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Mini digger cost guide
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Checkatrade

Mini digger costs vary depending on the make, model, type of job and length of hire. They come in various sizes – from micro to 3 foot – and they work best in limited spaces with high visibility requirements.

In this guide, we’re going to discuss the various elements involved in mini digger hire costs and what to look out for when it comes to picking the right one for your needs.

What jobs require a mini digger?

Garden renovation mini digger costMini diggers are perfect for smaller jobs. They’re efficient machines that make short work of projects such as:

  • Landscaping and garden renovations
  • Digging holes for laying foundations, fence posts, ponds or pools
  • Levelling ground and packing it in
  • Removing tree stumps
  • Clearing snow for easier access to your worksite

Mini digger hire cost

Mini digger costs are pricer than they first appear. That’s why it’s imperative you choose the right size for your requirements and don’t overpay for the task at hand.

Most small jobs need a 1.5-ton operating weight. These type of excavators are strong, manoeuvrable and fit for most projects. However, if you’re working on a smaller job in your back garden, such as building a pond, a micro digger might be a better option.

On average, a mini digger hire cost per day is between £75 and £125. This doesn’t include VAT or drop-off and pick-up.

Mini digger and driver hire cost

Cost provided itemUnitCost + VAT
(Lower range)
Cost + VAT
(Higher range)
Average cost
Micro diggerPer day (0.8t)£50£100£75
Mini diggerPer day (1.5t)£60£100£80
Larger diggerPer day (2.8t)£75£150£125
With operatorLabour per day£100£250£175

When it comes to hiring an operator to help you with your project, mini digger costs naturally increase. Expect to pay between £250 and £300 per day for a labourer, although note that this figure varies depending on what part of the UK you live in. For those who live in the south of England, you can expect to pay a little more.

Although the price increases, one benefit of hiring a driver is efficiency. Their skill and experience mean most small jobs are completed within a short amount of time, saving you money when it comes to paying for extra days or damage due to poor operational practice.

Additional costs to consider

This is where the costs of hiring a mini digger start to add up. Extra factors to consider include:

  • Deposit – often a percentage of the day rate
  • Drop off and pick up fees – anywhere between £10 and £30
  • Any extra days required – usually two-thirds of the day rate
  • Damage waiver – anywhere between £10 – £50
  • Insurance – third party theft and liability which varies from policy to policy

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Mini digger FAQs

Do I need insurance to hire a mini digger?

mini digger cost guideThroughout its hire period, you are responsible for the mini digger’s condition and operation. This includes any damage or injury to third parties. Some hire costs will include insurance, but always make sure you read the policy before you agree to its terms.

What’s the smallest digger you can hire?

The smallest excavator available to hire is a micro digger, usually with an average operating weight of 0.8 tons.

Should I hire an operator to help me?

We recommend hiring a professional if you’ve never operated a mini digger before. They will be covered by public liability insurance and ensure your job is completed quickly and professionally, saving you potential extra costs in the event anything goes wrong.

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