The Do’s and Don’ts of Dumper Hire

If you work in building or construction, then it’s highly likely that you will have either used, or come across, a wide range of plant machinery; from excavators, to rollers, dumpers and more. Health and safety is of course vital when working with such machinery, and it’s important that all workers are fully aware of how to use the machines before getting started.

There are many ‘do’s and don’ts’ when it comes to dumper hire, which cover many aspects, including safety, who can drive the machine, the conditions that are suitable to drive in, and how to ensure you’re using the machine correctly. From fully researching the hire company, to making sure the equipment is in good condition, there are several things to consider. If you’re in need of dumper hire for your next construction project, but aren’t familiar with the machine or where to start, see our guide below for the do’s and don’ts of dumper hire.

What is a dumper?

A dumper is a machine used to carry bulk material on building or construction sites. They are similar to dump trucks, but a dumper is usually an open four wheeled drive with the load skip at the front of the driver, whilst a dump truck has the load skip behind the driving cab.

Dumpers are usually diesel powered, and they can run on either wheels or rubber tracks if the work is taking place in muddy, snowy or slippery conditions. Dumpers come in several sizes, from mini dumper hire which can carry loads of up to one tonne, to much larger 10 tonne dumpers.

Do’s and don’ts

As mentioned, safety is the number one priority when it comes to working with plant machinery, and many of the do’s and don’ts are in regards to keeping your employees safe while working on the site. It’s also important to make sure the work is being completed as best it can, so with these in mind, see below for some of the do’s and don’ts when working with dumpers.

Do research the hire company thoroughly

It’s important that whichever company you choose to hire from is knowledgeable about the equipment, so that they can advise you on which size machine would be the most suitable, and provide any safety training your staff may need.

You should also research the company to make sure that their equipment is regularly serviced to ensure it’s safe and in good working order. Many building or construction companies will have a preferred supplier to hire their plant machinery from, but if you’re using one for the first time, read reviews and compare a few different companies for their price rates and range of equipment available.

Don’t operate dumpers in bad weather conditions

Workers should refrain from using dumpers in particularly heavy rain, snow, or icy conditions, and be mindful to take extra care to maneuver the vehicle slowly on wet, uneven or sloping ground. Snow and ice greatly affect the stability and control of the machine, so it simply isn’t safe to drive a dumper in these conditions.

Heavy rain can also lead to ruts being formed in soft ground, which can cause the dumper to become unstable and potentially overturn.

Do ensure all drivers are properly trained

It’s essential that anyone driving the machine is adequately trained and aware of how to safely operate the machinery. Dumpers should only be operated by trained, competent and authorised persons, and drivers need to be in possession of a current CSCS card. The operator should also be given induction training on any new site, to inform them of any hazards, traffic routes or other work happening in the area.

Drivers should never loan their keys to any other employee; and they should ensure that the vehicle’s engine is turned off, and the keys removed, whenever the dumper is not in use.

Do use stop blocks for safety

Stop blocks are an extremely useful way of protecting workers while using heavy or plant machinery; and they provide a way to protect drivers from embankments and other work areas, as well as preventing the dumper from tipping over into water or a ditch.

Don’t drive the dumper on unsafe gradients

Ideally, the ground should be as flat as possible or reasonably level before driving the dumper. Sloping ground should be avoided where possible, but if you must, then the driver should consult the user manual to ensure they’re working within safe limitations of the machine.

Do ensure all loads are properly secured

When loading the dumper, care should be taken to ensure that the weight is distributed evenly, the driver’s vision isn’t obscured, and that the load is properly secured. Uneven distribution can result in the dumper tipping over or becoming unstable, which can be very dangerous for the driver and nearby workers.

Don’t load the dumper without the brakes on

The dumper should always be loaded while on flat ground, and with the brakes on to prevent it from moving and causing any accidents. The dumper should also be out of gear and have the brakes applied when tipping out loads.

Don’t carry passengers unless seats are provided

In most cases, dumpers are designed to be driven by one person, unless otherwise stated, which means that passengers should not be carried unless there is a dedicated seat available. Drivers should also ensure they wear seat belts at all times; and regular checks should be made to ensure seat belts are fully functional and safe.

Do inspect the equipment before use

Dumpers come in several different sizes, and it may sound obvious, but you should always inspect the machine before use to ensure that it’s appropriate. Any potential drivers of the machine should also check to make sure that the driver’s seat is secure, the seat belt isn’t damaged or missing, the brakes and handbrakes work effectively, that the hazard lights are functioning, the tipping controls work, and the tyres are free of holes of other defects.

Do carry out risk assessments

Risk assessments are necessary in many fields; but they’re especially important when working with heavy and potentially dangerous machinery. A risk assessment examines any potential causes of harm, reduce the chances of any accident to employees while working, takes steps to minimise the harm, and takes precautions to prevent the chances of any accident occurring.

A risk assessment involves several steps, including looking at the hazards, assessing who could be harmed and how; evaluating the risks, and making note of any findings.

If you’re in need of dumper hire or construction equipment rental in Dorset, get in touch with the team at Buckland Newton Hire. We have a range of dumpers for hire in a variety of sizes; from one tonne mini high tip dumpers, to six tonne swivel dumpers, nine tonne straight tip dumpers, and more. As well as dumpers, we have an extensive range of machine hire available, including excavators, rollers, telehandlers, earth moving equipment and more. We also offer rubbish removal and waste disposal services, aggregates, skip hire, specialist groundworks, and haulage. For more information about any of our services, or to arrange dumper hire, give us a call today or visit our website.

The Benefits of Underfloor Heating

If you’re looking to add a little luxury into your home or a way of keeping things toasty warm, then underfloor heating could be the answer. Waking up in the morning and walking on a cold floor is not enjoyable, but with underfloor heating your morning routine will be a lot more comfortable, setting you up for the day ahead.

So why has underflooring heating become so popular and how can it benefit you? Read on for all you need to know.


During the winter especially, getting up in the morning can be difficult, especially when you’re experiencing low temperatures. Taking the walk from the bedroom to the bathroom can feel like a mission, but with under flooring it can make even the shorests of journeys can be made pleasant. Having it installed in the coldest rooms such as the bathroom and bedroom, can make a big difference to how your entire home feels.


Underfloor heating is often considered a luxury addition, just as heated car seats or similar features are enjoyed by many. Whether you’re looking to sell your home in the near future or not, it’s always good knowing that you’ve added value to your home. If you are putting your home on the market, underfloor heating is a great selling point for many buyers.

More space

One of the major benefits of underfloor heating is the extra space that it can create in a room. Underfloor heating eliminates the need for radiators, meaning more wall and floor space. Perhaps you’d like more room for furniture or storage – underfloor heating does not restrict room design unlike radiators that are bulky and often determine where you can place items. Instead, you’ll have free reign and won’t need to think about furniture blocking heat sources.


Behind radiators, it’s easy to dust to pile up and become difficult to clean. However, as underfloor heating removes the need for radiators, it therefore removes any dust or dirt that could build up in these areas. Furthermore, compared to other types of flooring such as carpet, underfloor heating is a less attractive environment for bugs and germs to harbour. Anything that reduces the amount of cleaning that’s needed is an added bonus!

Here at Buckland Newton Hire, based in Dorset and other nearby regions, we specialise in a number of specialist groundworks services including underfloor heating installation for new builds and extensions. For more information get in touch today.

From Dumper Truck Rental to Excavator Hire: Which Earth-Moving Equipment is Right For Your Project?

Any new construction project or home renovation is exciting – from contacting architects to draw up blueprints and order materials, it’s always satisfying to see something built, or to build something yourself, from scratch.

However, it is no secret that to ensure a renovation project goes off without a hitch, it needs plenty of stringent organising. Simple errors like ordering the wrong kind of plant hire equipment or ill-equipping the contractors you hire can lead to loss of productivity and, in the worst cases, accidents and injuries. Loss of productivity can lead to the overspending of budgets and time-wasting, and accidents could result in your company receiving a bad reputation as well as a hefty lawsuit – two things you clearly want to avoid.

Yet, as mentioned above, these mistakes could be a result of simple errors, and excavator rental or digger hire can be a minefield to navigate. For example, what type of equipment should you hire and how long should you hire it for are two basic questions you need to ask yourself. With this in mind, as a leading Somerset plant hire equipment company, we have collated together an essential guide to what kind of earth-moving equipment is essential to your needs. Whether you are building a brand new school in your community or simply undertaking a garden renovation, read on to find out more about what equipment you should hire.

Essential Guide to Plant Hire Equipment

It won’t come as a surprise that there is a wealth of plant hire equipment that you can hire for both your small or large scale project. So, what exactly can you choose from?


Excavators are hydraulic heavy construction equipment that consist of a boom, dipper, bucket and cab on a rotating platform known as the ‘house’. The modern excavator that we see on building sites is an evolved piece of equipment from steam shovels, which means they are often mistakenly called power shovels.

Excavators operate through the transmission of hydraulic fluid and contain both hydraulic cylinders and hydraulic motors. Excavators are commonly called ‘diggers’ because their primary motion is to dig up the ground for construction projects. Excavators are mainly hired for projects that involve the following tasks:

  • The need to dig holes and create trenches to lay foundations

  • Brush cutting

  • Forestry work like mulching

  • Demolition work (with the attachments of a hydraulic saw and mower)

  • General landscaping

  • River dredging

  • Driving piles with a pile driver attachment

  • Drilling shafts with a hydraulic drill attachment

  • Snow removal with a snowplough attachment

As is evident above, excavators can be used for more than just their original ‘digger’ function. This means that if you are considering excavator rental, you need to make sure you also order the right attachments for your needs. For example, if you are working throughout the winter season, then a snowplough could be needed in case you are hit with heavy snow onsite.


A dumper is a vehicle designed for carrying bulk material to and from areas of the construction site. Due to their name, dumpers can often be mistaken for dump trucks – however, these two are very different despite having a similar function. A dumper is an open four-wheeled vehicle with a load skip in front of the driver, whereas a dump truck has a cab at the head of the load.

The load skip is used to carry and ‘dump’ materials, and can be fitted with rubber tracks depending on the weather conditions and the size of the load. For instance, rubber tracks may provide more stability in icy or wet conditions, which means that you won’t lose the load or compromise the safety of your employees.

Most modern dumpers are powered by a combination of a diesel engine, electric start and hydraulics for tipping and steering. For construction projects that work within narrow roads, like in urban areas, a dumper with a swivel skip installed would be useful.


Also known as a telescopic handler, cherry picker or a forklift, a telehandler is ideal for agriculture projects. They operate with a telescopic boom that can extend forwards and upwards from the vehicle, moving loads to and from heights that are unreachable by other machinery or humans.

Like excavators, telehandlers can be fitted with attachments that are designed to help with specific functions. For instance, these attachments include pallet forks (which are essential for industry work) or bucket grabs (essential for agriculture works). One of the main advantages of telehandlers is that they maximise productivity on a site, as their applications are far better suited than cranes, conveyors and loading ramps.

However, telehandlers have one main disadvantage. The higher the boom extends, the more unstable the base of the telehandler becomes. This means that when planning a lift, you need to calculate and weigh the goods before lifting – the higher the boom extends the lighter the load needs to be in order for the base to remain stable. Luckily, many modern manufacturers create telehandlers with safety features installed, like a load chart for the operator, front stabilizers and sensors that warn the operator if the load is too heavy for the height of the lift.


A roller is a compactor engineering vehicle that is designed to smooth and flatten a surface. Rollers are ideal for projects that concern asphalt, soil, gravel, or concrete and are especially crucial for the construction of roads and foundations.

Despite a lot of plant hire equipment being invented in the last century after the Industrial Revolution, rollers were actually around for many years before that and were operated by horses for agricultural purposes.

Rollers use the weight of the vehicle or vibrations to compress and compact a surface.

Project Considerations

Now that you have been informed of the various types of machine hire equipment, you need to decide which ones will be suitable for your project.

For most projects, a variety of different equipment will need to be hired as they all have varying functions. However, as illustrated above, there are a range of attachments that you can order to facilitate specific functions or to help ease the project if bad weather hits. Below, we have compiled together some considerations you need to think about before hiring plant equipment:

  • The weather

  • The location of the project – is the project agricultural or urban?

  • The estimated duration of the project

  • Insurance

  • How the machinery operates – does it utilise hydraulics or electrics, or is it diesel engine powered?

  • The manufacturer of the equipment

As the old adagé goes, poor planning equals poor performance, and many site managers should seek to avoid this at all times. This is why we recommend ordering as many attachments as possible, within reason. For example, if you are planning on completing the majority of your project during the rainy, icy, and wintery months of December, January and February, ordering a snow plough attachment for an excavator or rubber tracks for a dumper may not only be the safest option but also allows for sustained productivity. However, these attachments certainly won’t be necessary during the summer months, so will not only impact your budget, but the attachments will also clutter the construction site.

Another important consideration that is vital for both sustained safety and productivity is how the machinery operates and who the manufacturer of the equipment is. After all, if a machine breaks down, stops working, or gets damaged, do you have the right skills and experience to repair it yourself? Do you have a trusted repair company to help fix it? And what manufacturer do you need to contact if all else fails? For instance, for excavators, they primarily operate using hydraulics, however, sometimes they can be operated by cables that use winches and steel ropes. If a hydraulic operated excavator breaks down, then you need to find a reputable hydraulics company in your local area.

Buckland Newton Hire: Excavator Rental, Digger Hire and Other Plant Hire Options

Looking for efficient plant hire in Dorset? Here at Buckland Newton Hire, we can help you with your project, utilising our 40 years of experience in machine hire, waste disposal, haulage, aggregates and groundworks. Hiring machinery is just the start of any project taking off, and not only can we help you with this, but we can also help you with the rest.

For instance, if you are commissioned to help fix pesky potholes after a harsh winter, then you will need both our efficient rollers and our range of aggregates. Or, if you are doing a large scale demolition in Dorset, then it is likely you will produce plenty of waste. All in all, you need a one-stop-shop for your construction needs and at Buckland Newton Hire, we can be just that.

To find out more about our specific plant hire equipment, or you need to hire a skip, then simply contact us today.

Four Benefits of Wind Turbine Energy

In an age when there’s constant news about the looming climate crisis on the TV and in our newspapers, it’s important that we seek out renewable energy sources on an industrial scale. One of the oldest and most practical ways of achieving this sustainability is through the use of wind farms up and down the country and on the coastline. Here we describe some of the benefits of utilising this form of energy.

It’s Renewable and Cost-Effective

First and foremost, the primary benefit of wind energy is that it’s renewable and sustainable. As wind turbines aren’t reliant on fossil fuels, wind energy will last forever, doesn’t pollute the atmosphere and is domestically sourced. This means that the energy produced by wind is not shackled to changing markets overseas and is cost-effective in comparison to the turbulent price of foreign oil.

Wind Turbines Provide New Jobs

Building new wind farms is a growing industry which requires thousands of workers to operate within it. This means that turbines are good for the economy and good for locals who can enter work as integral parts of the industry. As a complicated technology, wind turbines require staff in manufacturing, installation, maintenance and transportation of parts which means that both skilled and unskilled workers are required.

They Can Be Constructed on Existing Rural Land

Rather than being constructed on green-belts or new land, wind turbines can be built on existing farms which can help to generate more money in rural areas. Farmers are able to continue working on their land at the same time as providing a fraction of it for these new turbines.

Wind Power Uses Little Water

Finally, wind turbines use very little water to create energy. With water being another depleting resource, it’s essential that this can be saved where possible.

Buckland Newton Hire Have Experience Installing Foundations and Anchor Points For Wind Turbines

As well as providing plant hire, waste disposal, skip hire and haulage services, we also have a lot of experience supplying specialist groundwork services which include wind turbines. If you need any of these services or more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

To find out more, contact us today. You can find us at Buckland Newton Hire Ltd, Court Farm, Buckland, Newton, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7BT, call us on 01300 345378 or email us at

Three Situations You May Need to Hire a Domestic Skip

Whether you plan on knocking down a wall, landscaping your garden or simply having a clear-out, the waste you gather is likely to be too much for your household bins to take. Hiring a skip is a convenient and safe way of disposing of your rubbish and with a range of skip sizes available you’ll have everything you need to keep your more clutter-free and safe.

Read on, to learn about three typical situations where domestic skip hire is needed.

Garden Work

Perhaps you want to get your garden in good shape ready for summer, or maybe a garden pond is something you’ve always wanted. Whatever your landscaping ideas are you need to think of an appropriate way to dispose of your waste. What’s more, soil and other materials found in your garden can be heavy and are not usually accepted in your domestic bins, but small branches, grass cuttings and weeds can. However, relying on your household bins could put work on hold if you’re waiting for it to be emptied before continuing work. Hiring a skip will eliminate this problem, providing you with an easy way of disposing garden waste.

Household clear out

If you’re moving house or your household clutter has started to take over your home, then it’s time for a clear out! From broken furniture to bags of old rubbish, clearing out your entire home is a big job that needs a reliable source of disposal. Preparing your home ready to move out may leave you with time restraints and unable to separate all your rubbish properly, however, by hiring a removal service many will provide you with a skip and take care of the disposal for you, separating and recycling as much of it as possible.


Knocking down walls, extending rooms and building partitions are all common renovations that can happen in the home, and if you plan on doing the work yourself, you need to ensure your workspace is safe and hazard-free. Renting a skip is a sure-fire way of controlling your waste as it is much quicker than endless trips to your local dump.

Here at Buckland Newton Hire, we specialise in skip hire, waste disposal, aggregates and plant hire for clients in the local area. If you’re not sure which size skip is best for you, our helpful team can advise you on their recommendations, finding an appropriate skip for your project. Get in touch today for more information.

Top Safety Tips For Using Access Equipment

Sometimes you may look at a house paint job or the fitting of curtains in your home and think – “I could do that.” What’s more, it is no secret that as a generation we are becoming more money conscious, scrimping and saving where we can. With Aldi launching a DIY home improvement section in their special buy aisles at the beginning of August, this clearly points to the rise of DIY home improvement projects amongst millennial and baby boomer generations. This is substantiated by Forbes who estimated that generally, the DIY market has been on the rise in the US due to a variety of factors. These include:

  • Easier access to online tutorials on smartphones and tablets
  • The rise of the rental house market – people want to make or purchase portable items they can take from place to place
  • Rise of house prices generally – homeowners are staying put and remodelling rather than moving to somewhere new

If you find that these statistics and facts are applicable to you, or you are thinking of undertaking a DIY approach rather than consulting a professional company, you need to make sure that you have the right equipment. Plus, when you do source the right access equipment, you must ensure that you are using it safely. According to research published in Real Homes, DIY related incidents are costing the NHS around £222 million a year, as one in six people who undertake a DIY task end up injuring themselves. It is no secret that the NHS is under strain, so make sure to follow these safety tips below.

What is access equipment? And do you need it?

Rental access equipment can be suitable for both industrial construction sites and basic home projects, allowing you to reach and access every nook and cranny of your home. If you undertake the DIY home improvement approach, however, it is unlikely that a large scale company will rent out some of their more technical and complex machines if you don’t have the right health and safety training. Below is a comprehensive list of different access equipment:

  • Access towers and platforms
  • Electric and Bi-energy boom lifts
  • Electric Scissor lifts
  • Ladders and steps
  • Low-level access
  • Trestles, staging and steps
  • Verticle masts
  • Work platforms
  • Cherry pickers

How to stay safe according to a construction equipment rental company

In order to make sure that you stay safe whilst using the access equipment, make sure to follow our recommended instructions below. After all, a fall or slip could result in a serious life-threatening accident, so it’s always better to err on the side of caution whenever using any equipment that feels foreign to you.

Conduct inspections before use

Before you use any equipment, you need to make sure that you conduct in-depth inspections. This could include assessing if there is any visible marks, scrapes or breakages that could impact the safety of the person using the equipment. According to the Health and Safety Executive, under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, it is a requirement of the manufacturer to ensure that the construction and design of the equipment is safe and presents no risk to health, but this must also be mandated by the authorised representative and equipment users.

If you do find that there is a breakage, or the equipment is unsafe to use, make sure to stop using the equipment immediately as this could cause accidents to occur. Then, contact the manufacturer and the supplier, and make a note of any parts missing or breakages as you could be liable to pay for the damage if you have caused it.

Train staff to health and safety standards

If you are hiring construction equipment and access equipment for an industrial construction site, or you have hired contractors to carry out the work alongside you, you need to make sure that you see that they are well-trained in using the equipment. According to the Health and Safety Executive, it is your responsibility to not endanger any hired contractors lives (but, of course, look into seeing if they are insured first). What’s more, keep a fully stocked first aid kit on hand at all times to treat any minor injuries.

In order to create health and safety standards, you can create your own health and safety policy, this should include the following:

Part One – Statement of Intent

This would include your general policy and commitment of keeping anyone who hire or who works alongside you safe and sound.

Part Two – Responsibilities of Health and Safety

If you are owning a small business, or you have hired a range of contractors who will have different responsibilities in health and safety then list these below.

Part Three – Arrangements for Health and Safety

Give further details of the practical arrangements that you have put in place in order for people to follow through with health and safety checks. This could include risk assessments, training employees and signage.

Check weather conditions

Of course, even though you will feel pressure to complete a project come rain or shine, you need to prioritise the safety of you and your staff. If the weather is turbulent – like snow, ice, torrential rain, storms or high winds – it may be potentially dangerous to work at height. After all, these could make the access equipment slippery and unstable, causing potential injuries like falls. What’s more, it may also be potentially dangerous if you are working outside in the scorching sun, especially if you don’t have sun cream on.

Read the Instruction Manual

If you have any doubts when operating or using the access equipment, the best way to overcome these is by consulting the instruction manual that should be provided with the equipment. The instruction manual would have been mandated by the manufacturer and comply with legal standards – so you can be assured to find the right answer you need.

Wear personal protective equipment

Whenever operating from a height or using construction equipment, it is important to wear personal protective equipment and clothing so you can be protected from falls or from objects hitting your head. Personal protective equipment, or PPE for short, includes:

  • Eyewear
  • Helmet
  • Earplugs
  • High-Visibility clothing
  • Safety gloves
  • Dust mask
  • Protective boots

When using construction tools and paints, it is likely that you may be exposed to chemicals that can irritate your lungs, eyes and skin. This is why the above is important as it keeps your skin covered and protects you from inhaling these chemicals, which are linked to respiratory problems.

High visibility clothing is also important as it allows you or your workers to be easily seen when working onsite. Simply throwing on a high visibility jacket during work will help prevent any accidents from occurring.

Buckland Newton Hire: Machine Hire and Plant Hire in Somerset

If you are searching for plant hire companies, then our services at Buckland Newton Hire are ideal for your needs. We have a range of equipment and machinery that you can hire and use for your construction, from earth moving equipment to access equipment. Yet, we can offer more. We pride ourselves on being a multi-faceted plant hire company offering waste disposal, groundworks, aggregates and skip hire, being a one-stop-shop for all of your construction needs.

If you have any questions about our services, or you want to generally find out more about us, simply contact us today.

Important Questions To Ask Your Plant Hire Company

Plant hire is very important if you need to complete a project that requires significant work and you don’t actually own the equipment yourself. The wonder and convenience of modern machinery allow physical jobs to be performed within days that would have taken weeks a hundred years ago. The excavators of today can dig enormous amounts of material easily while dumpers can transport tons of earth and stone long distances with a minimum of effort.

If you are planning on hiring this equipment it’s likely that you don’t bother owning the machines because you are a small company or don’t need its capabilities that often. You should be careful that you choose exactly what you need if you have little or no experience with plant hire.

Here are some important questions to ask any plant hire company before you decide to lease machinery from one of them:

Is this machine suitable for my task?

If you do not have much experience with plant hire and the actions that the machines perform, you should be confident that the vehicle or equipment that you are hiring is the correct option to complete the task that you have in mind.

In cases such as this, you can ask for advice or do research on which option to take. Another path to go down is by taking advantage of the knowledge that a professional plant hire company should possess. Your plant hire company will be experts in their field and know exactly what machines you need for your particular task. If you give them the exact details of what you need to do they should be able to help. There is the danger that less scrupulous staff might try and ‘upsell’ or exaggerate your need and advise a larger or more expensive piece of equipment but these should be few and far between. Doing lots of research into the customer service of the company should also minimise this risk.

What condition is the equipment in?

Making sure that the equipment that you are about to hire is in good shape is one of the first questions that you should ask yourself before hiring it. Inspecting the machine before you sign on the dotted line is a must as equipment that is poorly maintained can cause delays and costs. You should be searching for a plant hire business that offers a wide range of equipment that’s regularly serviced and bring the up to date technology you need for the optimum outcome.

What if the equipment breaks down when I’m using it?

If the equipment breaks down while you are using it on a building site during a busy project, it is likely the whole site may have to wait until it is fixed. Will the plant hire company send someone out to repair it or will they send a replacement? How long will that take? You should also inquire about whether they will give you a refund of some kind in this eventuality.

How much do you charge per day for plant hire?

Like most things in life, whether or not you choose to procure the services or products of a certain company depends on money. How much is hiring this piece of machinery going to ultimately cost you? Plant hire companies usually charge a fee per day so you should work out how much you expect to spend and budget for it. You should also confirm with the plant hire company when the equipment can be picked up during the day and what is the latest time that it can be returned.

When can I get my machine hire?

When you are operating to deadlines, time is a factor that simply cannot be ignored. If it isn’t available immediately, you should ask when it is available and get a strong guarantee that it will definitely be the time that you are told.

If other parts of your project are waiting on the vital task that the plant is going to perform, a delay in the delivery of your digger, for example, can have huge repercussions along the chain and could act as a bottleneck for the entire project.

Availability is critical when you’re hiring plant equipment. Will the machinery you need to be available when you need it? If not, what are the average waiting times? Your hire company should be able to meet your equipment needs as quickly as possible. Choosing a local company will make the logistics easier, so if you’re working in Nottingham you should choose a plant hire in Nottingham to reduce costs and delays.

Will you deliver the equipment?

It might seem an insignificant question to ask but if you are operating to a tight schedule you need to make sure that the equipment is with you as soon as possible. If the plant company does not deliver the equipment, you will have to collect it yourself which means that you will have to pay for petrol to drive there and bring another person to drive your car back. If you send two employees to go and collect it, that is two employees wasted that could be working on the project or other performing other roles.

Do you have good reviews?

It can be hard at first glance to decide whether or not the plant hire company has a good reputation or not. Finding out whether they offer good equipment or a friendly and helpful service can be the difference between a quick and clean completed project, and a long difficult and problematic slog which is weeks over schedule.

Buckland Newton Hire – Equipment Rental Specialists

Buckland Newton Hire is a company that specialises in specialist groundworks, construction equipment rental, waste disposal, aggregates skip hire and haulage. We are based in the Dorset town of Dorchester and have a large range of varied customers from across the region and beyond. If you are looking for a hard-working business that is both professional and experienced, then Buckland Newton Hire is who you need to contact. Costs are the difference between a business making a profit or a loss, so it is a policy of Buckland Newton Hire to ensure that the prices of our services and products are as low as possible while maintaining the same high standards that our clients have come to expect.

Ever since the company was founded in 1979, due to our commitment to service and quality our clients consider us the finest plant hire business in the sector. We offer a fine and varied selection of products that can suit every eventuality. Regardless of whether it’s a dumper, excavator, roller, or telehandler you need, our staff of sector professionals can help to make sure that you get the perfect earth moving equipment hire for whatever project you’re working on. Every one of our staff is dedicated to finding you the solutions to the challenges that you or your company face. With our extensive knowledge and expertise, we can advise you on which product to choose or service to pick.

If you have any questions about our services or products, please do not hesitate to contact via our contact page or for a chat on 01300 345378.

An Introduction To Aggregates

The likelihood is, unless you work in the building or construction industry, you may be unfamiliar with aggregates. However, if you peep your head outside the front door, almost everything you see involves aggregates.This includes streets, roads and pavements; the aggregates working as a glue which bind structural foundations together. In most cases, aggregates are made up from large quantities of concrete, but it may surprise you that various forms of aggregates compromise dozens of day to day items.

Many household items such as cleaning products, medicine, and fertilizers are formed from an aggregate-type substance.Taking this into consideration, ‘aggregate’ is a pretty broad term. So what is this versatile material and what else is it used for?

What is an aggregate?

60% to 75% of concrete’s volume is formed of aggregate. It is an amalgamation of rocks, ranging from gravel to sand, forming a majority portion of the final concrete product. It’s crucial to the mixture, and the properties of aggregate have a big impact on the final specs of concrete.

The shape and size:

To make the necessary concrete blend, it’s required that you make sure the aggregates are clean and do not contain any toxic chemicals or clay. In addition to this, size and shape are also important. Quality concretes contain a range of sizes which will determine the amount of cement and water that is needed in the process. This also determines the workability and the end product’s durability. A jagged aggregate with a rigid edge makes up a mixture that needs less fluid to get the desired outcome. Although the variance in the types of aggregate seems insignificant, the attributes of an aggregate really impact the quality and properties of aggregate.

Types of aggregate:


This type of aggregate is the most feasible option for high grade concrete, this is due to the fact it comes in many colours and varieties. It can also be used for decorative purposes for a driveway or garden. Granite itself is composed of quartz and mica crystals which determine the colour of the rock.


Limestone aggregates are made through the breaking down of sedimentary rock. This type is most commonly used for road construction.

Gravel aggregates

Gravel aggregates are sourced through a process of straining rock and smashing up pieces of stone. Gravel doesn’t possess as much strength as granite, but it’s cheaper to purchase in most cases. Another positive factor of gravel is that is has decreased radioactive content. This type of aggregate is often used for making foundations and concretes, making the reinforced materials suited to road construction.

Secondary aggregates

These are created as a lower cost alternative to limestone and granite – around half the price, however, they are significantly less strong. Secondary aggregates do possess a wide range of uses including road construction, reinforcing weak soils and as a large scale filler. Sand is also classified as a secondary form of aggregate and provides bulk and solidity to materials like concrete. It’s also often used for decorative purposes.

Here at BNH, we supply a range of aggregates and materials for the groundworks and civil engineering sector. These are available for delivery in large or smaller loose loads and in 1 tonne dumpy bags to suit your requirements. To find out more about the services that we offer, get in touch with us today.

How Small Businesses Could Benefit From Plant Hire

Here in the UK, 96% of all businesses are deemed as small or ‘micro’ operations, meaning they have between 0-9 employees. Within this percentage, around 74% of these businesses work in heavy industry or manufacturing. For many of us running a small business, our profession is our passion and everyone is striving to make it a success.

However, although there are benefits in running a small business, such as increased versatility and adaptability to changing markets, there are certain obstacles that can make running a small business difficult in the construction or industrial sector, with many issues coming down to equipment expenses.

Heavy industry is reliant on lifting and earth moving equipment, however, it doesn’t come cheap or, if it does, it isn’t anywhere near up to scratch for the job at hand. Fortunately, there are companies that can offer quality plant hire services, meaning you won’t need to invest in your own equipment.

Hiring over buying your own plant equipment can offer a host of benefits, especially to a smaller company. Read on to discover how plant hire can completely change your small-scale operation.

Machine hire is the cost-effective solution

As a smaller business in the heavy industry sectors, expenses become a much more significant obstacle to consider. To ensure that your business plan remains viable, it’s important that your money goes as far as it possibly can.

With this in mind, hiring rather than buying machinery can be a great way to save a substantial amount of money. Brand-new plant machinery can easily spiral into the tens of thousands and this doesn’t include the various servicing and maintenance costs that come with owning your own equipment.

When you hire machinery, you’re only paying for a service rather than investing in a product, making it the significantly cheaper option. Also, as the machinery’s condition will likely be stipulated in the lease, any maintenance or repair work needed to be done on the equipment will be covered by insurance, saving you even more money in the long run.

Dodge depreciation

When buying an expensive piece of machinery, it’s likely that you’ll have a plan to one day sell it in order to recoup some of the money back. However, much like a car, plant machinery’s value plummets as soon as it leaves the dealership.

By hiring, this issue is made completely null and void as the machine goes back to the plant hire company as soon as you’re finished with it, saving you money and time trying to sell on your own stuff.

No need for storage

Aside from actually buying plant machinery, you’re also going to need to find a place to securely store it. Here in the UK, construction theft and vandalism are on the rise, with the industry paying out £800 million in replacements and repairs in 2017. Also, storage for large-scale items is never going to be a particularly cheap expense, especially if you’re wanting to invest in a secure space.

Therefore, rather than paying for secure storage of your machinery when it’s not in use or taking the risk of leaving it in a potentially vulnerable spot, a plant hire company can simply drop off the hired machinery and pick it up when you’re finished.

A versatile service

As we’ve mentioned before, small businesses have the advantage of being able to quickly and efficiently adapt to changing markets. A job can quickly change and you may require a different set of equipment and skills in order to maintain efficiency. This is why you need a service that can help you to take advantage of new and upcoming jobs in a prepared way.

Therefore, working with a construction equipment rental company that can offer a wide range of machinery can make the difference between your team being ready for a job or missing out on a potentially lucrative contract.

A company with a range of machinery to choose from can also give you the opportunity to try and compare a variety of plant equipment without having to invest a large amount of money. With a myriad of manufacturers and specifications on offer, you’ll be able to make an educated decision on what works best for you.

With plant hire companies offering everything from skips to excavators and rollers, it’s a service that’s definitely worth considering for your next job.

High-quality equipment rental

When it comes to buying plant machinery, you’re pretty much left with two choices. Either, you fork over a large amount of cash on a brand new piece of equipment and hope that you can effectively recoup the losses, or you can look to buy a second-hand machine that may or may not meet your needs.

Neither of these choices are particularly helpful for a smaller business needing to make every penny count. Luckily, by working with an accredited and professional plant hire company, you can take advantage of some of the newest equipment on the market without the hefty price tag.

Here at Buckland Newton Hire, we ensure that all of our plant machinery is both industry leading and maintained to the highest standard so that you can get the job done quickly and efficiently. If you want to learn more about our plant hire services, click here.

Specialist advice from plant hire companies

Sometimes, things can go wrong with your machinery and having a specialist opinion to hand during a job can really make the difference between a small blip in workflow and an operation grinding to a halt. This is why it’s good to remember that, by working with a plant hire company you are also enlisting the knowledge and experience of their team.

Whatever questions you may have about the particular piece of machinery you’ve decided to hire, a professional will be able to offer their expertise to ensure you get the most out of your investment.

Tips on working with a plant hire company

Of course, it’s also important to work with a plant hire company that can offer a comprehensive and professional service. For starters, you need to consider the availability of your chosen machinery. Most plant hire companies will be able to supply you with the availability of their products and will likely have a minimum rental time stipulated in their contract.

Logistics and transport are also a crucial factor to consider when hiring plant machinery. You don’t want to work with a company that cannot efficiently transport your investment or is too far away from the work site as this will significantly increase costs.

Finally, it’s always a good idea to work with a company that has a range of equipment to choose from. As we’ve already mentioned, small businesses are adaptable to changes on a job, however, having to source plant from different companies will end costing you time and money, so work with a company that can match your adaptability.

Buckland Newton Hire – premier providers of quality plant machinery

A quality piece of plant machinery can completely revolutionise a work site. If you’re in need of exceptional plant at a competitive price then look no further than Buckland Newton Hire.

Since opening our doors in 1979, we have cemented ourselves as one of the leading plant hire companies in the region, offering a range of industry leading machinery for a myriad of heavy-duty jobs. Whether it’s an excavator, roller, dumper or telehandler you need, our team of industry professionals can help to ensure you get the perfect plant hire for the job.

Aside from our plant hire services, we can also offer clients an extensive range of other on-site solutions, from waste disposal to aggregates. If you would like to learn more about what we do, visit our website or get in touch with a member of our team on 01300345378 to discuss your requirements.

Four Benefits of a Kitchen Extension

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the home; it is where we cook up tasty meals, socialise with friends and family, where we host dinner parties and sit down to enjoy a meal after a long day. If you are lacking space in your kitchen, you may have found yourself considering a kitchen extension. A kitchen extension is a very popular home improvement and is a great way to extend your space and add value to your home. Below we take a look at a few of the benefits of investing in a kitchen extension.


Extending your kitchen creates extra space and maximises practicality within the home. Perhaps you currently dine in a separate room; extending your kitchen means that you can move the dining table into your kitchen, freeing up another room or area in your home. Your family may be growing, in which case you may require extra space to fit everyone in at mealtimes. Whatever the reason, a kitchen extension is a practical investment.

Improved aesthetics

Extending your kitchen is the perfect opportunity to alter the aesthetics of your kitchen and improve its overall appearance. Increasing your available space means that you have extra room to install that kitchen island that you’ve always dreamed of or add some extra storage space to declutter and keep surfaces clean and tidy. Perhaps you want to add some extra seating or a large double-door fridge. Extending your kitchen is a great chance to rearrange your kitchen and add those features that you have always been dreaming of.

Increased property value

Extending your kitchen is one way to boost the value of your property. Many home buyers look for homes with spacious kitchens where they can enjoy cooking, dining and socialising. If your kitchen is on the smaller side and you are looking to sell up your home, a kitchen extension is a great way to increase the size of your kitchen, making your home more appealing to potential buyers.

Avoid moving

For many, the kitchen is the beating heart of the home and it is important that this area is spacious and caters to the whole family’s needs. You may find yourself dreaming of a large kitchen, however, moving into a new home can be stressful, not to mention extremely expensive. If you love your house, are happy with your location, get on with your neighbours and your family are settled, moving to a house with a bigger kitchen may not be an ideal option. Instead, extending your kitchen means that you do not need to up sticks and move, yet ensures that you have that kitchen you’ve always dreamed of.

At BNH, we offer a specialist groundworks service for extensions and new builds. If you want to extend your kitchen and are looking for a reliable company to provide a groundworks service for your extension, look no further than our professional and experienced team. For more information, visit our website today.