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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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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Roller vs Compactor: Which Should You Hire?

Roller vs Compactor: Which Should You Hire?

Whether you need to compact your driveway or the main road having the right equipment to get the job done can mean the difference in a job well done and a project’s budget blow out. While people often use the terms compactor and roller interchangeably, there are differences in the machinery that can change the way your project is completed. From padfoot rollers to smooth drum rollers, compactors and plate compactors how do you choose which one is best for your project?

Rollers and compactors have been around in an effective way since the mid-19th century when steam-powered machinery took off. This is because the machinery’s effectiveness is based on the weight of the machine. The machine’s technology continued to evolve and expand as the benefits of compacting were discovered. From dirt roads and asphalt lasting longer under higher traffic, to pre pavement works being correctly levelled and garbage dumps compacting trash. Now, let’s breakdown what a roller and a compactor are.

What is a roller?

A roller is a ride-on machine most commonly used during road construction to compact the various layers of materials needed to build a road. Rollers can be used for other types of compaction, such as trash compaction or compaction for parks and fields. While there are various types of rollers they are all generally defined by the build, they are the large, ride-on machine, not a handheld machine.

When a project requires more than a few square metres of ground compacted rollers are almost always the construction equipment hired. The only time they wouldn’t be used is in tight access situations where they could not fit on the construction site or the size of the space needing compacted is not worth the costs to hire a roller. Below we go through the variations of rollers available for hire.

What are the different types of rollers?

There are a number of different types of rollers, from the machine design to the type of drum. Each type has a specific purpose and a specific job to get done on a construction site. The two main types of rollers are smooth drum and padfoot. Smooth drums rollers look like their name, they are smooth circular drums designed to compact granular materials. Padfoot rollers, on the other hand, have flat wide spikes designed to push the air out of soil and clay to compact it. Other types of rollers for hire are:

  • Single and tandem drum rollers: Single drum rollers only have one drum attached to the front of the machine with standard wheels at the back, whereas tandem drum rollers have two drums, one at the front and one at the back of the machine.
  • 4-wheel padfoot roller: Predominantly used on landfill compaction 4-wheel padfoot rollers have smaller wheel sized rollers in place of tyres, giving them the ability to climb over trash piles and compact them.
  • Pneumatic-tyred roller: Otherwise known as a rubber tyre roller, they are designed as finishing and sealing rollers due to their ability to even out uneven surfaces.

What is a compactor?

A compactor is most commonly known as the plate compacting machine that is pedestrian operated. They’re smaller, walk-behind compacting machines designed to compact driveways and walkways. Plate compactors are also used in instances where a ride-on roller can’t go, meaning they’re perfect for tight access jobs.

Compactors are often disregarded by road construction companies as unnecessary but they are actually a very versatile and handy machine to have on the construction site. When resurfacing or upgrading a road there’s always hard to get to places, or small areas away from the main construction that doesn’t need or can’t fit a standard roller, this is generally when the project manager starts ringing around trying to find a plate compactor.

What are the different types of compactors?

There are a variety of compactors for hire but they are not as varied as rollers. In saying this they are capable of completing similar compacting jobs, from light soil and rocks to granular material. Here are the main compactor types:

  • Rammer: Used for small areas rammers are high powered compactors and are great for getting those tight access construction projects in replacement of rollers.
  • Vibrating plate: Vibrating plate compactors work better for larger sized walk-behind compacting areas such as driveways and footpaths.

Should you hire a roller or hire a compactor?

When you’re constructing a road you need a ride-on roller there are no questions about it, but having a rammer or plate compactor on standby is always a smart idea to ensure you’ve got your bases covered. Plate compactors and rammers are always a good option for smaller projects where the costs of hiring rollers are not sustainable or a ride-on roller won’t fit. For all your ride-on roller hire needs, contact the team at EPH Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne. We have a fleet of wet hire rollers ready to be hired today.

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How does contaminated soil removal work?

How does contaminated soil removal work?

Contaminated soil can be found across Australia and comes in a number of variations. From old warehouse rubbish buried 70 years ago to chemicals leaching into the soil and buried asbestos, contaminated soil does not have one singular method of removal. There are many businesses across the eastern seaboard that specialise in contaminated soil removal and that is because there are certain rules and regulations that standard operators wouldn’t know about.

In order to be across the local, state and federal rules and regulations for contaminated soil disposal you need both training, experience and a network in the industry. Contaminated soil can be expensive to remove so knowing what type it is, how it can be treated and where you can take it is key to keeping your costs as low as possible.

How do you know you have contaminated soil?

The question of whether or not you have contaminated soil on your construction site can not always be an easy question to answer. When you are working on a site where there has been previous construction or demolition it is wise to have the soil tested for contaminants. This is especially important in metropolitan areas where there has been a long history of construction.

However, there are instances where it is obvious that the soil is contaminated. If you are excavating and start to come across old warehouse materials, roofing, or other materials you need to stop and have the site tested by a qualified soil tester. The potential chemicals and pollutants in the materials could cause harm to workers and the neighbouring area so should not be dealt with lightly.

Adding to this if you are working in an area that is near a military base, airport or manufacturing hub you should have the soil tested before any construction or excavation occurs. These areas have been proven to be hotspots for contaminated soils due to the chemicals used over the years before their negative impacts were discovered.

How does the removal of contaminated soil work?

While the removal of contaminated soils does vary depending on the type of contamination there are recurrent themes in the processes that you will see on all sites.

1. The soil is tested by qualified soil testers

If contamination is found on a construction site the entire area will need to be checked for contamination. This ensures that when it comes time to remove the waste it is all removed at the one time.

2. Trained removalists undertake the removal

Depending on the severity of the contaminated soil you may have an operator already on the construction site licensed or trained to remove the contaminated soil and materials. If not you will need to get in a company that specialises in the removal and processing of contaminated soil. They will often start with planning the removal then bring the equipment and machinery to complete the job.

3. The contaminated soil is processed externally

Whether you’re taking the soil to the transfer station, dump or treatment centre yourself or the removalists are removing it for you, you need to be certain on the type of contaminated waste you are bringing in. Some contaminated waste can be treated and reused, whereas other contaminated waste needs to be securely stockpiled away from other materials to avoid any potential spread.

How long will the removal take?

One of the nail-biting problems with contaminated soil removal is there isn’t any determining how long it will take until excavations are underway. Work could start and it could be a much smaller area of contamination than first thought and it could be a day worth of work. Alternatively, there could be a more extensive excavation needed than first thought as more contamination is found. Be prepared for work to be halted for at least five working days and keep communication up with the soil removal business.

Is excavating contaminated soil safe and why do we need to do it?

When done right excavation of contaminated soil is safe for workers and neighbours. This is why the appropriate training and certifications are needed. Knowing how to identify and remove the varieties of contaminated soil safely can man the difference between keeping those on the construction site and surrounding, or endangering everyone, spreading contamination and landing a massive fine.

Once the soil has tested positive to contamination you need to remove it, but why? There are a number of reasons but the main one is to stop the spread of contamination and potential health risks. Whether the contamination is seeping into the water supply or affecting the quality of the soil, it needs to be removed before any construction can begin. Once it’s removed it can be treated and potentially reused.

Need contaminated soil removal for your construction or excavation project?

At Eastern Plant Hire we have a dedicated contaminated soil service on offer across the east coast of Australia. Our team of EPA licensed operators can get out to your site, remove your contaminated soil and get you back to work in no time at all. We’ve worked with major projects, like the Barangaroo Remediation project and backyard projects. Give the team a call today to get your contaminated soil removal booked in.

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Backhoe hire: How does a backhoe work?

Backhoe Hire: How Does a Backhoe Work?

Backhoes, while not extremely popular in Australia, are capable of completing the work of excavators, skid steer loaders, front loaders and other construction excavation equipment. Backhoes can be found on construction site across Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, working on both major infrastructure projects, to small neighbourhood construction. While backhoes can be found on construction sites across Australia, very few people know how they function and what they offer on-site.

But before we get into the functions of a backhoe, here’s a short history on how they came to be. Backhoes were originally based on tractors, and so were invented by predominantly tractor and agricultural companies, such as JCB and Case. They were first heard of in the 1950’s and in 1957 Case introduced their first model to the industry. The idea being that backhoes would be able to cut time lost in slower machines, or hire costs in hiring threes or more machines. Backhoes are very popular for these reasons across the USA, Europe and Asia.

A backhoe is broken up into three sections, the loader section, the backhoe section, and the tractor section. Below we go through each section of the backhoe, how it works and why in order for you to better understand how a backhoe benefits a construction site.

How the loader section works

The loader section of the backhoe is the front section, it looks like a front loader or skid steer loader bucket and functions in much the same way. The loader section has digging and lifting capabilities, making it useful in transporting materials around the site, or from the excavation to the materials removal truck.

The bucket for the loader is more often than not detachable and can be swapped out for any number of skid steer or front loader attachments. A few examples of loader attachments are:

  • Auger
  • Ripper
  • Hydraulic breaker
  • Compaction wheel
  • Grapple
  • Fork tyne

The loader section of the backhoe is the faster part of the construction machine. The backhoe is able to pick up materials and transport them around the construction site at the same speed and agility as a skid steer loader or front loader.

How the backhoe section works

The backhoe section of a backhoe is the back boom arm, it acts like an excavator’s boom, capable of excavating a range of materials. Although the bucket is narrower than a standard excavator bucket, there are different bucket attachments that can be swapped if a wider digging capability is needed. The backhoe section of a backhoe makes the construction machine unique, enabling the backhoe to complete the work of an excavator and a skid steer loader.

In order to safely operate the backhoe part of the backhoe, the operator’s seat is able to swivel to the back of the cab for direct operation. To keep the backhoe stable when excavating hard soils stabiliser legs are deployed, removing the potential for the body of the backhoe rock or tip.

How the tractor section works

The tractor section is the workhorse of the backhoe, it contains all the electronics, a powerful, turbocharged diesel engine, rugged tires and all the operating controls. The tractor unit of the backhoe is based on a standard tractor body. As with standard tractors, backhoes are said to be reliable and capable of continuous work. Their reliability is one of the main reasons why backhoes are found all over the world.

Where would you find a backhoe working?

Backhoes have found a niche in the construction industry due to their narrow frame and easy maneuverability on the construction site. Often needed for smaller urban engineering projects such as construction and repairs in areas too small for larger equipment, they can be found on road reconstruction, utility construction and subdivisions and housing estate constructions.

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Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Plant Hire

Whether you’re a project manager operating on large-scale civil works, a weekend warrior looking to dig a few holes in a backyard, or you’re in the mining industry and need a fleet of vehicles – you’re probably looking to save as much money as possible on your job. It’s a common mistake to hire the wrong machinery for a job if you’re inexperienced, in turn cutting into already-slim budgets. So what are the best ways to ensure your job isn’t jeopardised by ineffective plant hire practices? With 25 years of experience, Eastern Plant Hire are experts in:

Have a look at our comprehensive guide to squeezing the most out of your plant hire package in Australia!

Tip Number One – Keep an eye on the weather.

Unfortunately, mother nature doesn’t exactly care whether or not you want to hire an excavator. Thankfully, the digital age has brought with it the ability to see what the weather’s doing at a moments notice. Keeping a close eye on how the next day is going to pan out before you hire a machine could save you a lot of time and money. Whether you’re in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne or beyond, Australian weather can be incredibly temperamental, with storms known to come from nowhere. Keep an eye on that weather app, and save those coins for a sunny day!

Tip Number Two – Hire the right size machine.

This may seem like a no-brainer, but to keep costs down on-site, it’s important to hire a machine you’re going to use. Hiring the largest piece of equipment isn’t always the most efficient way to handle a project, especially on smaller residential jobs where access is limited. This concept swings both ways, as smaller machines may not be ideal to tackle large projects like road construction, dam works and more. Liaising with one of the friendly team members at Eastern Plant Hire is a sure-fire way to ensure you’re only hiring the machine you need, instead of larger, more expensive choices.

Tip Number Three – Create a realistic schedule for your project.

Although it’s a nice idea to crush out a project in as little time as humanly possible, it’s critical to set realistic goals for your earthmoving project. Taking the time to sit down and sketch a rough estimate of how long the project will take, what plant hire you need and the budget required is a great first step.

Efficient scheduling practices rely on the job not being overly ambitious. In a perfect world, a project could be completed in a day, however, in reality, this isn’t usually possible. Sometimes the scope of a project needs to be broad to allow for mistakes, weather mishaps and other uncontrollable forces.

Tip Number Four – Only hire machines that are well-maintained.

You wouldn’t buy a car that had been beaten into the ground, so why would you rent an excavator that wasn’t taken care of? Ensuring the machinery you’re hiring has been meticulously looked after and maintained can be the difference between staying under budget and going into the red on a job. Reviewing the service logs and inspecting machines prior to construction commencing are great ways to minimise your chances of excessive downtime on site.

Eastern Plant Hire regularly service and maintain every machine in our fleet. From the smallest excavator hire packages to our large dozer hire options, we ensure that you’re receiving a first-class service every time you hire with us. From Brisbane to Melbourne, Sydney, and all throughout the East Coast of Australia, EPH is the team you can trust for plant hire.

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The 5 Effects of Improper Material and Soil Removal

The 5 Effects of Improper Material and Soil Removal

Material and soil removal has become a hot topic in construction over the past few years as more and more regulations come into force across Australia. This is because of the detrimental effects of improper material and soil removal on the environment. When soils and materials are removed from a construction site they need to be disposed of through the proper channels or there is a risk of contaminating the soil, air and water surrounding the dumped materials.

As organisers of materials haulage across Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne we at Eastern Plant Hire know first hand the impacts of improper soil and materials removal and dumping. From expensive fines to missed recycling and on-selling opportunities, there are a number of negative effects of improper removal that vastly outweigh the benefits of a cheap job.

We’ve seen over the past few decades the research into old removal and dumping practices highlight the negative impacts on the environment, both locally and globally. From chemicals leeching into the groundwater to adverse health conditions due to poor air quality, laws surrounding proper soil and material dumping were brought in to curb these effects. Below we detail the five effects of improper material and soil removal and disposal.

1. Soil Contamination

Soil contamination can be an issue both on-site, and wherever the soil or material is removed and disposed of. It’s common-place at the beginning of a construction project to conduct soil testing to determine the composition of the soil. The includes the quality and type of soil as well as the chemical composition in the soil. This determines whether at some point, the soil has been contaminated or whether it is what the industry calls ‘clean fill’.

When contaminated soil is found it more often than not needs to be removed, and where it is dumped is just as important as removing it in the first place. The goal of contaminated soil removal is to contain and decontaminate, either through soil stabilisation, bioremediation or other treatments. If contaminated soil is dumped through normal channels it has the potential to contaminate the materials it is dumped with, leech into the ground and groundwater, and spread if those materials are reused.

2. Air Contamination

Air contamination is more related to the improper removal and dumping of construction materials. Materials that either contain hazardous chemicals or are hazardous chemicals have very specific channels in which they need to be disposed of. This protects the surrounding environment from potential air contamination.

When not disposed of correctly hazardous materials can be burned in landfills, releasing the toxins into the air. They can also potentially cause explosions when mixed with other forms of waste or put through reactive conditions. This can be the most dangerous form of contamination as it is the hardest to detect and contain.

3. Water Contamination

Water contamination is often caused by illegal dumping of contaminated materials and soils either in or near water, be that the ocean, a lake or river. This is one of the more idiotic and impactful removals and dumping tactics as waterways tend to be closely monitored and charges for illegal dumping can run into the $10,000’s.

Contaminating local waterways has longlasting effects on local towns, flora and fauna. Wether dumped directly into the water or on the waters edge the contaminants will leech out of the materials and soil and seep into the water, affecting any fish or animals and flora that rely on the water. It can affect the drinking water supplies for a town, with decontamination both expensive and time-consuming.

4. Missed Recycling Opportunities

Since regulations on materials and soil removal came into place companies have been servicing the new removal and dumping needs of the construction industry. Here at EPH we offer removal and processing services, ensuring that the correct measures are taken to safely dispose of soil and materials. Often soils and materials can be safely recycled, sometimes after being treated, and a profit can be made on the sale.

Examples of potentially recyclable materials:

5. Fines and Charges for Illegal Removal and Dumping

Each State and Territory across Australia has different fines, charges and laws regarding illegal dumping of soils and materials but there are some constants. Charges can be laid both on the individual and the corporation linked to the dumping, some of which can go over $5,000,000 dollars, while on-the-spot fines can be as high as $15,000. While illegal removal and dumping of soils and materials may reap a short term reward, the repercussions can send people to jail among other effects.

Drop a line to the team at Eastern Plant Hire today.

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What is Clean Fill?

From small residential projects to more complex civil jobs, it’s critical that you understand whether or not the materials you’re handling are classified as clean fill. Clean fill refers to a certain type of waste material that can be repurposed, recycled or reused for future construction projects. The “clean” in clean fill is a reference to the environmental impact of the materials you’re handling – meaning that the materials you’re looking to reuse are free from contaminants.

Clean fill materials must fit under the strict regulations placed in Australia. These laws have been developed in an effort to reduce the potential for harm being done to humans, animals, or environments that the materials come in contact with.

What materials can be classified as clean fill?

To be classified as clean fill, the waste material has to contain (in combination or isolation) cement, dirt, concrete, gravel, brick, topsoil, sand and rubble. This means that other materials with organic or biological waste cannot be classified as clean fill. Some non-clean fill materials include:

  • Glass
  • Metals
  • Fibreglass
  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Contaminants
  • Contaminated soil
  • Household waste
  • Hazardous products
  • Consumer products (batteries, electronics, rubber, tyres, toxic chemicals)

An environmentally responsible practice by nature, this process ensures that waste materials are put to good use rather than ending up in our landfills. A critical component of good construction site management is properly disposing of the wide variety of waste materials that such a job site can create. Luckily there are always people looking for clean fill in order to complete projects of their own.

How does clean fill disposal work?

Clean fill disposal is widely regarded as an environmentally conscious process. Clean fill disposal ensures that the waste from construction sites is reused and recycled, as opposed to going straight to the dump. The process of clean fill disposal involves removing appropriate material (such as concrete, topsoil, sand gravel, dirt or rubble waste) from a site with a truck, and transporting it to another project site.

Eastern Plant Hire are experts in clean fill across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and beyond. Our clean fill service ensures that no matter the size of your worksite, you are able to remove construction waste responsibly so it can be reused or disposed of appropriately.

Clean fill is used throughout a number of disciplines in the country. Here in Australia, you’ll find clean fill being utilised by engineers, tradies, contractors, and just about anyone you can imagine who steps foot on a construction site.

Eastern Plant Hire proudly provide a range of clean fill services

EPH has proudly been operating across Australia for years. Our clean fill services are available to communities across the east coast of the country – from Brisbane to Sydney, Coffs Harbour, Melbourne, Geelong, Newcastle and the Gold Coast. Eastern Plant Hire’s clean fill services include:

  • Removal of debris
  • Safe storage of materials
  • Delivery of reusable waste
  • Removal of reusable waste

Get in touch with the team at EPH today for world-class plant hire, truck hire, material cartage and more!

Eastern Plant Hire are experts in a range of disciplines. Since our inception in 1996, Australians have depended on us for professional plant hire packages. We proudly provide excavator hire, backhoe hire, grader hire, water cart hire, street sweeper hire, dump truck hire and more to communities across the country.

To get your clean fill project underway, call the team at EPH today. One of our friendly team members will be able to provide you with an obligation-free quote at highly competitive rates, as well as reliable advice. Alternatively, fill out one of our online enquiry forms and we will respond to your request as soon as possible. Whether you have a small pile of asphalt or a major demolition to clean up, trust Eastern Plant Hire to provide options to responsibly take care of your material across Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

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Tracks vs Wheels: What Do I Need For Excavator Hire?

With an ever-expanding list of excavator hire packages on the market, it’s important to understand what machine is right for you. And while there’s no one “right answer” when it comes to tracked excavator hire or wheeled excavator hire, both possess their own strengths and weaknesses.

The decision to hire a tracked or wheeled excavator can be boiled down to two simple questions: When you’re going to use the excavator, and where you’re going to use the excavator. Every construction project is different, so identifying the nitty-gritty details of your job will be key to making your decision. Whether or not the vehicle needs to gain traction on difficult grounds, the accessibility of the site and how important surface disruption is are all examples of things to consider prior to hiring an excavator. Check out Eastern Plant Hire’s comprehensive guide to tracked vs wheeled excavator hire below!

Wheeled Excavator Hire vs Tracked Excavator Hire: What’s the Difference?

The main difference between tracked and wheeled excavators is how they distribute weight. Wheels obviously have a smaller surface area that contacts the ground during their revolutions. This means that the entire weight of the excavator is continuously transferred to the ground. This is known as “point loading” where four sharp points of the excavator distribute the weight evenly. A lot of smaller machines that need to navigate construction sites quickly will use rubber tyres, while their larger counterparts are maneuvered by slow-moving linked tracks.

The choice between tracked excavator hire and wheeled excavator hire can be boiled down to two factors. It’s all about protection and traction for the particular ground the machines are operating on. Eastern Plant Hire’s dedicated equipment operators pay close attention to what they’re using their machines for.

Should I use tracked excavator hire or wheeled excavator hire in Australia?

The ground of construction sites throughout Australia can greatly fluctuate. From Brisbane to Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast, Coffs Harbour and beyond, the surface you’re operating on can change from day-to-day. With machines like excavators, it’s important they don’t get bogged in uneven terrain, slowing down the progress of the job. Tracked excavators have a much greater ground contact area than wheeled equipment, allowing them to significantly reduce the load transfer of the machine. This reduction in load transfer allows tracked excavators to ‘float’ over terrain, rather than cutting into it with wheels. Although wheels are the faster option to get around the site, it’s likely that in Australia, tracked excavators are going to be the way to go.

There are a number of machines that can be found with wheeled or tracked options in Australia.

A wide range of plant hire equipment beyond excavators can be found with either tracks or wheels. From Bobcat hire to dozer hire, loader hire, compactor hire, scraper hire and more, many modern machines have been designed to accommodate a range of earthmoving applications. Eastern Plant Hire provides all of these services across Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and the surrounding regions.

Get in touch with Eastern Plant Hire today for the best excavator hire packages in Australia.

If you’re looking to speak with an industry expert about world-class excavator hire packages, then give the team at EPH a call. We’ll be able to provide you with an obligation-free quote, as well as insightful advice that exceeds the industry standard. If you’re unable to call us, feel free to fill out our online enquiry form and we will respond to your request as soon as possible. No job is too big or small for the team at Eastern Plant Hire, so get in touch with us today!

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The Ultimate Guide to Water Cart Hire in Brisbane

Water cart hire in Brisbane can solve a wide range of issues that the modern construction site may impose. The harsh weather conditions of Queensland’s capital can make working on site a nightmare, however, these incredibly versatile machines are a great solution for many problems. The term ‘water cart hire’ is interchangeable amongst workers in Brisbane, with many different phrases being used to categorise the machines around the Sunshine State. Some of the alternative names you may hear for these innovative vehicles are:

  • Dinosaur water truck hire Brisbane
  • Water truck hire Brisbane
  • Truck-mounted water cart hire Brisbane
  • Water tanker hire Brisbane

Before you blindly dive into water cart hire in Brisbane, it’s important to figure out the logistics prior to construction commencing. Check out these useful tips on what to consider before your water cart hire in Brisbane, and the various applications a sucker truck can help you with around the Brown Snake. 

How do water carts work?

Water carts are specialised water carrying vehicles that are utilised throughout a wide range of mining and construction activities. Water cart hire in Brisbane will generally feature a water tank that is mounted to the body of a vehicle; these can be either truck mounted or dump truck mounted. Depending on the size of the water cart hire in Brisbane, the cart may be equipped with water cannons, automatic hose reels, cab operated batter sprayers and front road sprayers. Water cart hire in Brisbane can come in a wide range of sizes and designs, with the biggest water carts for hire in Brisbane being able to carry as much as 36,000 litres. The immense capacity of water cart hire in Brisbane allows them to offer efficient portable water delivery and water cartage services.

What is water cart hire in Brisbane used for? 

There are a number of great uses for water cart hire in Brisbane, and when you wet hire a water cart with EPH, you’ll have the peace of mind you’re receiving an experienced operator. Here are some of the main functions of water cart hire in Brisbane:

1 – Dust Suppression.

Construction sites across Brisbane can be incredibly dusty and dry, presenting a unique challenge for dust control. Water cart hire in Brisbane offers a powerful solution for dust suppression, with the carts soaking the dry earth to reduce clouds of dust in large and small-scale projects. Creating too much dust pollution on a worksite breaches state and federal construction laws, making water cart hire in Brisbane a necessity for many sites. 

2 –  Road Construction

By utilising water cart hire in Brisbane during road construction, you’ll be able to add moisture into the soil, making the surface easier to compact into even ground. For road construction projects, this process is critical. Water cart hire in Brisbane will typically be used in conjunction with a grader or roller to compress the road’s surface for a smooth finish. 

3 – Irrigation

4 – Portable water delivery

5 – Soil compaction

6 – Environmental rehabilitation

7 – Fire prevention

8 – Consumable water tank delivery

What’s the difference between on and off-road water cart hire in Brisbane? 

Off-road water carts, also referred to as rough terrain water carts, are commonly found amongst mining and construction sites. These machines specialise in working on properties that have unpaved roads or uneven access terrain. They can reach places that road water carts cannot, which is especially useful around Brisbane. 

On-road water carts, however, are able to access all road sites with ease, making them a perfect candidate for mid to large scale civil construction projects across Brisbane. Most water cart hire options in Brisbane will be on-road water carts. 

What are the different sizes of water cart hire in Brisbane?

Eastern Plant Hire proudly offer a range of versatile water cart hire packages in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Our fleet consists of water trucks that are able to carry between 4000L and 16000L. Every water cart hire option in our range is strictly maintained and serviced to ensure you receive the best possible service we can provide!

Eastern Plant Hire provide the very best water cart hire Brisbane has to offer!

EPH is a 100% Australian owned and operated company driven by a vision to innovate the earthmoving equipment hire industry and become Australia’s premier plant hire agency. Our water cart hire operators are some of the best in the business, with years of extensive experience behind them there’s no job that’s too difficult. Get in touch with the team at Eastern Plant Hire today and find out why we’re the water cart hire Brisbane residents rely on.

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