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Wheel loaders vs Excavators

When it comes to construction work, the type of earthmoving equipment that you choose to complete a job has a huge effect on the entire project. There are many different types of earthmoving equipment, some of which are similar to one another such as wheel loaders and excavators. Read all about the differences between wheel loaders and excavators below:

 

Wheel loaders

Wheel loaders have incredibly powerful features that can be used to complete jobs: rear and front axles. Both of these features are able to carry heavy metals with ease. They are used to dig up and remove any debris such as rubble rocks and soil and relocate it to another area on site. They can also be used to load goods and materials for the site, transporting it between machines or directly onto the site. Wheel loaders are the perfect choice in terms of its precision when handling materials. These machines can be used to ensure operations on site happen efficiently.

 

Excavators

Much like the wheel loader, an excavator is used to dig up rocks, soil and other debris. They can be used to move heavy materials, dig trenches and so much more, improving the sites overall productivity and efficiency. This is due the fact that excavators not only move rubble, but they move large amounts of rubble at one time, clearing the area to allow other machines to complete their jobs quickly. These machines are often used in industries such as the construction industry and the mining industry in order to help build roads, building, clear mines of debris and more.

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All you need to know about vibratory rollers

Vibratory rollers are a type of earthmoving machinery regularly used in the construction of roads and can be used in a wide variety of applications. These rollers are the perfect machines for the construction site, yet we rarely ever hear about them. If you’re unfamiliar with vibratory rollers, we’re here to tell you everything that you need to know about them:

 

What are they?

Vibratory rollers are earthmoving machines that are fitted with a smooth drum-like feature that is suitable for compacting a range of granular materials including sand. These rollers are much more effective than other rollers at compacting soil at a deeper level due to the vibrations and pressure sent through the drum, having an effect between 0.3 to 0.8 metres deep. These rollers do however move very slowly, reaching a maximum of 6 kilometres per hour.

 

How do they work?

The drum features on these rollers perform compacting through vibrations. This vibration occurs due to weights that are attached to the motor’s shaft within the drum. These rollers each have two drums that are able to cover a large surface area, quickly and efficiently compacting the ground by arranging the particles with pressure and vibrations. One great thing about these machines is that, when they are in reverse the vibrations from the drum are turned off to avoid the risk of disturbing the area that has just been compacted.

 

Maintenance tips

Vibratory rollers are low maintenance machines, but it is important to note that they still need check-ups and maintenance at regular intervals. It is important to check vibratory rollers every day, taking note of any wear and tear, engine oil levels, coolant levels, hydraulic filters and more. These regular checks will ensure your vibratory roller operates appropriately each day.

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The role of hydraulics in the construction industry

Hydraulics has been introduced to many different industries, but none have been as heavily influenced by the power of hydraulics as the construction industry has. Without hydraulics, heavy machinery such as excavators and trenchers, loaders, and more, would not be able to perform as they do currently. Hydraulics have become a major part of the construction industry, making extraordinary things possible. Read all about the role of hydraulic in the construction industry below:

 

The switch to hydraulics

The construction industry has not always been powered by hydraulics. The industry used to rely on tools such as cables and winches to perform certain tasks. It was only in the 1960’s that the industry moved to hydraulic machinery and started using bulldozers, excavators, graders and more. Over time, hydraulics has improved vastly, allowing contractors to complete high-end precision work in a much shorter time than before.

 

How it changed the industry

The hydraulic process uses a variety of components to provide the machinery with the power that it needs to perform difficult tasks. Through the help of hydraulic components, various types of earthmoving equipment can be used to lift, carry and dig up a range of materials. All of this, paired with an individual trained to use the machinery is a suitable way to ensure precision in every project.

 

Hydraulics used in construction

The construction industry uses hydraulics in many different ways. Some machines have very complex hydraulic systems that provide components such as excavation arms with the power and control necessary to perform a range of tasks.

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Why you should perform regular maintenance on earthmoving equipment

Maintaining your earthmoving equipment is essential for any project because without maintenance, the equipment may suffer from various issues such as wear and tear, and more. If the machinery fails during a job, it can take a lot of time and money to fix it before operations can continue as normal. Regular maintenance may be a bit of a pain to perform, but it offers so many benefits!

 

Save money

As we mentioned already, trying to fix equipment that has failed can become quite an expensive task. Not only will you end up having to pay for replacement parts or repairs, but you will also have to pay for the time that your team has stood around unable to work or completing other measly tasks. However, if you choose to perform regular maintenance on earthmoving equipment, the costs are far less severe, and you’ll be able to pay workers for the time they have spent completing the project.

 

Improve efficiency

When you perform regular maintenance on earthmoving equipment, it will continue to perform optimally. It may not be a brand-new piece of equipment, but maintenance ensures that your machinery works efficiently and that it continues doing so for time to come. Every part that is replaced, repaired or simply cleaned will be better than it was the day before, allowing the machine to continue working as it should.

 

Enhance safety

One of the major factors associated with maintenance is safety. If you do not maintain your earthmoving equipment, they will fail. The extent of that failure depends on the type of damage. What you need to remember is that if certain parts on the machinery fail, it can become detrimental to the safety of the operator, as well as other nearby workers. This is why it is necessary to maintain your equipment.

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The advantages of hiring earthmoving equipment professionals

In many large-scale construction or mining projects, you will often find that the contractors are professionals that have completed extensive training for earthmoving equipment operation. These professionals have the skills and expertise to handle a range of earthmoving equipment, making them the perfect choice for any project. If you need more convincing, here are a few advantages of hiring earthmoving equipment professionals:

 

Maintain the budget

When it comes to construction projects, there is always a budget to work with. When working with inexperienced contractors, there is a chance that you could run over budget due to low-quality work or certain damage that occurs. Thankfully, there are professionals out there that have the training that they need to provide you with high-quality construction work that does not breach your set budget.

 

Correct equipment operation

The professionals have the necessary experience with a range of earthmoving equipment to ensure that they operate it correctly at all times. They know exactly what to use each machine for and how to use them to their fullest potential.

 

Appropriate project management

Project management is a very important part of any construction project. Luckily, when you hire professional earthmoving equipment operators, you are also hiring a team that knows how to work together and how to meet project expectations. They are able to manage and complete a project of the highest quality within a tight deadline.

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Common causes of construction equipment failure

When your construction equipment fails, it is rarely ever at the most opportune time. The most likely time for the equipment’s failure is during a project and, unfortunately, this can cause your project to continue way behind schedule due to a need for replacement parts or repairs. To be able to prevent failure, you need to understand how these machines can fail. Here are a few common causes of construction equipment failure:

 

Improper operations

Professional construction equipment operators undergo extensive training that ensures that they are prepared to use the machines and deal with any issues they encounter during a project. If you use contractors that do not have the in-depth training necessary, they may not operate the equipment correctly causing issues with its components and possibly permanently damaging the machinery.

 

Minimal preventative maintenance

Preventative maintenance works wonders for construction equipment as it ensures that all components are in working condition at all times. If you choose to only do the bare minimum in terms of construction equipment maintenance, you can expect your equipment to handle the bare minimum. A lack of regular maintenance checks can be detrimental to the health of your machinery, as well as to the safety of your workers.

 

Ignoring warning signals

Like many other vehicles that we are used to, construction vehicles also have a range of warning lights on their screens. If these lights go on, the issue needs to be tended to immediately. If the machine’s operator does not notice the warning light or ignores the light, the issue can get much worse causing severe damage to the equipment.

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Excavators vs. Skid Steer Loaders and their benefits

Rondebult Construction Machines offers a distinct range of construction machines that can be incorporated into vast operations in construction, industrial and mining applications. We have a reliable market presence across all major cities in South Africa, Zimbabwe and other African countries.

Excavators have individual components with the ability to dig out large quantities of debris or even materials for the core purpose of construction operations. An excavator is used in conjunction with hydraulic capacities that consist of a boom, dipper, bucket and cab which rotates on a platform. The excavator can be used to remove large objects and can be beneficial to construction operations.

The streamlined efficiencies of using an excavator is better manoeuvrability, lower risk of pollution and lighter footprint on the environment. The machine specifications of excavators available from Rondebult Construction Machines include operating weight distributions, length, and width and height customisations specific to the individual operation. The ground pressure and grade-ability percentage is also customised according to the power transmission of the machine.

There are individual components of the power transmission which can include the maximum travel speed, main drive capacities, steering clutch and steering brakes.

Skid steer loaders are predominantly utilised in applications for excavation and grading as well as debris removal to overhead work. The rigid frame and strong wheel bearings prevents the forces from skidding on the floor. A skid steer loader can be more compact in nature as it is light and manoeuvrable with the arms attached to a range of tools for construction and landscaping capacities.

Get in touch with Rondebult Construction Machines for more information.

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Safety Tips for any Construction Machine

Rondebult Construction Machines offers a distinct range of construction machines that can be incorporated into vast operations in construction, industrial and mining applications. We have a reliable market presence across all major cities in South Africa, Zimbabwe and other African countries.

Excavators have individual components with the ability to dig out large quantities of debris or even materials for the core purpose of construction operations. An excavator is used in conjunction with hydraulic capacities that consist of a boom, dipper, bucket and cab which rotates on a platform. The excavator can be used to remove large objects and can be beneficial to construction operations.

The streamlined efficiencies of using an excavator is better manoeuvrability, lower risk of pollution and lighter footprint on the environment. The machine specifications of excavators available from Rondebult Construction Machines include operating weight distributions, length, and width and height customisations specific to the individual operation. The ground pressure and grade-ability percentage is also customised according to the power transmission of the machine.

There are individual components of the power transmission which can include the maximum travel speed, main drive capacities, steering clutch and steering brakes.

Skid steer loaders are predominantly utilised in applications for excavation and grading as well as debris removal to overhead work. The rigid frame and strong wheel bearings prevents the forces from skidding on the floor. A skid steer loader can be more compact in nature as it is light and manoeuvrable with the arms attached to a range of tools for construction and landscaping capacities.

Get in touch with Rondebult Construction Machines for more information.

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What to look out for when buying a second hand construction machine

Rondebult Construction Machines are industry leaders in providing machines, rentals, parts and services to a versatile range of industries and contexts.

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3 Tips in maintaining your forklift

A forklift is an incredibly useful piece of equipment, especially in the construction and building industry. This equipment is used frequently because of how useful it is and how quickly it can complete a job. Its constant use could lead to excessive wear and tear on the forklift. Regulating maintaining your forklift will expand its lifespan and ensure that it is always operating at optimal conditions. Here are three essential tips in maintaining your forklift.

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