Working In Confined Spaces Perfect For Compact Machines

Although there are still construction projects happening in new housing estate areas in the outer suburbs of South-East Queensland, an increasing number of homeowners are opting for renovating homes in older areas closer to city services. While the blocks of land in these areas are typically larger than what is being provided now, there are established dwellings and other structures in close proximity.

Compact Machines More Suitable for Smaller Jobs

This poses a problem for contractors who have been engaged to perform major structural or excavation work. Getting large pieces of equipment in and out of these premises is difficult and expensive. Many contractors are now looking at machines that are more compact and other smaller pieces of equipment to make these projects more cost effective.

This allows small companies like ours the opportunity to work on projects that are difficult to access. At Dee Gees Bobcats, we have a range of bobcat and earthmoving equipment for hire ranging from 1.5 tonne to 6 tonne excavators, mini bobcats and other ancillary equipment.

Many Demolition Projects Happen in Confined Spaces

When people outside the industry think of demolition work, they immediately associate it with media film of big smoke stacks or multi-storey buildings being destroyed in spectacular fashion in front of thousands of onlookers. While these situations do happen, the more frequent types of demolition are those that either happen inside buildings such as removing a floor, in between buildings in very confined spaces or simple jobs like ripping up a concrete path.

Compact Equipment gets into Hard to Reach Places

Our equipment is ideal for these small demolition tasks and for excavating under high-set houses for owners who want to build additional accommodation in space currently not being used. For example, while we use our compact excavators to dig trenches, their reach is also perfect for either breaking up concrete or removing rock in hard-to-reach places.

Attachments Offer Extra Versatility

The secret to this versatility is the number and variety of attachments and other pieces like rock breakers and rock grabs that extend the range of jobs they can perform. Bringing large demolition or excavation machines into a fully fenced, established yard with gardens and fifty-year old trees is a project manager’s nightmare. While the owners want their work done, they don’t want the rest of their home damaged in the process.

Small Machines, Minimal Disruption, No Complaints

Only our small machines are suitable in these types of situations. When we are on site, our trucks carrying this equipment can be parked in the street without blocking traffic. Because the machines are so manoeuvrable, we can unload them and have them working in no time. We get the job done quickly, the clients get their renovation and we don’t annoy the neighbours. Everyone is happy.

Don’t Be Fooled When Choosing Excavation Equipment

If you were to ask an open-cut mine operator, a construction site supervisor and a tunnelling engineer what they thought were the top five pieces of excavation equipment, you would most likely get a different answer from each one of them. The mine operator wants equipment to excavate ore and get it to the surface quickly. The construction site supervisor wants equipment large enough to remove topsoil but small enough to manoeuvre around other site works. The tunnelling engineer wants boring equipment that can drill through rock and remove waste material efficiently.

Picking a Winner is Not So Simple

Choosing winners in this type of competition would only deliver a fair result if there were various categories of excavation equipment, for example, tonnage, weight limits, capacity or purpose to name just a few. For general purpose work, however, the consensus is that excavators, backhoe loaders, bulldozers, skid steer loaders and graders are the most useful. They are also most likely to be seen by the average person and are therefore the most familiar.

The Work Defines the Equipment

It all depends on the type of work being done. Large construction companies with multi-million-dollar contracts to build infrastructure and other major projects will have access to much larger and heavier equipment than a small sub-contractor. We fall into the latter category. Our company, Dee Gees Bobcats, provides an earthmoving equipment hire service to clients throughout south east Queensland.

With over twenty years’ experience working in the plant hire industry and a team of skilled and experienced operators, we have worked on both large and small projects. We specialise in drainage and trenching, swimming pool excavations and demolitions, and under house excavations. We agree with the experts that the type of excavation equipment already mentioned is best suited for the work that makes up most of our business.

The Biggest is Not Always Best

In our case, our smallest excavator-bobcat combo starts at 1.5 tonne, and with twelve different combinations available, our maximum capacity is our 8-tonne excavator. Among the available attachments that make up our combos are augers, rock breakers and grabbers, slasher attachments and pallet forks.

The Right Excavator for the Job

While none of these on their own could be considered a prime piece of excavation equipment, when used in conjunction with the appropriate excavator-bobcat, they can perform all the tasks we need to satisfy our clients. We could have the biggest excavator in the country, but if the job is too small to accommodate it, then it is superfluous to our needs.

The best piece of excavator equipment is the one that gets the job done quickly, efficiently and within the time frame required.

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.

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.

Financing Earthmoving Equipment

Earthmoving equipment and machines are among the most important items used during construction and demolition work. Depending on the type of operation you are running, there are financing facilities that you can study and choose from when acquiring or obtaining earthmoving equipment for a project.

When choosing the type of contract or deal for obtaining an earthmoving machine, it is best to consider the frequency of the usage and requirement as well as the cost that goes along with it. Just like all other items that depreciate in value, excavation machines can fall under equipment financing. Here is a quick summary of your choices.

Equipment Loan

With this deal, you get to own the equipment that the lender will finance. You will then make regular repayments to cover the cost of the equipment plus interest charged by the lender.

Hire Purchase

This deal is a slightly similar to the equipment loan deal where, as the borrower, you make regular payments during a specified loan term. Once the entire loan has been paid, ownership of the equipment is turned over to the borrower.


Under a lease agreement, the financing entity holds the asset and you rent the equipment for a specified term. At the end of the lease agreement, the lessee will pay an agreed amount to finally own the equipment.


The equipment rental agreement is much simpler. In this agreement, the borrower does not get ownership of the item but simply rents the equipment for the duration of the agreed term. When the rental period is over, the borrower is not entitled to own the equipment. Rather, the borrower can choose to renew the rental agreement or return the equipment and end the rental agreement. The borrower may also return the equipment and ask for a better unit for which there will be a new agreement.

When it comes to excavation equipment, more often than not, renting is the best option. This is mainly due to the high cost associated with purchasing or even buying it over a period of time. Of course, if you are running a construction firm, it will make more sense to purchase the equipment through loans.

For rentals of excavation equipment, Dee-Gees Bobcats would be a good choice. The company offers reasonable rates for rental of its top quality excavating machines. The company can also provide operators of the machine upon request.

To find out more about Dee-Gees Bobcats equipment for hire and the associated rates visit our website.


Why Investing in Earthmoving Service Pays Off

In every construction or renovation project, one of the big concerns is the budget. It doesn’t matter if it is a big or a small project, the project manager will always keep the budget in check, looking for ways to save and doing away with things that are not necessary.

Despite the budget consideration, there are things in the construction or renovation work that should not simply be disregarded. Quality materials and services should not be compromised in favour of cheaper alternatives that will not last long and might even get you in trouble. Hiring earthmoving services is one aspect of construction work where the investment is definitely worth it.

Realising Real Savings

Some people think that earthmoving plant hire is something where major costs can be cut. If you are, for instance, digging the ground to make a swimming pool in the backyard, you might get ingenious and think of hiring the equipment only and operating it by yourself. This idea could backfire in many ways. If the work is not done properly, you will then need to hire a real professional to operate the machine. When that happens, the costs for excavation could double or go up dramatically if there some damages that resulted from the previous work.

Quality Work is Priority

In any construction or renovation project, always keep in mind that quality is the goal. You would not want to invest in some less expensive project that will need to be repaired in a few months because the initial work was messy. There are more gains to investing just a bit more for items such as earthmoving services than if you were to cut costs in this very essential project requirement.

Hiring a professional earthmoving service will ensure that the excavation, demolition and other earthmoving job is done correctly and in a timely manner. Compared with a professional machine operator, an amateur might delay the project a great deal, and you will not also be so sure about the quality of the outcome. If you want top quality results, you have to hire people who know what they are doing.

Consider Safety and Insurance

Construction work is often associated with safety and insurance. You can never tell when an accident might happen. This can be a huge additional cost to you if you insist on hiring non-professionals to operate an earthmoving machine. Hiring an established company with plant hire and operators that go with them will protect you from any extra costs related to work safety. These companies are usually fully insured to take care of injuries and other safety-related issues on the work site.

Do you need a real professional for your excavation, demolition or earthmoving project?