As a contractor, your success depends on your equipment and its ability to meet the needs of your business. At Duramag, we understand the importance of quality, made-to-last equipment; it’s the foundation we built our business on. We create 100% aluminum truck beds and van bodies that are guaranteed to last; NOT steel-aluminum hybrids that will rust over time. By investing in superior tools for your business, you’re able to get the job done more efficiently, and save yourself some serious headaches in the long run.
We’ve outlined 3 must-have pieces of equipment for a construction business in 2017:
1. The Right Dump Truck for your Line of Work
The dump truck is one of the most commonly used pieces of equipment in the construction industry for good reason. They can be utilized for a wide range of tasks on a job site such as transporting dirt or sand. Most dump trucks have a chassis that is lifted by a hydraulic ram mounted between the cab and the truck body. “It has one front axle and one or more rear axles. The common configurations for standard dump trucks include the six-wheeler and ten-wheeler.” (www.thebalance.com)
At Duramag, we offer two dump truck body options, both that are able to cover a multitude of needs. All of our dump truck bodies are made of Aluminum to ensure they’re both durable and light; the ultimate combination.
Our Duramag Eco Dump Body was created for lighter duty use, in either a commercial or residential setting. This model is an affordable option, offering features like LED lights and fully concealed wiring inside the box tube to eliminate corrosion or damaged wiring
For heavier commercial work, we recommend the Duramag HD Dump Body, built beyond professional grade. This body has sidewalls and tailgate made from heavy walled, Honeycomb chambered, construction.
2. A Reliable Skid-Steer Loader
According to The Balance, a skid-steer loader is “one of the most important pieces of equipment a builder must have.” This may be due to the fact it is able to be assembled with a serious number of attachments, making it a contractor’s best friend on the job site. Furthermore, the skid-steer is small and rigid-framed, making it super easy to fit into some hard-to-reach spaces compared to other construction equipment.
“Unlike in a conventional front loader, the lift arms in these machines are alongside the driver with the pivot points behind the driver's shoulders…. Like other front loaders, it can push material from one location to another, carry material in its bucket or load material into a truck or trailer.” (science.howstuffworks.com)
If your team is currently operating without a skid-steer, make 2017 the year you upgrade and save yourself some serious time, money and extra work.
3. A Does-It-All Machine: The Excavator
It should come as no surprise that the excavator has made our list. Advances in technology have allowed the hydraulic excavator of being capable of so much more than simply executing tasks with buckets. “With the advent of hydraulic-powered attachments such as a breaker, a grapple or an auger, the excavator is frequently used in many applications other than excavation. Many excavators feature a quick coupler for simplified attachment mounting, increasing the machine's utilization on the jobsite.” (www.natparts.com)
“A traditional excavator usually has a long bucket arm attached to a pivoting cab that can rotate a full 30 degrees.” (www.thebalance.com) According to Nat Parts, most wheeled, compact and some medium-sized (11 to 18-tonne) excavators have a backfill (or dozer) blade. This is a horizontal bulldozer-like blade attached to the undercarriage and is used for levelling and pushing removed material back into a hole.
Save yourself some major time when doing labor intense activities such as digging trenches, holes and foundations, rough grading, heavy lifting, and installing pipes by investing in the right size excavators. Begin your research by exploring the CAT website; CAT is truly the industry leader.