Earthwork Series: Power Machines for Mass Excavation

Earth working is no small job. Moving large amounts of earth need to be done with careful consideration to the power machines you use and the safety of your workers. 

Trying to use the wrong machines for mass excavation and other types of earthwork can lead to serious accidents and even destabilize your site for further work. Every year there are fatalities involved with excavation that could have been prevented with better worksite conditions and proper machinery.

Here we go over the best power machines for different kinds of earthwork projects, so that you can work more efficiently and safely.

Different Types of Excavation 

The different types of excavation affect how and which tools and machinery you use. This is why it’s important to understand each type of excavation.

Excavation can either be categorized by the type of material you plan on removing or by what you’re trying to accomplish with your project. 

Often excavations that are categorized by the type of material describe how deeply you will be excavating into the ground. These excavation types include topsoil, earth, muck, and rock excavation.

Excavations that describe what your project is aiming to accomplish include bridge, drainage, underground, and channel excavation. 

When planning an excavation project it’s important to look at both the material you’ll be removing, as well as what your project’s goal is. This will ensure that you have the right machines for each aspect of your job.

Types of Power Machines for Mass Excavation

One of the most common types of machines in excavation is the excavator. As the name suggests this machine is built to dig and lift large amounts of earth. Excavators can quickly dig a hole or trench, and can also aid in the site demolition process.

There are different types of excavators with differences in size and terrain types. This includes spider excavators that can move on any terrain with legs instead of using treads that can get stuck in wet or rocky terrains. 

Bulldozers and loaders are helpful when it comes to getting rid of earth material from the work site or pushing through it. These machines are helpful for any size job since they come in many versatile sizes to suit your needs.

Trenchers are the ideal machine when your project involves digging a trench. Especially when the end result is laying a pipeline of some sort. 

Choosing the Right Machine for the Right Job

It’s important to know the exact specifications for how large your project will be so that you can select the right-sized machines that will handle the load that your job demands without being too big or too small.

Buying or renting a machine that isn’t the right size for your project will end up costing you money in the end as well as delay its completion.

When looking for the right power machines for your excavation project you need to keep in mind how much of a budget you’re working with. This will allow you to get the machines that you can afford that will be the most efficient for the job

Find the Perfect Machine Today

Understanding the ins and outs of your project will aid you in acquiring the right power machines for your job. This will keep the people involved in your project safe and save you money.

Here at BuildPro, we can help you make sure that you’re using the right machines as well as aid your project through every stage. 

Click here to see how BuildPro can help you! 

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