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Plant Machinery Explained

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If you pursue a living in the construction industry, chances are you have already experienced the benefits of working with plant machinery and equipment such as dumpers, cranes and excavators. Even if you are not familiar with plant machineries, you have already gained its benefits without you knowing it, via the structure that was the result of the construction work (e.g. the house you are living in or the building where your office is situated). The construction industry utilises a wide range of equipment, tools and machinery, and they all have a specific task to carry out. For a novice, it may be hard to determine what machinery to use for a specific task but today, we will have a quick run through of the frequently used plant machineries in the construction industry.

Backhoe Loader. This machine was designed to dig, trench, back-fill and handle various materials in the construction site. This is made possible because of its powerful hydraulics. This durable and versatile machine is frequently used in digging foundations for various building projects, demolition, excavation, asphalt breaking and road resurfacing. They are also frequently used by the landscaping industry. The backhoe is capable of shifting soil wherever it is needed. Backhoe loaders come in various sizes. These machines enhance the performance of the construction crew and its precise handling allows the operator to work on it even in construction areas with restricted sizes or difficult access. Their versatility, size and performance makes it a great investment.

Excavator. This machine is also called a mechanical shovel or digger. It is a heavy machinery that is also used in digging, trenching, landscaping, handling materials and river dredging. The excavator has a cab that is located on a revolving platform called the ‘house’ where the bucket, stick, boom, wheels and tracks can be accessed by the operator.

Forward Tipping Dumper. This is a smaller equipment frequently used onsite. It has 4 wheels and a load skip at the front. It is used to transport waste and materials around the construction site. The front skip can be tilted to dump the load whenever the operator has reached its intended location. Since it is strong and sturdy, it can also be used to tow other construction equipment and vehicles within the construction site.

Loading Shovel. This is another heavy-duty machine that is frequently used in the construction industry to perform a variety of tasks. This extremely versatile machine is used in shifting materials from one location to another. It is used in applications such as handling recyclable and waste materials, handling blocks, clearing the ground and quarrying.

Lorry Loader Crane. Otherwise known as the articulating crane, this machine comes with hydraulic arms that are fitted in a lorry. It is commonly used in loading and unloading construction raw materials or wastes. The hydraulic arms can be folded when not in use.

Overhead Gantry Crane. This is a very large machine that has a crane that is capable of lifting heavy objects with the use of a hoist system attached to a trolley. Overhead traveling cranes, suspension cranes and bridge cranes are all overhead gantry cranes. The lift is made possible by a gantry beam that is connected to a series of rails and wheels.

They are usually installed on the side of a construction project, on the pier or docks, factories or large structures. These machines are capable of carrying very heavy objects as long as the entire length of the structure. They are also used in manufacturing large vehicles, equipment, as well as loading and unloading of materials.

Roller. It is otherwise known as the ride on roller or roller-compactor. It is used in compressing asphalt, gravel and soil. It comes in various sizes, all of which have different applications to fulfill. The heavy weight of the drum in front of the machine is used in compressing the surface it is rolling on.

Rollers are frequently used in preparing the ground for various building projects, building roads and bridges, compacting the waste materials in landfill sites, as well as in agriculture.

AU Grab Hire can offer a wide range of quality machinery that will suit all needs from small tight fitting jobs to large commercial jobs.We are able to provide excavators of all sizes, rollers, whacker plates and dumpers.

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