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The World’s Top 5 Biggest Mining Dump Trucks 2020

Here at Eastern Plant Hire, we love big trucks, materials haulage is a massive part of our business so whenever we hear news of a new of different truck being released the office buzzes. Each year the big brands, Caterpillar, Komatsu, Terex and Liebherr bring out their shiny new truck, whether for underground mining, city streets or the ultra-class bulk haulage trucks. This constant competition ensures that each year the standard and quality of dump truck increases.

If you going back a few decades the only priority was making a high performing dump truck, whereas today there are a range of priorities, including performance that makes up the dump trucks of the 21st Century. Operator comfort, safety, efficiency, longevity and performance all combine together to make industry-leading dump trucks.

Working in the construction industry for over 20 years has exposed us to some of the biggest and best construction equipment and trucks Australia has to offer. However, these pale in comparison to the ultra class dump trucks most often found on mines in remote places around the world. Below we’ll go through the five biggest mining dump truck the world has to offer, and you may be surprised with who takes out the number one spot!

1. The BelAZ 75710 dump truck

Capable of hauling a whooping 450t of materials in one load the BelAZ 75710 takes out the top spot for the biggest mining dump truck. The dump truck is manufactured in Belarus and can be found on mine sites predominantly in Russia and Eastern Europe. The dump truck, which averages anywhere between $6-$7.5 million, has dual engines, designed to relieve the stress hauling at maximum 450t of materials.

With a two-axle setup and four wheels to an axle, the eight massive tires needed stand around four metres tall. At 20.6 metres long the dump truck is not only able to haul the most amount of materials in the world but is also the biggest dump truck in the world. Lastly, to make your eyes water it’s said to drink 1,300L of fuel per 100km.

While the company, BelAZ, heralds from the days of the Soviet Union, Belarus’s reputation for high-quality manufacturing can be seen in this beast of the mining world. Since it’s launch in 2013 the BelAZ 75710 has earned a reputation as reliable and efficient.

2. The Caterpillar 797F dump truck

With a payload capacity of 360t, the Caterpillar 797F dump truck comes in second place for the biggest mining dump truck. In saying that, you are much more likely to run into a Caterpillar 797F dump truck than you are a BelAZ 75710 at a mine in Australia. Featuring a 20-cylinder diesel engine and rear-axle mounted transmission the dump truck is capable of reaching maximum speeds of 68km/h.

The Caterpillar 797F is the third generation Caterpillar 797 which has been in production since 1998. With a mechanical drive powertrain instead of a diesel-electric powertrain, popular of ultra class dump trucks, the Caterpillar 797F has ensured their haul trucks are a cut above the competition.

3. The Liebherr T 284 dump truck

Unveiled in 2012 the Liebherr T 284 is both innovative and reliable. While being about to haul the same payload as the Caterpillar 757F, 360t, the Liebherr T 284 is almost 30t lighter, meaning the dump trucks functions are put under less strain when at full capacity. The Liebherr dump trucks have been renowned for their longevity, with many mine sites globally still using models that have long been retired.

4. The Terex / Bucyrus MT6300AC dump truck

Sharing the title of second largest dump truck in the world with the Caterpillar 797F and the Liebherr T 284 the Terex MT6300AC dump truck is capable of hauling a maximum 360t of materials. It was originally designed and manufactured by Terex but after it’s mining equipment division was acquired by Bucyrus International Inc. the dump truck was rebranded to the Bucyrus MT6300AC.

Sporting a 3,750 horsepower 20V4000 four-stroke diesel engine the Bucyrus MT6300AC has two tiple reduction geared electric motors located at each side of the rear axle. Lightly slower than the Caterpillar 595F and the Liebherr T 284 the Bucyrus MT 6300AC’s max speed tops out at 64km/h. However, it’s most notable feature is it’s bed heating option, making unloading certain materials in cold climates both easier and faster.

5. The Komatsu 960E-1 dump truck

Announced in 2008 the Komatsu 960E-1 is capable of hauling 325t of materials. Although the Komatsu has a slightly smaller payload than the larger 360t payload dump trucks they are known for being easy to drive and comfortable for operators. Two things that are important when working long shifts in hazardous conditions.

The 2-stage turbo-charged engine consumes on average 160L an hour when running, which also happens to be more efficient than its heavier dump truck counterparts. While not the biggest in its field the Komatsu 960E-1 is both reliable and efficient, perfect for mine sites looking to reduce costs.

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At EPH we have a fleet of road trucks capable of hauling materials for construction and infrastructure projects across Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. While we don’t have any ultra-class off-road dump trucks we do have plenty of tippers, semi tippers and truck and dogs for hire. Give us a call on 1300 037 437 today.

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How do Cities Benefit from Street Sweeper Hire?

How do Cities Benefit from Street Sweeper Hire?

When you go to a new city for leisure or to experience a new culture, instead of sight-seeing different areas or landmarks, you may find yourself looking at the unclean streets instead. These roads could be filthy from general rubbish, leaves, dirt and anything else.

Now you may be wondering how a city can let their own public streets become so dirty and filthy, well the simple answer is that many people don’t exactly understand how beneficial keeping city streets clean is. Not only does consistent street sweeping alleviate the build-up of rubbish and other materials throughout streets, but it also makes the city a much nicer place to visit while also helping improve the over environment and reduces safety hazard risks.

The General Purpose of Street Sweeping

Well now you know some of the reasons behind street sweeping, what exactly is street sweeping? Well, street sweeping is the process of keeping city streets and roads clean utilising a heavy duty machine. This keeps the overall area clean, while also promoting public safety and health. It also ensures that public residents and visitors feel safe while also reducing the chance of a vehicle crash occurring due to debris in the street. You may think street sweeping is a meaningless task, however, keeping your streets clean is one of the easiest tasks to ensure long-term pavement care and overall risk management.

What are the Benefits of Street Sweeping?

There are a range of benefits to implementing a street sweeper for hire not only cleaning purposes but to maintain city streets well into the future. Street sweeping positively affects a few main areas which include:

  • Storm Drains
  • Community Health
  • Public Safety
  • Local Economy and Property Value

Storm Drains

Clearing storm drains is essential to reduce the number of blockages the occur and build-up of debris. In the event of a storm, if there is a large quantity of rain that falls and the stormwater drains are clogged, where would the water go? This is why many cities have implored the help of street sweepers. Street sweepers easily remove roadside debris such as rubbish from the gutters that would normally clog the drains.

Community Health

Street sweepers are also beneficial in increasing overall community health. If there are build-ups of garbage and other debris, it could lead to rodents, bugs and other unsanitary creatures swarming these piles. This could lead to a safety risk and especially for animals as they may ingest something harmful. Clearing all of this rubbish with a street sweeper will elevate these health risks.

Public Safety

When you have varying amounts of rubbish throughout city pathways and streets, this can become very hazardous. Depending on the amount of debris, this could be dangerous for drivers, bike riders and pedestrians. In turn, this may lead to serious accidents occurring.

Local Economy and Property Value

The amount of debris and rubbish in your local area could spell disaster for how much your property is worth and result in the overall local economy decreasing in value. If roads and streets are not swept regularly, people looking to buy or lease buildings through the city may turn away. While cleaning streets may not boost the economy straight away, in the long-term it will positively impact the environment.

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Whether you are looking to clean your local city streets of excess dirt, rubbish, chemicals motor oil or anything else, our street sweepers for hire here at Eastern Plant Hire are of the highest standard. Each street sweeper is maintained to industry standards, giving you quality cleaning every time. No matter what street sweeper model you require, the team at Eastern Plant Hire are ready to help assist in supplying a street sweeper for your next project.

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Tipper Truck Hire Safety Guidelines

Tipper Truck Hire Safety Guidelines

With the increased number of tipper trucks on our roads and highways, understanding the safety guidelines surrounding tipper trucks is essential. From just looking at them, tipper trucks are large machines that can be quite intimidating. When their large tilt tray starts to unload various materials, this can be extremely dangerous to surrounding workers in the vicinity. However, these same machines are utilised in multiple industries, from civil earthworks to earthmoving, equipment transport and anything in between and accidents can occur. But these accidents can be avoided if those operating or working near tipper trucks follow simple guidelines and of course use common sense.

Below are some tipper truck safety guidelines that should be followed to ensure the safety of all workers involved:

  • Maintenance and Servicing
  • Process of Filling the Tipper
  • Transportation of Tipper Load
  • Entrance to the Drop-Off Zone
  • Unloading the Tipper Truck

Maintenance and Servicing

Before any tipper truck starts to undertake a projects material transportation requirement, the owner or hiring company needs to ensure that all required servicing and maintenance has been conducted before sending the machine off. Requesting to review the service logs of the tipper truck is crucial to decreasing the likelihood of breakdowns occurring on-site.

In conjunction with the tipper trucks maintenance and servicing, making sure that all operators are not only experienced, but they have the required tickets and qualifications to operate these large powered machines is essential.

Process of Filling the Tipper

Before you can start to load any tipper truck with various materials, operators must know the exact loading capacity of the tipper truck they are operating. This is because if they exceed the maximum loading capacity, this could cause damage to the mechanical parts. Making sure that all material within the tipper is level as possible will ensure efficient tipping.

Transportation of Tipper Load

Caution and safety need to take precedence when transporting materials in a tipper truck. This is to make sure that the entire load makes it to the worksite and the tipper truck is still in great condition. Avoiding maximum speed limits, hairpin turns, and inclined roads are vital as this can cause unwarranted strain on the tipper truck.

In order to avoid these obstacles, necessary route planning will need to take place. Spending time on planning a safe route can be the difference between your hired tipper truck making it to your worksite or having an accident on the way.

Entrance to the Drop-Off Zone

When you find the entrance to the worksite, you may think that everything is smooth sailing from here. Well, you would be wrong. When you are making your entrance, you and your assistant need to be on a constant lookout for travelling civilians and other site vehicles. This is even more important in not so favourable weather and environmental conditions as your visibility may be affected.

Unloading the Tipper Truck

The final and sometimes the most difficult part of the entire tipper truck process is unloading the material being transported. This process is of high difficulty as there will be quite a few tonnes of materials being unloaded, causing a major change in the tipper trucks overall weight and stability. A few things you can to do increase the stability when unloading is unload on flat and stable ground, tip the material/s out slowly, communicate effectively with your assistant and implement the use of stabilisers if necessary.

Looking for Hire a Tipper Truck Throughout Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne?

For the highest quality tipper trucks for hire across Australia, the team at Eastern Plant Hire are ready to assist in providing you with a tipper truck that won’t let you down. Our team has a passion to deliver quality machinery for your project, leaving you to do what you do best. Each tipper truck in our fleet is serviced and maintained to industry standards, assuring you our equipment won’t breakdown. Get a free tipper hire quote from one of our team members today by giving us a call!

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Safety Tips for Street Sweeper Hire

Safety Tips for Street Sweeper Hire

Increasing the safety of your civil project remains an essential practice that all contractors and employees strive to achieve. Even though there are standard safety procedures that need to be followed before any project starts, all parties involved in the project should always look to improve overall safety.

With the increased number of street sweepers being used on various worksites, additional safety features and new designs are being formulated to guarantee the safety of the team and the public.

Here are a few tips that can increase the safety of your project when utilising the assistance of a street sweeper:

  1. Experienced Street Sweeper Operator
  2. Using the Correct Street Sweeper for Your Project
  3. Inspections and Maintenance is a MUST
  4. Implementing Additional Features

1. Experienced Street Sweeper Operator

Even though street sweepers aren’t known to be dangerous as they move between 20-40 km/h, they are large machines that can cause serious damage if an inexperienced operator is at the wheel. This is why you need to ensure that before a street sweeper starts sweeping away, the person operating it has the required tickets and licenses. This license will give an operator the required knowledge about the various functions and mechanisms.

If your street sweeper is left-hand drive, the operator utilising the machine will also need training on how to operate a left-hand side street sweeper. There are training courses that can provide an operator with the knowledge to operate a left-hand sweeper safely.

2. Using the Correct Street Sweeper for Your Project

To further increase the safety of all personnel on a worksite when a sweeper is being used, selecting the correct street sweeper to complete your project is ideal. Let’s compare street sweepers to excavators for a second. When you need to complete a backyard excavations project, you would hire a 2 tonne excavator, not a 20 tonne excavation. The same concept applies for street sweepers, if your project is on a small-scale, enlisting the help of a small to medium sized sweeper is perfect. If your project is much larger and requires more power, hire a larger sweeper.

Street sweeper brands can also signify whether they are highly regarded in the safety department. Today, most of the top sweeper brands are known for their site safety but make sure you do your research before hiring.

3. Inspections and Maintenance is a MUST

Hiring a street sweeper from a reputable company like Eastern Plant Hire can guarantee you ultimate street sweeper safety. There are multiple components such as the engine and brushes that allow street sweepers to operate and function at an optimal standard.

Before hiring a machine, you need to make sure that the required servicing and inspections have taken place. Asking the supplier before hiring a street sweeper is your best bet but asking for service records can also show you when a street sweeper has last been serviced.

4. Implementing Additional Safety Features

With constant safety technological features being developed and created, there are a few safety features that should be implemented on street sweeper models.

The first safety measure is the implementation of a better rear and side mirrors as well as cameras. These will allow an operator to see out of the sweeper better, knowing where certain structures and civilians are located.

The second is an active warning system, such as a blind spot monitoring radar. This will notify an operator when a civilian or structure is detected in the operator’s blind spot. An alert will go off notifying the operator using a vision system. This will give the operator time to decide the best course of action.

The third and final safety feature is the implementation of brighter lights and reversing alarms. Brighter lights will allow operators working at night to better see objects in front of them, while a reversing alarm will signify to the travelling public not to stand at the back of the sweeper.

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Here at Eastern Plant Hire, we supply outstanding street sweepers for hire throughout Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne that comply with all safety standards. Whether you need a street sweeper for a large road cleaning project or carpark cleaning, we have street sweepers to suit all your requirements. Get a free street sweeper hire quote from one of our team members today by giving us a call!

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Safety Tips for Dump Truck Hire

Safety Tips for Dump Truck Hire

Whether you are working with a dump truck for mining material moving or on a large-scale construction worksite, understanding how to properly utilise a dump truck is ideal to complete a successful project. Some of these safety tips could involve reading the operational manual before getting into a dump truck or wearing protective gear to ensure your ultimate safety. Now, there are multiple ways to ensure that all measures are taken to provide you and your workers the ultimate safety possible.

Some of these safety measures for dump trucks include:

  • Regular Inspections
  • On-site Dump Truck Safety
  • Material Loading
  • Offloading Requirements
  • Overhead Structures

Regular Inspections

The first safety tip when it comes to making sure that your dump truck hire is ready for operators to use is to conduct regular machine inspections. Due to the amount of weight these machines can carry, they are just as vulnerable to mechanical parts breaking as any vehicle on the road. These inspections should include a general look over of the machine to make sure there isn’t any damage or underlying issues.

Other parts that should be inspected should be mechanical parts such as the suspension and lift cylinders as well as the tyre pressure. Also, make sure all parts that need to be lubricated have been as this will increase the machine’s longevity. Making sure all parts on a dump truck are safe and secure will go a long way to providing your operators with the safety they need.

On-Site Dump Truck Safety

Once you have conducted your regular dump truck inspections, check to see if you have the required safety features installed. These features range from lights and alarms for reversing all the way to your operator wearing the correct protective gear.

In the event of a medical emergency, you want to sure make sure the dump truck has the right medical equipment to assist. This could include first-aid kits as well as a fire extinguisher. Having the essential safety equipment on or in your dump truck will allow operators to take necessary safety precautions in the event of an accident.

Material Loading

You may think just loading your materials into the dump trucks bed without any consideration for where it is being placed is okay. Well, unfortunately, it isn’t. Making sure that you evenly distribute your load throughout the bed of the truck is essential. This can cause significant loss of the centre of gravity and disturb the trucks overall stability.

Offloading Requirements

When offloading materials from a dump truck, following the correct safety protocols will ensure safety for everyone involved. Ensuring that you are on stable ground that is ideally flat is the best way to promote safe offloading procedures.

As the bed of the dump truck begins to rise and unloads tonnes of materials, the machine automatically starts to become less stable. This is why flat ground is essential in offloading. The size and overall length of the dump truck bed will determine how stable to ground needs to be. A general rule is to look for the most stable ground but if your truck bed is long, you will need to be on highly stable ground. The longer the bed, the higher chance the dump truck has of tipping over.

Overhead Structures

Looking out for overhead structures relates to when you’re travelling as well as unloading materials out of the dump truck. Making sure you understand your surroundings can either increase or decrease your safety. When travelling, make sure you plan your route to avoid overhead bridges and overhead powerlines as these can cause damage to both the dump truck and surrounding structures. When offloading materials, make sure the bed of the truck can reach its maximum length without touching the materials. These steps will go a long way to ensure low maintenance costs and ultimate safety.

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Dump trucks are very big machines that can cause a wide range of issues if correct safety procedures are not followed. If mechanical parts aren’t replaced regularly, the safety of the operator and surrounding workers may be in the balance.

If you’re looking for quality dump truck hire that is serviced regularly and the operators understand how to properly utilise the machine, get in touch with the team from Eastern Plant Hire. We provide dump trucks for hire throughout Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and throughout Australia. Get a free quote by giving us a call or filling out our online form.

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Key Differences between On and Off-Road Water Carts

Key Differences Between On and Off-Road Water Carts

Whether you are looking to conduct a road construction project or you’re working on a construction site that is conducting demolition or earthworks, implementing a water cart into your equipment hire list is essential. Water carts can be utilised for multiple uses, from providing large qualities of drinking water where water isn’t accessible to suppressing dust on earthworks projects, water carts can do it all. Water carts can also conduct field irrigation, unsealed road suppression, soil compression assistance, fire prevention and protection and much more.

What are the Different Types of Water Carts?

Here in Australia, water carts and water trucks are available in multiple shapes and sizes, giving you the ability to hire a water cart that best suits your needs. Within the construction industry, there are 4 main water cart types which include:

  • Off-Road Water Carts: Can virtually go anywhere and tackle all terrain types
  • On-Road Water Carts: Come in a range of sizes and can only access roads
  • Semi Water Tankers: Water tanks pulled on a trailer by a road truck or 4WD vehicle
  • Skid-in Water Carts: Water tanks that slide onto the tray of a flatbed truck or inside the tray of a tipper truck.

Throughout Australia, you will find that many people that need to transport water or need water for their construction site will utilise a combination of these water transportation methods. This allows you to mix and match to suit your project needs.

Now that you understand the different types of water carts available, we can discuss the difference between on-road and off-road water carts.

What are On-Road Water Carts?

On-road water trucks are commonly utilised when your project site is accessible by a paved road as the cart does not have the required modifications to tackle tough terrain. This makes them the obvious choice for medium to large size civil and construction projects that are easy to access.

On-road water trucks are constructed using two pieces of equipment. The first being a water tank and the second being a road truck. The combination allows users to drive the water cart on the road, without it being illegal. Utilising road tires allows them to smoothly travel on asphalt roads without issues.

The tanks for water trucks are seen to be squarer shaped, allowing for a more uniform fit onto the back or into the tray of a road truck. On-road water carts can also haul a wide range of capacities in the tanker, ranging from 1,000L to 20,000L. This gives your construction project more than enough water to conduct necessary tasks.

What are Off-Road Water Carts?

Off-road water carts, on the other hand, are mostly used on mining and construction sites that don’t have paved roads. These water carts can handle the tougher terrain as they have off-road tires, giving them the ability to manoeuvre in unfavourable conditions.

Off-road water carts are available in two different formats, the first being a skid-in water cart and the second being a water cart attached to an off-road trailer. One of the main benefits to utilising an off-road water cart instead of an on-road water cart is the off road’s ability to reach locations many more project locations. Whether your project site has been rained on the night before and the ground has turned into mud or rough, rocky terrain, off-road water carts can tackle it all. Another benefit is the water carts loading capacity. Off-road water carts can load a water capacity of up to 50,000L, allowing you to conduct tasks without the worry of needing to refill the tank.

There are also a few features that off-road water carts have over on-road water trucks. The first being all terrain tires. These tires have deep treads that are designed to cope with all terrains and environments. The second being suspension flexibility. When dealing with various terrains, adjusting the suspension to suit is ideal to ensure optimal ride performance.

One major downside to off-road water carts compared to on-road water carts is that they are not roadworthy. This means that you will need to utilise the assistance of a flatbed truck to transport the truck to and from your worksite.

Which Water Cart Should You Choose?

Choosing which water truck you should hire all depends on 4 major factors. The first being the overall size of the project. This factor directly correlates to the amount of water you require. If your project is large, chances are you probably need a large amount of water and vice versa. Another factor is the location of your project, which also correlates to how you can access your project site. If your project is road accessible and is residential, you would look to hire an on-road water cart compared to an off-road water cart.

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How is Compactor Hire used in Construction?

How is Compactor Hire used in Construction?

Compactors are an essential machine in the construction industry and are utilised to compact various organic and inorganic materials such as soil, asphalt, sand and much more. Compaction is a crucial part of any construction project and if compaction isn’t completed, this can have serious long term effects. These negative effects include erosion of the foundation, pipe breaks and leakage as well as slab cracks.

Now within the construction industry, different types of compactors that can be utilised for varying soil depths and different types of soil compaction. A saying within the industry is that a building is only as good as its foundation and this is true. Without the proper equipment and necessary skills, constant foundation maintenance and inspections will need to occur, and these tasks are not cheap!

Whether you are looking to compact lightly or heavily, there are varying compactor models and machines that can assist in stabilising and strengthening foundations for your next project. Below are the different machines that can assist you in both light soil compaction and heavy soil compaction. These include:

  • Light Soil Compaction
    • Rammers
    • Vibrating Plate Compactors
    • Vibro Tampers
  • Heavy Soil Compaction
    • Smooth Wheeled Rollers
    • Vibrating Smooth Wheeled Rollers
    • Sheepfoot Rollers
    • Pneumatic Tyred Rollers
    • Grid Rollers
    • Padfoot Rollers

Light Soil Compaction

Light soil compaction is defined as soil compaction that is confined within a small area and does not require a high amount of compaction force. These machines are usually hand-operated as they don’t take up a lot of space.

Rammers

Rammers are hand-operated machines that can compact cohesive soils as well as other soils in a small or tight access area to create trenches. Rammers are like jackhammers, but instead of a pointed end, they have a flat metal plate. Rammers can usually compact soil in either a 15cm x 15cm square or 20cm x 20cm square. This is due to the base size of the rammer. The operation weight can vary from 30kg to 10 tonnes and is able to free fall from a height of 1 – 2 metres.

Vibrating Plate Compactors

Vibrating plate compactors are generally utilised to compact the underground particles closer together, increasing the soil density. These machines like rammers can complete projects in narrow, tight access areas due to their size and compaction radius.

Vibro Tampers

Just like rammers and vibrating plate compactors, vibro tampers are utilised to compact different types of soils for varying project types. They are usually utilised in small working areas where space is sparse. Vibro tampers can vary from size, generally weighing between 50 to 100kg.

Heavy Soil Compaction

Heavy soil compaction machines conduct the same compacting as light soil compaction machines, except for one major difference. They work on much larger project scopes and have the ability to compact more varying soil types. Each machine is selected based on the type of soil that needs compaction as well as the moisture content.

Smooth Wheeled Rollers

Smooth wheeled rollers are the most commonly utilised compaction machine in the construction industry. Their compaction use is endless, from primarily compacting asphalt for road construction to compacting graded sand, rock and gravel, smooth wheel rollers are highly effective. Depending on how much compaction is required or the material in question, increasing or decreasing the weight on the front and rear drums may be required. This can be done by adding or removing wet sand or water. Overall, smooth wheeled rollers are the most diverse roller for all scenarios.

Vibrating Smooth Wheeled Rollers

Vibrating smooth wheeled rollers operate in the same way as smooth wheeled rollers, except they rely on a vibrating force to deliver a more powerful effect instead of a static force. The drum on a vibrating smooth wheeled roller is a rotating mass that allows the drum to vibrate. Due to the vibrating drum, an operator can compact soil at a higher level, while increasing productivity. Deeper compaction can also occur utilising a vibrating smooth wheeled roller.

Sheepfoot Rollers

Sheepfoot rollers are highly effective when compacting fine-grained soils or compacting sub-grade layers in road and rail projects. How Sheepfoot rollers work is similar to smooth wheeled rollers, but they have projecting lugs on the steel drum. These projecting lugs come in both static and vibrating variations and compaction is achieved through the gradual walk out of the roller lugs. This increases how successful the compaction coverage is.

Pneumatic Tyred Rollers

Pneumatic tyred rollers are rollers that are generally utilised to compact asphalt and pavement subgrade works for earthworks. They can also compact coarse grained soils for varying projects. Pneumatic tyred rollers implement the use of multiple rubber wheels to compact materials. These wheels are found on both axles, allowing for staggered compaction of soil layers with unvarying pressure. Depending on the tyre’s inflation levels will determine how much the ground will be compacted.

Grid Rollers

Grid rollers are cylindrical heavy steel rollers that consist of multiple steel bars that are interconnecting. These steel bars are in a grid formation with squire holes. Grid rollers are commonly used to compact well graded coarse materials as well as weathered rocks and grained soils. Depending on the material needing to be compacted, you can increase or decrease the weight of the roller by adding concrete blocks.

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Why Soil Removal is Crucial for Site Remediation

Why Soil Removal is Crucial for Site Remediation

Site remediation is an important process when you are trying to improve the overall health of a once polluted worksite. Barangaroo Reserve, pictured above, is a remediated site. This is a procedure of removing contaminated materials such as soils, sediment, surface water or groundwater.

Soil contamination stems primarily from the constant degree of industrialisation that occurs in our society. As a result, chemicals such as petroleum, hydrocarbons, polynuclear and more seep into the soil and cause serious health risks for all involved.

This pollution can also occur from different human activities such as not storing hazardous chemicals safely, chemicals being applied to above-ground soil or buried pipes, sewage pipes or landfills below the surface leaking. Atmospheric pollutants such as biological agents, smoke, gas and vapours can also cause serious damage to soil.

Due to these various hazardous chemicals being airborne as well as above and below the soil, they can seriously affect the site they first contaminate. However, if there are nearby waterways this pollution can carry throughout the region.

As a result, it is crucial that all contaminated soil is removed so the site can be remediated and utilised well into the future.

Below are reasons as to why removing soil is crucial for site remediation:

  • Construction Project Affects
  • Harmful Effects on Human and Animal Life
  • Ecosystem Effects

Construction Project Affects

Soil that is contaminated underneath a construction project can have immediate or long term affects that can affect not only native vegetation but human life. The structural integrity of a building is one major effect of contaminated soil. If you start to build on unstable ground, this can result in external or internal wall cracking, movement of integral beams or the structure not being able to handle the weight of the building.

Harmful Effects to Human and Animal Life

Contaminated soil can adversely affect not only the structural integrity of buildings but can affect human and animal life. There are various ways that both people and animals can be exposed to the harmful effects of polluted soil, including ingesting the soil, eating food grown in contaminated soil, breathing dust and other chemicals and pollutants being absorbed in the skin.

Now, the effects can depend from person to person, animal to animal, as well as the chemical that is absorbed or ingested. But there could be significant health implications in the following years if the chemical is highly toxic.

Ecosystem Effects

When it comes to contaminated soil, of course there are going to be a significant consequence for ecosystems. Various hazardous chemicals that seep into the soil, no matter the concentration, can alter the soil’s chemistry and cause damage to existing fauna and flora. As a result, this could cause change the metabolism of microorganisms that in turn cause consequences to the primary food chain.

Are there Processes to Remediate a Project Site?

No matter what project site you are on if you need to conduct site remediation some processes that can be implemented to increase the longevity of the soil.

These treatment methods include:

  • Bioremediation
  • Chemical Oxidation
  • Soil Stabilisation
  • Soil Washing

Bioremediation

Bioremediation is a biological process that removes contaminants out of both soil and water by using micro-organisms that consume the contaminants as their food source. Due to this, this method of site remediation is highly common and can start to mitigation process of many contaminants such as various metals, non-chlorinated pesticides and herbicides. However, bioremediation can take one month to a few months to carry out but is a more economic method.

Chemical Oxidation

Chemical oxidation is a process that involves introducing chemical oxidants into the contaminated soil and even groundwater to speed up the process of removing unwanted contaminants. Chemical oxidation is widely utilised to remove many organic contaminants for a range of situations.

Soil Stabilisation

Soil stabilisation is a process that relies on the addition of immobilizing agents to extract and filtrate the contaminants. The stabilisation can be achieved in two different ways, first by making the underground contaminants a less dangerous form of itself or secondly, stabilising the pollutants so they cannot reach the underground receptors. Soil stabilisation is a great technique for construction as it has a higher resistance while requiring low permeability.

Soil Washing

Soil washing is a simple, yet effective method of removing contaminants. This process involves washing the soil with a liquid wash solution, virtually eliminating the hazardous pollutants. Due to contaminants binding more so to fine-grained soils, all the fine soils are washed away. This leaves you with cleaned coarse soils that can be re-used safely.

Need Site Remediation? Contact Eastern Plant Hire

At Eastern Plant Hire, we are qualified and experienced in site remediation as well as removing contaminated soil and groundwater from project sites in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and throughout Australia. Our operators are licensed so you can be assured your site will be remediated in no time. Get in touch with one of our team members and book in a time to get your site remediated.

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Backhoe Hire vs Excavator Hire: The Key Difference Between The Machines

Backhoe Hire vs Excavator Hire: The Key difference between the machines

Whether you are looking to excavate materials on your earthmoving project or dig holes, trenches and foundations for a civil construction project, choosing between a backhoe and an excavator may present a difficult challenge. While many people think that backhoes and excavators can complete the exact same on-site tasks, there are a number of differences that can change how and when the project will be completed. Depending on the size of the project, the size of the machine and the type of conditions you are working in, how do you choose the best machine for your project?

The very first excavator was constructed in 1882, while the backhoe was developed in the mid 1940s, giving farmers and construction workers the ability to complete necessary projects much quicker than before. With the evolution of technology, the backhoe and excavator both continued to develop and now are able to conduct a wide array of excavation project requirements. Enough about the history of these machines for the moment, let’s get into what a backhoe and excavator are.

What is a Backhoe?

A backhoe is an excavation and loader machine comprised of a standard tractor base that supports the use of two buckets (loader bucket and excavator bucket) on either end of the machine. Backhoes are very versatile, giving you the best of both worlds. Inside the cabin the seat swivels 360 degrees, giving the operator the ability to utilise both attachments.

The front of the machine has a loader attachment, allowing it to move aside or load materials such as asphalt for road construction, demolition materials from a demolition project or dirt from an earthmoving worksite. The back of the machine, on the other hand, supports a jointed two-part arm, similar to an excavator. This allows the machine to tackle various digging and earthmoving requirements.

What are the different types of backhoe attachments?

A backhoe can not only be utilised for excavation and material loading projects but can conduct a wide range of other projects. Attachments such as drills, hammers, rippers, rakes and breakers can replace the excavator bucket for projects such as rock breaking, underground drilling and raking. The front loader bucket can be replaced with brooms, ploughs and forklifts, giving you the ability to conduct other material loading projects.

Are there various backhoe sizes?

Each size can conduct similar work but are more suited to particular project scopes. Their major difference apart from size is their driving capacity.

Backhoes come in two sizes, under 10 tonne and over 10 tonnes, while there driving capacity is either 4×4 or 2×4.

  • Under 10 tonne backhoes: Mostly conduct earthmoving on small to medium sized earthworks project sites such as landscaping, residential excavation and construction.
  • Over 10 tonne backhoes: Complete projects for medium to large sized earthmoving projects such as large-scale excavation, paving roads and trenching and foundation work.
  • 2×4 backhoes: Commonly used on terrains such as industrial yards.
  • 4×4 backhoes: Can tackle tougher and more uneven terrain.

What is an Excavator?

An excavator is a purpose-built digging machine that allows an operator to conduct large-scale excavation projects at larger capacities. This allows an excavator to carry higher volumes of organic and inorganic materials. Much like a backhoe, an excavator consists of a boom, digging bucket and chassis, however, can be modified to have either wheels or tracks.

One of the major differences between a backhoe and excavator is that an excavators entire cab can rotate 360 degrees, allowing you to tackle your excavation project at all angles. Another difference is most wheeled and compact excavators have a dozer blade attached, giving you the ability to push dirt and other materials.

What are the different types of excavator attachments?

When it comes to the attachments for an excavator, there is a range of attachments to increase the productivity of your project. Post hole borers, rock breakers, hydraulic grab buckets, and trenchers are the common excavator attachments, but there is a wide variety of attachments.

Are there various excavator sizes?

When looking to hire an excavator, there are a multitude of sizes to choose from depending on the project you are looking to undertake. From mini excavators to large excavators, there is an excavator to suit your earthmoving needs. The various excavator sizes include:

  • Mini or Compact Excavators: These excavators are the smallest in the class ranging from 1 tonne to 5 tonnes. They work best in small spaces and indoor work such as water line installations, residential excavation and other projects that don’t require large amounts of power.
  • Mid-sized Excavators: These excavators are more powerful than mini excavators and can conduct more standard construction work with their 6 to 10 tonne size. This gives operators more power for smaller excavation projects, increasing productivity. Mid-sized excavators also offer higher manoeuvrability.
  • Standard Excavators: Excavators between 10 tonnes and 45 tonnes are the most popular size of excavator for commercial construction projects. They can not only handle large material loads, but their hydraulic systems make them capable of handling multiple attachments.
  • Large Excavators: These excavators are over 45 tonnes and are the largest excavator in the range. If you are conducting a massive construction and demolition project, a large excavator is what you need. However, they can only be transported by oversized trucks to and from your worksite.

Should You Hire a Backhoe or Hire an Excavator?

Your budget, project size and project requirements will determine whether you need to hire a backhoe or an excavator. Backhoes are best when tackling small to medium earthwork projects as you can conduct both excavation and material loading with the one machine. Excavators, on the other hand, have a wide range of sizes to best assist you no matter your earthmoving scope and are able to handle much heavier loads when digging trenches or excavating materials.

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Eastern Plant Hire has a fleet of backhoes and excavators available for hire in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Whether you need a backhoe or excavator for a few hours, on an ongoing basis or contracted for a year we have the machines and operators you need.

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Street Sweeper Hire: Four Things to Consider

Street Sweeper Hire: Four Things to Consider

When you need to hire a street sweeper there is a range of things to consider before making the final decision on street sweeper model and company. It’s important to remember, especially when you need a regular street sweeper hire, that high-quality street sweeping operations are harder to come by than first thought. Just like excavator hire or dozer hire it’s important to remember that the machine is only as good as the operator.

When it comes to street sweeper hire you often need to get it right the first time. When you need a street sweeper for cleaning up a construction site or a spill on the road you need an operator with the experience to clean it up efficiently. Alternatively, if you’re looking to have a street sweeper company on a contract you need to ensure you’re getting the best company on the books.

Most project managers have a street sweeper company on call for all of their construction site mess, they’ve spent time building a relationship with the company and street sweeper operators but how do you know who to trust without the time spent building a relationship. Below we’ve outlined the top four things you need to look out for when it comes to hiring a street sweeper.

1. Street Sweeper Knowledge and Experience

There are two key things to ask a street sweeper company or operator when you need to hire a street sweeper, operator training and operator experience. In order to operate a medium-rigid street sweeper, an operator not only needs to have the necessary qualifications and training but also a license to operate a medium to heavy vehicle. It is important that the operator of the street sweeper you hire can provide evidence of formal training.

Once you can confirm that the street sweeper operator has the required qualifications the next thing you need to ask is the operators experience. What are you needing the operator to sweep up? Is it general road debris? Mud? Chemicals? The more specific the clean up you need the more experienced you need your street sweeper operator to be. The last thing you need is for the mess to spread.

2. Having The Right Street Sweeper Equipment

The next things you need to look at after operator experience and qualifications are the street sweeper equipment and trucks used by the company. While the machines don’t need to be brand new or state of the art they do need to comply with local regulation and be equipped with the technology that will get the job done.
Ensure the street sweeping company is capable of providing documentation when needed. Once you are sure the machine coming to your project is safe it is up to you to decide if you want a bare basics model or the deluxe, kitted out model. Not only this but different street sweepers work better with different surfaces, from porous pavements to asphalt and concrete you need to ensure the street sweeper you hire will work for your surface.

3. Ability to Adapt to Unexpected Problems

When it’s an emergency and you need a street sweeper to clean up a mess immediately you need a street sweeping company and operator that are equipped with the skills to get the job done quickly and professionally. However, this isn’t the only instance when you need a reliable street sweeper operator with the skills to adapt to unexpected problems.

When you need a street sweeping company on contract for regular work, whether daily, weekly or monthly, you need the company to be able to adapt to your changing needs. The street sweeping company you choose to use should be enquiring about where they need to go, the type of debris and general quantities and how often you need them on the roads.

4. The Reputation of the Street Sweeping Company

Like with any business, reputation is everything, when you’re looking for a street sweeping company you need to know that you’re hiring from a professional and reliable company. Is the company your hiring from well known in the industry? Do they come recommended or are they part of any industry bodies?

No matter if the street sweeping company you’re hiring from is a small business with a truck or two or a major company with a fleet of street sweepers in every major city, how they have interacted with you and those in the industry means more than anything.

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