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Choosing the Right Grab Hire Company: What to Look For


When you start a construction project or a home renovation, you may look into grab hire. Before choosing what type or size of tipper grab vehicle you need, you must find the right company. Not all grab hire companies offer the same experience, so it requires careful consideration to find the right one for your project’s needs. Continue reading as we discuss what to look for and the factors you should consider before choosing a grab hire company. 


One of the most important factors to consider is the reputation of a grab hire company. Do your own research by visiting the websites of grab companies in your area and asking family, friends or colleagues for recommendations or reviews. Look for a company with a proven track record of reliability, professionalism and excellent customer service. Reading online testimonials also provides a great insight into a company’s reputation. At ND Brown, we have been in the grab hire industry for over 40 years and have built strong relationships with new and returning clients.


Your location is an important factor to consider before you choose a grab hire company. You will want to choose one that covers your area for a fast reliable drop-off and collection service. Not all grab hire companies cover the same area, so it is worth looking into this. If you choose a grab hire company that has a depot far away from your location, it may cause delays. Luckily, we have multiple depots nationwide including Devon, Kent, Wolverhampton, Plean and Belfast. 


Along with a strong reputation, make sure to choose an accredited and licensed grab hire company. There are many grab companies in the UK, but how do you know if they are trustworthy? Accreditations show that companies are reliable and deliver quality services. At ND Brown, we hold various accreditations from multiple bodies including ALLMI (The Association of Lorry Loader Manufacturers and Importers), FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme), CLOCS (Construction Logistics and Community Safety), SafeContractor and more.

Fleet & Capacity

When it comes to grab hire, it’s worth researching or asking about the company’s fleet and vehicle capability to ensure the right tipper grab vehicle is available for your project’s needs. For instance, large construction projects may need a 32-tonne tipper grab lorry to easily hold and transport large quantities of construction waste. At ND Brown, we have a wide range of grab hire vehicles available. From 7.2-tonne and 18-tonne vehicles for small or medium-sized projects to 26-tonne and 32-tonne for larger projects. Our grab vehicles are also well-maintained and equipped with safety features such as reverse cameras and Cycle Safety side scan technology.

Environmental Ethics

It’s important to choose a company that aligns with your environmental ethics. Many grab hire companies have a policy or accreditation that waste is disposed of in an eco-friendly manner. When searching for a grab hire company, it’s worth asking about their waste disposal and recycling practices. Working with a sustainable grab hire company means less of your waste goes to the landfill and you can lower the carbon footprint of your project. At ND Brown, we are delighted to be a Carbon Neutral Organisation and work with environmental projects worldwide to offset our emissions. 

Insurance Coverage

Like hiring any type of HGV, it’s crucial to have an insurance policy in place before anyone operates it. Most grab hire companies include insurance coverage in the payment plan. If not, you need to arrange your insurance policy from an insurance company. To make the process easier for you, ND Brown offers insurance coverage as part of their grab hire service. Speak to a member of our team today, we will be happy to discuss your insurance options with you. 

Book Your Grab Hire With ND Brown

By considering the above factors, you can find the right grab hire company for your project. To summarise, look for an accredited, reliable and sustainable company with a good reputation, that has your desired tipper grab vehicle available and offers insurance coverage. 

ND Brown is proud to be the number one HGV hiring company for many clients and businesses across the UK. Our services are flexible to your project’s needs. Not only do we offer grab hire, but also tipper hire, hot box hire and municipal vehicle hire on short or long-term contracts. If your project experiences delays, we are happy to extend your hiring contract and insurance coverage for an additional payment. For more information, read our Grab Hire Guide, FAQs page or online brochure. To enquire about grab hire, call us directly on 0190 279 1991 or submit an online form and we will be in touch with you promptly.

About ND Brown

ND Brown Ltd is a specialist independent truck rental and sales company of over 40 years’ standing. Owned and operated by the same dedicated management team since its inception, ND Brown’s efforts are focused on supplying the utility, civil engineering, municipal and highway maintenance industries with high-quality modern HGV vehicles for both short and long-term self-drive hire.

From our sales division, we also sell a wide, but specialised range of new and used commercial vehicles.

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