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How much does a digger and driver / operator cost?

If you're considering an excavation or landscaping project in Palmerston North or Manawatu it's essential to understand the costs involved in hiring a digger and operator. This guide will provide you with information on what to expect when hiring a digger and driver in Palmerston North, including the hourly cost.


Hourly Cost:

In Palmerston North, the average hourly cost for hiring a mini digger and operator is approximately $100 + GST per hour. This cost may vary depending on various factors such as the type of digger you need, the duration of the hire, and additional services required.

It is also important to be aware generally the first hour is at a higher rate, this si to establish to job and get underway. It's crucial to clarify the hourly rate with the rental company or operator before proceeding with your project to avoid any misunderstandings.

Factors Influencing Cost:

  1. Type of Digger: The hourly rate may vary depending on the type of digger you require. Smaller machines may be less expensive to hire, while larger excavators may cost more per hour. The rate of $100 + GST relates to our 2.7 tonne digger at Digger Works Manawatu

  2. Operator Expertise: The experience and qualifications of the operator can affect the hourly rate. Highly skilled operators may charge a higher rate, but their expertise can result in more efficient and precise work, potentially saving you time and money in the long run.

  3. Duration of Hire: The longer you need to hire the digger and operator, the more you can negotiate for a potentially lower hourly rate.

  4. Additional Services: Some projects may require additional services such as transportation, fuel, or attachments (e.g., buckets, augers).

Steps to Hire a Digger and Operator:

  1. Define Your Project: Clearly outline the scope of your project, including the type of work to be performed, the timeline, and any specific equipment requirements.

  2. Research Digger Companies: Look for reputable digger and operator companies in Palmerston North. You can search online, ask for recommendations from family or friends, or check online reviews.

  3. Request Quotes: Request a quote for your project. If you are getting multiple quotes ensure that you are comparing apples with apples

  4. Verify Credentials: Check the credentials and experience provided by the digger company.

  5. Check and Terms and Conditions and Insurance details : Carefully review the terms and conditions in your quote and ask about insurance and liability cover.

  6. Schedule the Job: Work with the digger company to book in the job in a suitable timeframe to suit both parties

  7. Sit back and enjoy: Job done! All going well your excavation job should have been carried out to your expectation and now you can enjoy the results, if you are happy with the Digger company be sure to give them a review or testimonial.

At Digger Works Manawatu we strive to provide a professional Digger and Landscape service on budget and to your satisfaction

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