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Eastern Plant Hire’s work on New South Wales’ Infrastructure

Eastern Plant Hire’s work on New South Wales Infrastructure

Eastern Plant Hire has had a presence in the New South Wales plant hire and construction industries for a number of years now. We’ve been working hard to make an impact in an industry that is packed with high-quality plant hire businesses. Because we’ve always believed in giving ‘The Best Service on Earth’ we’ve kept up that attitude and because of that have managed to secure major contracts on projects that are changing the landscape of New South Wales.

New South Wales has had some of the biggest construction and infrastructure projects in the country over the past few years and we’ve been lucky enough to work on quite a few of them. With major tunnelling for cars and trains in the city and statewide upgrades to national freight routes taking place right now our truck and plant hire services are in high demand. We have extensive experience in coordinating truck haulage services on a daily basis ensuring that work is able to run smoothly. Below are three of the biggest projects we’re worked in New South Wales.

The New South Wales’ Infrastructure projects we’ve worked on

1. THE SYDNEY METRO CITY & SOUTHWEST

The Sydney Metro is the biggest public transport project in Australia to date. The metro will add 66km of standalone metro railway to Sydney’s transport network, making room for more than 100,000 extra customers every hour. The project is currently broken into 2 stages, the Metro Northwest and the Metro City and Southwest, with the Metro Northwest stage expected to be completed by mid-2019. The second stage, the Metro Southwest, has only just commenced excavation in late 2017 with planned completion in 2024.

The combined Metro projects are expected to cost around $20 billion dollars. We are currently in contract with the operators of the Metro City and Southwest project. We are predominantly undertaking work relating to the transport of material to and from the various construction sites. The Metro City and Southwest will see the addition of:

  • 16km of new metro line between Chatswood and Sydenham
  • 7 new railway stations
  • 15km of twin tunnels
  • 11 upgraded stations

2. PACIFIC HIGHWAY UPGRADE – WOOLGOOLGA TO BALLINA

The Pacific Highway Upgrade is Australia’s largest road infrastructure project to date. It has been underway since 1996 with plans for it to finish in 2020. Eastern Plant Hire is currently working with CPB Contractors on 34km of Pacific Highway upgrade linking the Maclean to Devils Pulpit section to the south and the Richmond River to Ballina Bypass section in the north, worth around $365 million. It is part of the larger $4.9 billion Woolgoolga to Ballina project, the last stage in the entire Pacific Highway Upgrade.

Our work is related to the upgrade of the Pacific Highway to two lanes in each direction, building seven new bridges and the associated road works including ground treatments, earthworks and road surfacing. We are the major contractor for the supply of truck and dog trucks. At our peak, we were running 33 truck and dog trucks moving fill around the project site and hauling other materials too and from the Woolgoolga to Ballina project site.

3. THE BARANGAROO REMEDIATION

The Barangaroo Remediation project is cleaning up historic contamination, left there by the old Millers Point Gasworks and other landfill. Although decommissioned in 1921 the contaminated soil and landfill were never dealt with until now. Due to the proximity to the harbour and parkland as well as future plans to redevelop the area the clean up is ensuring the contamination doesn’t cause future problems. With the new Barangaroo Metro Station and further development being built, it is critically important the soil is free from contamination.

Eastern Plant Hire had been able to contribute to the Barangaroo Remediation clean up efforts by providing truck hire to transport the contaminated soil and spoil from the site to the appropriate hazardous waste disposal site. While not being the most difficult job we have undertaken, the logistics of this job were challenging. Because of the inner-city location of the site and the type of material we were transporting we had to ensure we were following all the necessary protocols and regulations.

New South Wales’ Infrastructure boom is in full swing

These days it’s almost impossible to go anywhere in New South Wales without running into construction and infrastructure works. New South Wales and Sydney are in the midst of a massive construction boom, creating the New South Wales of the future. With even more projects in the pipeline, New South Wales is looking to become even more connected.

Eastern Plant Hire’s work on Queensland’s infrastructure

Eastern Plant Hire’s work on Queensland Infrastructure

Eastern Plant Hire has been pivotal in many of Queensland’s largest infrastructure projects over the past ten years. As a relatively new plant hire company in Queensland, we had to work hard to prove our abilities in the local infrastructure industry. Leaning on everything we’d learnt over the years in Victoria we set out to provide plant and truck hire services with a difference. With years of experience in providing ‘The Best Service on Earth’, we set about disrupting Queensland’s plant hire market.

Our tireless work has lead to some big wins, we have been awarded the materials cartage and plant hire contracts on a number of Queensland’s biggest projects. Not only that but we’ve become a reliable source of trucks and plant for local industries as well. Whether you need one excavator for three days or a fleet of construction equipment and trucks for three years we’re more than happy to help. Below are four of the highlight projects that we’ve worked on in Queensland.

The Queensland Infrastructure projects we’ve worked on

1. OUR WORK ON THE PACIFIC MOTORWAY M1/M3/GATEWAY MERGE

One of the projects we’re most proud to be a part of is the Pacific Motorway M1/M3/Gateway merge. It is a $190 million Queensland motorway upgrade, part of the larger Pacific Motorway Upgrade Master Plan. The merge upgrade covers major upgrades for the Pacific Motorway between Eight Mile Plains and Rochedale South, around exit 19. This upgrade ties into the major works taking place throughout the Gold Coast through the Pacific Motorway M1 Upgrade Program.

Some of the works include lane upgrades, relocation of existing bus entries, replacement of the current underwood bridge and the installation of new motorway technologies along the upgraded M1 merge. The Pacific Motorway M1/M3/Gateway merge has been running over capacity in the afternoon for a number of years and is renowned as one of the major bottlenecks around Brisbane. Due for completion in 2020, the Pacific Motorway merge will greatly improve traffic flows and safety, and reduce accidents and travel times.

2. OUR WORK FOR THE LOGAN ENHANCEMENT PROJECT

EPH took part in the major construction of the $512 million Logan Enhancement Project. It began in 2017 (under CPB Contractors), where Eastern Plant Hire’s plant and expertise have been utilised for various parts of the Queensland-based project. EPH trucks were used throughout the day and night, with our night crew often smashing out 4,000T of profiling before each new day begins. The major congestion-busting project, powered by over 1300 local jobs, is anticipated to deliver around $1 billion in economic benefits for Queensland over the next 30 years. The scope of works includes:

  • Resurfacing of existing roads
  • interchange upgrades
  • the installation of new safety components and barriers
  • the addition of new service roads
  • new pedestrian and cycle paths
  • the upgrade and relocation of various on and off-ramps
  • new noise barriers
  • upgraded traffic signals and signage
  • new traffic lights

3. OUR WORK ON THE TOOWOOMBA SECOND RANGE CROSSING

Now completed, the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing is the largest Australian Government funding commitment to a single road project in Queensland’s history. The $1.6 billion project is a 41km road bypass route to the north of Toowoomba. Now finished, it connects the Warrego Highway at Helidon Spa in the east to the Gore Highway at Athol in the west via Charlton. EPH was heavily involved in the material haulage package of work for the project, where tandems, 8-wheelers, 10-wheelers, semi-tippers, ejector trucks and truck & dog combos were utilised.

The two major constructions of the project were an 800m-long viaduct built over an existing Queensland Rail rail line, connecting the Lockyer Valley and the Toowoomba Range escarpment and four new lanes (two lanes each way) from the Warrego Highway’s eastern interchange at Helidon to the western interchange at Charlton. With this came a number of supporting construction works for interchanged and on and off ramps. Drivers are now able to avoid 18 sets of traffic lights via the bypass, which will remove around 22,000 vehicles from the CBD each day.

4. BRUCE HIGHWAY UPGRADE – CALOUNDRA ROAD TO SUNSHINE MOTORWAY

Eastern Plant Hire is currently working on the Bruce Highway Upgrade Project, a 10-year project and the largest Queensland has seen. The project is aimed at improving safety, flood resilience and capacity for the Bruce Highway between Cairns and Brisbane. Since 2016 we have been working on the Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway Upgrade. The $929.3 million project is of major importance as it delivers critical safety benefits, reduces traffic congestion and will meet the strategic needs of the Sunshine Coast region into the future.

The work includes major upgrades to the Sunshine Motorway and Caloundra Road interchanges, including the construction of a Diverging Diamond Interchange, the first of its kind in Australia. Between the two interchanges, the road will be widened to six lanes and a service road will be added for local traffic between Steve Irwin Way and Tanawha Tourist Drive. The Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway Upgrade is expected to finish in late 2020 with the entire Bruce Highway Upgrade Program to conclude in 2022-23.

Infrastructure in Queensland is lifting off

While it’s been a slow few years for some areas of Queensland new infrastructure projects across the state are seeing the construction and mining industries kick into third gear. With a number of projects in South East Queensland alone either starting or well into their timelines it’s a sign of what is to come for the state. Eastern Plant Hire is proud to have played an integral role in some of the biggest projects Queensland and Brisbane has seen to date, and are looking forward to what the future hold for the construction and infrastructure industries in the Sunshine State.

Eastern Plant Hire’s work on Victoria’s infrastructure

Eastern Plant Hire’s work on Victoria’s infrastructure

Eastern Plant Hire has worked on over 20 infrastructure projects in Victoria. We’ve worked in overpasses, road upgrades, rail works, tunnels and bypasses just to name a few. After our first major contract win, EPH has been working hard to maintain a standard of service that has meant we’ve worked on countless other major infrastructure projects, particularly in Victoria.

When it became clear that Victoria was starting to undergo a major infrastructure build, around ten years ago, we saw an opportunity for the company to grow as the demand for machines and trucks did. Since that point, we’ve worked across Victoria, both regionally and in Melbourne on projects that have helped both the local area and the state. Below we’ve highlighted our top five infrastructure projects that we’ve worked on with the Victorian Government.

1. Melbourne Metro Tunnel

Eastern Plant Hire has worked on a range of rail projects in Melbourne and Victoria but the Metro Tunnel is one of our biggest. The Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project is a $10.9 billion infrastructure project that will see two twin nine-kilometre tunnels and five new underground stations built in Melbourne’s CBD. The project aims to untangle the city loop and provide space for more than 500,000 passengers during peak periods.

We originally signed onto the Metro Tunnel Early Works as a subcontractor and have since also signed onto the main works package with the Rail Infrastructure Alliance (RIA) as well. The Metro Tunnel Early Works consisted of predominantly demolition works, clearing the way for the main works. Both stages of the project have been working on additional station upgrades, tunnel, track and signalling works along the Sunbury and Dandenong lines. The main works package also includes building the tunnel entrances at Kensington and South Yarra, as well as a new platform at West Footscray.

Eastern Plant Hire have committed trucks and earthmoving equipment and thanks to our extensive network of subcontractor drivers we are able to keep up with the demands of the various RIA construction sites. Over the past few years, we have committed to many of the major infrastructure projects in Melbourne not only because we have the capacity to handle the workloads but also because we believe in the positive effects these projects will have on Melbourne and Victoria.

2. Level Crossing Removal Project

Victoria’s Level Crossing Removal Project is the largest project of its kind in Victoria, aiming to remove all dangerous and congested level crossings by 2025 at a cost of $8.5 billion. Eastern Plant Hire has worked on a number of level crossing removals, namely the North East Program Alliance. The work included the removal of two level crossings at Lower Plenty Road and Grange Road, the rebuild of Rosanna Station and the duplication of the Hurstbridge train line. The works aimed to reduce congestion both on the road and on the rail.

Eastern Plant Hire committed plant and trucks to the project that lasted 2 years between 2016 and 2018. A new tunnel under Darebin Street made way for a new section of the Hurstbridge track and removed the level crossing at Grange Road, relieving a major bottleneck for 25,000 cars each day. The rebuild of Rosanna station saw the station raised and widened, as well as updated to allow for the duplication of the Hurstbridge line. As Rosanna station was raised its corresponding level crossing at Lower Plenty Road was also turned into a rail bridge to allow 17,000 cars to pass below without disruption.

We have also been working on the first stage of the Aviation Road Level Crossing Removal. This particular level crossing removal at Aviation Road includes the construction of a motor bridge over the Werribee line and a pedestrian underpass under the line which will also connect to Aircraft Station. The first stage of the Aviation Road Level Crossing Removal includes the construction of the motor bridge alleviating traffic for over 7000 drivers that crossed through it each day.

The recent Camp Road Level Crossing Removal has been one of the most successful projects yet with operations concluding in late 2017. This project aimed to alleviate dangerous congestion which affected over 30,000 road users travelling along Camp Road daily. The removal of Camp Road’s level crossing was investigated thoroughly and it was concluded that building the rail line beneath Camp Road was the only feasible option. This project saw both the boom gates removed and the rail line lowered before Christmas with a team of over 300 working around the clock to ensure foundations were installed and a new road bridge was constructed.

3. West Gate Tunnel

Since its start in 2018 Eastern Plant Hire has been busy moving rock and soil from the West Gate Tunnel project in Western Melbourne. The project is estimated to cost around $5.5 billion dollars with its completion date set in 2022. The West Gate Tunnel is expected to take 9,000 trucks off residential streets thanks to a 24/7 truck ban on local streets once the tunnel is open. The project has been in the works since 2014 and is currently running 24/7.

The West Gate Tunnel Project includes building four more lanes on the West Gate Freeway, twin tunnels under Yarraville and a new bridge over the Maribyrnong River that will link to an elevated road above Footscray Road. All of this will contribute to making the inner west less congested and provide more direct routes for trucks and cars trying to get to Melbourne’s north. The project is part of a larger suite of Victorian infrastructure projects including the Monash Freeway Upgrade and Webb Dock Access Improvements.

4. CityLink Tulla Widening

Eastern Plant Hire has worked on a number of Infrastructure Victoria’s projects over the years, with the CityLink Tulla Widening being one of those. We have spent the past five years working on both stage one and two. The entire project cost $1.3 billion dollars to complete, with massive improvements in capacity and a reduction in congestion already noticeable in the six months since completion. The first stage, Bulla Road to Power Street, was 16km long and had a range of upgrades and additions built.

The second stage, Bulla Road to Melbourne Airport, was slightly smaller than the first at 8km long but there were also major upgrades to almost all overpasses, on and off ramps. The CityLink Tulla Widening project aimed to increase the road’s capacity, boost its performance and greatly improve its safety. Since the road opened at the end of 2018 travellers has seen an almost 30-minute improvement in travel times, thanks to the upgraded interchanges and additional lanes. The widening of the CityLink to Tulla will cater to the future needs of Melbourne city for both commuters and the Victorian freight network.

5. Regional Rail Link

In August 2012, EPH was appointed as the preferred cartage contractor on an $835M project, RRL Package C, within the greater Regional Rail Link project. Package C was focused on work from Footscray to Deer Park. Through the project, EPH were involved in a new and alternative ‘major’ occupation which trialled the efficiency of three-week rail occupations, rather than multiple short occupations. This maximised productivity, safety and planning and also ensured more consistency of trains resuming their normal services.

At the conclusion of Package C of the Regional Rail Link project 7.5km of new regional train tracks had been laid. With this came a multitude of other work to complete the project. In addition to the tracks, work included new rail bridges, two road/rail separations, a new station and station upgrades, improved level crossings, and the design and construction of new train control systems.

Infrastructure work in Victoria is booming

The infrastructure boom is well and truly in full force across Victoria and Melbourne, which means EPH is as busy as ever. We don’t often get a second to look back at the work we’ve already completed once it’s finished so it’s always good when we can. The landscape of Victoria’s infrastructure has gone through massive change, with even more construction work in the pipeline as Victoria prepares for the future.

10 Types of Heavy Equipment

The top 10 types of heavy equipment used in the construction, mining and agricultural industries

Heavy construction equipment is essential to any construction project, mining operation or agricultural property no matter the size. This is thanks to the diversity in size and applications of heavy equipment. Heavy equipment and plant have changed the face of construction, mining and agriculture. Projects are able to be completed much faster and productivity is at an all-time high because of the efficiency of heavy equipment.

Different types of popular heavy equipment:

While most heavy equipment has been around since at least the 1950’s the innovation and reinvention of the industry over the past 70 years has seen the capabilities, efficiency, and variety expand with each year. With excavators alone, there are at least ten different types and that’s not including attachments.

10 Types of Heavy Equipment

Heavy equipment is used for a number of reasons, and can greatly benefit any project they are used on. Below we’ll go through the top 10 types of heavy equipment, their purpose, variations and projects they are normally used on.

1. Excavator

Excavators are potentially the most used and most popular piece of heavy equipment in the construction industry. Ranging from little 1.5 tonne models up to 350-tonne models and every size you can imagine in between, they are capable of completing almost any excavation job. Excavators come standard with a boom arm that does the digging work, which is connected to the cab that can rotate 360°. Excavators also generally have tracks, though you can get models with wheels that are built for extreme terrains.

Excavators are used on all manner of projects from small backyard dig outs to major mining projects. They are the most efficient machine for excavation but are also capable of completing a range of other jobs and tasks. By simply changing the attachment to a ripper, grab, rock breaker or auger attachment, some of the more common attachments, the capabilities of an excavator quadruples.

2. Dozer

Dozers are often seen on larger projects, such as housing estate developments, mining and quarry works, but are also popular in farming as land clearing machines. Dozers are the workhorses of the heavy equipment world, they’re designed to push hard and consistently for a long time.

Dozers are designed to provide optimal strength to the front of the machine and into the blade. This means that they can push more than any other heavy plant, without putting pressure on the working parts of the dozer. While dozers are used on a wide range of projects they are always used for the same basic job, to push materials from one place to another.

3. Backhoe

Backhoes are built for multitasking and are perfect both for smaller projects where there is no need to hire two machines and for larger projects. Backhoes come equipped with a front-loading bucket and a back boom arm, which is slightly smaller than a standard excavator boom arm. In order to operate both sides of the machine, the operating chair within the cabin rotates depending on which side you are using at the time.

Backhoes are able to excavate, either with their boom arm or bucket, as well as transport the materials around site and load materials into transport. While other heavy equipment may be able to do one of these jobs more efficiently, they often can’t complete everything a backhoe can. This is the key benefit of a backhoe, it’s ability to complete every aspect of a job.

4. Grader

Graders, much like dozers, are task-specific heavy equipment. They are also found on a range of projects from road construction to mining, and most large scale jobs. Graders are designed to level the ground of a project to a set level, also called a grade. This is an essential role in road construction, as the ground needs to be perfectly level for the road to be built properly.

Graders are an unusual looking machine, with the grading blade placed between the front articulating wheels and the cab and back wheels. This makes for a long machine with an impressive range of movement. While they are always used in road construction, graders are also used to level and clear ground on infrastructure projects, housing estates and mines.

5. Front Loader

Front loaders are used on construction projects, quarries and mines predominantly as material transporters. This is thanks to their large front bucket that allows them to carry more materials than most other heavy equipment, and their wheels that make for fast and easy maneuverability on site.

Front loaders are essential heavy equipment on mining and quarry operations where materials need to be transported on a daily basis. They are the most efficient construction machine for this type of work, as others are either too slow or need to push the material along the ground.

6. Roller

Rollers are used for the very specific job of compacting ground materials. They are most often used on road construction projects after a grader has gone through and levelled the ground and also after asphalt is laid. Rollers are also used on smaller projects such as driveways and residential yards that are too big for handheld compactors to complete.

Rollers can come in a range of types however, the biggest difference is whether they are a single drum roller with wheels behind or a twin drum roller. Just like graders, rollers are essential to the road construction process as the ground needs to be heavily compacted to ensure when the asphalt is laid it doesn’t crumble.

7. Scraper

Scrapers are probably the most niche type of heavy equipment on this list. They are only used on major projects due to their standard large size. Scrapers are designed to cut into the earth and remove a layer of ground material. As they cut into the ground the material is either pushed or conveyed into the storage space, often called the hopper.

Scrapers are designed to have the front as the driving force, able to pull the articulated back as it digs into the ground. Scrapers are brought into major infrastructure builds and mines at the beginning of the project as they are able to remove a lot of ground material quickly.

8. Mini Excavator

Mini excavators are just as popular as standard excavators, just in a different industry. Mini excavators are both more common and more widely used in the residential construction industry. This is because mini excavators are generally the only types of excavators that will fit on a residential site.

Mini excavators have all the same basic functions and capabilities as standard excavators, they just have less power. However, what they lose in power they gain in maneuverability, mini excavators are able to get into tight access jobs, or fit through narrow entrances with ease.

9. Skid Steer Loader and Posi Track Loader

Skid steer and posi track loaders are some of the smallest heavy equipment but are an asset on most construction and agricultural projects. The only main difference between skid steer loaders and posi track loaders are whether they have wheels or tracks. They both have compact bodies with a front bucket and are able to independently steer both wheel sides.

Thanks to this skid steers and posi tracks have excellent maneuverability, literally being able to turn on the spot. The bucket arms also have high maneuverability, being able to lift well above the machine. Skid steers and posi tracks are perfect for small to medium projects that need materials moved regularly.

10. Dump Trucks

Dump trucks are essential machines to have on any major construction, mining or quarry operation. They are essentially a larger version of a tipper but are designed to handle off-road conditions and carry higher quantities of materials. Articulated dump trucks are used on medium-sized projects and projects with difficult terrain. Whereas rigid dump trucks are used on major mining projects with even terrain and are able to carry even more material.

Need to hire any of these heavy construction machines?

At Eastern Plant Hire we have a range of construction equipment available for wet hire on both short and long term contracts. Whether you need one mini excavator for a day or a fleet of construction machinery for 9 months we can sort you out. With depots in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney EPH are ready and able to service the east coast of Australia. If you need to hire any of the top 10 construction equipment, give us a call today.

The Bicycle Network is a ‘Ride’ in the right direction

When it comes to the well-being and safety of our community, we’re ‘Full Speed Ahead’

Established in 1975 when a group of passionate, like-minded people had the vision to bring the bike riding community together, the Bicycle Network is backed by a drive to assist, educate, and stand up for bike users. With a strong focus on community, we are excited to announce our ongoing involvement and support of the Bicycle Network in hopes of increasing local safety and well-being.

Taking a look from the Driver’s seat

As an earthmoving company, we are accustomed to traveling which means unfortunately, we have seen the dangers caused by a lack of awareness surrounding shared road use. So, when the opportunity to help promote local road safety through educational outreaches, it didn’t take us long to move ‘Full Speed Ahead’.

With nearly 50,000 members nationwide, Bicycle Network is Australia’s biggest bike riding organisation, helping promote local communities to be active, be safe, and be better. We are incredibly proud to be involved across a variety of campaigns designed to educate our community how cyclists, pedestrians and heavy vehicles can work together to ensure we all get where we’re going safely.

The ‘Swapping Seats’ initiative has been the latest on our radar with a particular focus on how people who walk and ride should position themselves around trucks and heavy vehicles by inviting riders and pedestrians to ‘Swap Seats’ with a truck driver. This campaign aimed to nurture positive relationships between truck drivers and cyclists, promoting safety by showing how little drivers can see.

Together We Can

The Bicycle Network has been a big supporter of ours, lobbying for the pursuit of technologies to improve the safety of heavy vehicles on the roads which is just once reason we are huge advocates of these guys. Together we can help to promote safer road use and reduce the dangers which both heavy-vehicle drivers and cyclists face on a day-to-day basis.

The relationship we have built with Bicycle Network is one which we continue to nurture and for us, this time has been truly eye-opening. For more information and to register your support, head over to the Bicycle Network website. While earthmoving bicycles aren’t on the agenda – you can bet we’ll be up in the cabin pledging our support!

How Eastern Plant Hire is ‘Designed’ to win with Label Concepts

When it comes to earthmoving, we love to stand out… Here’s why!

Based across Melbourne and Sydney, Label Concepts Australia has brought the latest printing technology to life in a way that paints branding in a different light. With a range of leading print and finishing solutions that have serviced some of the largest and most iconic fleets, our branding decisions have been a no-brainer. We are excited to announce our recent collaboration with Label Concepts which has helped inspire a new era of ‘EPH Fleet’.

Fleet Branding, done right!

At Eastern Plant Hire, we have been operating as one of Australia’s most competitive and reliable earthmoving operators since 1996. After years of mastering the earthmoving industry and upgrading our fleet, we realised one thing was still missing… Branding! So we got to work right away!

When the opportunity to work with Label Concepts first came about, it didn’t take us long to pitch our support behind this local company. We are incredibly proud of how far we have come and figured, what better way to ‘show-off’ Australia’s premier fleet, than an elusive showcase of EPH Branded trucks.

Label Concepts has helped Eastern Plant Hire stand out of the crowd, with print and finishing solutions that have been optimised for our earthmoving equipment! From our Mack Truck Tandems to the recent addition of our new Mercedes-Benz Actros – Our fleet branding has never felt so right!

Help your fleet stand out

When it comes to the earthmoving industry, it can often take a ‘little more’ to stand out. We have never been prouder of our leading fleet and our collaboration with Label Concepts is one we couldn’t be happier with! With the holiday season fast approaching, head to the Label Concepts website for information on how you can help your fleet stand out. While it’s unlikely that our trucks will be stepping out of the spotlight anytime soon – you can be sure to see our fleet on the road, with our branding singing loud and proud!

Kelly Racing is right on ‘Track’

We love supporting local teams… Here’s why!

Making their debut in 2009 Kelly Racing is an Australian motor racing team that competes in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. Formed by John and Margaret Kelly, the team is backed by experience, family, and a drive for excellence! The team at Kelly Racing is a true testament to old-fashioned work ethic and a reflection of real family values so, it is no surprise how excited we were when faced with the opportunity to partner with these guys! We are proud to announce the partnership between EPH and Kelly Racing and can’t wait to see our team on the track!

EPH, Racing past the finish line

As an earthmoving company, we live on the road and while our tandems may not be suited for the track, we love a good race! So, when the opportunity to partner with Kelly Racing came about, we couldn’t pass it up.

Eastern Plant Hire has been engrained with a competitive nature, always looking to provide ‘The Best Service on Earth’, so when we found a local team who shared our drive to do more, give more, and be more – we couldn’t wait to back them!

We are incredibly proud of everything the team at Kelly Racing has accomplished throughout the time of our partnership, working toward recent results which placed two cars comfortably in the top ten of an Ipswich race! The team has a lot of talented drivers who have brought home some big race wins, so we are excited to see how far they go!

Show your support

With plenty of races left this season, it is never too late to back us in supporting the Kelly Racing team! If you’d like to get involved, head over to their website for more information and to register a membership. The relationship we have developed with the local race community over the course of our partnership has been an amazing experience and something we will never take for granted! Though it’s unlikely you’ll see our tippers on the track, you can bet we will be there showing our full support!

Eastern Plant Hire supplies earthworks to Road Construction

EASTERN PLANT HIRE SUPPLIES EARTHWORKS TO ROAD CONSTRUCTION

Here at Eastern Plant Hire we regularly undertake earthworks contracts on major road construction projects. Through this, we have been able to amass an extensive fleet of trucks and plant for wet and dry hire. Over the years we have completed massive road construction projects throughout Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

As a road construction contractor, we have an in-depth knowledge of the needs of our project managers and subcontractors. The need to be on time and consistent led us to develop our EPH APP after we saw how reliable our Imarda 360 GPS system was at tracking our drivers. We were able to utilise this GPS technology in the EPH APP to ensure our drivers and contractors knew where they needed to go and when.

Being the primary cartage contractor for road construction involves massive amounts of coordination by all parties as one missed delivery can halt a road construction site for hours. This can then compound into massive delays for the road construction project and cost the company tens of thousands of dollars. When the project is worth millions of dollars and is part of a major infrastructure project such as the M80 ring road, delays on one part of the road construction can delay the entire project by potentially over a year.

We have a range of trucks and earthmoving equipment that makes the progression of a road construction seamless. Our most popular truck, the truck and quad dog is perfect for larger loads thanks to its ability to carry higher payloads. This is because of its seven axles that are able to distribute the weight over their many wheels.

However, we also have a range of other trucks designed for road construction materials cartage as well. Our semi tipper is perfect for rock cartage and long-distance hauling. Whereas our standard truck and dog is efficient and agile, meaning it often works on inner-city road construction projects.

Over the years Eastern Plant Hire has worked on countless road construction projects, so much so that we’ve specialised in the operation, hire and supply of materials cartage. Currently, we are supplying some of our trucks to the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing road construction project and in the past have worked on many road projects in Victoria.

NEED EARTHMOVING HIRE FOR YOUR ROAD CONSTRUCTION?

If you need earthmoving truck hire or a fleet of haulage trucks for your road construction, EPH can help. We provide end to end service to ensure that our earthmoving machines, trucks, and operators are ready to go when you are. It doesn’t matter if your project is worth millions of dollars or just a few thousand, we’re ready, geared up, kitted out, fully trained, and all fuelled up for any project that comes our way. To get started, give us a call today on 1300 037 437.

Why you should use Eastern Plant Hire for all your Water Truck needs in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney

WHAT IS A WATER TRUCK?

A water truck is used to collect and disperse water depending on what the job requires. Water carts are equipped with a range of tools and attachments that allow them to collect water from a distance and spray water in multiple ways and directions.

Water carts have come a long way from when they were an actual water tank on a cart, to the high tech trucks you see driving around now. The technology grew as research into the impacts of dust were released and governments started to pass dust suppression laws.

While water carts have a purpose without dust suppression, they are capable of transporting potable water and draining tanks, the demand for them has come from the mining and construction industries.

WHAT ARE WATER CARTS USED FOR?

Water carts are used in the construction and mining industries as dust suppressants, soil compactors, and environmental rehabilitation. When construction is underway the potential for contaminants to make it into the dust and subsequently into the air is high and poses real health risks to people in the surrounding areas. Not only that but depending on the type of dust and weather it can dramatically lower visibility. This is why water carts that have sprayer and dribble attachments are always found working to suppress dust onsite.

Another great purpose water trucks have is soil compaction. During the road construction process soil and dust need to be constantly compacted in order to make a quality road that won’t prematurely deteriorate. This is where water carts come into the picture, being able to constantly spray the road with water, keeping it bound together.

The use of water carts in environmental rehabilitation is often at the end of a project when landscaping or land rehabilitation takes place. As young plants are normally used, water trucks provide much-needed water to them until the project has finished. This gives the area a better chance of successfully rehabilitating.

WHO SUPPLIES WATER TRUCKS?

At Eastern Plant Hire, we aim to provide end to end plant and equipment hire and this includes water trucks. Our range of water trucks are often hired out for jobs ranging from one day to months at one time. We also regularly provide our water trucks for wet and dry hire in combos with our other plant or trucks.

It doesn’t matter if your project is worth millions of dollars or just a few thousand, we’re ready, geared up, kitted out, fully trained, and all fuelled up for any project that comes our way. To get started, give us a call today on 1300 037 437.

Why you should use EPH for all your Clean Fill needs in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney

WHAT IS CLEAN FILL?

Clean fill is one of the most versatile waste materials thanks to its ability to be reused in so many ways. Clean fill is classed as any type of construction waste that contains waste materials such as cement, gravel, brick sand and dirt. By excluding any types of contaminated or biological waste this ensures that any potential contaminants cannot be transferred to other construction sites.

Clean fill is clean because it does not include waste materials such as cardboard, biological waste, metals, contaminated soil, glass, and hazardous products. These products cannot be easily recycled in the same way as clean fill due to the high likelihood of contamination or danger at future sites.

HOW IS CLEAN FILL RECYCLED?

Clean fill is recycled in a number of ways, depending on the type of clean fill it is. Organic clean fill materials like sand, dirt, topsoil, and gravel are used as fill. Often on-site there are depressions in the ground that need to be filled to make it level, by using recycled clean fill from either the current site or past sites it reduces the cost of buying fresh fill. This is most common on road constructions when new roads are being built and the ground needs to be flattened.

Organic clean fill can also be used to create an elevation such as a mound or rise when the current construction site cannot supply the fill itself. This is often the case in landscaping and the construction of parks where artificial mounds need to be created or the land needs to be raised to stop seasonal or tidal flooding.

Non-organic clean fill materials such as cement, bricks, concrete and ceramic tiles are recycled by being broken down and reused in the creation of their material. This means the clean fill needs to be removed from the construction site and taken to a recycling plant to be broken down. Because of this, it’s important to sort waste onsite into specific piles and bins so they can be processed properly.

WHO DOES CLEAN FILL DISPOSAL?

At Eastern Plant Hire we are experts at clean fill disposal because of our years spent on construction sites. A large portion of our work is dedicated to materials supply and cartage and so we try to provide the most cost-effective and efficient method of supply. We offer the service of clean fill removal, both organic and non-organic, as we are able to store and recycle the various materials and reuse them on our future construction projects.

We are able to remove clean fill from construction sites all over the East Coast, whether or not we have had other work on site. Construction sites make a great deal of waste but by being able to recycle what we can we are able to not only cut costs on future projects but reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. If you need clean fill services or any type of material and soil disposal give us a call and we’ll help you out.

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