Excavator Attachments at a Glance (Part 1)

excavator attachmentsYou can't complete complex projects relying on a single excavator attachment. In previous posts, we have discussed the different types of excavators and how these machines work. This time, we want to talk about the various excavator attachments and their respective applications. Due to the numerous attachments available, this post will be divided into two parts.

Five Common Excavator Attachments

Breaker: The breaker and hoe pack utilizes a sharp or blunt drill to break apart massive concrete or stone blocks. Contractors rely on breaker attachments for interior and flatwork demolition, as well as for road repair work.

Bucket: Most laypeople are familiar with this attachment. This is the gigantic scoop with "teeth" at the end. Contractors use the bucket to remove debris, ranging from earth to the small blocks which result from using a breaker.

Augers: Augers utilize immense torque power to drill holes into rocky hard soil. It can also penetrate clay, frost, rock, and shale. Augers are ideal for creating steep holes for planting trees or installing posts and poles. Continue Reading â†'

Excavators 101: General Information for New Contractors

excavatorsWith a New Year comes new startups. Many new contractors are taking on their first major projects. Newcomers in the industry may not be completely familiar with some of the machinery they'll be using. Consider this an "Excavators 101" post for newbie contractors and sub-contractors.

Parts of an Excavator

Excavators are composed of these following components: House, bucket, stick, and boom.

  • House--this is the part that contains the engine, oil, and fuel.
  • Bucket--the attachment consisting of an enlarged scoop for digging and removing debris. The bucket may be switched out with the breaker and hoe pack for breaking apart rock and concrete.
  • Stick--the elongated component that lifts the bucket.
  • Boom--the "neck" that connects the stick to the main excavator body

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2018 New Year’s Resolutions for Contractors

resolutions for contractorsAs a contractor, your business's New Year's resolution is simple: increase revenue while lowering overhead. You can partly achieve the latter by learning about us and renting excavators at our agency. We'll outline a few other New Year's resolutions for contractors working out of Monroe.

Contractors Should Consider These New Year's Resolutions

1. Invest in Marketing

Have you heard of the phrase "to make money you have to spend money?" This is true in any line of business. For 2018, consider creating a company website if you don't already have one. This will create new leads much more than you can acquire from word-of-mouth alone. With a website, you'll also have to invest in SEO and high-quality content. Continue Reading â†'

Holiday Business Operations? An Important Question

Holiday Business OperationsAs an independent construction contractor, you dictate the hours of operation of your business. With Christmas fast approaching, this leads to the question: should you engage in holiday business operations?

Considerations When Operating Your Business Near Holidays

Some businesses operate within one or two days of major holidays. Others even decide to operate under limited hours on holidays in order to expedite the completion of important projects. By holidays, we're not just talking about major ones like Christmas and Thanksgiving. We're also talking about other pertinent events of the year, such as Memorial Day, Labor Day, President's Day, Martin Luther King Day, and so on. Continue Reading â†'

Four Free 3D Modeling Software Solutions for Contractors

3D modeling softwareBefore partaking in the actual demolition and excavation of a site, contractors need to create a blueprint of what they plan to build. Historically, this was accomplished using hand-drawn sketches. Currently, contractors have access to various construction software programs. We'll analyse the top four free 3D modeling software for contractors.

Best 3D Modeling Software for Construction Projects

1. 3D Crafter

3D Crafter utilizes an intuitive drag-and-drop system for creating various 3D models and sculptures. This is a good choice for developing anything from low-polygon models to more detailed 3D renderings. Developing 3D models such as this also enables users to determine the tools and type of excavators or breakers they will need for the project. Continue Reading â†'

How to Prevent an OSHA Audit

OSHA auditOsha audits can appear out of the blue. If your construction business isn't up to regulation, you can expect a hefty fine. How can you prevent a Department of Labor auditor from showing up and interrupting business operations? We'll explain why an OSHA audit occurs and how you can minimize the chances of an out-of-nowhere inspection.

Why OSHA Audits Occur

The Department of Labor consists of two subdivisions: OSHA and the Wages and Hour Division (WHD). OSHA oversees federal safety compliance laws. OSHA audits may be random or a response to an employee or client report of a potential safety violation. The average fine for a first-time offense is $12,000. Repeated violations can easily exceed that amount.

WHD, as you can probably guess, oversees worker salary to ensure employers are meeting salary and overtime pay requirements. Continue Reading â†'

Noise Control Methods for the Construction Industry

Noise Control in ConstructionConstruction sites aren't exactly an area for peace and quiet. While loud noise is inevitable, you can keep it to a reasonable volume. We'll introduce some noise control measures for construction zones. This keeps complaints to a minimum while also protecting workers from future hearing loss.

Why Noise Control in Construction Zones Matters

Continued exposure to noise levels above 90 dBA can cause hearing loss. If you have to shout to speak to someone at an arm's length distance, then noise levels are too high.

Use a decibel meter to determine the noise volume. Set up noise perimeter zones where the volume exceeds 90 dBA. You should also designate all hard-hat areas as noise perimeter zones. Only staff working at the moment should be within this zone, and they should be wearing hearing protection. Continue Reading â†'

Hydraulic Hammer Mistakes Can Cause Damage

hydraulic hammer mistakesThe hydraulic breaker and hoe packs on our excavator rentals can withstand substantial abuse. Nevertheless, frequent operating mistakes can wear out hydraulic hammers. This is why all licensed operators should adhere to the best operating practices to prolong the machinery's life.

Common Operating Mistakes that Damage Hydraulic Hammers

1. Not Using a Compatible Breaker

Serious damage can occur to the hammer or excavator if the hammer is too big for the excavator, and vice versa. Always match the size/weight of the hammer to the excavator's lift capabilities.

2. Not Using the Right Setup

The operator must also set up the breaker and carrier for the specific application. You may, for example, need to operate the breaker while it's partially or fully submerged in water. In this case, are you running an underwater kit on the system? Underwater operation requires both an underwater kit and an air compressor. Continue Reading â†'

Different Excavator Tail Swing Options

excavator tail swingUsing the right machine increases productivity, cuts down on hazards, and reduces downtime. This is precisely why you need to know which type of breaker and hoe pack is right for the job. You should also know which excavator tail swing configuration is best when renting an excavator.

Excavators Have Different Tail Swings

Excavators generally have three different tail swing configurations: zero tail swing, reduced tail swing, and conventional tail swing.

Zero and Reduced Tail Swing Advantage

Zero and reduced tail swing excavators are designed for operating in tight spaces. Zero tail swing means the excavator's housing doesn't extend beyond the vehicle's tracks when rotating. With reduced tail swing, the housing extends beyond by just a few inches. Continue Reading â†'

At an Excavation Site Safety Is Paramount

Excavation Site SafetyWe can't emphasize enough the importance of excavation site safety. Components, such as the crane, bucket, breaker and hoe pack can present a danger to staff and pedestrians if you fail to adhere to safety guidelines. We'll go over the procedures for ensuring a safe working environment.

Implementing Excavation Site Safety

Establish Pedestrian Exclusion Boundaries

Use fencing or bunting to provide a clear boundary between working and pedestrian zones. Also, a signaler should be present at all times to guide the operator through blind spots.

Be Aware of Undercutting

Undercutting occurs when the bucket digs into the ground beneath the excavator's tracks. This drastically elevates the risk of a cave-in. The excavator's tracks should always be perpendicular to the trench to prevent the floor from giving way. Continue Reading â†'