Wet or Dry hire – We’ve Got You Covered!

Do you think you’re ready to hire plant machinery or equipment? If so, have you thought about whether you need a wet hire or dry hire?


Most people new to plant hires have no idea what these terms mean. But, that’s okay because we’ll break down the difference between them below.


Dry Hire


Dry hire is an agreement where the client hiring the machinery is responsible for operating it on their construction site. Some clients prefer dry hire agreements because they can save money by hiring a third-party operator or using their own. In other words, it is a budget-friendly option for contractors.


Dry hire agreements can give you more flexibility for your construction project. However, you’ll also have more liability if something bad happens to the machinery on your construction site, such as accidental damage. 


Wet Hire


Wet hire is an agreement where the client hiring the machinery receives a complimentary licenced operator to operate it on the construction site for them. Some clients may want a complimentary operator if they don’t have a licence and don’t wish to outsource to a third-party operator.


Most plant hire companies will prefer to enter into wet hire agreements with clients because they’d rather have their own operators controlling the machinery on the construction sites. That way, there is less risk of accidents resulting in property damage or personal injuries.


Contact Us


Do you need help deciding between a dry hire and wet hire? Bison Plant Hire can answer all your questions about both forms of hire agreements so that you can choose the best one for your needs.


Contact us at 01285 862222 or email us at for more information.