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William Gilder Hire

Supporting logistics with cost-effective hire solutions

At Gilder Hire, part of the William Gilder Group, we provide flexible, cost-effective solutions for commercial vehicle hire for use across the logistical supply chain.

Our fleet of more than 160 shunting tugs serve numerous clients with diverse requirements, ranging from warehouses to retailers. With an expert team of technicians maintaining each vehicle, we help to keep industry moving.

Thanks to our background in transport, we understand just how time critical supply chains are. We’re here to help maintain efficiency with support available seven days a week.

Speak to us on 01242 621580 to discuss your requirements or to learn more about our fleet.

A front view of an orange shunting tug by Gilder Hire, part of the William Gilder Group.

Commercial shunting tug hire for all workloads

Our shunting tug fleet consists of some of the world leading shunting vehicle manufacturers that suit all operations. We’re proud to have links with the market-leading manufacturers, enabling us to provide the right tug for the right price.

We also provide a seven-day support service and the capability to provide national coverage thanks to our nationwide network. This also allows us to deliver a flexible working pattern to cover changing seasonal workloads during periods such as Christmas.

For transporting heavy machinery, we also have several low-loaders which are designed to allow machinery or other vehicles to be driven directly onto the trailer itself. These vehicles are ideal for moving loads that other vehicles are unable to manoeuvre.

Contact our team to discuss your needs.

Vehicle maintenance from expert technicians

We carefully service our fleet at our workshop in Gloucestershire and at our customer sites, adhering to the highest level of quality assurance and in line with the manufacturers’ guidelines.

The same facility is home to all other divisions of the William Gilder Group, including our workshop for servicing our haulage fleet and our spare parts supply operation. All situated off Junction 9 of the M5 motorway.

We are proud to be one of the most prominent names in the area, which we have achieved through our commitment to delivering expertise and excellent service each time, wherever we are in the country.

A person working in the William Gilder Group workshop

Keeping your operation moving

Keeping your operation moving is crucial to your business. We have a wide portfolio of supporting both large and small operations ensuring their logistical operations run smoothly all throughout the year.

Tugs are also cost-effective due to their robustness and ability to work in challenging conditions. With our maintenance expertise, we are perfectly placed to provide a complete hire service.

We recognise that many industries are subjected to unpredictable factors. Our hire solutions are designed to be fully flexible and delivered on your terms, no matter how long you need the vehicle for. We are able to provide tugs for short and long term hire periods, with emergency breakdown cover throughout the year.

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Delivering sustainable measures

With sustainability and operating in an environmentally responsible manner becoming ever more important, staying ahead is a continuous challenge. Many of our shunter tug fleet is able to run on HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil) fuel, a fossil-free alternative to the traditional diesel fuel that most tugs run on. We also have a partner for the hire and supply of electric tugs.

Working in tandem with the industrial services division of The William Gilder Group and drawing on the inside knowledge built over decades of experience, we recognise how important it is to keep industry moving, while also advancing processes. Partnering with us ensures that your operation runs smoothly, continuously, and efficiently.

In addition to our shunting vehicles, we also have a fleet of tanker and vacuum tankers for both short and long-term hire. These are ideal for transporting liquid waste from septic tanks and sewage systems, which we also provide through our industrial services team.

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Shunting tug vs tractor units

When moving freight across a yard or similar facility, many organisations use tractor units like the one below. Shunting tugs provide a safer, more efficient approach.

Shunting tugs:

  • Are quicker at coupling up trailers to move around on site
  • Provide better visibility when connecting trailers
  • Are safer to operate as you remain on the tug when coupling and disconnecting.
  • Are geared to go at a certain speed
  • Do not experience clutch burnout which can be a major issue on tractor units
  • Enable a one-person operation

Our tugs can be used for a variety of operations. Contact us to discuss the right solution for your needs.

Plant hire for specific projects

In addition to our shunter tugs, our commercial vehicle hire service includes plant machinery for heavy duty projects and construction. Being based a short distance from the M5, we have strong links with major manufacturers of plant machinery and are ideally situated to supply equipment such as shovels and excavators to all regions of the UK.

We understand that each project is different and has unique characteristics. Our plant machinery hire service is fully flexible and with our expertise in transportation, we are able to deliver to all corners of the country.

Discuss your needs with our team here.

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A shunting tug vehicle in a yard

Bringing a personal approach to machinery hire

Our shunting tugs have been used at facilities around the country, serving everything from warehouses for household names to food and retail premises. No matter what the size of the site, our ambition to maintain the highest standards and consistently strive for a professional service.

This is how we have built up our reputation throughout the decades. We take care and pride in all elements of our work, resulting in a name that people associate with quality and efficiency.

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Why Choose Us

Full Service Offering

Decades of experience

Support when you need it

William Gilder Ltd
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jason billsjason bills
20:52 14 Feb 24
For sll yours transport needs including sewage tanks washed and emptying, plus alot more five them a call top staff top service, and truck stop, and food shop and butcher's
ken leaskken leask
19:15 26 Jan 24
Welsh Dave WelbourneWelsh Dave Welbourne
10:29 26 Dec 23
Sandy AustinSandy Austin
14:40 11 Dec 23
Always clean and tidy
Joseph SmithJoseph Smith
17:44 01 Sep 23
This is the best truckstop I've ever been to. Nowhere else has been close!!!
Lee MorrisLee Morris
15:04 01 Sep 23
Nice secure parking easy access


Can shunting tugs run on biofuel?

Yes, our fleet can run on biofuels, including HVO.

How often does a tug need servicing?

We recommend every six weeks or in line with the operator’s license.

Can you tax the tug to go on a public road?

Yes we can. Just notify us at the time of your enquiry. Note you can only travel a short distance to go between sites or for refuelling purposes.

We have no fuel station nearby. Do you hire out fuel bowsers with the tug as well?

Yes we can, just notify us at the time of enquiring about the tug.

Can the tug move double deck trailers around?

Yes, our fleet is capable of moving double deck trailers. Just notify us at the time of enquiring.

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