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A Carter's lorry loader with its boom and fly jib extended.


Carter Plant Hire offers mobile crane hire in Devon (near Exeter) plus Dorset, Somerset and Cornwall, although we often travel further for longer contracts.


We offer different crane hire and accessory packages to suit your needs and are happy to assess the site in advance. We pride ourselves on providing a professional service and always do our best to fit in with your schedule. From large infrastructure and building projects to lifting garden sheds and hot tubs, caravan lifting, boat lifting and tandem lifts, no job is too big or small, so please contact us for a quote.

Contract lift hire includes:

  • Mobile crane hire

  • Risk assessments

  • Method statements

  • Lift plans

  • Lift team

  • Insurance

  • Conforms to lifting regulations PUWERLOLER and BS7121 ACoPs


Standard lift hire includes:

  • Mobile crane hire

  • Crane operator

View a selection of our accessories or contact us for more information

Our aim is to provide a reliable, efficient and economical service, using our highly experienced heavy lifting team and technology, for a service tailored to customer requirements. With our construction, transport and training departments, we are
able to offer our customers a wide ranging service:

  • Based on CPA Terms and Conditions for standard crane hire and full contract lifts

  • Public and products liability insurance that includes loads being transported

  • “On hook” insurance if required

  • Insurance cover for third party damage to our cranes

  • Contract lift hire – involving risk assessments, method statements, lift plans, labour and insurance that reduces stress to the client and conform with PUWERLOLER and BS7121 ACoPs that encompass lifting regulations

Skilled labour:

  • Slinger / signallers

  • Crane operators

  • Appointed persons

  • Crane / lifting supervisors

  • Riggers

  • Vehicle marshals / banksmen

  • All CPCS and NPORS qualified



The origins of the Carter Group can be traced back to 1912, when H Carter & Sons was established in Budleigh Salterton in the south west of England. More recently the Carter Group was formed and, to this day, it remains a family business operating mainly in Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Cornwall.

Carter Haulage and Crane Hire has been in the industry for over 40 years and is a member of the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA).  

We also conform to the requirements of the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) and British Standards Institute (BSI – the national standards body for the UK).

Our aim is to provide a reliable, efficient and economical service, using our highly experienced heavy lifting team and specialist equipment for a service tailored to your requirements. With our training and construction divisions, we pride ourselves on being able to offer our customers a wide ranging, professional service. ​The firm carries public liability insurance of £5m and has employers’ liability insurance of £10m.

​For more information on how the Carter Group can help you, please contact us.

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Carter’s haulage fleet works in conjunction with our plant hire department in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. We have access to large tractor units with specialist trailers to carry heavy plant and crane ballasts using tri-axle trailers with electronically operated ramps.

For smaller haulage jobs we can offer a specialist small heavy goods truck ideal for small building works and for unloading bigger vehicles where site access is difficult. This is often a more economic option for smaller items such as hot tubs or where the lift is relatively low.

  • Rear-mounted knuckle boom lorry loader/crane

  • 8.5m high operating envelope and 6m over-the-side radius

  • Carries up to 3.25 tonne with deck space of 9m2

  • Optional trailer with 3.5 tonne capacity and maximum load mass of 10.5 tonnes

  • Variety of specialist lifting gear

  • Part-day hire – 4 or 8 hourly

  • CPA Standard or Contract Lifting terms and conditions available


To discuss your haulage requirements contact us now.

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The team at Carter Plant Hire currently have the following vacancies:

  • Mobile Crane Operators HGV Class C

  • LGV Class 1 driver/multi-skilled operative

  • Slinger / signaller

Part-time may be considered.

Excellent working conditions and rates of pay.

If any of these positions is of interest, please email us at

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6 x 4 x 6 Hydraulic Luffer

Currently in use and working well. 

Trade sale only.

Please Contact Us or telephone 01395 446446 for details.



For any inquiries or questions, please call:
01395 446 446 or fill out the following form

Head Office

Hill Top Yard, East Budleigh,
Devon, EX9 7DT

Tel: 01395 446 446 

07881 622 730 - 24-hour emergency service


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We are hiring:

  • Mobile Crane Operators HGV Class C

  • LGV Class 1 driver/multi-skilled operative

  • Slinger/signaller


If any of these positions is of interest, please email us at

Contact us on: 01395 446 446 or email:

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