Plant and equipment hire can now be done online across Australia with the launch of the Australian owned plantminer.com.au.
The online portal offers a range of plant and equipment for hire from companies across Australia, comparable to websites like wotif.com.au or carsales.com.au.
The website was conceived by CEO and co-founder, Michael Trusler, who came up with the concept while working onsite in Queensland’s Bowen Basin.
“When working on any mine or large construction site, I dreaded starting new jobs and machine breakdowns due to the time-consuming searches to hire plant and equipment. It’s not just a case of finding the right piece of equipment or machinery, but also all of the safety features and correct attachments that go with it,” Trusler said.
The Plant Miner website launched earlier this month and has drawn more than 14,000 listings from over 350 plant and equipment hire companies from across Australia.
The plant and equipment hire database is suitable for many industries including mining, construction and farming.
“Since the GFC, mining companies have been more readily utilising plant and equipment hire supplies, yet there has been no central database with the capacity to support this demand,” Trusler said.
“By directly connecting plant and equipment hire suppliers with searchers from across the country via Google and other search engines, mining companies can essentially de-risk their operations financially.”
Plant and equipment hire suppliers can upload detailed descriptions and images of their plant and equipment, safety features, and attachments. Searchers can see the product before contacting the supplier. Suppliers can also upload their company information and images onto the company profile page.
Searchers can also specify hire requirements like hire duration, safety requirements and attachments.
More than 200,000 searches are made for plant and equipment hire related terms on Google in Australia every month.