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Is Grab Hire Cheaper Than A Skip In Devon?

If you're planning a project in Devon that involves waste disposal, you've probably considered hiring a company to take care of it for you. And if you've done any research, you may be wondering whether it's cheaper to use a grab hire company or a skip hire company.

At Skip Hire Devon, we offer both skip hire and grab hire services in Devon, so we have the expertise to help you make an informed decision. In this article, we'll explore the benefits and drawbacks of each option, and weigh the costs so you can decide which option will be most cost-effective for your project.

The Basics: What is Grab Hire and Skip Hire?

Before we dive into the specifics, let's take a moment to define what we mean by grab hire and skip hire.

Grab Hire: Grab hire is a service in which a company sends a large truck with a hydraulic arm (often called a "grab") to your location. The driver operates the arm to scoop up any waste or debris you need removed and loads it onto the truck for transport and disposal.

Skip Hire: Skip hire, on the other hand, involves hiring a large container (or "skip") to be delivered to your location. You fill the skip with your waste and the company collects it and disposes of it for you.

Both options have their advantages and disadvantages, but the biggest factor in deciding which is cheaper comes down to the specific needs of your project.

Project Size and Location

The two biggest factors that will affect your decision between grab hire and skip hire are the size of your project and the location of your site.

Large Projects

For larger projects, grab hire may be the more cost-effective option. Here's why:

  • Speed and Efficiency: Depending on the amount of waste you need removed, grab hire may be a quicker and more efficient option than skip hire. Since the grab truck can collect waste more quickly than you can load a skip, you may be able to get the job done faster, which can save you money in the long run.

  • Flexibility: With a grab truck, you can often collect waste from different areas of your site more easily than you can with a skip. This can save you time and effort, and may also mean you need a smaller vehicle for collection, which can be cheaper.

  • Accessibility: If your site has limited access or a difficult terrain, a grab truck may be able to maneuver more easily than a skip delivery vehicle. This can save you money on additional labor or equipment needed to prepare your site for a skip.

Small Projects

For smaller projects, skip hire may be cheaper. Here's why:

  • Cost per Volume: For smaller quantities of waste, skip hire may be the more cost-effective option. With grab hire, you usually pay for the entire truckload of waste, even if you don't fill the entire truck. With skip hire, you pay based on the size of the container, so if you only have a small amount of waste, you'll pay less overall.

  • Ease of Use: With skip hire, you don't need to be present while the skip is loaded, which means you can work at your own pace. With grab hire, you need to coordinate with the driver and ensure that the waste is ready for pick-up when they arrive, which can be more challenging for small projects.

  • Location: If your project is in a location that is difficult to access, you may need to pay extra for a grab truck that can navigate the terrain. Skip hire, on the other hand, may have more flexibility in where it can be placed, which could save you money.

Type of Waste

Another factor that can affect the cost of your waste disposal is the type of waste you have. Some types of waste can be recycled or repurposed, which can save you money on disposal costs.

General Waste

If you have general waste such as household waste, landscaping waste or light construction debris, both skip hire and grab hire may be suitable options. However, bear in mind that if the waste is very heavy, you may need a larger skip, which can increase your costs.

Hazardous Waste

If you have hazardous waste, such as asbestos, chemicals, or medical waste, you'll need to hire a company that specializes in hazardous waste disposal. This will likely be more expensive than either grab hire or skip hire, but it's important to ensure that this type of waste is disposed of safely and legally.

Cost Comparison

Now that we've looked at the factors that can affect the cost of grab hire and skip hire, let's compare the costs themselves.

At Skip Hire Devon, our prices for grab hire and skip hire start at 150 + VAT for a 7-day hire period. Here's how the total cost of each option can differ based on the factors we've discussed:

Grab Hire

  • For large projects with significant amounts of waste, grab hire may be more cost-effective due to speed, efficiency and flexibility.

  • For smaller projects with only a small amount of waste, skip hire may be cheaper.

  • If you have heavy or bulky items that need to be removed, grab hire may be a more efficient option.

Skip Hire

  • For small projects with only a small amount of waste, skip hire may be more cost-effective due to the cost per volume.

  • If your site is in a location with limited access or a difficult terrain, skip hire may be cheaper than grab hire.

  • If you have general waste that is not hazardous and can be put into a skip, skip hire may be the cheapest option.

Conclusion: Which is Cheaper?

When it comes to cost, there isn't a one-size-fits-all answer to whether grab hire or skip hire is cheaper. The cost will depend on a range of factors, including the size of your project, the location of your site, and the type of waste you need removed.

To determine which option will be more cost-effective for your project, we recommend contacting Skip Hire Devon for a personalized quote. Our team can help you weigh the pros and cons of each option and find the best solution for your needs.

You can reach Skip Hire Devon by phone at 01752 936187 or by email at [email protected]. You can also learn more about our services, including our grab hire and skip hire options, by visiting our website at

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