Earthmoving equipment is so diverse that one must be clear regarding what they want in order to avoid wasting resources on unsuitable equipment. This article discusses some questions that can help you to get the best equipment for your project.
What Are My Plant Requirements?
Think about the extent and type of work that you would like to be done. How heavy are the loads? What type of materials will be handled? What kind of attachments will be needed for the different aspects of the earthmoving work? What clearance will be available from other equipment? How easy is it to access the jobsite? Your answers to these questions will help you to clarify the earthmoving equipment that is best suited to your needs. For instance, congested sites favour compact earthmoving equipment. Delicate paving materials are better navigated by earthmoving equipment on rubber tracks instead of metallic tracks.
What Do Inspection and Maintenance Records Reveal?
Providers of earthmoving services often give their clients some leeway during the process of selecting the particular equipment that they need for their project. Use this opportunity to select the best machines available. Review the logbooks of the different machines in order to find out whether any of them has had any nagging mechanical issues. Review the maintenance and repair records to identify the machines that haven't undergone any major repairs recently. Ask for and read through the routine inspection reports of the different machines. Going through all these different records will allow you to pick the earthmoving equipment that will be least likely to break down when it is at your site.
Are All Markings and Manuals in Order?
The severe conditions under which earthmoving equipment operates can cause visible signs of wear, such as faded markings on the exterior of the equipment. Some markings, such as maximum load ratings, are crucial as the equipment is used on a day-to-day basis. It is therefore important for you to check and confirm that all the necessary markings (the controls, ratings and attachments, for example) are in place. You should also confirm that the operating manuals of that equipment are in a language that you understand. This is particularly important if you will be operating that equipment yourself.
As you can see, selecting earthmoving equipment to rent for a project is a process that requires attention to detail. Work with a professional to help you navigate this process in case you have never done it on your own. You can also call providers of earthmoving services for help in case you are uncertain about any aspect of your project's specifications.