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3 Mistakes to Avoid When Renting Earthmoving Equipment

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Mistakes to Avoid When Renting Earthmoving Equipment

Are you planning to rent earthmoving equipment for your DIY home improvement project? Read on and discover some of the mistakes that you should avoid making when renting the equipment that you may need, such as a skid steer loader. Not Understanding All Requirements One of the costly mistakes that some homeowners may make is to rent earthmoving equipment before understanding what their requirements are. Such a mistake may lead to incurring additional costs when you discover that the equipment that you rented is inadequate for the tasks that have to be performed. For instance, you may be compelled to rent a bigger excavator when you discover that the one that you had rented has a shorter reach than the worksite requires. Another related mistake is to forget code requirements for construction work. For instance, regulations may stipulate that a worksite should be fenced off before any construction work can begin. Overlooking such a requirement may result in paying extra fees for earthmoving equipment rental as that equipment sits idle on your property during the time when you are fencing off the construction site. Avoid this cause of budgetary overruns by clarifying all the requirements before you rent the earthmoving equipment needed for your project. Basing Rental Decisions on Price Alone Many pieces of earthmoving equipment may be able to perform the tasks at your site. However, each piece of equipment may have certain advantages over the others. For instance, a backhoe may be able to perform similar tasks to a skid steer. However, the skid steer may complete those tasks faster due to its easier manoeuvrability. Furthermore, a firm that is meticulous in the way it maintains its earthmoving equipment may charge a rental fee that could be slightly higher than another rental firm whose earthmoving equipment is not carefully maintained. It may therefore be erroneous for you to base your rental decision on price alone without considering all other applicable factors. This is because you may rent cheap equipment that takes very long to complete a task. Not Reading Rental Agreements Carefully Read the rental contract carefully so that you understand the extent of your responsibility as you use that equipment in your home. For instance, the contract may state that you will be charged for the time the equipment spends at your site until a representative of the rental company picks it. Such a stipulation may alert you to the need to give advance notice about when you will finish your work. Such advance notice may save you from paying for the hours or days that the equipment spends in your yard as you wait for it to be taken. Avoid the mistakes above and you will enjoy the full benefits of renting specialised earthmoving equipment for your home improvement...

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Replacing the Tracks of Your Mini Excavator

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Replacing the Tracks of Your Mini Excavator

In general, average homeowners will choose mini excavator hire if they are embarking on a construction or remodelling project on their home. This is convenient if you are looking to avoid maintaining the equipment. However, considering that rubber tracks are very soft, they wear down easily. The rapidness of this depends on whether you use the mini excavator on your lawn or if it is always driving on concrete. Therefore, whether you have leased it for a significant period of time, or have invested in the equipment, you may have to consider replacing its rubber tracks at one time or another. Though it may sound like a difficult task, you can easily change are replace the mini excavator tracks on you own. Here are a few tips to help you do that. Get assistance in lifting the mini excavator so as to reveal the undercarriage Despite their compact size, mini excavators are heavy. For this reason, you will need the assistance of someone else when you start changing the rubber tracks. Have someone help you lift the mini excavator so that you may place bricks or something sturdy underneath it so that it is lifted off the ground. This is to ensure that the tracks are not touching the floor. Take out the mini excavator’s grease fittings There is a wheel at each end of the track. The smoother of the two is the track idler and next to the track idler is something called a grease fitting. You will need to remove these grease fittings. This can be done by turning them anti clockwise with a wrench. Clean out all the grease adhering to the tracks You will then need to position the track idler at the centre of the track. You can use a pry bar to push it to the centre and as you do this all the grease that’s remaining will also be pushed out, Clean of all this grease as you take off the rubber tracks,. They should have loosened now making them easy to take off. Install the new track All you have to do now is replace it with the new track. You should then put back the grease fitting and apply grease to the newly fitted track. The track idler should then move back into place due to the grease making the rubber tracks get the required tension. Once you have reached the previous sag of the former tracks, stop applying...

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Answers to Your Questions about Installing a Soakwell on Your Property

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Answers to Your Questions about Installing a Soakwell on Your Property

A soakwell is a type of drain or pipe that allows rainwater to be collected and then to seep into the ground. This drain or pipe can protect your property from flooding and from having water collect near your home’s foundation, causing water pressure and resultant leaks. Before you undergo a soakwell installation on your property, you might first note a few commonly asked questions; discuss these with your contractor. But in the meantime, these answers can help to explain the use of a soakwell on your property. 1. Is a soakwell legally required? Your contractor can usually tell you if a soakwell is required in your area, and if so, the amount of water it needs to be able to displace. Some areas may strongly recommend soakwells but not require them, so if you’ve heard that you’re legally obliged to get a soakwell, be sure you check on this before making that assumption. Note too that even if it’s not a legal requirement, a soakwell can offer quite a bit of protection for your property (and your neighbors’) from water damage and flooding, so consider having it installed in either case. 2. Which is best, concrete or PVC? This will usually depend on your property and the size of soakwell you want to have installed. Remember that concrete can be shaped and poured in any style, whereas PVC pipe will only be available in a set variety of sizes. Concrete might also be painted or stained so that the top of the soakwell doesn’t look as unsightly as a PVC pipe sticking up from the ground. The PVC pipe may be cheaper, however. Discuss your options with your contractor before you decide and ensure you invest in quality so you’re happy with your soakwell for years, rather than letting price alone be the deciding factor. 3. How many soakwells are needed? One soakwell on your property may not be enough depending on the size of the soakwell, other drainage systems on your property, average rainfall, and even the type of soil on your property. Rain might overwhelm the soakwell if the soil is already very moist or you choose a very small soakwell. On the other hand, some properties may respond very well to just one soakwell if the soil is dry and easily absorbs rainwater runoff and if you have other means of drainage on your property. Your contractor can note all these factors when helping you determine how many soakwells are sufficient for your...

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Excavation Equipment Basics and Suitability for Different Purposes

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Excavation Equipment Basics and Suitability for Different Purposes

There several different excavation equipment available on the market. Each of these equipment best serves different purposes. Some equipment can be modified to serve a variety of purposes while others are purpose specific in design and function. When looking for excavation equipment hire services, a key factor to consider is usually the type of excavation you intend to carry out. The type of excavation mainly decides the suitable excavator to hire. This information can be useful especially if you decide to undertake excavation equipment hire yourself, instead of tasking a contractor to do so. The following are some of the more common “small mass” excavators and their suitability to different excavation needs.   Backhoe loaders Backhoe loaders are small excavators made up of a tractor body fitted with a bucket on the front part, and a hoe on the back. They are very versatile and are suitable for many urban construction excavation needs. They are very helpful when moving materials between excavation sites or simply moving the excavator within a site. They are mostly used to dig trenches and small excavations within a site. The bucket on the front can also be used to move material such as sand, gravel or even cement within the site.  The loader attachment also serves an important function of loading trucks. Excavators Excavators are large machines made up of a cab on a rotating platform attached to a boom, a dipper-stick and a bucket. Excavators can either be tracked or wheeled. The rotating platform enables excavators to move material from one position to another, without having to relocate the entire machine during this transfer.  Tracked excavators are popular in mining, forestry, and construction industries. Wheeled excavators, on the other hand, offer the much-needed mobility to excavations for road construction, road maintenance and even ditch cleaning. Several attachments are available for excavators, making their excavation abilities quite extensive. Trenchers  Trenchers are equipment used for digging trenches and similar excavations. They are useful for quick trench-like excavations such as those carried out when laying cable, pipes or constructing drainages. Trenchers range in size and, therefore, your chosen trencher should be determined by the size and depth of your intended trenches. They also come as either chained trenchers or wheeled trenchers. Chained trenchers have a boom that resembles a chainsaw. They are also useful when cutting ground that is too hard to excavate using the bucket-type excavators. Chained trenchers can make narrow and deep trenches depending on the set boom angle. Wheeled trenchers use a toothed metallic wheel to cut into the ground. The toothed wheel makes these trenchers able to cut harder ground than chained trenchers. The localized cutting action of these trenchers makes them ideal for gaining access to underground utilities carefully. They are also used to cut pavements during road maintenance. Wheeled trenchers are available in a variety of cutting-wheel sizes as...

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Asking the Right Questions About an Excavator Hire

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Asking the Right Questions About an Excavator Hire

Hiring an excavator can make quick work of digging trenches you may need for putting in new plumbing pipes or creating a drainage system on your property. They may also be used when you want to dig rows for a garden or farm and for many other purposes. Since most people don’t hire an excavator and such large equipment often, you may have some questions about how to use this machinery and what’s involved in their rental. Note a few of those questions here and be sure you ask them of any rental agency so you get the right equipment and use it properly. 1. Does a person need a special license to use an excavator? Typically, this depends on the size of the excavator, and the rental agency will check on your licensing if it’s required. Mini excavators, which are often used for private properties, usually don’t require any type of special licensing because of their size, but it can be good to ask before you arrange a rental. 2. Will the rental agency demonstrate how to use it? A rental agency may spend a few minutes with you to explain how the excavator works, but don’t expect them to spend too much time actually training you. It’s good to familiarize yourself with the parts of an excavator so you know what the rental agency is referring to when they show you how to work the bucket, the arm, the cab, and the like. This will make their demonstration easier and ensure you operate the excavator safely. 3. Be sure to ask what type of fuel is used Most excavators will work with diesel fuel alone, but you need to ask about this and ensure you know where to get the right fuel. Your local gasoline station may not sell diesel fuel, so if this is what’s needed, you’ll want to check for a supplier before you rent your excavator. 4. Ask if the excavator needs a special covering at night If you rent an excavator for more than one night, you may need to cover it with a special tarp of some sort. This can keep it protected but also keep it out of view. An excavator parked on your lawn can be considered a nuisance in some neighborhoods and attract vandals or kids who decide to play on it, and covering it with a tarp may be a legal requirement. Ask about this for any long-term rental so you ensure you handle the excavator properly overnight. For more information, contact a local excavator hire...

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Make Easy Work Of Bulky Installations At The Workplace By Hiring A Forklift

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Make Easy Work Of Bulky Installations At The Workplace By Hiring A Forklift

New installations are a common feature at the workplace. However, when these installations pertain to heavy and valuable items, extra caution is needed to ensure a smooth offloading, carriage, and delivery of the said items to where they are needed. When you are in such a situation, the right machinery to get is a forklift. A forklift can lift, carry, offload, and position huge items both indoors and outdoors with relative ease. Read on to learn more about forklift hire services. Installations where forklift hire is needed Any installation that involves an item that is too heavy or too big to be handled easily by two people requires a forklift. The same goes for elevated installations where people cannot reach with ease. Using hydraulic action, a forklift can easily handle goods of heavy weights and/or with odd dimensions. At the workplace, common installations that fit this description include the following: generators, plants, inverters, printers, motors, pumps, construction materials, pallet-wrapping machines, work tables, as well as processing and manufacturing machinery. Benefits of hiring a forklift for your installations There are several reasons why you should go to the trouble and expense of hiring a forklift as opposed to trying to install heavy equipment manually: Make work easier: with a forklift, no installation is too large to handle. Avoid worker injury and potential liability costs: Safe Work practices require that you safeguard your employees from dangerous chores where possible, such as heavy installations. Retain product warranty: some manufacturers demand products require machine installation to avoid voiding product warranty agreements. Avoid item damage: a forklift installation guarantees that the product in question is handled carefully without the risk of dropping, denting or tampering with the controls. Reduce installation time & work downtime: A forklift installation can take just minutes, ensuring that your business gets back to normal operations without any undue delays or disruptions. How to go about getting a forklift for your installations: If you plan to get a new item that requires special handling, plan to hire a forklift early. Find a forklift hire company near you. The nearer the better; in order to avoid logistics problems and costs. Explain to your hire company the nature of the items you’re dealing in–how much they weigh, their dimensions, how high they need to be unloaded and installed, and what type of terrain they need to be moved over. Your forklift hire company will then provide you with a forklift unit and driver to carry out the installation safely, quickly and...

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Types of Equipment You Can Make Use of For House Demolitions

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Types of Equipment You Can Make Use of For House Demolitions

If you are looking to embark on renovations, house demolitions are a necessary part of the process. However, these demolitions do not simply involve knocking down walls with a sledgehammer without a proper plan in place. You need to know what you are doing as house demolitions can create a lot of dust, shattered materials such as brick and timber as well as disintegrated drywall, which can be easily inhaled if not eliminated appropriately. If you are planning to embark on DIY demolition for a small project, you can opt to do so without state of the art equipment. Here are various types of equipment that you should have in your arsenal when engaging in do-it-yourself house demolitions. Make use of pry bars A pry bar will be of convenience in any type of house demolition whether at a small or a large scale. By appropriately placing your pry bar, you make it much easier for yourself to get rid of any type of wood that has been nailed down ranging from thin boards to wide plans. Pry bars also come in handy if you would like to reuse tiles in your home rather than letting them go to waste during the demolition process. When investing in pry bars for your demolition project, it is recommended to get two sizes: the smaller pry bar will come in handy when working on interior framings during the demolition process. The larger pry bar would be best suited for larger tasks that you may be faced with during the house demolition. Make use of hammers A common mistake that newbies at demolition make is assuming that you can use your regular old hammer for the entire process. The truth of the matter though is that you will require different types of hammers to carry out various demolition tasks. For instance, a claw hammer will work toward helping you pry items in the event that a pry bar is too large for the task at hand. A claw hammer will also enable you make small holes in drywall so as to ascertain whether there are any plumbing or electric lines to watch out for before the demolition process begins. However, you will also require a mini sledgehammer, which is what will be used for knocking down support beams and other sturdy forms of interior framing. Lastly, you will need a heavy sledgehammer that will carry out the more labour intensive work of braking down brick walls and dealing with other dense materials on the demolition site. If you need professional help with demolition, contact companies like Roach Demolition &...

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How to Extend the Service Life of your Hydraulic Cylinder

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Extend the Service Life of your Hydraulic Cylinder

For plants which have many hydraulic systems, hydraulic cylinder services and maintenance expenses take up a significant chunk of the plant maintenance budget. A good number of breakdowns in hydraulic cylinders are caused by improper selection of hydraulic cylinder designs. In such cases, while the cylinder will perform the required job satisfactorily, it won’t give you an acceptable service life compared with a cylinder that was designed for that specific application. The following are some design-related reasons behind frequent hydraulic cylinder breakdowns and how they can be addressed. 1. Bent rods Cylinder rods may bend over time because of incorrect mounting arrangement, inadequate rod diameter and/or poor material strength. When the rod is bent, too much weight is placed on the rod seal, which culminates in the seal failing prematurely. During hydraulic cylinder service, the rod should be checked for straightness by placing it on rollers and using a dial gauge to quantify the run-out. Place two rollers as wide apart as possible underneath the rod and then take the run-out measurement at the mid-point between the two rollers. It is acceptable to have a run-out of 0.5mm/metre in linear rods. If the rod bends beyond the acceptable threshold, use manufacturer’s recommendations to evaluate the real rod loading vis-à-vis permissible rod loading, considering the rod material strength and cylinder mounting arrangement. If the real load exceeds the allowable load, you’ll need to manufacture a new rod from a material with higher tensile strength or increase the rod diameter to prevent bending in future. 2. Ballooning tubes Cylinder tubes may balloon because of having inadequately thick walls and/or using materials with lower tensile strength than the cylinder’s operational pressure requires. When cylinder tubes balloon, there is loss of tolerance between the tube wall and piston seal which means that high-pressure/high-velocity fluids will erode and eventually break the seal. The fluid causes localized heating around the seal attributable to the drop in pressure across the tube, which in turn reduces the usable life of the seal. 3. Inadequate bearing area This happens where the inner bearing areas within the gland and on the piston are not enough to bear the torsional load weight transmitted to the cylinder. As a result, this places excessive weight on the cylinder rod and piston seals causing gradual deformation that culminates in premature seal failure. 4. Rod surface finish Surface finishing on the rod directly impacts the rod seal life: too smooth and the seal lifespan is reduced by insufficient lubrication; too rough and there will be an increase in contaminant ingression causing higher-than-acceptable leakage levels. To extend hydraulic cylinder service life, think of your cylinder rod surface like it’s a lubricated wear surface, and preserve it as such. In some cases, using surface finishes with superior mechanical properties will increase the usable life of both seal and rods. For instance, you can replace the traditional chrome plating with high-velocity oxygen fuel or black...

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Benefits of Cleaning Construction Equipment Regularly

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Benefits of Cleaning Construction Equipment Regularly

Heavy equipment, especially those used in construction projects, often get dirty, muddy, grimy and oily rather easily. If you perform site restoration projects using clean fill, you should also be mindful of cleaning out the huge amount of unwanted foreign elements that may be drawn to your construction equipment. Here are some likely advantages of ensuring that construction equipment used in handling clean fill are cleaned on a regular basis. Avoid equipment failure Construction equipment are supposed to stay running in peak condition at all times and the surest way to see to that is by keeping them clean. The presence of a little bit of dirt on the surface of your equipment after the completion of a job may not seem like a threat, but when left lying there for a while can gradually cause damage to the equipment. Dirt buildup on electrical plugs, for example, may lead to electrical short circuits and make construction work stop working. Using a hard brush to gently wipe off dirt from the plugs will help keep your construction equipment in good shape. Hence, you may experience increased uptime since equipment breakdown will be unlikely. Extend the lifetime of equipment After paying a lot of money to purchase a piece of construction equipment, it is reasonable to expect reliable service from it in the long term. Given enough time, oxygen, and moisture, the metallic surfaces of equipment will catch rust rather easily. Frequent cleaning will ensure foreign elements are flushed out from the surface of your construction equipment so that vital parts are not disintegrated quickly. Thus, you can extend the useful life of the equipment and reap maximum returns on your investment. Improve site safety When dirt and other unwanted elements buildup on your construction equipment, they will start to experience frequent failures. Contaminants, whether liquid, semi-solid or solid, can cause hydraulic, mechanical and electrical systems to fail altogether. In the process, the safety of your workmen and other people around the clean fill site will be compromised. Therefore, cleaning equipment is a small but effective way to limit cases where someone gets injured because of equipment-related malfunction. All in all, you risk losing money when your construction equipment aren’t working at full potential. In addition, you might have to pay a lot of cash in terms of compensation if someone gets injured due to faulty equipment. Cleaning out unwanted substances from the equipment can go a long way in making the task of handling clean fill safer and more efficient. For more information, contact a business such as Eastern Plant...

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Causes And Problems Of Operating With Bent Rods In Your Hydraulic Cylinder

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Causes And Problems Of Operating With Bent Rods In Your Hydraulic Cylinder

Hydraulic cylinder malfunction is something that everyone operating heavy machinery with a hydraulic system is familiar with. There are many reasons to why a hydraulic cylinder or its components could malfunction. One very common reason why you need hydraulic cylinder service is that the rods in the cylinders are bent. This is not always easy to spot, but it’s very important that the hydraulic rods are as straight as possible for you to get as much as possible out of your machines. This fairly simple issue could be caused by many reasons and could also cause a series of serious issues if left unattended. Faulty diameter Many times, bending rods are cause by manufacturing mistakes that are too small to show up when troubleshooting the production but that cause damage when the rods are placed in heavy machinery. The cylinder rods could bend if you are operating with rods that have a too large or too small diameter, as this could cause the rod to not fit properly in the seals or make it jump out of its place without prevalent reason other than operating under normal circumstances. Wrong material Another common reason that causes the rods to bend is that you’re operating with cylinder rods that are made from insufficient material. Hard chrome rods are usually durable enough to not bend, but could sometimes crack. Also, if the rods haven’t been changed in a while, then the chrome could soften and cause the rods to bend. Falsely mounted Another reason that could cause the rods to bend is that the rods are mounted wrong in the cylinder. This could be an existing condition in the cylinder from the start. Therefore, you should make sure to check the mounting of the rods even if they are brand new. Make sure the hydraulic cylinder isn’t making any excessive noises while operating and that the rods aren’t showing any signs of wear. Problems if it breaks Bending rods could cause premature failure of the seal if allowed to operate for a long time without being replaced. A breaking seal could cause leakage in the cylinder, which would waste hydraulic fluid and shorten the life length of the cylinder. In extreme cases, it could just snap, putting your machine to a full stop while you’re operating it, which could be very dangerous under the wrong circumstances. Prevention An easy way to prevent dangerous consequences of bent rods is to measure the straightness of the rods every time you are repairing or examining your cylinder. You do this by putting the rod on rollers while measuring the movement on the middle of the rod with a dial...

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