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.

Modern Landscaping Features Add Style And Value

Real estate agents agree that regardless of a residential property’s design or construction features, the presentation of its surrounds is just as important as the building itself. When done well, this presentation adds thousands of dollars to the market value. So important is this impact that landscaping is now an industry on its own, with new features, designs and materials coming onto the market every year.

Smaller Block Sizes Require Special Landscaping Techniques

Modern landscaping has moved beyond a standard fencing, a driveway, some garden beds and a lawn. Suburban blocks are diminishing in size, so the trend now is minimalist, with the emphasis on accessories rather than large plantings. Home owners want a property that requires little maintenance, so landscaping trends are meeting that demand.

This is great news for companies like ours. Much of this type of work requires the assistance of earth moving equipment, and Dee Gees Bobcats has a comprehensive range of excavators, bobcats, tippers, post hole borers, rock breakers and soil levellers ready for hire. The placement of large pavers, rocks, boulders and timber is easy with the right equipment and we can dig an ornamental pond in minutes.

Water Features are Always Popular

Water features are a popular choice and look great in the right setting. A fish pond surrounded by ferns with a small fountain in the centre draws the eye, and a few lilies or other water plants on the surface adds colour when they flower. In a very small space, a waterfall gently cascading down a garden wall invokes a relaxed response and cools the immediate area.

Retaining Walls Just the Place for Extra Style Treatment

We do a lot of the preparation work for retaining walls, as many of the house sites in new estates these days are terraced. Once completed, these rock walls lend themselves to additional landscaping touches such as vertical gardens and hidden lighting. When illuminated at night, this throws both light and shadows across the garden, highlighting the varied colours in the stone.

Stepped Pavers Simply Elegant

Large stepping stone pavers are a simple and versatile way to create a path to the front door. They look stunning surrounded by small pebbles or simply placed into a healthy, green lawn. Their clean, straight lines blend perfectly with the sharp angles and understated exteriors of modern constructions.

No Planter Pot Size is too Big

The use of oversized plant pots is a clever way to add some style and colour, and because of their size, the average garden needs only two or three to make an impact.

These are just some of the creative possibilities if you are looking for landscaping inspiration. It is only limited by your imagination, and the money you spend will increase the value of your property as well as have it looking sensational.

Environmentally Friendly Methods To Process Wastewater

If, like most of us, you live in a well-serviced area where your garbage is collected every week, your water comes out of a tap fresh and clean, and your personal wastes are flushed down the toilet, you probably don’t think about wastewater. We only think about these things if the drains get blocked and effluent bubbles up through the pipes and spills inside.

Rural Users Need to Understand Their Wastewater Systems

Thankfully, that is not a common occurrence, but for people living in rural areas that are not connected to public drainage and sewerage systems, understanding how their wastewater systems work is essential. They may one day be in a situation where they have to manage a drainage system failure themselves, or at least do a temporary fix until a drainage expert can get to their property.

Wastewater Processing Covered by Government Legislation

Waste water drainage systems are covered by government legislation, with all waste water in Queensland required to be monitored and reported to the EHP (Department of Environment and Heritage Protection). Other states have similar requirements, with protection of our waterways and the water table the prime concern.

When we are digging a drainage system for a client, we must comply with all legislation to make sure that the end result is eco-friendly. Our plant operators at Dee Gees Bobcatsare skilled and experienced, as there are several different ways to construct an eco-friendly drainage system.

Worm Farm Septic Tank System One Solution

One method of environmentally responsible waste disposal is to install a worm farm septic tank system. This is a natural, biological system that processes sewage, household wastewater and organic waste, and converts it into a liquid fertiliser that is distributed underground throughout the property.

Sand Filtration Method

Another method is the use of a sand filtration system to process sewerage, bio degradable waste and wastewater. The waste flows into a large in-ground concrete tank where an anaerobic bacterial decomposition occurs. This primary-treated effluent then flows through an in-ground sand filter specially designed to suit the volume of the material. From there it moves to an underground well, where it is discharged to the required locations.

Constructed Wetlands Become Living Filters

A third option is a wastewater treatment system using constructed wetlands or reed beds. These are living filters that transform wastewater through natural processes that strip sewage effluent of bacteria and nutrients. This is a safe and cost-effective solution for people who live in rural areas.

As these systems have some of their components underground, excavation is needed, and this is where our trained operators excel. Eco-friendly drainage systems are not only good for the environment, but also once constructed, they cost little to maintain, so everyone wins.

Don’t Start An Excavation Without Checking With Experts

There are quite a few reasons why property owners may decide to perform an excavation on their land. There may be a landscaping project on the go that involves installing a fish pond or a water feature. There may be plans to extend living space by excavating underneath a high-set house or the lucky family could be looking forward to swimming in their own backyard pool.


An Excavation is Not Just Digging a Hole


Whatever the reason or project, we should point out here that an excavation in this context is not a simple hole dug for a new clothes hoist or letter box. This is something large enough that it needs to be behind temporary safety fencing and deep enough that, if it collapsed while someone was working in it, there could be a burying hazard.


As an excavating contractor with a business that spans over 20 years, we are not afraid to call ourselves experts on the subject. Dee Gees Bobcats have a reputation for doing quality work, which includes trenching and drainage works, and swimming pool and under house excavations.


Building Codes, Council Regulations and the Rest!


With all this experience behind us, we also know all the things that can quickly go wrong if an excavation is being done by someone who does not know the building codes and council regulations for the location in which they are working. Usually, they also do not know what infrastructure they can damage by digging into the ground without checking where vital cables and drains are situated.


There is No One Size Fits All


Knowing the rules around excavation is not as simple as it seems. All three levels of government, local, state and federal, all have various building codes, regulations and by-laws that may differ from one state to another.


As well as the laws surrounding the excavation and building process, there are also codes of practice and regulations regarding the health and safety issues arising from any excavation. These are consistent across the country as the states agreed several years ago to harmonise their OH&S rules, so they are now mostly the same.


Local Council is the Place to Start


If you are a property owner thinking about doing a major excavation yourself, we recommend that you visit your local council first. They can give you all the information you need about your project, including the building permits you will need and the fees involved to get council approval.


Too Much Trouble? Call in the Experts


Better still, you could bypass all this and hand your project over to an excavation expert. Companies like ours have the knowledge, experience and competent personnel to complete your project quickly, safely and with all the required council inspections and documentation in place.


Don’t Let A Lack Of Skills Stop You – Learn Landscaping On The Job

Have you just bought an older home with an established garden needing a make-over? Do you have a new home in Australia that needs landscaping from scratch? Either way, you have the perfect opportunity to be creative and build something extraordinary. Doing it yourself is a challenge, but as the saying goes, “satisfaction is its own reward”.

Acquire a Few Basic Techniques Before Starting

Having a few basic techniques up your sleeve before you start is an excellent way to build confidence. The first one is obvious to us, but many people start a landscaping project without this, then find themselves in trouble. We are talking about a plan, which only needs to be a sketch with some basic measurements.

Have a Plan with a Timeframe

Typically, a landscaping plan will contain a fence, a pathway, garden beds, grassed areas, possibly a water feature, and even an outdoor deck overlooking the yard where the family can relax. The other essential thing the plan should contain is a timeframe. Putting a deadline on the project provides a goal to work towards. Without it, there will always be something else getting in the way of completion.

We should also point out here that, doing it yourself does not mean that you must do everything manually. Every landscaping and outdoor building project will have tasks like digging post holes, carving out a path, excavating for a pond or removing rocks, to name a few. We do this type of work all the time, so hiring equipment from us at Dee Gees Bobcats is a great way to accelerate the work.

Hire Machines and Operators to do the Hard Work

We also have trained and experienced people available to operate our machines. Hiring a skilled operator to dig a row of post holes for a fence, for example, allows you to get on with the actual construction. Small jobs like these are not as expensive as you would think and create opportunities for an afternoon working bee with a few mates, followed by a barbeque and drinks.

Learn New Techniques and Skills

Paved areas and paths are a part of contemporary landscaping, so knowing in advance how to prepare the surface and lay pavers to a reasonable standard is another technique that is useful for the do-it-yourself landscaper. The internet is the best source of information, often with videos showing how it’s done. Watch out also for community groups and hardware chains that run inexpensive courses.

One Project at a Time

Other tasks such as making garden beds, constructing decking and building retaining walls require other techniques and skills that can be acquired the same way. Also, friends, family and work colleagues are great resources. Tackle each project one at a time and you will gradually acquire all the skills you need to complete your amazing landscaping and outdoor building 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.

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.

Digging for Your New Home’s Drainage

People like to save as much as they can in anything, including in home construction. There are, however, some important portions of the house where construction budget is minimised. The drainage system is among those that deserve much attention.

Many things could go wrong if you sacrifice quality for budget. In digging for the drainage lines, it is very possible to hit an existing drainage line, causing much disturbance and added costs to you. To properly set up the drainage system in your home for construction, it is best to hire the help of a drainage specialist and a professional earthmoving company for a more efficient manner of excavating for the drain system.

Proper Planning is Key

As in all other construction projects, planning is highly important to eliminate or greatly minimise any mistakes during construction. Proper planning involves conducting a thorough survey of the property. Before starting the construction, the contractor must first know of any existing piping systems or underground cables within the area. Accidentally ripping those off could mean a stoppage in the construction, with all efforts moved to fixing what has been broken or damaged.

Surveying the type of soil is also important in the laying out of the drainage system. Soil porosity plays a big role in drainage. Rocky soil types would be good for foundation work, but not for general drainage, so it will affect how you will be building your drainage system.

Your property may be lying on a sloping area, which can be a good for drainage purposes. On flat areas, a grading plan will have to be executed to ensure proper drainage of water from inside the house and the garden.


When it comes to excavation for drainage, it is highly recommended that it be left to a professional earthmoving company to handle. A reliable professional service will be able to handle all types of earthmoving work that is required.

A professional earthmoving service is important, especially if you are dealing with a challenging soil type. Rocky areas will require heavy earthmoving equipment that will be able to break and carry heavy rock materials, if necessary. Soft ground may appear easy to dig, but this too could be challenging to some degree. The hired earthmoving service will able to use different attachments to excavators to deal with different types of soil.

Drainage work requires careful planning and skilled workmanship. There are troubles and unnecessary costs that can be avoided if the right professional service is acquired for drainage installation. Find out more efficient excavation service at


Under House Excavations Cost Effective Way to Create More Living Space

One of the enduring charms of traditional Queensland architecture is the “house on stilts”, as the high-set timber houses were originally called by visitors unfamiliar with the style. Designed specifically to suit our long, humid summers they are still a feature of the Queensland landscape, from the border to Cape York. They have a distinct advantage over ground level brick homes in summer. Queenslander owners enjoy cool breezes coaxed into the houses by their design while brick dwellers crank up their air-conditioners, at ever increasing costs.

What does the design of the traditional Queensland have to do with Dee Gees Bobcats? That’s an easy one. There are still many owners of high set houses who are not getting the full advantage of the space under their home.
Dee Gees Bobcats can fix that by doing an under house excavation.

How an Under House Excavation Creates More Living Space

By removing the old, uneven and impacted soil and leaving a smooth, even surface, Dee Gees prepares the surface for a concrete slab to be laid. The home owner then engages a builder to lay the slab which becomes the foundation for another living or games area, under the existing house. The builder closes in the space by making rooms to the owner’s requirements. They now have a home with twice the space.

Dee Gees Bobcats are experts in doing this type of excavation. No-one stays in business in such a demanding industry without building a reputation for workmanship and integrity. With 23 years in the business, David Gardiner can rightly say that he has earned this reputation, and he and his team are its jealous guardians. David has twelve combo units and attachments out and about all day, and he is happy to look at a project and give a free quote.

Under house excavations are just one of the services Dee Gees Bobcats can provide to clients. Servicing the Ipswich and Oxley areas, David and his experienced plant operators can also offer swimming pool excavations and demolitions, drainage, trenching and general hire. From a 1.5 tonne combo up to 6 tonne combos complete with attachments like augers, rock breakers, rock grabs, pallet forks and brooms, Dee Gees are equipped for any
earth moving job, big or small.

Structural and Workplace Safety must be a Priority

Anyone with an old Queenslander who is thinking about utilising the under house space should speak to David or one of his team before making any decisions. Dee Gees has the experience and know-how to avoid some of the pitfalls of performing this type of work on an occupied dwelling. A poorly planned and executed job can result in the structural integrity of the whole dwelling being compromised.

There are also workplace safety concerns that must be addressed before any work starts. This not only protects the workers but the occupants of the house. With potentially dangerous earthmoving equipment working under the house, procedures must be in place to keep the residents separate from the work space.

Every old Queenslander deserves to be kept in good shape. Turning the wasted space downstairs into something the whole family can use and enjoy will not only extend the life of the building, but add to its value. Dee Gees Bobcats are as comfortable with this type of work as an old pair of boots. Why don’t you put them on and see your Queenslander transformed.