Should I hire or purchase my manhole form?

Manhole forms come in a variety of specifications

Manhole forms like these are used across the nation. Source - Manhole Form Hire

There are more than just a few reasons why you should hire rather than buy when it comes to manhole forms.

To help out, we’ve compiled a quick list of common myths, tips, and questions to demonstrate why you’re better off hiring manhole forms than purchasing them. The more you know, the more money you can save.

Purchasing can be restrictive

Considering the vast differences in manhole forms across Australia (with over 200 types of forms), buying will generally limit you to projects in the same jurisdiction, as type preference typically varies per location or council area, like between Brisbane and Sydney, so you’d likely need to purchase a different manhole form for a project in a different region.

With 10 standard size access chambers across various councils and authorities, along with about 20 different wall thickness options, there are 30 sizes of structures any contractor could possibly tender for. MFH have all types and sizes.

Hiring allows more variety to meet unique specs

It’s likely that you’ll come across projects that require slightly different specifications to what you normally deal with and that’s okay if you have a versatile stock list of manhole forms, but if you don’t it can mean additional costs to purchase a form you might only use once. The greatest benefit to hiring is that you don’t need to worry about whether you have the right forms, you don’t need to worry about losing out on a contract or need to find space to store seldom used forms.

A common situation faced nowadays is when the structure needs to be built is deeper than your form, and if you don’t have a deep enough form or if they don’t stack, this can be problematic and might force you to delay work. If you hire, you can easily get the right form or stacked forms for a single-use price, saving you money long-term.

What do you do when the structure to be built is deeper than your form? Use Manhole Form Hire’s stackable forms.

⌬ Hiring is timely and a real space saver

There is no need to store and maintain your own equipment. Manhole Form Hire deliver, pickup and maintain the gear so it is in tip top condition all the time, and only a phone call away.

Cost effective

With hire, you can hire forms for a week at 1 cost and do multiple pours instead of having to purchase all pre-cast items which could end up being very expensive.

Safety requirements

Safety is a key priority for any project across any site. With hiring you know you are getting forms that meet rigorous Australian standards and are trusted by businesses across Australia. Furthermore, with hiring through a business like Manhole Form Hire, you get access to industry experts, engineers and safety professionals, who are eager to answer questions and help ensure that you use the right forms and safety procedures.

What do you tell your engineer or safety rep about the forms being fit for purpose or their capacity for taking load? Well, Manhole Form Hire are always question-ready, with all forms engineer-designed and certified.

Faster because you can use many at once - not viable if you are purchasing

When it rains for a week and you are behind schedule and your forms can only be used one at a time, how do you catch up? - Buying new forms can be costly and not worth the expense if seldom used. The best course of action is to hire some extra forms for the duration of the project.

Eliminate cost of damaged goods

When you are contracting on various sites, where were your forms last used, what condition are they in and how are you going to transport it to where you want them? Manhole’s forms go through a quality and maintenance process for every use.

Hiring makes it easy to deal with spec changes - even at short notice

How do your forms accommodate a change in the specs for a structure like twin pipes or backdrop or working at height? Manhole Form Hire can include engineer approved options to cater.


As indicated above, hiring forms mitigates a lengthy list of headaches typically associated with direct form purchasing. However, if you’re still unconvinced - that’s okay! The team at Manhole Form Hire are always eager to explain their extensive range of services and benefits via email on or via phone on 07 3801 5666.


Who are Manhole Form Hire?

Well, put simply, Manhole Form Hire are experts in supplying Australian manhole forms!

Their clients range from hundreds of small subcontractors up to and including national and multinational civil contractors. Pipe layers, sewer and drainage specialists, pit builders, cable installers and earth movers are just a few who can benefit from their in-situ forms.

As anyone in the civil works or construction industry will tell you, manholes are extremely important for several reasons. If you've taken a walk in Sydney or Brisbane or up to Sunshine Coast, you've most likely seen a manhole cover in the street. They're constructed with manhole forms, where Manhole Form Hire offer, as their name suggests, manhole form hire for access chambers for sewer access, inspection chambers and maintenance holes.

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Manhole forms come in a variety of specifications

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