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Grab Lorry Capacity: What You Need to Know


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Are you looking to clear a large amount of construction or industrial waste? If yes, there’s no doubt you’ve come across plenty of options already. With the plenty of options available out there, making up your mind can prove to be a tad confusing as every method brought to the table seems to pack amazing perks.

Have you heard of grab Lorries? Do you know about grab lorry capacity? Are you interested in hiring a grab lorry?

Find out all the information you’ll need to make the rubbish removal process smooth and satisfactory.

What Is a Grab Lorry?

Commonly referred to as a grab hire, a grab lorry is a type of truck, which, as the name implies, features a hydraulic arm and a bucket to collect and clear large quantities of waste. Other than removing large volumes of trash in one trip, grab Lorries are particularly famed for their ability to collect debris from inaccessible places.

This means that if there’s limited access to the site you need the waste cleared from, a grab lorry can still get the job done. That is the best way to ensure you’re not contributing to environmental degradation brought about by the large volumes of waste generated by the UK alone.

What Is the Grab Lorry Capacity?

The grab lorry capacity varies depending on how wide the vehicle is, the volume material you need removed, and its location. Here’s a brief outline of different grab Lorries carrying capacities

  • A 4-Wheel grab lorry can haul up to 8 tons
  • A 6-wheel grabber truck will carry up to 12 tons of waste
  • An 8-Wheel grab lorry capacity is up to 16 tons.

What Kind of Materials Can a Grab Hire Carry?

Grabber trucks can clear a wide range of waste materials. Some of these include:

1. Construction Waste

Construction waste, for instance, demolished building materials such as broken concrete blocks and paving slabs, bricks and rubble from a demolition project can be taken away by the truck.

2. Muck Away

Muck away refers to inert waste such as clay, mixed soil, concrete, stone, and chalk. This type of waste is also accepted by grab Lorries, but it must be separated first.

3. General Recyclable Waste

Some of the debris cleared under this category include garden waste such as trees, flower cuttings, and hedge trimmings. Also, if your project involves digging and getting rid of a lot of earth and soil, you can count on these services.

However, you need to ensure that the waste, whether garden waste or soil, is non-hazardous. In other words, if the area you’re working on was previously or is contaminated with chemical spills, it would be dangerous if it ends up mixing with recyclable waste collected by the company before your waste was taken.

What Kind of Waste Cannot Be Removed by a Grab Lorry?

Grab lorry companies are usually under the regulation of government environmental agencies and must, therefore, comply with the rules and regulations set by these agencies. This means that although a grab hire will remove almost any type of waste, most companies won’t accept waste that’s too toxic to bury or recycle.

For instance, most grab hires won’t remove battery-related waste as it’s hazardous and toxic. Other than batteries, most grab hires will also not take on a job if it involves clearing asbestos, paints, and oils, or tires.

Also, as mentioned earlier, a grab hire company won’t remove your waste if it contains chemical spills or if it’s contaminated.

In a nutshell, if your project waste is toxic and hazardous, you may need to look for other ethical ways to dispose it. On the bright side, most grab hire companies are often aware of other waste removal companies that would be willing to clear your toxic waste and will advise you on where to turn to if they can’t offer the service.

Reasons to Hire a Grab Lorry for Site Clearance

When it comes to site clearance, you have plenty of options that you could use, but none beats a grab hire. Here’s why.

1. Clears Large Volumes of Waste in One-Go

One of the main advantages of hiring a grab lorry for site clearance is that it clears an incredibly large volume of waste in one go. For instance, an 8-wheeled grab can remove thrice as much debris as a regular skip.

This means if you have 10 tons of waste, you need removed — one grab truck trip is enough to clear it all. This is done at incredible speeds using the hydraulic arm and bucket mentioned earlier.

2. Saves You Manual Labor Costs

When using skips to clear manual waste, your workers will need to shovel all the rubbish into skips manually. This is not only time consuming, but also, it takes away valuable time that they would have otherwise channeled to their essential roles.

Also, it means the project takes longer to finish, and you may have to pay them extra for the work. With a grab hire, the hydraulic arm does all the work for you. No one needs to shovel dirt or lift bulky waste as the truck operator will handle that while you and your team go about your regular business.

3. No Need for Permits

To clear waste from your site using a skip, you need to first ask for a permit from your local council. This is because it takes time to shovel and load waste into it. With a grabber truck, on the other hand, you need no permit.

All it does is show up, quickly load up the dirt from the site, and leave. On average, this takes about 30 minutes. Therefore, even if it causes any disruption, it’ll be for a minimal amount of time. 

Is It Economical to Hire a Grab Truck?

Thanks to excellent grab lorry capacity and the hydraulic arm, a grab hire is incredibly cost and time-efficient. Moreover, it’s versatile in that it can clear anything from large piles of demolition waste, green garden waste to everyday domestic waste. Get in touch with us today to hire a grab lorry.