Acorn Transport & Plant Hire

What are grab lorries?

Firstly, what exactly are grab lorries? Well, think of these a little like giant hybrids between a skip and a truck. They have an arm that does all the hard work, meaning you don’t have to. The material types grab lorries work best for include: muck, hardcore, mixed general waste, green waste, wood and more.

Not only are they ideal for taking away used waste from homes and commercial locations, they’re great for tarmac- and concrete-related work, for lifting things via a sling such as pallets, and also as haulage vehicles to transport aggregates, etc. At Acorn, we offer a variety of primary and recycled aggregates, such as quality screened topsoil, which we can deliver to your site or your property in Biggleswade and the surrounding areas.

How do they work?

The hydraulic arm on a grab lorry will load your materials into the large container bed, in order for the waste to be easily transported right back to our base in Bedfordshire in just a single trip.

Who drives the lorries?

Our entire range of modern and reliable grab lorries are safely driven and expertly operated by fully trained, skilled, experienced drivers—and they’re friendly too!

When are they available?

We can provide both day and night services for grab lorry hire. Whatever your requirements may be, we can assist, and we also offer emergency call-outs in a crisis.

Below is a general outline of our easy and affordable skip hire process. For your no obligation
quote, or for any other questions not answered here, contact our friendly sales team on
01480 811377 or [email protected].


Why is grab lorry hire suitable for you?

Crucially, these lorries are large, meaning there’s huge capacity in them for however much waste you have. Each one in our range can hold the equivalent of two 8yd skips (16 tonnes).

Additionally, the ‘grab’ aspect of the lorries saves time and energy by avoiding multiple trips to a skip with a wheelbarrow for example, with the arm doing the back and forth for you. By delivering a faster process, waste removal, site clearances, construction projects, etc. can be completed more quickly and more efficiently, bringing the next stage of your plan closer.

Notably, not all places in Biggleswade are easy for humans to reach. Heavy machinery such as grab lorries aren’t as limited, making it an effective option for waste removal. For example, a heap of rubble can be accessed by the grab function from metres away, and from difficult angles by instead going over, not around.

And lastly, full grab lorries can leave as soon as possible, without the necessity to keep on your driveway, your road, or at your yard until collection. To maximise workload while out and about in our areas, we’re also able to collect waste from one place, to then deliver to another.


  • We help and advise on the most suitable waste removal service from our range, at the most affordable, competitive price for your requirements.
  • We arrive for our appointment at the agreed time, to the appropriate spot, communicating to you all the information required.
  • We offer an easy, efficient, expert service throughout.
  • We ensure we recycle at least 85% of your waste, wherever possible.
  • We effectively manage waste, maximising reuse, and reducing what goes to landfill.

For your no obligation quote, or for any questions you may have, contact our friendly sales team.



All our grab lorry drivers are fully trained under the NPORS scheme. We’re FORS GOLD-accredited, and Environment Agency-registered with a waste carrier licence. We’re also members of the CPA (Construction Plant Hire Association) and the RHA (Road Haulage Association)—and are fully insured to carry out all of their activities.



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Here are some frequently asked questions to save you time and help with your decision with skip hire.

Our Hire Terms and Conditions can be found here

Same day or next day.

We can accept hardcore, wood, soil, general waste, green waste and also deliver primary and recycled aggregates. POA

We aim to recycle 80% of all waste received.

We cover Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, please call for a quote

The lorry needs to be able to access the waste or deliver the material from either side of the vehicle. It cannot unload from the rear.

The grab lorry can get to more difficult places and spaces due to the arm and grab buckets ability to reach out over fences and obstacles.


Call Us: 01480 811377

General Sales: [email protected]

Skip Hire Sales: [email protected]



Monday – Friday: 6.30am – 5.00pm

Saturday: CLOSED

Sunday: CLOSED

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