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Skid Steer

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Skid Steer

The skid steer is a piece of equipment that can be found on almost every jobsite, large or small!  They are extremely useful pieces of equipment, that have many work-tools or attachments available, helping to make them even more versatile!  Buckets, forks, brooms, grapples, augers, stump-grinders, and log-splitters, just to name a few of the useful tools that are available.

Description

A skid loader, skid-steer loader, or skidsteer, is a small, rigid-frame, engine-powered machine with lift arms used to attach a wide variety of labor-saving tools or attachments.

Skid-steer loaders can be either four-wheel vehicles with the wheels mechanically locked in synchronization on each side, or machines with tracks.  By operating the left and right wheel pairs at different speeds, the machine turns by skidding, hence the name skid steer.  Because of this ability, Skid-steer loaders are capable of zero-radius, “pirouette” turning, which makes them extremely maneuverable and valuable for applications that require a compact, agile loader. When Skid-steer loaders are equipped with tracks in lieu of the wheels it is known as a multi terrain loader.

Backhoe

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Backhoes

Backhoes are used on many projects, with Operators assisting contractors by digging ditches to lay electrical conduit, put in gas  and water lines, set catch basins, or creating drainage for the property.  They can also be used to load trucks, and move alot of material quickly around the jobsite.

Description

A backhoe loader is a tractor-like vehicle with a backhoe at one end, a front loader on the other and a swiveling seat to position the operator to face whichever direction they are using at that time. The backhoe is a general duty piece of equipment, with the ability to accomplish many tasks on the jobsite!

 

Scrapers

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Scrapers

 

Scrapers are used to move large amounts of materials, very fast.  As we all know time is money!  The faster (and safer) that we can move the materials into the locations that we need them, the better off we are.  You will see many varieties of scrapers from several manufacturers on the large dirt jobs.  They will have 1 engine (sometimes called single barrel) and others may have 2 engines!  (sometimes called double barrel).

Description

In construction, a wheeled tractor-scraper is a piece of heavy equipment used for earth-moving. The rear part of the scraper has a vertically movable hopper with a sharp horizontal front “cutting edge” which can be raised or lowered. The cutting edge slices into the soil, like a carpenter’s plane cutting wood, and fills the hopper. When the hopper is full it is raised, closed, and the scraper can transport its load to the fill area where it is dumped. With a type called an “elevating scraper” or a “self-loading” scraper, a paddle wheel helps move material from the cutting edge into the hopper.

Track Loader

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Track Loaders

 

Track loaders are hard working pieces of equipment.  they are frequently used on pipe laying projects, when and where their rubber tired family members are not the most ideal of choices.  They are also frequently used on demolition projects because of their strength and durability in those vary hazardous environments!

Description

A tracked loader is piece of construction equipment that consists of a tracked chassis with a bucket for digging and loading material. The history of tracked loaders can be defined by three evolutions of their design. Each of these evolutions made the tracked loader a more viable and versatile tool in the excavation industry. These machines are capable in nearly every task, but master of none. A bulldozer, an excavator, or a wheel loader will out perform a tracked loader under a specific set of conditions, but the ability of a tracked loader to perform almost every task on a job site is why it remains a part of many companies’ fleets.

Loaders (Rubber Tire)

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Loaders (Rubber Tire)

 

Rubber tired loaders are great pieces of equipment to have on the jobsite.  Do you need some dirt or stone in your ditch?  Do you need more pipe?  Do you need to load some dirt or gravel or sand into a dump truck?  The loader can handle it!  They come in a wide variety of sizes to meet the needs and demands of the job, and a good Loader Operator is worth their weight in GOLD!

Description

A loader (bucket loader, front loader, front-end loader, payloader, scoop, shovel, skip loader, or wheel loader) is a heavy equipment machine used in construction to move aside or load materials such as asphalt, demolition debris, dirt, snow, feed, gravel, logs, raw minerals, recycled material, rock, sand, woodchips, etc. into or onto another type of machinery (such as a dump truck, conveyor belt, feed-hopper, or railroad car).

Compactors

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Compactors

 

Compactors are used to help build firm and stable foundations!  Without good compaction, or highways, bridges, dams and buildings would not last!  Compactors are very important pieces of equipment, helping us build things that are going to last for a very long time!

Description

A compactor is a machine or mechanism used to reduce the size of material such as waste material or dirt and gravel through compaction. With fewer gaps between the particles, it makes it firmer, or more stable, allowing for a strong foundation to build a road, or even a skyscraper on. 

In landfill sites for example, a large compactor with spiked steel wheels, called a landfill compactor, is used to drive over waste deposited by trucks, to cause the material to be pressed together so that it takes up much less space, making room for even more trash!

Smooth Drum Rollers

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Smooth Drum Rollers

These rollers come in a variety of manufacturers in a wide array of sizes and configurations.  They can be smooth drum vibratory articulated rollers that are used frequently on large fill areas of dirt or stone, or they can be dual steel drum rollers that are normally found rolling asphalt on the highway following behind the paving machines.

Description

A roller is a compactor type engineering vehicle used to compact soil, gravel, concrete, or asphalt in the construction of roads and foundations. Similar rollers are used also at landfills or in agriculture.

In some parts of the world, road rollers are still known colloquially as steam rollers, regardless of their method of propulsion, even though steam has not been used for propulsion for a VERY long time.

Motor Grader

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Motor Grader

 

Motor Graders are very versatile pieces of equipment that help build roads and parking lots.  In the hands of a skilled and knowledgeable Operator they have the ability to build drainage ditches, slopes and can even clean-up a vertical high-wall!  They come in a wide variety of sizes that range from the size of the average automobile to being more than 45 feet in length, up to 24 feet wide with more than 500 horse power, and weighing in at over 60 tons!

Description

A grader, also commonly referred to as a road grader or a motor grader, is a construction machine with a long blade used to create a flat surface during the grading process. Typical models have three axles, with the engine and cab situated above the rear axles at one end of the vehicle and a third axle at the front end of the vehicle, with the blade in between.  Some construction personnel refer to the entire machine as a “blade”, or perhaps a “maintainer”.

Graders are used in the construction and maintenance of dirt and gravel roads. In the construction of paved roads they are used to prepare the base course to create a wide flat surface upon which to place the pavement material. Graders are also used to set soil foundation pads to “finish grade” prior to the construction of large buildings. Graders can produce inclined surfaces, to give cross-slope to roads. They are also used to produce drainage ditches with shallow V-shaped cross-sections on either side of highways.

Excavators

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Excavators (Hydraulic Excavators) are heavy construction equipment consisting of a boom, dipper (or stick), bucket and cab on a rotating platform known as the “house”. The house sits atop an undercarriage with tracks or wheels. They are a natural progression from the steam shovels and often mistakenly called power shovels. All movement and functions of a hydraulic excavator are accomplished through the use of hydraulic fluid, with hydraulic cylinders and hydraulic motors. Due to the linear actuation of hydraulic cylinders, their mode of operation is fundamentally different from cable-operated excavators which uses winches and steel ropes to accomplish the movements.

Excavators

 

Excavators have a WIDE variety of uses on the jobsite.  They can be very small, or extremely LARGE.  They are used to “excavate” or dig ditches, trenches and large areas.  Excavators can move large amounts of materials very quickly.  They are also used to lift and place large and small objects around the jobsite.  With the addition of “quick-connect” attachments, they can be used to sift through rocks and debris, compact dirt and stone, broom off buildings and streets as well as chip and mulch trees and brush.

Truck Crane

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Truck Cranes

 

Truck Cranes are very versatile pieces of equipment that allow contractors to get to job sites in a variety of places.  They come in many sizes and are rated by how much they can pick up.  Normally, the bigger the truck crane, the larger the load that can be hoisted and they greater the reach they have!  It takes a very special skill set to be able to run a crane, and someone with patience and good judgement.

Description

Generally, these cranes are able to travel on highways, eliminating the need for special equipment to transport the crane unless weight or other size constrictions are in place such as local laws. If this is the case, most larger cranes are equipped with either special trailers to help spread the load over more axles or are able to disassemble to meet requirements. An example is counterweights. Often a crane will be followed by another truck hauling the counterweights that are removed for travel.

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