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From Safety to Savings: A Heavy Construction Equipment Blog

If your business works with construction, you deal with a lot of heavy equipment. If you want advice on how to save money on your equipment, you should check out my posts. I plan to write about everything from hiring versus buying, to troubleshooting to reduce repairs, to handling repairs yourself. I also plan to write about other aspects of heavy machinery use such as safety. I ultimately hope that my ideas guide you toward creating a leaner, more productive, more efficient, less expensive, and more profitable business. My ideas are geared toward everyone from newbies to experts in the field of construction.

From Safety to Savings: A Heavy Construction Equipment Blog

Why It's Such A Good Idea To Rent Construction Equipment

Starting a construction company is a smart business move. Construction work is something that is more difficult to outsource because you actually have to be present to perform it. This provides you with a greater sense of job security than you might be able to achieve by working in another industry. When you're planning out your business and trying to decide how you want to approach things, you'll need to figure out whether to rent or buy the equipment.

Keeping Your Construction Company On Track With An Enclosed Trailer

Working in the construction industry requires that you have access to many different tools. Transporting these tools from one job site to the next can be challenging if you don't have the right trailer. By investing in an enclosed trailer, you can easily house your tools while they are not in use and transport all your tools in a single load as you move from job site to job site.

Pre-Stressing, Post-Tensioning And Pre-Tensioning: Explaining These Construction Terms Simply

There are a few different processes by which a contractor can make concrete stronger. For those who are not in the business of pouring concrete, you may hear such terms as pre-stressing, post-tensioning and pre-tensioning. To better understand what is meant by these terms so that you can understand what your contractor is saying and why he/she is choosing these processes for your concrete project, the following definitions and explanations between the processes are provided.

Scaffolding Safety Tips for the DIY-er

If you are about to embark on a major home exterior project, and you want to use scaffolding to make the job a little easier, you should be aware of some very important safety tips. These safety measures will help prevent dangerous falls and potentially lethal injuries. Be sure you understand the full magnitude of your decision as a DIY-er using scaffolding before you begin. Stationary vs. Locking Casters First, there are two kinds of scaffolding bases.

5 Ways Investing In Forkslifts Will Make Your Manufacturing Company More Efficient

Some companies are well known for doing everything by hand. Whether it's giving their customers handwritten receipts or hand-tying sausages, a lot of companies help to foster trust in the public by doing things the old-fashioned way. Even if you are reluctant to use technology in the manufacturing of your product, you can utilize forklifts and construction equipment that will make operations more efficient - without significantly changing how the heart of your company beats.

Three Things You Can Do With Diamond Blades

Saw blades, specifically those used with table saws and circular saws, have a wide range of options. There is no one universal saw blade for every construction task, but if there was, it would be a diamond blade. Diamond blades literally have crushed diamond dust on the blade edges in order to give your saw a powerful cutting edge. If that alone does not pique your curiosity, maybe three other things that you can do with diamond blades will.

How To Purchase Your First Forklift

If your business is in need of a forklift, be prepared to do quite a bit of research. You cannot purchase a forklift without taking many things into consideration, including the following: Where Will You Use The Forklift? One thing you need to think about is where you intent to use the forklift. Is your warehouse inside, or will you be using it outdoors? Or, will you use it both inside and outside?

Amish Construction Equipment: When You Want To Build Stuff That Lasts

The Amish and the Mennonites are well-known for their custom woodworking and incredible craftsmanship. If you want construction equipment that adheres to the level of old-time building and buildings, skip the heavy trucks and heavy machinery. Use either Amish construction equipment or the Mennonite ways. Here is what you need, and how to use it. Manual Hand Drill Your grandfather may have used a drill like this. A round pommel on one end helps you steady the drill, while the D-shaped handle rests in your opposite hand and turns the drill in a complete circle.

Clearing Tons of Snow From Your Driveway Via Three Types of Snow Plows

Snow plows in the northern half of the U.S. are a common sight in winter. If you move from the South to the North, and you bought property with a really long driveway, you may be wondering what to do when the first snowfall hits. There are three types of snow plows that can help you quickly clear tons of snow from your driveway.  Heavy Construction Type This type of plow closely resembles a construction dump truck, but it is equipped with a front plow accessory and an angled side plow accessory.

Renting Heavy Equipment to Do Renovations and Repairs Around Your Home

Outside of your home there is a lot of maintenance that needs to be done. Renovations are often needed when your landscaping has been neglected. There are also repairs that may need to be done, such as replacing a septic line or installing drainage. Heavy-equipment rental is not just for contractors, and some of these tools can help you get costly maintenance done. Here are some of the things that you may want to contact a heavy-equipment rental service to help you with:

The Essentials of Crane Life: What to Look for When Buying or Renting an Older Crane

If you need to add a crane to your work site and are looking for an older—and thus cheaper—one that your crew will operate (as opposed to one with which the crane company provides an operator), you're going to have to be careful about what's included in the operator cab because older models might not have all of the amenities that newer models have. Chances are that the models you see won't be too old, but you still need to be sure you're not forgetting anything.

Construction Company Need New Transformer? Different Types That Can Be Used

Transformers are used to distribute power to your company. There are different types of transformers available that can be used for your construction company. Below is some more information about the different types and how they are mounted to help you understand them better. Oil or Dry When choosing a transformer, you have the option to choose between oil and dry. With an oil transformer, the electrical components are housed in an expansion tank with a radiator that is filled with oil.

Tips For Safely Repairing Your Backhoe's Hydraulic Cylinder

If your backhoe's hydraulic cylinder has failed and you have decided to replace it yourself, then it is important that you do so in a safe manner. Since hydraulic cylinders are under high-pressure, they can be very dangerous to repair if you do not have previous experience working with them. Thankfully, there are many things you can do to ensure your repair is safe, including each of the following time-tested tips:

Should You Purchase Or Rent Equipment For Your Long-Term Construction Project?

Spring often inspires homeowners to do some deep cleaning or decluttering to help bring in warmer weather with a clean slate. But if your spring projects instead include earth-moving landscaping or excavating the basement for your custom home, you may be considering cutting costs by performing this work yourself with the use of some construction equipment. For those with the skills and proper certifications to efficiently operate a skid steer, front-end loader, or other piece of machinery, doing so can save thousands of dollars in labor costs while giving you direct control over the outcome of your project.