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    In order to tow safely and legally, you must tow within your car's towing capacity, which is the maximum amount of weight your vehicle is able to tow as recommended by the manufacturer. Your vehicle’s towing capacity must be greater or equal to the Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM) (combined weight of the trailer and its full load capacity when it’s not coupled to a tow vehicle).

    There are three main items you need to check to determine your vehicles tow capacity:

    1. Vehicles maximum tow capacity as recommended by the manufacturer. Your vehicle's towing capacity figures should be listed in the owner's manual and they should also be easily tracked down within vehicle specification sheets or sourced from a vehicle manufacturer's website. This is listed as two separate figures, braked or un-braked towing (vehicle maximum tow capacity) which refers to tow capacity of the vehicle when towing trailers with or without brakes.
    2. The maximum capacity of the tow bar fitted to the frame your vehicle which can usually be found on the tow bar compliance plate.
    3. The tow ball rating which is stamped on the tow ball.

    Your towing capacity is limited to the lowest rated towing related part. For example if you manufacturer rates your car to 3000kg, the tow bar is rated to 2000kg and your tow ball is rated to 3500 kg, then your towing capacity is 2000kg as per the tow bar weight capacity.

    This information is intended as a guide only as there are other factors that can affect your towing capacity including: 

    • Load of the tow vehicle (passengers, luggage etc). The vehicle-and-trailer combination always has to weigh within the Gross Combined Mass (GCM) limit that is the maximum your vehicle-and-trailer combination can legally weigh.The GCM can be found in your owners manual or from the manufacturer. 
    • Load positioning to ensure the load is distributed in a way that will keep the towing vehicle stable and safe to drive.
    • Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM) (combined weight of the trailer and its full load when it’s not coupled to a tow vehicle). This can be found on the Kennards Hire equipment page under the specifications tab by adding the trailer weight and load capacity.
    • Ball load (how much weight a trailer imposes on your tow ball when it is hitched to your vehicle and the jockey wheel is not taking any weight). Ball load is 10% of the Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM).
    • Gross Trailer Mass (GTM) is the weight of a fully loaded trailer imposed on the trailer’s axle when coupled to the tow vehicle.
    • In New Zealand every light vehicle and trailer combination must be capable of stopping within a distance of seven metres from a speed of 30km/h. In effect, this means that the maximum allowable weight of an unbraked trailer is limited by the weight and braking ability of the vehicle being used to tow it.

    For more information please consult your vehicle manufacturer, local roads and traffic authority or feel free to contact us to assist you in determining your towing capacity.

    To cancel your hire please call 135 135 and the Kennards Hire team will sort out your reservation.

    The majority of our pricing is online. Please call through on 135 135 if you have any questions.

    Some items show as Price on Application (POA), this is usually because the item is technical and requires an understanding of how it will be used before a price can be given. It’s easy though, you can request a quote for these items online by following the hire process (it becomes a hire request for the POA items) or call us and we’ll quote over the phone or in writing.

    If you’re looking to make an equipment reservation with us, you're easily able to do so online on our website, 24/7. If you'd rather make a reservation over the phone, you can call your local branch directly or alternatively call 135 135 during trading hours. Our team will be more than happy to help you out!

    If you're unsure about how you're going to transport a piece of equipment, check the transport legend and specifications on the equipment. It could be a good idea to borrow a mate’s ute for the weekend if you think you might have trouble carrying it. Speak to us about trailers, utes or small trucks too!

    Once you've placed a reservation online you'll receive an email to your specified email address that highlights the next steps. If you are unsure or have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the branch.

    If you need to hire something over a long period of time, give us a call on 0800 470 370 and we’ll quote you over the phone.

    This depends. All our vehicles, trailers and earthmoving, for example, require a driver’s license. Some of our larger trucks, require medium or heavy vehicle licenses, whilst equipment such as large boomlifts, forklifts and scaffold over 4.5 metres require certification.

    To find out exactly what the item you’re looking to hire requires, check out our Hire Contract Conditions or give us a call and we’ll let you know.

    Whilst we’ll try to validate your booking online, straight away, sometimes we’ll need to work behind the scenes to fulfil your order. With Over 190 branches, we can work with our network to source equipment for you. Enquiries are not bookings and requires your local branch to contact you about the order before accepting the booking.

    Our branch will try to get back to you within two trading hours. For branches closed the next day, there might be a delay when they’re opened again.

    Get in touch with us as soon as possible and we'll be able to help you out. Even if we have another booking we’ll do our best to allow you to keep the item to get your job done.

    If you think you’ve accidentally ordered the wrong equipment from us, phone through to your hiring branch. Alternatively, you can go through the My Account section on the website to cancel the hire, please note we need at least 2 hours’ notice for deliveries. You can then start again if you know what you need. Of course, ask us if you’re unsure.

    You're not obliged to hire equipment if it's not what you're after, we want to make sure that you have the right equipment to make your job easy. You don’t want to be stuck with a chainsaw when you needed something a little lighter.

    No problem, we’ll show you how to operate the equipment and provide all the necessary guides to help you feel confident. It is our duty of care to provide the best and safest equipment, however it is your responsibility to operate it safely and even after instruction if you’re still not confident let us know and we’ll happily refund your deposit.

    For more complex equipment or where licenses are required, we want you to be safe and may politely reject the hire if worried you are not competent or properly certified.

    If you're not sure about what equipment is best for the job, speak to our professional team at any one of our branches over the phone or online through email. We can help you to find the gear that's right for the task you're tackling – whether it’s a drill or a large mining pump!

    Booking equipment ensures that you'll get it when you need it. Of course, you're welcome to come into a branch and see if we have the equipment in stock. For those big projects, however, we reckon planning is the best way to handle the hire process. 

    Check out our privacy policy here to learn more about how we keep your personal information secure. You can also ask us over the phone if you’ve got any other questions.

    Our goods and services come with guarantees that cannot be excluded under Australian consumer law. Refunds are also subject to Kennards Hire’s Hire Contract Conditions. Since our refund policy is quite comprehensive, we have dedicated an entire page to it, read it here. If you couldn't be bothered, simply call a branch or 135 135 and we are happy to explain it. 

    You need to determine the peak Watts (this is the “Approx. starting wattage” on Wattage estimation table below) or Amps needed for each appliance or tool that will be plugged in to the generator. All electrical equipment will have a compliance label (usually fixed to the electrical item) or information in the owner’s manual relating to the Watts or Amps required. Add up the total Watts of all the electrical items and then ensure you choose a generator that has a higher power rating than you require.


    Important note:

    Some electrical items like air compressors, airless sprayers or concrete grinders can require up to three times the amount of stated power on startup and this needs to be taken into consideration when determining Watts required.

    Inverter Generators are recommended for sensitive electrical equipment like computers, stereos, TV’s, phones etc. The clean, stable power produced by Inverter Generators won’t damage your sensitive electronic devices - giving you added peace of mind.

    Use the below formulas to then determine the kVA size of the generator you require:

    • 1 Amp @ 240V = 240 Watts
    • 1kW (Kilo Watt) = 1000 Watts
    • 0.8 kW = 1 kVA