Sometimes it can be challenging for a lay person to know what sort of machine is needed for what job. This is what we mean by different horses for different courses.
If you are sitting at home thinking that you might like to have that old tree stump removed, or you want to have some paths cut, or you might be putting in a driveway or digging holes to put up a fence you will be wondering – which contractor should I call?
Dee-Gees Bobcats Pty Ltd has put together some information to cut through the confusion and help you choose the right person for the job.
Excavators have a long bucket arm that is attached to the cab and swivels in all directions. The worker is able to operate it from the high position in the cab to shovel dirt and lift heavy machinery and other items. Coming in sizes ranging from 0.8 ton mini excavator all the way through to the huge 35 ton machines, they can run on tyres or treads and also have different attachments such as a grab, hammer, auger, and a ripper.
Looking similar to a tractor a backhoe is a great all round machine for smaller suburban jobs. With its adjustable shovel attachment on one side and a bucket on the other it is able to shift dirt, dig trenches and lay pipes.
Bulldozers are strong, heavy duty machines. They are best used in large open spaces, where the grading may be rough and / or rocky. They can shift huge amounts of dirt with the large front mounted blade.
Skid Steer Loaders
More commonly referred to in Australia as a Bobcat, the skid steer loader is a hardy little versatile machine suitable for all forms of construction, landscaping and agricultural work. Running on either tyres or rubber treads they possess a tight turning circle so are ideal in a smaller site. They also have the ability to change to different attachments such as augers and trenchers.
Motor graders are the ones you usually see working on roads. Their huge adjustable blade is used to smooth over any rough surface be it level or sloping, to level soil and gravel in preparation to laying of asphalt.
Ranging in size from a walk behind model all the way through to heavier equipment, a trencher does exactly what its name says. It is designed to trench and lay large pipes, using alternating digging functions according to the needs of the job.