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Wet Hire vs Dry Hire: What's Best for Your Business?

2 years, 1 month ago

Most of our blogs end up coming down to your bottom line, which shouldn’t come as a shock given how closely it ties with the success of your business as a whole. The complication lies in the vast number of factors you need to consider on a daily basis to leave yourself in the best possible position; in the end, it’s all part of running a business! 

When it comes to plant hire, the choice between wet hire (operator included as part of the agreement) or dry hire (you supply the operator) might have you scratching your head. The answer is entirely circumstantial, so here’s a short guide to help put your mind at ease. 

The advantages of wet hire 

Generally, wet hire will not only include an operator but also provide anything else you will need for full function of the equipment. While it can vary between providers, this can encompass things like servicing, repairs and any other extras that your business does not have available. Major advantages include:

  • All fees are included to give you accurate cost expectations
  • Maximises convenience by including everything in the one package
  • Operator is well-adjusted to use of the equipment or machinery
  • Removes the hassle of hiring from a third party if no qualified personnel are available within the business

Wet hire is often the most appropriate choice for businesses that do not have the time, budget or resources in general to provide an operator and associated necessities. 

But what about dry hire? At its most basic level, dry hire gives you the equipment you need without a complimentary operator; this can be organised either from within your business or a third party provider. Depending on the plant hire company, it may also place the responsibility of all labour and maintenance on your business. 

Dry hire is often the preferred method if the business already has the staff and equipment necessary to take care of operation and upkeep, or has crunched the numbers and found a more economical alternative. Benefits include:

  • Save on costs by keeping the labour in-house or hiring a cheaper third party operator
  • Greater control over standard of work
  • Accountability is increased when working with your own employees
  • Less personnel to oversee on site

Weigh up the pros and cons 

There are many situations which suit both forms of plant hire, and this is only a quick guide to help you decide which most closely suits your business. Regardless of your choice between wet and dry hire, it’s important that the operator is fully qualified and has adequate experience in the role.