Scrapers play a crucial role in bulk earthworks, agricultural, mining and construction projects, as powerful and versatile bulk earthworks machines. iseekplant has an extensive range of scraper hire suppliers throughout Australia who offer open bowl, elevating, laser scoops and twin powered scrapers on wet and dry hire terms.
Below we highlight the various rates and costs of Scraper hire as well as the different types of scrapers available for hire and the work they can complete.
Scrapers and laser scoops are a relatively niche bit of gear and aren't as easy to find in every area of Australia, so you might have to consider mobilising one from somewhere nearby if you have a decent contract tenure. Below is a table of average rates you can expect for scrapers, these are just estimates, and we always tell our Seekers to use our Get a Quote tool to get accurate quotes from local suppliers.
Because scrapers are so big, you'll notice that the hire minimums are really long for both wet hire and dry hire, compared to other earthmoving machines. No one will want to hire out a scraper for a day or less than a week because of the hassle of moving it to your site.
If you have a short job, there are other machines you could hire that could do the same work. Reach out to our earthmoving experts for a chat using the chat tool in the bottom left corner of this page.
All prices are estimates and exclusive of GST.
|Scraper Type||Scraper Model||Wet Hire Rates||Wet Hire Minimums||Dry Hire Rates||Dry Hire Minimums|
|Elevating||CAT 613 or equivalent||$205||1 Week||$175||2 Weeks|
|Elevating||CAT 615 or equivalent||$215||1 Week||$185||2 Weeks|
|Elevating||CAT 623 or equivalent||$245||1 Week||$215||2 Weeks|
|Elevating||CAT 633 or equivalent||$260||1 Week||$230||2 Weeks|
|Open Bowl||CAT 621 or equivalent||$270||1 Week||$240||2 Weeks|
|Open Bowl||CAT 631 or equivalent||$295||1 Week||$265||2 Weeks|
|Open Bowl||CAT 651 or equivalent||$310||1 Week||$280||2 Weeks|
|Open Bowl Twin Power||CAT 627 or equivalent||$280||1 Week||$250||2 Weeks|
|Open Bowl Twin Power||CAT 637 or equivalent||$325||1 Week||$295||2 Weeks|
|Open Bowl Twin Power||CAT 657 or equivalent||$375||1 Week||$345||2 Weeks|
Moving scrapers around is a cost killer, so use iseekplant to find the closest one to your job, then speak to the supplier about mobilisation options.
|Additional Scraper Charges||Rate|
|Scraper Mobilisation||$500 - $2,500|
|Scraper Demobilisation||$500 - $2,500|
|Travel to & From Site for Wet Hire Staff||1 x Hour|
|GPS||$20 - $50 per hour|
|Penalty Rates - Saturday after 12 pm||1.5 x Rate|
|Penalty Rates Sunday||2 x Rate|
|Penalty Rates Public Holidays||2.5 x Rate|
|Penalty Rates Night Time||1.5 x Rate|
An open bowl scraper is a heavy-duty machine designed for excavation, hauling, and levelling large amounts of soil or lose materials in construction and mining sites. It is aptly named for its open, bowl-like container that can be hydraulically controlled to cut into the ground, collect materials, and then spread them evenly across a site.
An elevating scraper has a self-loading mechanism consisting of a conveyor belt inside the bowl. It is ideal for mixing, loading, and evenly distributing soil, particularly in softer or sandy terrains where precision and constant material blending are required.
A twin-powered scraper is equipped with two engines: one powers the front wheels and the other powers the scraper mechanism. This setup provides enhanced power and efficiency, making these machines suitable for very heavy earthmoving tasks, such as digging and hauling large amounts of soil or rock over long distances.
Laser scoops, also known as laser-guided scrapers, are equipped with advanced laser technology for precision grading. They are primarily used for levelling and fine-grading tasks, where the laser system enables the operator to achieve highly accurate, consistent elevations and slopes.
The small differences in types of scrapers can make a big difference to the productivity of the bulk earthworks task that you are intending to do. Below is a table of common large civil and earthmoving tasks and the right scraper for that job.
|Task||Most Appropriate Scraper|
|Mass excavation, land clearing||Open Bowl Scraper|
|Precision grading, levelling||Laser Scoop (Laser-guided Scraper)|
|Moving large volumes of dirt quickly||Twin Power Scraper|
|Mixing, aerating, or drying soil||Elevating Scraper|
|Rough grading for roads||Open Bowl Scraper|
|Fine grading for roads||Laser Scoop (Laser-guided Scraper)|
|Site preparation for building pads||Laser Scoop (Laser-guided Scraper)|
|Loading material into trucks||Elevating Scraper|
|Spreading topsoil||Open Bowl Scraper or Laser Scoop|
|Construction of dams or dikes||Open Bowl Scraper|
Here is a table of the most common scrapers for hire and their relative power and capacity ratios.
|Model||Type||Engine Power (Net)||Bowl Capacity||Heaped Capacity|
|621K||Open Bowl||366 HP||13.7 m³||18.3 m³|
|627K||Open Bowl Twin Power||366 HP x 2||13.7 m³||18.3 m³|
|631K||Open Bowl||470 HP||16.7 m³||25.9 m³|
|637K||Open Bowl Twin Power||449 HP x 2||16.7 m³||25.9 m³|
|627H||Elevating||337 HP x 2||14.4 m³||20.5 m³|
|637H||Elevating||402 HP x 2||14.4 m³||25.9 m³|
iseekplant is Australia's largest online construction marketplace, connecting people with construction services and plant hire. With over 18,000 suppliers across the country and hundreds of suppliers listed with scrapers for hire in their fleet, iseekplant helps users find the right people for their construction needs. The platform allows project managers and civil contractors to connect with suppliers and get projects done efficiently.
The best way to make use of our massive database to find a supplier is to use our Get a Quote tool. This way, your job can be sent to the most appropriate suppliers in the local area, and you can get accurate quotes within a few hours.
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