Breaking Rocks With Amazing Machines

There is no “one size fits all” in today’s workplace, with most industries having areas of unique skills and specialisation that take years of extra study and/or practical application. The earth moving industry is one of these, with top operators having expertise at driving several different pieces of large equipment, and the skills to use other peripherals and attachments.

There is More Than One Type of Rock Breaker

One such piece of equipment is a rock breaker, which, as its name suggests, is self-explanatory but not the whole story. Rock breakers come in a range of sizes and capabilities, and different models are specific to certain machinery. For example, small capacity rock breakers are designed for use on skid-steer loaders, backhoes and mini/mid-sized excavators.

Modern Technology Creates Clever Machines

Others are larger and more complex in terms of their engineering and capabilities. For mining, tunnel building and other major civil construction, there are heavy range breakers designed for excavators that are 18-tonnes and larger. These larger breakers are equipped with variable speed technology, which senses a change in the hardness of the material under pressure and adjusts the impact energy striking rate.

Get the Right Sized Breaker for Your Project

For us here at Dee Gees Bobcats, a machine of that size would not be necessary for the type of work we do. Most of our project work is built around trenching, drainage work, swimming pool excavations, demolition work and under-house excavations. We also do some minor landscaping and our machines and experienced operators are available for general hire.

Most of our excavator-bobcat combinations, including rock breakers, vary in size from 1.7 tonnes to 5-6 tonnes. These smaller breakers are very versatile and can complete multiple tasks from the same carrier that are performed by the same operator. This makes them very efficient and a huge time-saver on projects with time constraints and tight margins.

Rock Breakers Remove the Need for Manual Labour

When you watch a rock breaker of any size and capacity at work, it is hard to imagine that less than 80 years ago, breaking up rocks to a size small enough to be transported off-site was a manual task. Large projects like building roads and railways employed thousands of men who laboured with picks and sledge hammers to smash the rocks’ impeding progress.

Remarkable Advancements in Machine Technology

To get to where we are now with the technology in some of the large breakers having the ability to work at 15 different speeds that automatically adjust to ground conditions, is really quite remarkable. Even the smaller rock breakers that we use are amazing in terms of the time and effort they save and are one of the reasons that we can price our work as competitively as we do.

Digging a Hole Is More Complicated Than You Think

Australia has just sweltered through its hottest summer since records began, and those property owners who have the space are already thinking about using the coming winter months to put in a pool. Are you an owner who cannot bear another summer without being able to cool off a few steps from your back door? If so, you may already be thinking about it and wondering just what happens when people and machines start tearing up your back yard.

Pool Excavations a Breeze in the Hands of Experts

Well, wonder no more and fear not. People install pools every day and in the hands of experienced and professional operators, the result will be an oasis where you can relax with family and friends, entertain and keep the children occupied during the next long, hot summer.

Building a pool starts with the design, then with a signed contract in place it proceeds to engineering input then council approvals. Once these are given and the site is secured with temporary fencing, excavation starts followed by plumbing, electrical, concreting, tiling, final inspections and filling the pool.

People Get Nervous when the Machines Move In

Dee Gees Bobcats have been excavating for pools for the last 23 years, and we have found that the process that bothers people the most is the actual excavation. They worry that the machinery may damage building foundations or drainage and water pipes but these issues are all addressed in the initial stages.

Excavation Work Code of Practice Sets the Standard

All our excavation work is performed to the standards required by the Excavation Work Code of Practice, approved under Section 274 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. Excavation work can be dangerous and a collapse can happen very quickly, endangering the lives of not only workers but also anyone close enough to be affected.

Hazard Identification is Site Specific

We identify any hazards before starting work, and put in place any control measures that are necessary. Typical hazards in excavations are earth or rock falls, inappropriate placement of excavated materials, hazardous manual tasks, and the presence of overhead power lines. This is not an exhaustive list, as every site must be individually assessed.

Getting on with the Job

Once we have the safety aspects covered, we get on with the job, with our experienced operators quickly carving out the soil and dropping it into trucks for disposal. We have already considered site conditions such as sloping land, different soil types, local weather conditions and the length of time we expect the excavation to be open.

Looking Forward to Next Summer

There are many more regulations and procedures we must follow until our part of the work is done, too many to detail here. Just be assured that when we excavate for your new pool, we exercise every care so you can spend next summer enjoying its benefits.

Crush Those Rocks with Ease

Crushing large rocks with ease can be accomplished using rock breakers. A rock breaker is an attachment to heavy machinery used to handle large rocks, including cutting down large rocks into smaller rocks. The machine has two major parts, namely, a hydraulic hammer, which is used to break rocks, and a boom, or the arm. There are two primary types of rock breakers: mobile and stationary. The latter is normally positioned on a pedestal or slew frame.

Features and Benefits

A standard rock breaker automatically varies the speed and power of the blows according to the hardness of the rock being crushed, thanks to a special intelligent hydraulic system. This feature optimises the hydraulic pressure released by the machine, resulting in higher productivity and improved overall performance.

The dual shock-absorption system featured in rock breakers considerably minimises the vibrations delivered to the excavator. The excavator boom also experiences lower stress levels because the breakers are lightweight.

Thanks to the centralised greasing system, the sliding components remain lubricated even when the breaking is working horizontally. This feature significantly lessens wear and tear on parts and, therefore, prolongs the life of the breaker.

A typical breaker also delivers a quiet operation because the interior of its body features sound-absorbent material and an anti-rumble paint. This feature, combined with a few alterations to the bushing, significantly lowers noise emission levels.

The breakers also have fewer parts, allowing for a simple and efficient design as well as a slimline case design. The slim, well-proportioned structure allows operators to work in relative ease even under the toughest conditions.

Bobcat Rock Breakers

Rock breakers from Dee Gees Bobcats come as an attachment to the company’s excavator-Bobcat Combo package. Its rock breakers have been proven to perform reliable earthmoving jobs. Bobcat hydraulic breakers provide a hard-hitting performance and they can easily be attached to a loader or excavator. The machines practically require no maintenance and release low noise and vibration levels. Visit http://deegeesbobcats.com.au/ for more information on rock breakers.

Dee Gees Bobcats has been supplying earthmoving equipment in the Brisbane area for many years. The company’s extensive range of equipment includes mini excavators, 6-metre and 10-metre tippers, excavators ranging from 1.5 ton to 6 ton, plus a range of attachments including post hole borers, augers, rock breakers, rock grabs, pallet forks and brooms.

The company’s heavy machinery operators are experienced in carrying out a range of duties including drainage excavation, trenching, swimming pool excavations, swimming pool demolitions, under house excavations, amongst other tasks.