It is a common fact that we can find a broad variety of construction machines on every construction sites that ultimately makes the construction jobs relatively easier, quicker and safer.
If you are starting a real estate business, then here are the 5 must-have construction equipment you will need:
- Dump Truck
The dump truck is probably one of the most common construction equipment for a good reason. Dump trucks are used for transporting materials like gravel, sand or demolition waste for construction. Typical dump trucks are equipped with an open-box bed which can be hinged at the rear and are equipped with hydraulic rams in order to lift the front and allow the materials in the bed to be “dumped” or deposited on the ground behind the truck at the delivery site.
The most common configurations for a standard dump truck include a ten-wheeler and six-wheeler. Nowadays, there are varieties of dump trucks available with different configurations, individually designed to accomplish a particular task in the construction material supply chain.
- Skid-Steer Loader
A skid-steer loader is one of the most versatile machines and probably one of the most important pieces of equipment in the construction industry. This is because of the fact that it is able to assemble a serious number of attachments, making it a builder’s best friend on a job site.
The skid-steer loader is rather a simple equipment that is very easy to operate, can turn within their own footprints so it is ideal in confined spaces or areas where construction activity has been finalized. Also, a skid-steer loader has wheels and it can offer increased traction, making it ideal in mud or snow, reduces soil compaction and its tread system prevents any damage to finished areas.
It should be no surprise that the powerful, famous excavator has made it on this list. Being a “does it all” machine, an excavator is a large construction equipment which can be available on tracks or wheels. A standard, traditional excavator typically has a long bucket arm that is attached into a pivoting cab which can rotate a full 360 degrees.
Most compact and wheeled excavators have a dozer or backfill blade which is a horizontal bulldozer-like blade attached to the undercarriage and is typically used for leveling and pushing removed materials back into a hole. An operator needs to sit in the cab in order to be able to see the whole site. Most of the times, excavators are used to lifting heavy construction pieces such as pipes, prefab pieces, and other smaller equipment or dig in the ground.
The most common uses of excavators are:
- River dredging
- Pipe installation and heavy lifting
- Rough grading
- Brush cutting with hydraulic attachments
- Digging of foundations, holes, and trenches
- Material handling
Bulldozers are the most reliable and strongest heavy equipment used in the construction industry. This extremely powerful construction equipment is used to move dirt and soil along large open areas of land. It has a wide flat blade in front which can be operated using 2 hydraulic pistons that allow the blade to be moved in limited depths and angles. Normally, bulldozers are used to push a pile of earth and for a fine/rough grading depending on its size. However, its weight can also be used to crush larger boulders.
- Cement Mixer
Invented by Gebhardt Jaeger, an industrialist from Columbus, Ohio, cement mixer also known as transit mixer or concrete mixer, is must-have construction equipment for making concretes. Alternatively, concrete can be mixed by hand with the help of a wheelbarrow and a shovel, however, if you have a large project at hand, then a cement mixer at your disposal can greatly reduce the time and effort in creating concrete.
A cement mixer homogenously combines cement, aggregates such as gravel or sand and water in order to form concrete. Typical transit mixers use a revolving drum in order to mix the components. For a smaller volume work, portable concrete mixers are often used so that the concrete can be made at the job site and give the workers enough time to use the concrete before it hardens.
July 4, 2018