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What is earthmoving equipment in construction?
Earthmoving equipment is used for various earthwork tasks like laying foundations, grading soil, removing dirt and rocks, digging trenches, and performing multiple demolition operations. In addition, earthmoving equipment encompasses many machines capable of excavating, grading, and other tasks. Earth movers and other heavy equipment aid in the speeding up of not only earthwork but also materials handling, demolition, and construction. There are several types of earthmoving equipment, each with its own applications. While some pieces of equipment serve a single purpose, others have overlapping functionality, so it’s essential to understand how to best add to construction fleets.
Common types of earthmoving equipment include bulldozers, skid steer loaders, motor graders, rollers, wheel loaders, backhoe loaders, and excavators.
What are bulldozers used for?
On a construction site, bulldozers are the most common earth-moving equipment. Their primary function is to move large amounts of dirt or soil from an excavation. The large metal plate or blade is moved hydraulically in a relatively narrow range of angles or simply up and down. In addition, they can move earth piles and help with rough or fine grading. Dozers are classified into track dozers and wheel dozers. Both serve the same purpose, but they navigate the site in different ways.
Track dozers distribute their own weight evenly across the tracks, reducing pressure on the ground and making this model suitable for softer ground. On the other hand, wheel dozers replace tracks with large tyres and can move up to three times faster.
What are excavators?
Excavators comprise a base cabin for the operator and a long extending arm with a bucket attachment. The operator can control the excavator hydraulically through a full 360-degree rotation from his cabin. The cabin is supported by a structure with either wheels for easier access in the operating area or tracks that can move over different terrains and earth conditions. This type of earthmoving equipment is commonly used on small and large construction sites for medium to heavy jobs, including excavation, demolition, heavy lifting, grading, landscaping, mining, dredging, and more.
What are backhoe loaders?
Backhoe loaders, also known as backhoes, are tyre-mounted earthmoving equipment that can move effortlessly over rugged terrain and are best used for light to medium duty jobs like excavation, trench digging, pipe placement, and trench filling. They can work in tight spaces thanks to the adjustable shovel at the front and a digger or bucket attached to a jointed arm at the back. Their design combines three machines: a tractor, a loader, and a backhoe.
What are wheel loaders?
Wheel loaders are also known as ‘bucket loaders’ or ‘shovel loaders’ and can be used in construction, mining, and agriculture. This earthmoving equipment can lift, push, and move on a large scale and with a large capacity. This is similar to a backhoe loader but without the backhoe. Instead, the wheels allow the operator to complete tasks quickly, but they leave more marks on the job site than loaders with tracks.
What are graders?
Motor graders are used in mining, construction, and agriculture. This earthmoving equipment is used for fine grading and moving small quantities of dirt. Between the front and rear axles is the long blade beneath the housing. When the vehicle moves, it can be adjusted to various angles and creates a flat surface. In addition, they can be equipped with a second blade in front of the forward axle for specialised use. This earthmoving equipment is commonly used in road construction to fine-grade dirt or gravel roads or to prepare the road base before the application of asphalt. However, a motor grader can also make a sloped surface or drainage ditch with shallow V-shaped cross-sections, move small amounts of soil from one location to another, and remove a layer of soil from a surface.
What are skid steer loaders?
A skid steer loader is a versatile piece of earthmoving equipment found on construction sites, farms, and manufacturing plants. Skid steer loaders can be used for various tasks like digging, grading, levelling, demolition, moving mud, compacting soil, drilling holes, lifting loads, and brush cleaning. It is a small piece of earthmoving equipment with hydraulic lifting arms on each side that can be outfitted with various attachments. Skid steer loaders come in both wheeled and tracked configurations. Wheeled models’ wheels do not turn and are powered by separate engines. Instead, the machine is turned by increasing the speed of one side’s wheels, which causes it to “skid” in the opposite direction. Skid steer loaders can be retrofitted with various attachments that allow them to
What are rollers?
Rollers are earthmoving equipment used in road construction to compact soil, gravel, concrete, or asphalt. Other typical applications include landfills and agriculture. Furthermore, rollers compact small bumps in the soil base and flatten and level out uneven ground and roadways. Padfoot rollers have many shells or knobs attached to the drum and are best suited for the compaction of soils like clay or silt. Vibratory or smooth drum rollers compact materials like dirt, gravel, rocks, sand, and asphalt using static pressure, vibration, and impact. Rollers are used with graders and water carts to achieve the desired result.
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