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New Online Hire Catalogue

2nd February 2022

In line with the increasing costs of doing business, we have today updated our Hire Catalogue, increasing the list price* of some 99 hire lines.

You can view our full Hire Catalogue here and if you like the mobile version you can save it as an app on your smart phone for easy access anywhere.

*Any agreed discount on your account is applied against our list prices.

Changing Excavator Buckets

28th June 2020

An excavator bucket resting on the ground prior to being removedThis guide will take you through how to change buckets on the excavators available from the Didcot Plant hire fleet.

Also available to download as a PDF guide.

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How to Start a Honda Engine

25th June 2020

Honda compactor plate engineThis guide shows how to start a Honda engine as used in our light/medium duty compactor plates.

Also available to download as a short PDF guide.

1. Put the engine switch to the ‘On’ position.

2. Set the throttle lever to approximately half way.

3. Make sure the petrol is turned on by pushing the black lever all the way to the right and the choke is on by pushing the grey lever all the way to the left. Please note if the engine is already warm choke may not be required.

4. Once the engine has started push the grey choke lever to the off position, all the way to right, adjacent to the black petrol lever.

5. To stop the engine put the engine switch to the ‘Off’ position.

How to Build a Concrete Base for a Garden Shed

11th June 2020

Garden shed with a concrete baseIf you want to build a shed in your garden, then a concrete base is your most durable and sturdy option. This base provides you resistance to frost and moisture from the ground, thus preserving the material you used to build your shed and the tools you have stored inside. For a garden shed, you will need to build a concrete base that is slightly larger in every dimension than the shed. Moreover, it must also be a bit raised from the ground.

In this article, we provide you with a step-by-step guide to construct a concrete base for your garden shed, using a concrete mixer.

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How to Sand a Floor

9th October 2009


  1. Where possible remove all furniture from the area or room. The HT8-1.2 Floor Sander features an efficient dust pickup, however, some dust will escape.
  2. Remove all tacks, staples and other unwanted fixings from the floor. Failure to do so will result in damage to the abrasive paper and sanding drum.
  3. Punch all nails below the surface of the floor using a suitable nail punch and hammer. Any screws used to fix boards should be counter sunk below the surface. During sanding any nails or screws that become exposed must be punched or counter sunk further.
  4. Firmly fix all loose boards or blocks.
  5. Remove heavy wax, grease and dirt deposits by hand.
  6. Sweep and vacuum the floor thoroughly to remove dirt and discarded fixings.
  7. Ensure good ventilation by opening windows.

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Combating Flood Damage

8th October 2009

Flooding can cause extensive damage to your property. If your area is at risk from flood you should begin preparing your property at the earliest opportunity. The following equipment can be useful in preparing for a flood and in cleaning up afterwards.

Preparing for a flood

Personal protection equipmentKeep a supply of essential protective clothing and equipment:

  • Sandbags
  • Gloves
  • Face masks
  • Rubber boots/wellies
  • Wet suits
  • Basic tool kit
  • Torches and batteries
  • Buckets
  • Brooms
  • Scrubbing brushes
  • Mops
  • Domestic detergent and disinfectant
  • Heavy duty refuse bags

For a copy of our full sales catalogue please email info@didcotplant.co.uk or ring 01235 814000.

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