Workhorse Equipment for Any Construction Yard

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Tim King in Baghdad, Iraq in 2008

Some building projects are as small as houses while others are multi-story or cover several acres and need monster equipment. It is a good idea for a small- to medium-sized construction company to have basic vehicles, but sometimes heavy duty or specialized trucks are needed. For larger than average reach and power, a third party can lend to a company what it cannot practically buy.
Workhorse Equipment for Any Construction Yard

The Reliable Yellow Backhoe Tractor

Even small companies use a light- to medium-duty backhoe for all sorts of jobs. A backhoe can technically be attached to any vehicle, including light trucks; a tractor has the weight to provide stability and the engine to provide power. Tractors have large wheels for working in mud. The backhoe can scoop dirt but can also lift packages two stories high.

Cement Mixers for Constant Pouring

Dry concrete mix is viable for six months to a year. Once water is added, it threatens to set within minutes or hours. Cement mixers keep the aggregate evenly distributed while preventing the mix from solidifying. They are necessary for any project that requires poured cement. This ranges from patios to building foundations and walls. They save time and keep the production line rolling.

Crane Services When Ordinary is Not Enough

A backhoe can lift medium packages, but a crane is specifically built to handle objects weighing tons. The arm on the largest equipment extends as well as rises, giving unprecedented reach over previous generations of cranes. Because the latest models are expensive, it is inevitable that most companies will rent this type of vehicle. One of the nation’s largest providers is Crane & Rigging Corporation, which is affiliated with Advantage Machinery Services, Inc.

Bucket Trucks for Skilled Operators

Fine electrical equipment is handled by an electrician, which is work that no robot can substitute. A bucket truck for working with lines or installing windows and other high rise features contains two operators: The driver and the worker in the bucket. The arm can also be fitted with claws and rotating blades. Most companies will have a medium bucket truck, but many construction projects will require larger and higher.
 
Deciding to rent equipment is always a dilemma for construction companies. The rental fee is an added expense, but the company avoids costly purchases and is free from maintaining specialized vehicles. Additional resources will testify to the advantages of renting the largest equipment. It adds great flexibility to what a construction company can deliver.

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