When completing a project you may find yourself wondering whether you need grab hire or skip hire services. Muck away lorries, also known as grab lorries or sometimes grab wagons, are often used for large waste removal projects or to deliver a large capacity of aggregates as they can hold a large volume of materials. When removing waste, they are useful if you can’t get a skip permit from your local council, or you need your waste removed quicker than it would be with skip hire.
They are also great if you have limited access to your site as grab trucks operate by utilising a hydraulic grab arm that can reach over fences and other obstacles to remove waste. This makes it easy to dispose of any unwanted waste or deliver aggregates to multiple types of sites.
This guide will outline the different muck away lorry volume capacity and lorry dimensions as well as what type of project each size would be best suited to so you can make an informed decision about what grab lorry size you will need.
What are the different grab truck sizes?
Grab hire lorries come in three vehicle sizes; 4 wheel grab lorries, 6 wheel grab lorries and 8 wheel grab lorries. It is important to know how much each grab truck size can hold when hiring a grab truck.
The size of the grab lorry you hire will be determined by your project size and the amount of waste you will accumulate or the amount of aggregates you are having delivered to a particular site. Grab lorries can be used to clear a multitude of materials including garden waste, construction waste and site clearance such as renovation rubbish.
4 wheel grab lorry dimensions
A 4 wheel grab lorry is the smallest grab lorry you can hire. It measures approximately 2.3m in width, 7.8m in length and 3.7m in height.
6 wheel grab lorry dimensions
A 6 wheel grab lorry is a medium-sized grab lorry. It measures approximately 3.2m in width, 8.1m in length and 3.7m in height.
8 wheel grab lorry dimensions
An 8 wheel grab lorry is the largest grab lorry size you can hire. It measures approximately 3.2m in width, 9.1m in length and 3.7m in height.
How much does a muck away lorry hold?
A muck away lorry can hold large volumes of waste or aggregates depending on the size you hire. When filled, and depending on the size you choose, a muck away wagon capacity can reach a maximum of 18 tonnes and an overall weight of 32 tonnes. However, it cannot exceed this limit as it will no longer be road legal.
Grab hire lorries tend to weigh a lot when empty, meaning you can only fill them to a certain capacity. You will need to bear this in mind when hiring a grab lorry as you cannot exceed a total of 32 tonnes when the lorry is filled.
If you are producing a lot of waste or heavy items such as construction waste, it is best practice to opt for a bigger grab lorry due to the weight of the materials you will be filling it with. If you have more waste than the max weight the largest lorry can transport, you can opt to have multiple pickups or drop-offs.
4 wheel grab lorry capacity
A 4 wheel grab hire lorry can hold up to 8 tonnes load capacity on top of what it originally weighs. A 4 wheel grab lorry is great for getting rid of garden waste due to its size. You can also utilise it for small renovation projects or home clear-outs that will produce a small amount of waste.
6 wheel grab lorry capacity
A 6 wheel grab hire lorry can hold up to 13 tonnes load capacity on top of what it originally weighs. This particular grab lorry is great for medium-sized projects such as an extension or home renovations that will produce a moderate amount of waste.
8 wheel grab lorry capacity
An 8 wheel grab hire lorry can hold up to 18 tonnes load capacity on top of what it originally weighs. As it is the largest grab lorry you can hire, it is used for large scale projects, such as ones that will produce a large amount of construction waste. It is also used to deliver large volumes of aggregates to a project site.
Book the grab hire lorry you need
At Stone UK we have a fleet of 8 wheel grab lorries, ready to provide grab hire services to suit your specific needs. We can remove waste or deliver aggregates. Call us on 0208 622 5151 to see how we can help you.