Business Profile: Preston Crane Hire

Preston Hire has been providing specialist equipment hire services and support to Australia’s construction industry for more than four decades. In that time, we’ve done our best to earn a reputation for trustworthiness and industry-leading customer satisfaction. We’re proud of our people, our equipment, and our history.

The management team at Preston Hire has always ascribed to the belief that attention to detail and hard work are the two keys to completing any job well. We let that philosophy guide our every interaction with our customers, from discussing your needs during our initial consultation to delivering the equipment support you need in order to get your project done properly. We work with all of our customers to tailor our services to meet their needs.


The Preston family first went into business in 1969 when they opened a scaffolding equipment and mobile crane hire business. Although we’ve grown enormously since then – now operating on multiple continents – we’re still proud to be privately owned and Australia-based.

If you are looking for crane rental Sydney, there is a good chance Preston Hire has exactly what your project needs to succeed.

The overarching Preston Group handles the operations of a range of different subsidiaries. These include Preston Storage and Preston SuperBox, operating in Australia; Preston Hire Group, operating in Australia and New Zealand; and Preston Rentals, operating in North America.

Because Preston Hire is the direct descendant of the original company, it’s accurate to say that its primary role – delivering the specialist hire equipment, services, and support that Australian builders need – has remained unchanged for more than 40 years.

Markus Preston, the son of the company’s founder, began overseeing the company’s operations in 2000. Ascension to the position of Owner and Managing Director at the Preston Group followed in 2003; in the following year, he formally acquired Preston Hire from his father.

Thanks to Markus’s forward-thinking management practices, the Preston Group has successfully expanded into international business by entering the North American market. In Australia, Preston Hire has pioneered new product developments and plenty of business growth.

Group Managing Director, Markus Preston commenced his position with the company in 1991 and spent nine years working in different departments, he has cycled through a variety of positions in order to get a firm grasp of the operations of the family business, including:

  • Finance and accounts
  • Business development management
  • Steel fabricating operations
  • Human Resources
  • Logistics and supply chain
  • Trademarking and securing intellectual property.

Markus took the reins of day-to-day operations in 2000, becoming Managing Director of the Preston Hire in 2003.

Since then Markus has grown Preston Hire’s operations in most Australian State’s, boasting the largest mini-crane fleet in the Southern Hemisphere.

Our crane hire fleet has grown significantly in both numbers and capacity. We now offer storage container hire services, and we’ve invested in a robust refurbishment program to ensure we always provide our customers with equipment of the highest possible quality.