Considering a home extension, tackling gardening projects, ground clearing or trench digging for drainage? Using a digger can significantly reduce man hours needed and spare you from potential back strain. However, we are always asked which digger do I need to hire? Selecting which digger you need for a home project is crucial for the final result.

While excavators are commonly associated with professional construction or road works, various types have evolved to cater to smaller, residential projects. This makes them accessible for enthusiastic DIYers looking to take on domestic digging tasks.

What varieties of diggers are available for hire?

Although there are numerous types of excavators designed for a variety of construction, mining, and general earth-moving purposes, we’ll narrow our focus to the types of diggers suitable for residential projects. These diggers are categorised by their weight, and this weight difference determines the kind of jobs they’re best suited for.

Micro Diggers

Compact and slender, micro diggers are equipped with retractable tracks, making them brilliant at navigating through standard garden gates. Commonly employed for landscaping projects, excavating fishponds, and contributing to residential projects like foundation work, these machines are tailored for various tasks.

Micro diggers are purposefully designed for residential users, ensuring ease of operation without compromising functionality. Despite their smaller size, they boast many of the features found in larger machines, making them ideal when selecting the right digger for your project.

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Mini Diggers

Mini diggers come in various sizes, each catering to specific tasks.

The 1.5-tonne mini diggers are compact and versatile, making them perfect for landscaping, garden projects, snow ploughing, or trench digging. All models in this category allow offsetting the main arm for digging alongside walls or fences.

The 3-tonne mini diggers are compact yet powerful, boasting a digging depth of up to 3 metres. These are well-suited for extensive and larger garden landscaping, foundation digging, and even tasks like creating swimming pools.

The 5-tonne mini excavators, these machines, although still compact, are around 2 meters wide and won’t fit through narrow garden gates. With a digging depth of 4 metres, they excel in larger projects, including foundation excavation, digging large pits, and earth clearance. You can find the link to micro and mini diggers here.

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Are attachments required?

When it comes to mini digger and micro digger attachments, we can assist you in choosing the most suitable attachment for your specific needs. In a nutshell, common mini digger attachments include the excavator bucket attachment, which comes in various sizes and is used for plowing into, digging up, and moving soil or other materials. Another option is the auger attachment, a spiral, drill-like tool perfect for making holes in the ground for placing poles or pipes. Additionally, there’s the breaker attachment, commonly used for breaking up large sections of concrete or asphalt, often observed in action on roadworks.

Will I need a license to operate the digger?

Operating a mini digger for private use on private property doesn’t require any specific permit. If you have any uncertainties or questions about this, it’s advisable to consult with us for clarification.

Contact us today!

Central Plant Hire’s staff are always ready to guide you through and assist in selecting which digger you need for a home project. With a 34-year history specialising in self-drive hire of mini diggers, dumpers, and plant equipment in the Sussex and Surrey area, Central Plant Hire brings expertise to your project.

If you’re contemplating digger hire for an upcoming venture and wish to discuss the diverse options available, reach out to Central Plant Hire at 01293 851 320 or via email at The team can provide expert advice and ensure you get the best-suited machines for your job, so don’t hesitate to get in touch today!

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