Acorn Transport & Plant Hire

What is a grab lorry?

If you don’t know, a grab lorry is like a giant skip-truck hybrid, with an arm that does the hard work so you don’t have to. The kinds of materials they best work for include mixed general waste, green waste, muck, hardcore, wood and more.

Not only very useful for taking away used materials from commercial sites or private properties, grab lorry hire is also ideal for concrete and tarmac, as haulage vehicles to transport materials, and to lift pallets via the sling option. At Acorn, we have a choice of recycled and primary aggregates, including quality screened topsoil, and we can deliver these to you in St Neots and the surrounds—in bulk or in smaller sizes.

How do they work?

The grab lorry’s hydraulic arm loads materials into the container bed at the back. The waste is then driven safely back to our Bedfordshire base in a single trip.

Who drives the lorries?

Each of our grab lorries is modern and reliable. Our friendly drivers are skilled, experienced and fully trained to operate the vehicles.

When are they available?

We can provide grab lorry hire during both day and night, for whatever your requirements. Additionally, we can provide emergency call-outs if disaster strikes.

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 are they suitable for you?

Firstly, grab lorries have large capacities, meaning there’s much greater space in them for materials. All in our range hold 16 tonnes, the approximate equivalent as two of our 8yd skips.

Secondly, grab lorries save you time and energy. For example, rather than multiple trips to and from a skip with a wheelbarrow, the ‘grab’ aspect does all the necessary back and forth. Speeding up the process of waste removal, your site clearance and/or construction project can continue to the next step more quickly and more efficiently.

Thirdly, St Neots has many locations unsuitable for human access. Fewer limitations apply to heavy machinery such as grab lorries, making them a very effective option. For example, by going over not around, the grab function can reach waste from metres away, and from difficult positions.

Finally, a grab lorry can leave once it’s full. You won’t need to keep it on your drive, your street, or at your site until the collection date. The ability to collect waste from one place and deliver to another allows us to maximise the workload too.


  • 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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