Making Your Heavy Construction Equipment Last As Long As Possible

Equipment Transport: The Barge Advantage

Posted by on Aug 24th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Equipment Transport: The Barge Advantage

Road, rail and water are the three main types of transportation available for contractors looking to ship construction equipment from one end of Australia to the other. Barges are among the most popular transport vessels used in inland waters. There are good reasons for this popularity, some of which are discussed in the article below. Cost-Effectiveness A barge is a relatively large vessel. You might therefore be surprised how affordable it is to rent out one of these vessels. Rental barges are likely to be cheaper than rental trucks or a rental rail car. The cost-effectiveness of barge transportation can be explained in various ways. For one, non-self-propelled barges don’t use fuel. Rather, they’re towed by other marine vessels. Thus, operational costs for barge transportation are often lower than operational costs associated with road trucks and rail cars. Self-propelled barges use fuel, but their fuel consumption is significantly lower than that of trucks and/or rail cars. A barge loaded with one ton of cargo can cover up to 514 miles on one gallon of fuel. A rail car can cover approximately 202 miles on the same amount of fuel, while road trucks can go for a mere 59 miles. Even with self-propelled barges, the operational costs for the equipment rental agency are still significantly lower, which translates to more affordable rates for barge rentals. Carrying Capacity This is another significant advantage that barges have over rails cars and road trucks. A higher carrying capacity easily eliminates the need for multiple trips if you have to transport several pieces of equipment. A rental barge will carry up to 1,500 tons of cargo in a single trip, while a single rail car carries up to 100 tons. Trucks come in a distant third with a capacity of up to 26 tons of cargo. The higher carrying capacity is also advantageous due to the bulky nature of construction equipment. The extra capacity could easily eliminate the need to disassemble and reassemble such equipment before and after transportation respectively. This could easily reduce the amount of work/labour needed for the transportation exercise. The Environment The 21st century is the century of environmental awareness. Advising clients on the most eco-friendly building materials is an indirect way of caring for the environment. Choosing to transport your equipment using a rental barge is a more direct way of doing this. Barges have been found to emit less carbon monoxide, less nitrous oxide and fewer hydrocarbons than trucks and rail...

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Three Excavator Buckets for Earthmoving Projects

Posted by on Feb 25th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Excavator Buckets for Earthmoving Projects

Good earthmoving equipment is essential when performing construction, general excavation and lawn and estate improvement projects within your property. You can choose machines such as bulldozers, backhoe loaders and skid steer loaders. However, the excavator is the most ideal because the equipment is versatile. In simple terms, there are different attachments that can be installed in the machinery to allow the excavator to perform numerous tasks like drilling, trenching and grading. One of the critical attachments that you should assess and evaluate before hiring the earthmoving equipment is the bucket. This is a scoop-like, material-handling component that is used to break the ground and collect the earth. Here are the main excavator bucket designs to consider selecting for your earthmoving project. Digging Bucket As implied, the digging bucket is designed and built for digging and moving earth in the pertinent site. It is the standard attachment that will be provided to you when you rent or purchase an excavator. These buckets have teeth on the designated digging edges to maximise the digging and scooping performance. The size and even structure of the attachment should be selected according to the conditions of the worksite. If you are handling soft loamy or sandy soil, select a bucket with shorter teeth. However, when the ground is dry and clayey or a little rocky or frosty, longer teeth will offer more advantage. These teeth will provide better concentration of force and consequently, breaking the ground will be easier. Finally, ensure that the bucket size will be manoeuvrable within the worksite. Rock Bucket The rock bucket is configured in a style similar to the digging alternative, but the structure is intended for special applications. As suggested by the name, this type of excavator attachment is intended for handling significantly rocky ground. The teeth on the rock bucket are longer and thinner than those manufactured for the heavy-duty digging bucket. This allows the bucket to pry and slip through the rocks with more power for efficient digging. In addition, the teeth are more durable to prevent distortion during the tasks. For instance, tungsten teeth will provide longer term service and more power. V-Bucket The V-bucket is a digging bucket which has been modified to improve energy savings and even the productivity gains for some earthmoving applications. Basically, instead of square design of the standard digging bucket, it has a V-shaped excavating face. This type of edge will increase the digging depth and reduce the drag as the bucket scoops the earth. The V-bucket is ideal for pipe-laying and trenching projects....

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Wondering How You Could Save Some Money When Hiring An Excavation Company? Here Are Some Ideas for You

Posted by on Jan 27th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Wondering How You Could Save Some Money When Hiring An Excavation Company? Here Are Some Ideas for You

Whether you are renovating your home, building from scratch or doing any other project that may require excavation, it is always good to cut back on expenses. Excavation can get expensive and even if you are not working on tight budget, saving some money is still worthwhile. When hiring an excavation company or contractors, it would be nice if you had a few tips to help you save some cash while having your project done. For this reason, try some of the following ideas next time you’re hiring an excavation company.  Conducting Effective Preparations On-site Ensure that you prepare the excavation site as much as possible before the excavation. This is because an excavation company may charge you more for activities that perhaps you could have done yourself. For instance, make sure that the area is cleared out to leave enough space for your excavators to easily move and transport their equipment in and out of the site. If you have any utility lines around the excavation site, you can get in touch with the utility providers prior to the excavation and find out the location of these lines. With such information, you can easily mark off any of the lines so that your excavators won’t have to do the same. This means that they will be ready to get started once they reach the site and this may save you some significant amount on the labour costs.  Getting Soil Hauling Off Your Excavators’ List Among the list of activities that the excavators will be doing, let them know that you will be keeping your soil. The excavation company will off course charge you for hauling the soil away, and therefore, if you get this off their chest, it would be an extra dollar remaining in your wallet! Keeping the soil is also economical since you can use it for other activities around your property such as landscaping.  Cleaning Up On Your Own Once the excavation has been completed, you will have a lot to clean up. For this reason, if you let your excavators clear out trash, you will have to cough out more on labour expenses. Therefore, be smart and take care of the clean up by yourself. Even if it’s a lot of waste to dispose, you can always do it over a couple of days. This will also allow you to clean up systematically and in the manner that you...

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Clean Fill Dirt is Essential During New Home Construction

Posted by on Oct 16th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Clean Fill Dirt is Essential During New Home Construction

When a new home is being built, there are many decisions that need to be made. Not only do you have to determine the building materials that will be used, but you also need to take into consideration how the foundation of the structure will be secured. A solid foundation is the key to a well-built home. This means that not only does the type of foundation erected play a role in the stability of the home, but so does the soil used. Using clean fill dirt during new home construction is one of the best ways to ensure that the foundation of the property is secure and stable. No Organic Matter Clean fill dirt is a specific type of fill dirt that is used in many different types of construction jobs, but is ideal for new home construction. It is a type of earthen material that does not contain any grass or rubble. It is normally referred to as a type of subsoil material, which simply means that it has been obtained by removing dirt that exists beneath the top soil layer. The main property of clean fill dirt is that it does not contain organic matter. This means that clean fill will not decompose overtime like other types of soil and dirt. Decomposing and Risk It is important to note that clean fill dirt will not decompose, because decomposing leads to the appearance of empty space within the soil. This means that if you choose soils that contain organic matter to build your home on top pf, this can lead to unsettling and depressions forming after the fill has been leveled. This is not ideal, but it can be avoided if you choose clean fill dirt when you are constructing a new home. The unsettling of the dirt will not take place when you use only clean fill. Use on Site Clean fill dirt from a company like Eastern Plant Hire can be used in many ways on new home construction sites. It typically is used to raise the height of the construction site and create the ideal foundation for a new property. This creates the ideal surface for a new home to be built on. It is also suggested that clean fill dirt is used to fill in around the property to ensure that the entire foundation is stable and not at risk of unsettling at some time in the future. Soil consideration is important when building anew home and clean fill is the best option to...

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Design Factors That Affect the Service Life of Hydraulic Cylinders

Posted by on Sep 18th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Design Factors That Affect the Service Life of Hydraulic Cylinders

The service life of hydraulic cylinders can be affected by several factors connected to the design of the hydraulic system. It is very important that owners of heavy construction machinery recognize hydraulic cylinder failures that result from design factors so that you correct the underlying problem, otherwise they will keep performing the same repairs. This article discusses some hydraulic cylinder failures that can be linked to design errors. Bent Rods Hydraulic cylinder rods can bend because of several factors such as the rod having a smaller diameter than the application it is being used for requires. The rod can also bend if the material from which it was made is not very strong. Improper mounting of the cylinder can also cause uneven distribution of pressure from the hydraulic system and that will eventually cause the cylinder rod to bend. A combination of any (or all) of the factors above can lead to a significant shortening of the service life of the cylinder rod. It will become harder to generate sufficient pressure within the hydraulic system if the rod is bent, so you will begin to notice a gradual drop in the efficiency of the hydraulic system. Ballooned Cylinder Tubes The hydraulic cylinder tube can balloon (become wider than it was designed to be) because the walls of that tube are not as thick as they should be, based on the magnitude of the pressure they are expected to withstand. The tubes may be of the correct thickness but still balloon because the material from which they were made is not strong enough to cope with the operations of that hydraulic system. Ballooned cylinder tubes allow hydraulic fluid to escape from the sides of the piston seals and this is potentially dangerous. For instance, a steel sheet that has been raised can come tumbling down once the hydraulic system loses the pressure that was holding it up. Leaking Rod Seals Hydraulic cylinder rod seals can start leaking if the roughness of the rod surface is too low or too high. For instance, if the roughness is too high, then contaminants (like dust that makes its way into the hydraulic system when fluid is being topped up) can accumulate on the surface of the rod and eventually cause the seal to wear out and leak. You should hire experienced hydraulic cylinder service technicians to maintain your hydraulic cylinders. Such people will be able to diagnose the root cause of the cylinder failures and they will recommend appropriate redesign measures to prevent similar failures from taking...

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About Me

Hi, my name is Jamie, and for close to twenty years, I had the challenging job of running a construction company. We had lots of heavy construction equipment at our disposal, and we faced huge loan payments and bills every time we had to buy new equipment. To help control our bottom line, I began to research strategies for lengthening the lifespan of heavy equipment. I discovered everything from covering equipment with tarps in the rain to training drivers to use the heavy construction equipment more carefully to better insuring equipment. If you are interested in these ideas, please take a look at these posts to see what I have discovered and learned over the years. Thanks for reading.

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