Delivery & collection is free of charge in St Albans, elsewhere competitive transport charges apply.


A family run plant & tool hire company who provide a reliable customer service and well maintained equipment for our customers.


Propane and butane gas supplied, great for barbeques and patio heaters.


Bottle fed water coolers available for hire and are great items to have on site as there's no need for a mains supply. Fresh, clean water and cups are available for delivery.


It combines the Rotowash Professional and Hurricane P2 pressure washer into one machine being the ideal cleaning solution for patios, decking and smaller jobs.


A wide range of well maintained equipment ideal for concrete & compaction


Whether its a much needed overhaul or regular maintenance after the winter months, we have a wide range of equipment to get your garden looking great for summer.


The electric Bumpa tile lift works in both forward and reverse thanks to its electronic inverter, all at the touch of a button, making loading tiles onto the roof safer and easier.

Welcome to Central Tool Hire

Welcome to Central Tool Hire

A tool & plant hire company based in St Albans, an excellent location giving us great access to all major road links; A1, M25 & M1, so we can offer a reliable delivery service.

Established in 1984, we have grown with our loyal, long term staff who know their jobs inside and out, making for an efficient, well-run company who are always aiming to please. Our fully equipped mobile van and experienced fitter are available for on-site repairs and PAT testing.  We have a well maintained fleet of vehicles, a good range of plant and tools upheld to a high standard, from access equipment to power tools, and an extensive range of consumables, we have what you need to help you get your job done. Gas, diesel and water coolers are also some of the any items we have available.  Our fully trained staff are here to advise you on the right tool for your job at the right price, and provide you with the appropriate safety equipment and instructions. We are HAE members and adhere to current health and safety policy guidelines. If you think we can be of service to you then please give us a call.

Service We Provide

A tool and plant hire company based in St Albans who provide a good range of plant and tools upheld to a high standard and a large range of consumables. Gas, diesel, water coolers and water bottles are available as are servicing, repairs and PAT Testing

Most popular

Most popular

Compactor Plate (Wacker)

Compactor plates are essential pieces of machinery, great for compacting soil and aggregate to achieve a flat solid base.

Most popular

K-008 Micro Digger

A micro digger with a lot to give. Perfect for locations with access issues. Moveable tracks that go down to 700mm mean that this machine can fit through the garden gate.

Most popular

Genie Lift SLA 10

The genie superlift is a manually operated, heavy duty materials lift. It can be easily operated by one person and has extremely versatile construction and industrial uses.

What they think of us?

Google review

Fantastic place, having things you just wouldn’t expect them to have and if they haven’t they can find it fast. My go to place for anything I need. Plus on top of that great customer service and fantastic staff. Tony is a legend!!!

Ross Bygrave

Friendly, efficient staff who aim to please. Great service.

Cheryl Davey

Great service from these guys today (Tony). Especially when I had been left standing for 10mins ignored at Selco who couldn't give a toss.

Richard Turner

Excellent service. My experience of hiring (a Bumpa lift) was great; very friendly service and advice (from Simon) with a follow-up call the day before delivery. The delivery driver was also really friendly. A measure to do business with.

Peter Shields

friendly family run business with a more personal touch than the larger hire company's. they provide a great service and would certainly recommend central tool hire VERY PLEASED.

Gary Staines

I don’t often have a requirement for tool hire but when I do I always use CTH. The equipment is always fit for purpose and the staff are knowledgeable & very helpful!

Neil & Sophie Burnham-Miller

Fantastic service, competitive prices and friendly staff. Would definitely recommend. Thanks CTH

Zak Shayler

Our accreditations and associations

HAE (Hire Association Europe) Member
Safe Hire Certified Company (Updated)
Altrad Belle