bigger machines, with blades spanning beyond 16ft.

Find out more about grader sizes here!


4. Do you need a license to operate a grader?

The short answer is no, you do not need a license to operate a grader in Australia. If you’re looking to operate a grader in a professional setting, it’s important to get some experience under your belt first, though.

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5. What are the best grader brands?

The construction marketplace is constantly expanding. We’re seeing more and more brands of graders available for hire by the day - here’s our list of the top grader manufacturers in Australia.

  • Caterpillar
  • John Deere
  • Komatsu
  • Volvo

Check out more info on the best grader manufacturers here!


6. Can I hire individual machines by size through iSeekplant?

iSeekplant suppliers offer a wide range of grader models for hire. Some common sizes include:


7. Where can I hire a grader?

iSeekplant has a nationwide network of quality grader hire suppliers operating in all Australian capital cities from Brisbane to Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne to Darwin, Perth and Adelaide. We also offer grader hire solutions in all major towns and cities from Cairns down to Toowoomba, Newcastle, Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong, and then across the country to Bunbury.

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