Dawson Ag

What is Dry Hire?


Dry hire is when you hire equipment, plant or machinery only, and you do not hire anyone to operate it. When you undertake dry hire, you either already have someone who can operate that equipment, or you hire someone separately.

Dawson Ag’s Kelly Chain – Dry hire


Introducing the Kelly Chain, your ultimate tool for integrating crop residue back into the soil and creating a prime seedbed. Excelling in weed control and germination suppression, Kelly chains play a crucial role in refining seedbeds post-tillage. Their unique design chops and splits stubble, hastening weathering and microbial decomposition, setting the stage for a prosperous planting season. Embrace the Kelly Chain for a cleaner, more fertile seedbed, available for dry hire

Why Dawson Ag Dry hire?

1. Cost Savings:

Instead of purchasing expensive machinery outright, they can rent the equipment they need for specific tasks or seasons. This eliminates the need for large capital investments and reduces financial risks associated with equipment ownership, such as maintenance, storage, and depreciation costs.

2. Flexibility and Access to Advanced Technology:

Agricultural technology is constantly evolving, with new and improved equipment entering the market regularly. Dry hire allows farmers to access the latest technology and machinery without committing to long-term investments. They can rent specialized equipment tailored to their specific needs and adapt to changing agricultural practices or seasonal requirements. This flexibility enables farmers to optimize their operations and improve productivity without the burden of ownership.

3. Scalability and Efficiency

Dry hire offers scalability to agricultural operations, allowing farmers to scale up or down as needed without being limited by the capacity of their owned equipment. During peak seasons or periods of high demand, farmers can quickly augment their fleet by renting additional machinery, thereby increasing efficiency and reducing downtime. Conversely, during off-peak seasons or when certain tasks are less frequent, they can return rented equipment to avoid idle resources and minimize costs. This on-demand access to equipment promotes efficiency and resource utilization, ultimately enhancing overall farm profitability.

Dry Hire vs. In-House Equipment Ownership

Flexibility: Dry hire provides greater flexibility in terms of equipment selection, allowing farmers to access specialized machinery as needed without long-term commitments. In-house ownership offers operational control and familiarity with equipment but may lack the flexibility to adapt to changing needs without additional investment.

Risk Mitigation: Dry hire offers scalability and risk mitigation by allowing farmers to adjust their equipment fleet according to fluctuating demand. In-house ownership provides greater control but also entails risks associated with depreciation, maintenance, and potential downtime.


Both dry hire and in-house equipment ownership have their own set of advantages and considerations for agricultural operations. The choice between the two depends on factors such as operational needs, financial resources, and risk tolerance. Some farmers may prefer the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of dry hire, while others may opt for the long-term control and potential cost savings of in-house equipment ownership.