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.

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.

Lease

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.

Rent

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.