Searching for the right mulcher hire can be tricky. But with iseekplant's vast network, we've accumulated a diverse range of 179 mulchers, spread across numerous trusted suppliers in Australia, whether you're looking for arborists, landscapers or tree mulching services.
No matter if you're in a bustling city centre or a remote town, our platform makes it easy to find a mulcher that perfectly fits your project's scale and requirements. In this quick guide, let's look at mulcher hire rates, capacities of common mulchers, what you can (and can’t) mulch and viable alternatives.
Mulching is critical in landscaping, land clearing and vegetation management projects like tree felling or tree stump removal. When hiring a mulcher, understanding its cost ensures you get top value for your investment.
Rates for mulcher hire can differ based on the type, size, region and duration of hire. Our guide below breaks down the average costs you can anticipate, factoring in wet and dry hire options.
|Mulcher Type||Wet Hire (per hour)||Dry Hire (per day)|
|Small Mulcher||$50 - $70||$150 - $200|
|Medium Mulcher||$80 - $120||$220 - $350|
|Large Mulcher||$130 - $200||$380 - $600|
Note: Rates vary depending on the machine's age, brand and location within Australia. All prices listed on this page are estimates, exclude GST and are in AUD.
Hiring a mulcher isn't just about the initial rates. These are extra costs you might need to factor in for a smoother experience:
|Cost Factor||Estimated Cost||Details|
|Transport & Delivery||$50 - $200||Based on distance and machine size|
|Replacement Blades||$20 - $100 per blade||Depending on wear and tear|
|Additional Operator Costs||Varies||For extended hours or special requirements|
|Insurance||Depends on provider||Always recommended for peace of mind|
|Fuel (for non-electric)||Current fuel prices||Large mulchers can consume more|
Always remember to clarify all potential costs with your hire provider before sealing the deal. We recommend using our Get a Quote tool to get a customised quote from one of our suppliers today. You wouldn't want any unwanted surprises on your invoice!
Being incredibly versatile, mulchers come with various capacities suitable for different tasks. From light brush clearing to heavy-duty tree mulching, the type of mulcher and its capacity can significantly influence its efficiency and output.
Understanding these capacities is critical when hiring to ensure the machine aligns with your project's needs. The table below gives an overview of the capabilities of popular mulchers, notable brands and models and typical capacities to give you a clearer picture.
|Mulcher Type||Popular Brands & Models||Mulching Diameter||Typical Engine Power||Typical Uses|
|Light Duty Brush Mulcher||Fecon FTX128L, Bobcat Forestry Cutter||Up to 4 inches||60 HP - 120 HP||Clearing small shrubs, undergrowth and grassy terrain|
|Medium Duty Mulcher||CAT HM415B, Fecon FTX150||4 to 6 inches||120 HP - 200 HP||Medium-sized vegetation, overgrowth management|
|Heavy Duty Tree Mulcher||Rayco C200, CAT HM418C||6 to 12 inches||200 HP - 400 HP||Large tree stumps, thickets and woodland clearing|
Mulchers work best when shredding and cutting vegetation, transforming them into a fine layer that aids soil enrichment. However, not all materials are fit for mulching.
Some could dull or damage the mulcher blades, while others might introduce undesirable elements to the landscape. Knowing what you can and can't mulch will help extend the machine's life and achieve the desired outcome for your landscaping or gardening project.
Below, we outline what’s fair game for mulching and what to steer clear of, helping you avoid mishaps during your project:
Mulchers are one of many options for turning vegetation into ground cover or clearing land of unwanted growth. Many machines can be fitted with mulcher attachments, making them versatile for landscaping and site prep tasks.
Understanding the alternatives below can help you make an informed decision based on your project's specific needs:
The table below shows the typical uses of these alternatives and their pros and cons:
|Alternative Machine||Typical Uses||Pros||Cons|
|Skid Steer Loader||Land clearing, landscape grading, debris removal||Compact size, versatile with quick attachment changes||Less powerful than larger machines|
|Excavator||Land clearing, digging tasks with mulching needs||Powerful, suitable for rugged terrains||Can be overkill for smaller projects|
|Tractor||Agriculture mulching, large land clearing||Powerful and efficient for large areas||Not ideal for tight or confined spaces|
|Backhoe Loader||Multi-purpose: digging and mulching||Versatility in handling different tasks||Jack of all trades, master of none|
These machines provide diverse options for mulching, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. Your choice should align with your project's scope, the type of terrain you're working on and your budget constraints.
Browse our extensive list of suppliers, compare rates and get the machine you need now. Don't let the green stuff grow under your feet – start your search on iseekplant now. For questions, email us at [email protected] or call 1300 691 912. If you're set to begin, click 'Get a Quote' now.
Here are some frequently asked questions and tips on finding the right mulching services for your job.