What Size Digger Do I Need?

A Guide to Hiring the Right Digger

Choosing the right digger size for your project can be daunting, particularly if you’re new to construction. Whether you’re working on a small or large project, we can help. Our straightforward guide to hiring the right digger will help you make an informed, accurate decision on the best excavator for the job.  At C&C Hire, we’re pleased to provide our customers with a range of diggers for hire, from compact micro diggers to large 2.7-tonne excavators.

If you’d like to find out more about our affordable, trusted plant hire services, please get in touch. Call us on 07985 160 968 and speak to one of our friendly team members today.


What Digger Sizes Are There?

Mini Digger  

As the name suggests, mini diggers are the smallest digger size available. Thanks to its unique ability to manoeuvre around small spaces, the mini digger is perfect for small-scale demolition projects. Mini diggers are incredibly versatile, offering a multitude of benefits to users. This compact digger size will prove to be a valuable asset to any construction site, regardless of the task at hand. 

The benefits of mini diggers include: 

  • Easy to operate
  • Perfect for small, compact environments 
  • Low noise-pollution
  • Easy transportation
  • Cost-effective

When it comes to mini digger sizes, the dimensions of the machinery are measured in weight. Standard sizes include 0.8 tonnes, 1.5 tonnes, 3 tonnes and 5 tonnes. If you ever find yourself questioning the size of your excavator, any digger weighing less than 6 tonnes is considered ‘mini’. At C&C Hire, we stock a wide variety of first-rate mini diggers, all available for short and long-term hire. To enquire about any of the highly efficient machinery in our fleet, contact us today. One of our experienced, knowledgeable team members will be happy to answer your questions you may have, and provide guidance on the best digger size for you. 

Standard Digger Size

The standard digger is the most common excavator used on construction sites. Standard diggers are an extremely popular choice as they offer both the power of larger diggers and the manoeuvrability of mini diggers. These machines are powerful enough to manage large-scale projects but aren’t as heavy as large excavators, so won’t cause obstructions on smaller sites. These excavators can weigh from 10 to 40 tonnes and have the greatest reach of all of their competitors. This, combined with easy transportation, makes them a force to be reckoned with when managing heavy-duty demolition projects. 

Benefits of the standard digger include:

  • Adaptable
  • Powerful
  • Reliable
  • Can be fitted with a range of attachments 

The increased power offered by the standard digger size ensures accurate, efficient work across your site. 

Large Digger

The largest digger size is most commonly used on large-scale industrial projects. These excavators can reach over 80 tonnes and often arrive on sites in multiple pieces, ready to be assembled upon arrival. Large diggers are perfect for projects that require sufficient power and a large hauling capacity. If you’re preparing to undertake a commercial construction project, large diggers are a crucial accompaniment to your site. 

Benefits of the large digger include:

  • Ideal for large-scale, high-intensity demolition projects
  • Extremely powerful 
  • Can be adapted using a variety of attachment tools 

When it comes to transporting and storing, it is no surprise that large diggers require the most set-up time and storage space of any digger available on the market. If your site features ample excess space for tools and machinery, the large digger is the most appropriate option for you. 

What Size Digger Do I Need?

Choosing the wrong digger size could cost your business significant funds in the long run, particularly if you’re looking to buy large pieces of brand-new equipment outright. When you choose to hire a digger instead of investing in costly machinery, you won’t need to worry about finding sufficient storage space. You also won’t need to consider the consequences of being stuck with a piece of equipment you're unlikely to use on a regular basis. Instead, you can focus solely on the task at hand, comforted by the knowledge that we will collect your chosen machinery as soon as your project is complete. 

Why Choose Us?

At C&C Hire, we can fulfil all of your equipment hire needs. Stocking a range of construction equipment, including a variety of digger sizes, we’ve got everything you need to ensure a successful project from start to finish. If you’re still unsure about the right digger size for you, we can help. To learn more out more about how to decipher the most appropriate digger size for your next project, please get in touch. Call us on 07985 160 968 and one of our experienced team members will be happy to assist.