Thinking About Landscaping? Start With A Plan

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” is a common saying attributed to Benjamin Franklin, which is as true now as it was back in his day. Those who disagree argue that too much planning destroys spontaneity, but most projects are too expensive and important to leave everything to chance. However, there is always room for last-minute changes to accommodate a sudden burst of creativity.

Don’t Waste Time and Money

When the project involves landscaping, a lack of planning could see time, effort and money wasted if ill-conceived garden placements and plantings need to be removed and replaced. Even the smallest outdoor area benefits from some forethought about where to place seating areas, outdoor lighting, ponds, paths and other features.

When a client contacts us to discuss a landscaping project, their need can be as simple as hiring a truck and driver, or as involved as site preparation requiring the use of bobcats, rock breakers, trucks and experienced operators. At Dee Gees Bobcats, it is not the size of the job that is important, but how well we understand the needs of the client and what is planned for the site.

A Simple Sketch Will Get Things Started

If you have a site that needs landscaping and you don’t know where to start, we recommend that you first put your ideas down on paper, even if it is just a preliminary sketch. For an average-sized house block there is no real need for complex and expensive formal drawings, but setting a budget and costing your ideas will ensure you have the funds to complete the project.

Make Good Decisions – Compare Quotes with Budget

Decide on the positioning of permanent features such as a covered barbeque area, paved walkways, garden beds, fencing, water features and such. Measure the spaces to make sure everything will fit, and decide which tasks require earthmoving equipment or other professional expertise. Obtain quotes for everything and compare them with your preliminary estimates, then adjust where necessary to fit everything within budget. There may be tasks you can do yourself to keep costs down.

Preliminary Planning Essential for Large-scale Projects

Planning for large, expensive landscaping projects follows a similar process but it is usually done under the supervision of a project manager. Typical sites include retail and commercial centres, new housing estates, retirement villages and apartments. We have worked in both environments and for us, as the earthmoving contractors, it is only the scale of the project that is different.

Plans Provide Motivation and Direction

Creative types who would prefer to just start anywhere and follow their noses often find they run out of money, leaving the project unfinished, sometimes for years. Starting with a plan, even a basic one, provides motivation and direction, and still leaves room for the creative spark to show itself at appropriate times.

How Heavy Equipment Helps to Change the World

It would be impossible these days for large, earth moving projects to move forward as quickly as they do without the modern, specialist equipment we have at our disposal. The mining industry is the place to see big machines, both in the extraction of iron ore in Western Australia and the coalfields of Central Queensland. Drag lines, huge haul trucks, massive hydraulic shovels and others, just keep getting bigger with each new model.

Heavy Equipment Around the World

All around the world, these and other amazing earthmoving equipment hire are moving soil, digging for minerals, building roads, constructing bridges and making it possible for our buildings to reach high into the sky. Take, for example, the Komatsu Super Dozer which can move 100 cubic metres of material in a single pass, or the Herrenknecht tunnel borer that has excavated some of the largest tunnels in the world.

A New Project that Needed Very Large Equipment

Australia has been at the forefront of developing some of these extraordinary machines, and it all started in 1949 when the first sod was turned on the Snowy Mountains Scheme. At the time, it was the largest and most complex project in the world, requiring new engineering methods, thousands of workers and new ways to get heavy equipment through the mountains.

The Scheme consists of sixteen major dams, seven power stations (two of them underground), a pumping station and 225 kilometres of tunnels, pipelines and aqueducts. It covers a mountainous area of 5,124 square kilometres, and only 2% of it is above ground. Its purpose was to divert the waters of the Snowy River, which emptied into the sea, back through the mountains to irrigate the inland, at the same time generating hydro-electric power.

No Computer Assistance for Operators in the 1950s

Two Thornycroft ANTAR prime movers, state of the art in their day, with a trailer in-between, hauled every other piece of heavy equipment up the mountains. All the machines involved were huge for their time, heavy and hard to handle without any of the computer assistance of today’s equipment. It was the expert guidance of the skilled operators who made sure these machines worked just as precisely.

Much Smaller but Just as Effective

In our business, we haven’t worked on anything of this scale, but we still need some pretty serious equipment to complete the projects our clients want. Swimming pool excavation and demolition, drainage works, trenching, under-house excavations and other similar work needs excavators, bobcats, augers, rock breakers and other attachments to get the job done quickly and cost-effectively.

Dee Gees Bobcats also offers labour and machinery hire for clients who need to fill a short-term need. Our fleet of large trucks gets our equipment from one job to another and while they are nowhere near the scale of the biggest and best, they are perfect for our purpose, just like the rest of the earthmoving equipment hire in Brisbane we have talked about.

Early Decisions In Project Planning Made In Good Faith

Planning a project these days is a structured process supported by a range of software tools that keep track of progress against the original milestones established at the start of the work. Typically, it starts with stakeholder agreements followed by setting goals, priorities and deliverables. Then a schedule is created, risk assessments prepared and the final plan presented to everyone involved.

Complex Projects Call for Sound Planning

It sounds simple enough when set out like this, but in reality it can be very complex, especially when large projects are involved. There are high stakes in every aspect, from engineering to the financials, the acquisition of skilled personnel, having the best equipment right through to site safety and protection of the general public.

Changes to Early Decisions Inevitable in Long-term Projects

Decision-making is a critical part of keeping a project on track, and many of these decisions need to be made at the planning stage. Those early decisions are made with the best of intentions, but without a window into the future. Things change as the project moves along, and it is critical to success that these changes are incorporated into every aspect of the project plan.

This is something we come across in our business almost every day. At Dee Gees Bobcats, we supply both machinery and skilled operators for general hire. We work on drainage and trenching projects, swimming pool excavations, demolitions and other similar earth moving projects. We are also experienced at tricky, under-house excavations, which are in demand by home owners who need more space.

Changed Site Conditions Sometimes not in the Plan

Our work can be made more difficult than it needs to be, or be a safe and simple job, depending on decisions made by someone else at the beginning of a project. Being independent contractors these decisions are out of our control and often involve changed site conditions as a result of work done by other contractors before we come on site.

Expert Guidance and Practical Experience Produces Results

Nowadays, we check the site conditions ourselves before we start work, and make our own decisions about the best way to do our part of the job. If the site is under the control of someone else, we work with them to get the best, most cost effective and safest outcome. Where this involves working within the confines of expert knowledge and planning, we are happy to follow instructions.

If it is a smaller project under our charge, understanding the site conditions is our responsibility. We have many years of practical experience at our disposal, and we call on this experience to make the right choices that will give our clients the results they want.

Earthmoving Is A Risky Business Without Insurance

Insurance is one of the few things we have that we hope is never used, as it means that some unexpected event has happened that has caused us loss or damage. For a homeowner whose house has just burnt down, it can be the starting point from which they rebuild. For a business owner, it is absolutely essential to ensure that the business can continue to trade, even after something has disrupted their ability to deliver a product or service.

Insurance Essential to Protect Business Operators

In the case of an earth moving business like Dee Gees Bobcats, there are several types of insurance that we consider essential to protecting not only our interests, but our clients as well. The type of work that we do is not without risk and because we are operating large machines on private properties we do everything we can to make sure that we are not transferring that risk onto our clients.

We do this by supplying earth moving equipment in good operating order that is regularly maintained. Our staff are fully licensed and experienced, with the training and background to perform their difficult tasks to the highest standards of workmanship and safety.

Insurance Must be Right for Our Industry

Naturally, we insure all our plant and equipment against loss and damage, but just as important as having insurance cover, is getting the right type of cover to suit the unique circumstances facing our type of business. There are insurance companies that operate in this market and provide a number of different products suitable for our industry.

They are able to offer policies that are quite specific. For example, they offer fleet insurance for companies large enough to have many vehicles, or policies just for dump trucks, tipper trucks and prime movers, amongst others. For items of plant, it is possible to get a policy just for earth moving, drilling, crane operating, demolition and other similar activities.

Public Liability Insurance a Must

As far as the actual management of the business is concerned, public liability insurance is an absolute must. This type of insurance covers a business for personal injury or property damage claims made by third parties (other than employees) that arise from the operations of the business. Third parties would typically be contractors, customers or members of the general public. It is the most common insurance product sold to businesses.

Confused? Get Professional Advice

Without the right insurance products in place, any business is vulnerable to risk, not just ones like ours. Get professional advice as there are so many providers and products on the market that it is almost impossible to choose the right one without assistance. It is a small price to pay for peace of mind, and the knowledge that if the worst happens, the business can still survive.

Expert Advice Needed Before Buying Pallet Forks

One of the many challenges facing business operators is the need to control operating costs while still maintaining productivity. The wide range of mechanical equipment now available has created labour saving opportunities for even the smallest operators and the most difficult locations. Their key to success is using the right equipment for the job.

Efficient Lifting Equipment Boosts Productivity

If a large part of your operation involves moving objects from one location to another, but a forklift truck is not suitable for your type of work, pallet forks may be the ideal equipment for the purpose. They are available in different sizes, so are suitable for working in both small and large spaces. Pallet forks offer a safe and productive alternative for moving heavy items when a forklift is not practical.

Dee Gees Bobcats has earth moving equipment and qualified operators available for general hire and for trenching, drainage and excavation work. We also have attachments to our equipment available for hire, including pallet forks, which attach to our bobcats.

Pallet Forks Suitable for Many Lifting Tasks

As their name suggests, pallet forks are ideal for moving pallets containing boxed, bagged or packed material. They are also suitable for landscaping and construction work, and for loading and unloading timber, fencing, bags of cement and other similar materials. On rural properties they are used for lifting and moving bales, handling fertilisers and many other tasks that once were done manually.

Overloading is a Safety Hazard

However, just like any other piece of equipment, they are at their most efficient when the size and composition of the pallet forks matches the type of work and the relevant load capacities. It is important that they are never overloaded, both from a safety point of view as well as also to prevent damage to the load. The carrying capacity, the weight of the load and the length of the tines should all be compatible with each other.

Many Variations Mean Expert Advice is Needed Before Purchasing

Pallet forks differ from each other in various other ways. Technically, they range from being a simple, manual piece of equipment to complex hydraulic items with attachments. Some are manufactured to be attached to a crane, some are height adjustable, with a prong spread either performed manually, automatically or hydraulically.

In fact, there is such variation in the types of pallet forks available that anyone looking to buy one should be getting expert advice from the supplier before placing an order. Cost will also be a consideration, with the simple, manual models being a much cheaper alternative than one with all the bells and whistles.

The pallet forks we hire out are compatible with our particular bobcat models. Rather than go to the expense of purchasing a set that may only get limited use, why not hire our equipment instead?

Different Horses for Different Courses

Sometimes it can be challenging for a lay person to know what sort of machine is needed for what job. This is what we mean by different horses for different courses.

If you are sitting at home thinking that you might like to have that old tree stump removed, or you want to have some paths cut, or you might be putting in a driveway or digging holes to put up a fence you will be wondering – which contractor should I call?

Dee-Gees Bobcats Pty Ltd has put together some information to cut through the confusion and help you choose the right person for the job.


Excavators have a long bucket arm that is attached to the cab and swivels in all directions. The worker is able to operate it from the high position in the cab to shovel dirt and lift heavy machinery and other items. Coming in sizes ranging from 0.8 ton mini excavator all the way through to the huge 35 ton machines, they can run on tyres or treads and also have different attachments such as a grab, hammer, auger, and a ripper.


Looking similar to a tractor a backhoe is a great all round machine for smaller suburban jobs. With its adjustable shovel attachment on one side and a bucket on the other it is able to shift dirt, dig trenches and lay pipes.


Bulldozers are strong, heavy duty machines. They are best used in large open spaces, where the grading may be rough and / or rocky. They can shift huge amounts of dirt with the large front mounted blade.

Skid Steer Loaders

More commonly referred to in Australia as a Bobcat, the skid steer loader is a hardy little versatile machine suitable for all forms of construction, landscaping and agricultural work. Running on either tyres or rubber treads they possess a tight turning circle so are ideal in a smaller site. They also have the ability to change to different attachments such as augers and trenchers.

Motor Graders

Motor graders are the ones you usually see working on roads. Their huge adjustable blade is used to smooth over any rough surface be it level or sloping, to level soil and gravel in preparation to laying of asphalt.


Ranging in size from a walk behind model all the way through to heavier equipment, a trencher does exactly what its name says. It is designed to trench and lay large pipes, using alternating digging functions according to the needs of the job.

Don’t Risk a Serious Incident or Major Damage by Doing It All Alone

To the untrained eye, operating earth moving equipment on a construction site looks effortless. The operator moves a few levers and suddenly large chunks of earth are picked up from one area and deposited to another. The landscape changes in minutes, and in a few hours, the job is done and the site is swarming with other trades.

Moving Earth with Large Machines Requires Experienced Operators

Of course, there is a very good reason why it looks easy. Operating this type of equipment is a skilled occupation requiring experience and, for large machines, licencing and certification by relevant authorities. Many of the tasks undertaken by these operators can be dangerous, and their knowledge of safety rules and techniques keeps everyone on the site safe.

We know that some do-it-yourself landscapers are keen not only to save money on their projects but also to test their skills with some of the less dangerous equipment. We understand that, but people must realise that often, the damage they cause costs them twice as much as if they had hired one of our operators.

A Dee Gees Bobcats operator can have the job done in half the time to a professional standard without any damage or danger to others. We have been called in on occasions to rectify the damage caused by an untrained person trying to do work that is beyond their level of skill.

Unskilled Operators can cause Major Property Damage

For example, excavating too close to a retaining wall can undermine the foundations. Depending on the soil texture, this can cause a section of the wall to collapse as the compacted soil is loosened by the operation of the machinery. This can jeopardise the integrity of the remaining wall, and be costly to repair.

Paving looks easy enough, and with proper preparation and care, a handyman can successfully create a paved path or recreation area suitable for a backyard. However, we have seen top-soil that has been carelessly removed, leaving an uneven area that then has to be smoothed out before work can continue. This resulted in a loss of time on the job, and the extra cost of calling our team in to rectify what for us, would have been a quick and simple task.

Serious Injuries and Equipment Damage a Consequence of Inexperience

On larger projects, the results of untrained people using machines such as bobcats and mini excavators can be much more serious than uneven paving. Overloading the bucket can cause the machine to become unbalanced and tip over, possibly crushing the operator or causing a similar hazard to anyone close by. Failure to keep clear of obstacles or other people on the site could result in substantial property damage or serious injury to others.

Why consider going it alone when you can avoid all these scenarios, and others not mentioned, just by contacting Dee Gees Bobcats? You will get a professional result without the stress.

Small Jobs And Tight Spots

Are you dreaming about installing a swimming pool but think you just don’t have the room needed to access the back yard?

Do you have a tree stump that needs to be removed? Need a trench dug?

Perhaps you are just hoping to get a small retaining wall built but the earth needs to be shaped a little better. Perhaps you want a rock retaining wall built. These are just a few of the jobs that a mini excavator can perform easily and at the right price.

When mini-excavators were first released in Japan in the 70s most people in the industry laughed at them. Obviously they were much smaller and almost toylike compared with their big brothers, but the mini excavator has proved time and again to be a worthwhile machine.

This is due to the fact that they can get into tight spots. A good operator such as Dee-Gees Bobcat Pty Ltd are able to manoeuvre these little beauties into the tightest of spots and take all the hard work out of your hands.

Not only can mini excavators achieve this but they will also save your back. They can do a job that may take a man with a shovel, pick, and crow bar all day, in just a matter of an hour. How does it get any better than that?

Walk Softly on the Earth

Let’s face it, when you decide to employ the services of an earth moving machine you enter in a sort of combat gardening situation.

A larger machine will tear up the earth or turf just by turning its sheer weight. It is then necessary to nurture and coax your turf back to life once you have filled in the ruts. A mini excavator walks more gently on the earth. Obviously, the machine itself is much lighter as it is much smaller. They leave fewer marks and damage as they have rubber tracks.

Small Jobs Small Outlay

The other great thing about employing the services of a mini excavator is that they are cheaper to run, which means they are cheaper to hire. When it comes to estimating how much a small landscaping project may cost the budget can be tweaked more than a little by employing this little workhorse.

It’s a win-win situation. You get a quality job, at a pocket friendly price, in far less time than you can imagine.


Choosing Earthmoving Equipment

In every excavation and debris removal project, it is important that the right machine is hired. Rental of heavy machineries come with a cost, so it is imperative that the right one is selected right from the beginning.

When selecting earthmoving equipment, take note of the different requirements of the work and the challenges that come with the work at hand. Site conditions must also be studied and evaluated. This is a priority as it will narrow down the choices. Cost is another limiting factor when it comes to earthmoving equipment hire. However, it is important to strike a balance between limited budget and picking the right equipment for the job. It is possible to end up with bigger costs if budget is made the primary consideration.

Consider the Load

It is important to know if there will be a load that needs to be moved and if materials will be moved, how far will they have to be transported. If there are materials that need to be transported, then the excavating machine should be equipped with bucket attachments to move materials from one area to another.

Another factor to consider is the distance in transporting excavated materials. Will the materials be discarded or will they be used as backfill for the project. For instance, if pipes are to be installed, then the excavated materials can be used as backfill. In some cases, all the dug soil and rocks will simply be removed from the site. In such situations, trucks are required to carry and remove the loose materials from the site. It may not be smart to use a small machine to transport heavy materials. The project manager needs to be practical when considering the load and distance for transport.

Check the Quality

Low quality machines will surely fit any budget, but in the end this can actually cost the owner more money than planned. The hired machine could break down or may not be able to meet the demands and requirements of the work to be done. When choosing earthmoving equipment, turn to top quality equipment from Dee-Gees Bobcats. The company can provide excavators ranging from 1.5 tonne to 6 tonne capacity.

The company also carries only the best brands, including Bobcat, which is widely known for excellence in quality when it comes to excavators and attachments. Dee-Gees Bobcats machines are ideal for use in various projects such as swimming pool exaction and demolition, drainage, trenching and under-house excavations.


Hiring the Right Earthmoving Machine

Excavation work is usually a significant part of construction or demolition work. There are various types of earthmoving machines that contractors and project managers can hire for specific projects. It is important for the project leader to know exactly what type of machine is suited for the type of task at hand.

Dee Gees Bobcats offers affordable and reliable earthmoving equipment hire in Brisbane for different excavation work on construction sites. Choose from the company’s full range of excavating machines and attachments for trenching, drainage, swimming pool excavations or demolition work.

Mini Excavators

The company’s Bobcat mini excavators are built for utmost performance. These mini excavators are designed to pack great strength while remaining light, compared with typical heavy machinery. The compact machines are equipped with high tech hydraulics for smooth operation. They include fingertip controls, auto shift travel and auto idle features.

3T to 6T Excavators

The company offers 3-tonne to 6-tonne excavators designed for excavation work in large areas in construction sites.


The company’s range of equipment includes 6m and 10m tippers essential for hauling debris and other excavated materials. These machines are also useful for transporting materials to the construction site.

Post Hole Borers

Post hole borers are available for hire from Dee Gees Bobcats. These are useful tools for digging post holes for fences. These are particularly needed in digging rocky or stubborn soil types.

Rock Breakers

Excavation work may need the services of rock breakers, which are designed to break down large rocks. Rock breakers make use of a hydraulic hammer to break the rocks into pieces. A rock breaker is the machine to hire when a crusher is not good enough to break large rocks.

Rock Grabs

Rock grabs are needed for removal or large rocks or debris from the site. This is an important attachment that can be attached to an excavator. In some cases, this attachment can work to dig softer soil rocks.

Pallet Forks

A pallet fork can be attached to a machine to make it easier to carry and transport heavy bulky materials, especially those that are palletised. The hydraulic pallet fork is easy to position to lift and carry large materials to another site.

Soil Leveller

To complete an earthmoving task, a soil leveller is sometimes necessary. This equipment is specifically designed to remove the rough edges left from the excavation work and to achieve the right slope or grade for the site.

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