Wet Hire vs Dry Hire

Dry Hire vs Wet Hire


  1. Cost-effective
    Dry hire allows for more accurate budgeting and quoting for projects by itemizing the cost of specialized equipment and separating labour/overhead costs, making it a more cost-effective option compared to wet hire.

  2. Increased control
    Dry hire gives you control over choosing personnel who fit your budget and project requirements, and allows for consistency in standards, site safety protocols, and experienced operators if available, reducing costs and improving efficiency.

  3. Flexibility
    Dry hire offers flexibility to stand down equipment and operators during project delays or unforeseen circumstances, allowing you to adapt to changing situations and avoid unnecessary costs while maximizing resource utilization. Overall, dry hire provides greater cost control, customization, and adaptability for construction, landscaping, and earthmoving businesses.

Why NOT Wet Hire?


  1. Efficiency and Cost Advantage
    Dry hire may not be suitable if you lack experienced operators, as the learning curve for different machines and attachments can be steep. Unskilled operators may result in longer project timelines, decreased efficiency, and potential cost disadvantages.

  2. Need for Skilled Operator
    Dry hire may not be ideal if you lack the necessary experience or skilled staff to operate specific machines, as this can impact project timelines, efficiency, and overall cost effectiveness.

Why Wet Hire vs Dry Hire?

  1. Timesaving
    Wet hire can be more convenient as it eliminates the need to find an experienced operator, which can be time-consuming. This is especially beneficial for time-poor situations or projects that need to start immediately.

  2. Operator Familiarity
    Wet hire can be advantageous for small businesses as it allows for operators who are already familiar with specific machines and attachments, resulting in increased efficiency and productivity.

  3. Reduced Risk of Accidents
    Wet hire can contribute to safer operations as experienced operators are less likely to cause accidents or site/environmental damage.

Why Wet Hire vs Dry Hire?


  1. Expensive
    Wet hire is more expensive due to the cost of the operator’s expertise, and it can be challenging to accurately factor in the total cost, efficiency, and control of wet hire.

  2. Little Control
    With wet hire, you have less control over the standard of work and specific working conditions, making it important to vet and ensure the competence of the operator provided.

  3. Constant Supervision
    Wet hire may require constant supervision to ensure the job is being done to your standards, which can be time-consuming if you are busy running your day-to-day business.

Decision Making Time!

Although RAM doesn’t wet hire for the reasons above, we work with you to define your requirements to ensure you have the right equipment for the job and put you in the ‘driver seat’ of the project. What’s more, we take great care in ensuring all of our machines are to the highest spec possible with full maintenance records, service history’s & risk assessments.  

That way you know machines are site ready to begin your project straight away, reducing time and costs. And with a highly qualified operations team, RAM is ready to assist you if you are unfamiliar with how the machine operates, like our unhitching videos. This reduces the steep learning curve required on some machines. However, if you do decide to wet hire, we have great relationships with wet hire businesses and can help you connect with a 3rd party operator if you need.

If you’re still deciding whether hiring or buying a machine is better for you, we’ve also written this handy guide.


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