Cathy Habas, Negosentro | If you already run a successful construction business, you may be hungry to expand your services. One way to do this is to offer site work services. Site work involves all of the preparatory services that lead up to the actual construction of a building. A good site work team is crucial to the success of the overall construction.
But even the best site work crew is nothing without the proper equipment to work with. Thanks to input from a Houston site work preparation team, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common heavy machinery for this line of work.
Site Work Equipment
Once you have a good understanding of what site work entails, it’s time to think about the practicality of adding it to your service offerings. One of the greatest barriers is the cost of equipment, but you can potentially rent or lease these machines to cut down on the price.
Once you have your fleet paid off, you can enjoy greater profits with your business. In fact, if you already offer some construction services, you might have a few vehicles already that will come in handy.
There are dozens of useful site work machines that can help you tackle hundreds of acres at a time, if needed. Some serve a variety of purposes, and others are tremendously specific. In addition, if you frequently service residential areas where you may need to move heavy machinery over driveways or patios, wheel-mounted equipment can be a better choice than those with tracks.
- Excavators live up to their name by removing dirt and rock to level or clear a building site. Their digging arm is also useful for moving organic materials for rough grading, digging ponds and trenches, for cleaning up debris after demolition, and more.
- Backhoe Loaders have a small shovel bucket on one end, like a miniature excavator, and a loading bucket on the other end. This makes it a versatile tool for small- to medium-sized projects
- Bulldozers are perfect for rough grading. They are designed to push dirt around, and their blade can be angled to achieve the correct gradient. These are true powerhouses and a must-have for any major construction team.
- Dump Trucks haul materials from one site to another. This machine is helpful to have on hand at any stage of construction. For example: top soil from land clearing, rocks and soil from excavation, rubble from demolition and miscellaneous waste from the construction process can all be hauled away in a dump truck. These trucks also make it easy to cut down on delivery costs, since you can pick up and haul an order of, for example, gravel on your own.
- Motor Graders move much smaller amounts of dirt than bulldozers or excavators, making them perfect for fine grading. They also come in handy when needing to create a level surface on an already-flat area.
- Trenchers designed for heavy-duty use look like formidable chainsaws. A conveyor belt helps to remove debris while the blade pushes deeper into the soil.
- Hydro-axes raze mature trees in mere minutes, chopping them into mulch on the spot. They are often the “first line of defense” (or in this case, offense) when clearing land to prepare for a new construction.
- Stump Grinders go below the surface to remove tree stumps, thus making it easier for excavators, backhoe loaders and bulldozers to come in and remove top soil.
There are plenty of other machines that make site work easier, but this list covers many of the basics that can help you decide how to assemble your initial site work fleet.