Big Boys' Toys: The Thrill Of Heavy Construction Equipment

Two tips to keep in mind if you plan to rent earthmoving equipment for your home renovations

Using earthmoving equipment during a home renovation project is a great way to ensure that the renovations are completed quickly and efficiently. If this is something you plan to do, you may find the following tips to be helpful.

Discuss your renovation project with the equipment hire company before choosing specific machinery

It is sensible to discuss the details of your renovation project with the rental company prior to renting specific pieces of machinery from them.

The reason for this is as follows; you may find it difficult to pick the right piece of equipment for your needs. For example, it might be hard to accurately gauge what load capacity you need your skid-steer loader to have, or what size excavator is most suitable for your particular project.

Speaking to an expert from the rental company about the nature of your renovation project will help you to avoid choosing the wrong type of equipment.

For example, if you only need to dig a small trench (in order to create an excavation to build a small swimming pool or a pond in your garden), then the rental company may advise you to hire a compact excavator instead of a standard, large one.

This will not only be less expensive but will also be easier to manoeuvre and may, therefore, reduce the risk of the machinery causing damage to nearby structures when you turn it around (due to the fact that it is less bulky than a standard excavator).

Be mindful of the impact this equipment might have on neighbouring properties

Using earthmoving equipment will, as explained above, make quick work of many of the tasks on your renovation to-do list.

However, the presence of this large, imposing machinery may also affect your neighbours, and it is important to be mindful of this and to do what you can to prevent it from disturbing those who live near you.

For example, if you will be using the aforementioned excavator to create an excavation in your back garden, you should do this in a very slow and controlled manner, in order to avoid accidentally knocking over any fences or walls that you share with your neighbour or accidentally dumping soil from the excavation onto their garden.

Likewise, if you will be using a bulldozer to remove hedges or small trees from your property, you should ensure that any debris that becomes airborne during this process does not land on your neighbour's property (if it does, you should clean it up immediately).

For more information and tips, contact a local earthmoving equipment hire company. 

About Me

Big Boys' Toys: The Thrill Of Heavy Construction Equipment

Hey there. I’m Dennis Shaw. I’m a vet who has become an accidental fan of heavy equipment. When my son was younger, he only played with construction machinery toys. He had dozens of bulldozers, cranes, graders, and excavators. You can imagine his excitement when we were driving along and encountered a real-life piece of equipment in action! His excitement was quite infectious, and I found myself getting a thrill too. For his birthday, I would always take him to a construction equipment expo, so that we could check out the shiny new models. Now, he has almost finished school and plans to obtain various tickets to operate equipment. I know that I can’t be the only accidental fan of heavy construction equipment. If you find yourself similarly enthralled , I hope that you can enjoy this corner of the web.


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