To Hire Or To Own – A Question That Needs To Be Asked

The capital cost of acquiring heavy equipment is a large outlay that many smaller companies cannot afford. Such companies, while being able to trade successfully in a healthy market, operate on very small margins and are often struggling to maintain cash flow. As the owners of the machines, they are also responsible for maintenance and other running costs such as fuel, insurance and registration.

Doing Small Construction Work in a Cost-Effective Way

When their machines are not actually working, they are also not generating income, so large amounts of money are effectively sitting idle. Typically, they also employ machine operators, so wages and employment on-costs must still be covered while the equipment that makes the money is slumbering through the night. Is it any wonder that specialist companies have sprung up to do the smaller jobs that are not cost effective for large construction businesses?

Dee Gees Bobcats started out over twenty years ago with just this type of situation in mind. From small beginnings of a truck and one bobcat to where we are now has been the perfect illustration of the benefits of hiring equipment rather than buying it. We are now in a position where we can offer our clients the best of both worlds. We can provide our equipment with an experienced operator, or just hire out what the client needs for the time it is needed.

Hiring and Rental Industry a Major Contributor to the Economy

We are now operating successfully in the hiring and rental industry, which in Australia is now worth more than $5 billion. The mining and construction industries are the two major contributors to this growth. With mining on a recovery trajectory and the construction industry enjoying a robust period, especially in the area where we operate, the future looks bright.

Smaller, Modern Equipment Creates Flexibility

The type of equipment now available has also had a big impact on the industry from the perspective of the small operator. Once machines only came in one size – big. Now, however, there are excavators in a range of sizes to suit small jobs such as trenching and drainage work, under-house and swimming pool excavations. These machines also come with a range of task-specific attachments that create flexibility.

Heavy Equipment Hard to Liquidate in a Falling Market

The old idea that hiring was wasting money that could be better spent on owning a piece of equipment is disappearing. Many businesses go under in a falling market when too much money is tied up in assets like heavy equipment that are not easily liquidated. Astute business owners are looking for a consistent return on their investment, so unless they are in the business of hiring out equipment to others, there are much more lucrative ways to get their funds working.

Sometimes “red tape” Is a Good Thing

Are you contemplating a major project at your home such as installing a swimming pool or doing some under-house excavations to create much-needed storage and living space? You may have already gone ahead and had some plans drawn up by a professional and you are now realising the scale and complexity of a project that initially sounded quite simple.

Licences, Approvals and Permits Deliver Quality Results

There are many different types of approvals, permits and licences required in Queensland for all kinds of work, so it is not a simple matter for someone unfamiliar with the various processes to know what is required for their particular project. However, they have all evolved over time to ensure that work undertaken, whatever it is, has been done safely and to the highest standards.

While some people may complain from time to time about the amount of “red tape” involved in getting things done, the result is that we have some of the most rigorous standards in the world. This has delivered us safe workplaces, high quality infrastructure and world class facilities.

Government Websites Provide Advice

The downside for the average person looking to have a swimming pool in the back yard before next summer is that it is almost impossible, without insider knowledge, to know what to look for when choosing a contractor to perform the work. The good news is that there are a number of publicly available information services to help navigate the process.

From our point of view as an earthmoving company, we are well aware of our responsibilities under various pieces of legislation to have the right things in place. DeeGees Bobcats offers a range of earthmoving-related services to our clients including general equipment hire, drainage, trenching, swimming pool excavations and demolitions and under-house excavations.

Much of the Approval Process Happens at Local Level

Much of the work we do requires approval by the local council covering the location of the job. These councils must approve the plans before any work can start, and often, this is where their regulatory requirements are checked. State and federal governments handle different registrations, licences and permits.

Personal Referrals the Best Way to Check Credentials

It would be almost impossible for someone outside of the industry to choose an earthmoving company for their project based solely on checking their permits. There are simply too many variables to allow a decision to be made on this basis. The best way to choose an earthmoving company for your project is to check its reputation by asking around.

We have spent over 20 years building our business and our reputation speaks for itself. We get much of our work through referrals from satisfied clients and there is no better recommendation than that.

Projects Using Heavy Machinery Need to Be Well Planned

It is hard to imagine a world without the heavy machinery we rely on to build our cities and infrastructure. These giants have given us the ability to complete large projects efficiently, quickly and at costs less than would have been incurred if we were still relying on manual labour.

Project Management Methods Well Documented

Through practical experience, the best methods for managing projects of all sizes and costs have been identified, documented and taught to succeeding generations of engineers and construction professionals. Advancement in technology or process improvement has brought us to where we are today, with machinery specific to almost every task readily available.

Small Businesses Provide Support Services on Large Projects

These developments have made it possible for small businesses such as ours to be successful in the supply of earth moving equipment and personnel for major projects. Our company, Dee Gees Bobcats, has excavators from 1.5 tonnes to 6 tonnes, bobcats, tippers, post hole borers and other equipment ready for general hire.

Forward Planning Essential to a Well-Run Project

After many years of experience in the industry, we know that any project can run into trouble if it has not been well planned at the outset. In fact, the presence of heavy machinery on a work site, while necessary, comes with its own set of challenges. These challenges must be identified and addressed early if the project is to run smoothly and is to be completed on time, as well as being in budget.

Book Machinery and Labour in Advance

There are several issues that immediately come to mind. The first is that the project managers know what is needed and when, then make definite arrangements with us for specific machinery and operators to be available, well in advance. We have work booked well into the future, so leaving it until the last minute to contact us may cause delays.

Use Risk Management Processes to Identify Site Hazards

The second is that OHS issues must be discussed during the planning process. A risk assessment should identify issues such as a requirement for temporary barriers to separate the public from the hazards caused by our machinery. It will likely have sought solutions to providing our machinery access and egress if the work will take some time, and to keeping the site and the machinery secure overnight.

These will not be the only hazards caused by the presence of heavy machinery on site. By planning for them at the beginning of the project, the site safety professionals will be ready to address each issue as it arises.

Every Obstacle can be Overcome with Planning

There are many more challenges involved in working with heavy machinery than those mentioned, but the guiding principle is that with planning and foresight, every obstacle can be overcome, and disruptions to the work flow kept to a minimum.

Hiring Heavy Equipment Helps Amateurs Finish Their Projects

Some people start major landscaping, fencing or other earth moving projects only to find that the amount of manual labour involved far exceeds their expectations. Typical projects could be to revamp their own residences, or they may be investors who buy rundown properties for resale at a profit. To maximise the profit, they do as much of the labour themselves as they can.

Saving Money and Personal Satisfaction – Good Reasons to DIY

Some tasks, such as plumbing or electrical work, should only be done by tradespeople. However, those with handyman skills can lay pavers, put up fences, build gardens and erect a shed, a carport or dozens of other tasks. They do this to save money and for the personal satisfaction they get when the project is completed.

However, there is a better way to have the best of both worlds and it involves Dee Gees Bobcats. We hire out bobcat and earth moving equipment for both large and small projects in Brisbane. Our experienced operators work with care and precision, taking hours off the time it would take a handyman to do the same work.

Hiring Heavy Equipment Cuts the Project Down to Size

In fact, this is the biggest advantage that hiring heavy equipment has over doing some tasks manually. If the job involved digging just one or two postholes, it most likely would be quicker to do it by hand than to arrange hiring a post hole digger from us. If it was for an entire fence, the digger would be moving to the next hole while the fence posts were being installed behind it.

Opportunity Cost – Time Wasted is Time Lost

While there is a cost associated with hiring equipment, the time and effort saved is worth the expenditure. This is called an opportunity cost because the time saved can be used to complete other work which, without the equipment, would have to wait. The saved time creates the opportunity for further work to take place, and projects are completed earlier than planned.

Many Hands (and Equipment) Make Light Work

People who restore rundown properties for a living know this already and often contact us to hire specialist equipment. They want these properties prepared for resale quickly so they can sell them and move onto the next project. While they still do other tasks themselves, anything that can be done quickly with our Brisbane earth moving equipment is welcome.

Clean up that Construction Site Fast!

We all know people who start a home renovation project, and want to do it all themselves. With work and other family commitments, tasks are continually interrupted and the project drags on and on. Parts of the property look great and other parts look like a construction site.

Hiring earthmoving equipment in Brisbane for heavy tasks gets everything done quickly, so think about us the next time you have a personal project.

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.

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?

Installing A Swimming Pool – The Good, The Bad And The Indifferent

So, you are thinking about installing a pool and are wondering which way is the better way to go. Do you get in a contractor or try and build your own?

There are plenty of success stories out there from people who have built their own pools. There are also plenty of flops.

David Gardner, founder and owner of Dee-Gees Bobcats Pty Ltd has seen them all. The good, the bad and the ugly of pool building. David and his crew have vast experience in the excavation of a swimming pool or spa and have loads of tips and tricks to use.

Combat Gardening at its Best

The one thing they stress is that you must realise you are in for a bit of combat gardening until the job is done. It’s going to get mighty messy.

You will need to have patience and not stress about the grass and the garden as the excavator and truck roll in to dig up and take away the soil and other matter from the hole.

Specialist Pool Builder or DIY

Employing a pool building specialist takes all the stress and thinking out of the game. The only time you need to use your brain is to decide all the fun stuff such as where you want the pool, do you want a slide, and what style you are looking for. A builder will do the rest.

They will sculpt the earth, install the framework and concrete, they will finish off the surface and clean up as they leave. Some will even organise the landscaping as well.

The obvious reason for deciding to DIY a swimming pool is the fact that you will save a good portion of your cash. This cash can be used to maintain the pool once it is finished.

The downside to DIYers can be huge. You need to know the bylaws surrounding pool construction for your local shire. You need to know exactly what is required to build a pool and ensure that you get that from each contractor at each step.

Afterwards, it will also be your job to conduct the cleanup and install any gardens and landscaping you desire.

As you can see, one way you pay with your wallet and the other way you pay with your time and energy. Choose what works for you.

Gearing Up For Christmas

Well the cat is out of the bag. Christmas is fast approaching and you want your backyard to be looking spick and span and looking fantastic in time for the celebrations. This is not a job to be rushed, however. Proper procedure must be considered.

Have you ever wondered why there are so many restrictions placed on the way an operator must conduct excavation? Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) have tightened up their act considerably and we can tell you why. It’s simple really. Over the years there have been a few cowboys who thought they could turn a quick buck by running a small or heavy machinery business.

Sure it’s true, accidents can happen to good operators but the real truth is that accidents happen when unaware operators climb into the seat of a bobcat, front end loader, or excavator. Inexperience can cater for a few incidents; we all may learn in a controlled environment and pass the test to get our ticket but the real experience starts on the job.

Monotony can be your worst enemy in this industry so it is incredibly important to maintain attention to detail. Horseplay or a casual approach to an “easy” job can mean the difference between going home and going to the hospital – if you’re lucky. If you’re unlucky you get a one-way trip to the morgue.

Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) – Looking After Us

We all might rile at some time or another about a “ridiculous” WHS requirement but the fact is that the rules have been put in place to ensure appropriate procedure is adhered to.

The only reason WHS was created at all was because someone had the foresight to make a record of what sort of accident happened when, the extent of injury including death, and how many times it happened. Based on this data, a set of procedures were required to be created to keep us all safe.

Preliminary Inspection a Must

To this end, Dee-Gees Bobcats Pty Ltd will always make a thorough investigation of a worksite before conducting any work.

Our skilled operators are able to conduct a thorough due diligence of any job, be it big or small, in an appropriate manner with minimal time. This is because we train our staff carefully and offer updates and refreshers on a regular basis. This is because we value our staff and want to send them home safe and sound every night.

Are You Planning A Garden Makeover?

Are you dreaming of sprucing up the backyard and making it look like a million dollars? We’ve all seen The Block__ _and _Better Homes and Gardens do it in one hour on a Friday night! How hard can it be – right?

They tell you all you need to do is have a plan and work on it. Simple. The solid truth is that those guys have been doing exactly this for years and they make it look simple. The other thing they have going for them is the behind the scenes worker ants powering away at whatever task they are assigned. And we are not talking about the grunt work.

They have someone to do the design, someone to make all the calls to source and order all the plants, rocks, gravel, cement, sand, pavers, sleepers, timber, water fountains and anything else they need and desire.

THEN the stars come in and join the crew to make something trashy into something beautiful and voila! Dream space in the back yard! The other bonus these TV shows have is an ability to outsource the hard yakka. You know – the earthmoving, the hole digging, and the trench making. Oh wait! So do you!

Outsource the Big Stuff

The crew at Dee-Gees Bobcats Pty Ltd just love getting dirty whilst helping people make their garden look like a winning entrant in the local garden competition. Our team of specialists are well trained in garden sculpting as well as garden maintenance. We even know a thing or two ourselves about design.

We can help you move some soil, shift and remove your debris, dig that hole for your in ground pool or the posts for that new retaining wall you are dreaming of. If it’s too big a job for a shovel and a wheelbarrow then Dee-Gees Bobcats are your man.

Keeping It Safe

The bonus in hiring experts such as ourselves is that we are well aware of the risks and necessary precautions for each and every situation. We cannot stress enough how important it is to adopt the correct procedure to ensure the safety of not only ourselves but everybody else who may be on site at the time.

Sure, we make it look easy – because we know what we are doing. We not only have the knowledge but also the confidence to cross every T and dot every I.

Why Hire an Excavating Service

There are times when your home may need some major digging or excavation in your home lot or garden. Perhaps you are building a swimming pool or a big pond. It could be to lay new pipes in the ground or maybe, you need to dig to reach the septic tank. Whatever the reason, if it is a big excavation job, using a plain shovel with your bare hands may not be enough.

For big excavation work in your garden, it is always better to hire an earthmoving company to do the job. Deep excavation would need specialised machines such as a Bobcat to effectively dig huge amounts of rocks and soil in the ground. Doing the job of a specialised machine using only a shovel and a wheelbarrow to collect the dug up soil would take several days and even weeks, depending on the depth of the digging that is needed. The task may prove to be too difficult, especially if there are hard rocks in the ground to be dug or if it has been covered by piles of snow.

It is also possible to simply rent an excavating machine and use it yourself, but this should mean that you are skilled enough to operate the machine. If not, then you might pose damage to neighbour’s or your own property if you make a mistake in the operation of the machine. It would be worth it to hire excavation services along with the machine rental to ensure that the ground is dug safely with no potential harm to the properties and people nearby. Hiring a professional to do the excavation work would also ensure that underground utility lines are not damaged or touched unnecessarily. Professional excavating service personnel are trained to survey the area well to know if there are power, water or cable lines that are lying underground.

Domestic property owners may have the misconception that excavating machines are only need for huge buildings and large projects. This is not completely true since there are excavating machines that are designed for smaller projects as well. Earthmoving machines may be used to level a rough terrain, which may be used for parking space. This would make the ramp up the parking area easier for the vehicle. Smaller machines may also be useful in trash removal or cleaning a site.

Excavating machines and services are very helpful in different domestic landscape work. Instead of wasting valuable time and effort digging deep excavations, it would be a lot wiser to hire a professional excavating service to do the job.