Plant Haulage in Kent | Hiab Crane Hire | Answering Your Questions About Our Services

Are you looking for a specialist haulage company who can meet your project’s specific needs? Be it Hiab hire, plant haulage or contract lifting, South East London Crane Hire is here to help. With a fleet of best-in-class vehicles and a workforce backed by over 50 years of industry experience, we rise to the challenge of any project, no matter its type, size or complexity. We’re based in Longfield, Kent, and we cover locations across the county. But we have the resources and manpower to work on a regional and nationwide basis too.

We recognise how highly you value peace of mind before committing to such a large-scale, safety-critical service. SELCH goes above and beyond to ensure you have complete confidence from start to finish. Your satisfaction means everything to us.

As such, we have answered some of the most common questions we receive relating to our services below. If we haven’t answered yours, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our crane hire and haulage company on 01474 814 389.

Your Service-Related Questions Answered

When do you operate?

Because construction projects and haulage operations run around the clock, so do we. SELCH provides services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What is a Hiab?

The term Hiab has become commonplace in the haulage industry when referencing lorry loaders or lorry-mounted cranes. However, Hiab is actually a brand name: specifically, the Finnish company Hydrauliska Industri AB.

These vehicles are a combination of a truck and crane. Hiab designed them specifically for loading and unloading trucks using the vehicle’s engine to power the crane’s hydraulics. The beauty of a Hiab hire vehicle is they can deliver goods to your Kent site before lifting them off into a designated area. When empty, the crane can load up with different goods, if needed, before leaving. This eliminates the need for a separate mobile crane.

Like any reputable crane hire and haulage company, SELCH has a fleet of Hiab vehicles to help streamline your contract lifting project and its costs.

Do you carry out plant haulage?

Absolutely. If you work in building or construction, or an industrial warehouse, you don’t need us to tell you that plant machinery is the backbone for a huge range of site activities. However, this machinery is especially large and heavy, so moving it from one place to another is difficult.

At SELCH, we simplify things. In addition to Hiab cranes, all vehicles in our HGV fleet have beavertail plant bodies. This allows us to pick up and transport your plant to any location you need, be it in Kent, the wider South East region or nationwide.

We deliver your goods safely and on time, ensuring your project stays on track.

What other haulage services do you offer?

Our haulage company meets an extensive range of haulage needs in every sector. Our team has extensive experience in transporting:

  • Large Pipework

  • Railway Materials

  • Generators

  • Water Tanks

  • Septic Tanks

  • Boats

  • Delicate Antiques

  • Containers

  • Cabins

  • One-Off Items

What is the difference between crane hire and contract lifting?

The primary difference boils down to who holds the bulk of the responsibility. With standard crane/Hiab hire, i.e. not contracted, you as the customer hold responsibility for everything. This includes the site visit and scope of work, the crane selection and planning, risk assessment and method statement. You are also responsible for the Appointed Person and the provision of slinger signallers.

With contract lifting, the responsibility for all the above shifts to SELCH. During a contracted lift in Kent or any other location, our crane hire and haulage company is responsible for everything – including insurance cover – except for supplying information on the ground and lift.

Be it plant haulage, Hiab hire or any other service, SELCH welcomes queries from locations across the South East and nationwide.

Call 01474 814 389 to speak with our Kent-based crane hire and haulage company about anything from Hiab hire to plant haulage.


01474 814 389

Highview, Longfield Road, Longfield, Kent, DA3 7AP