Heavy Construction: Cranes, Excavators and Bulldozers

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Heavy Construction: Cranes, Excavators and Bulldozers

Hi, my name is Richard, and I have an obsession with heavy construction equipment. It all began when I was just a little kid. My dad used to work in construction, and he would sometimes let me visit the site he was working on. I was fascinated by these giant machines that could lift impossible weights, dig massive holes and demolish buildings in the blink of an eye. Even though I didn't go on to work in the construction business myself, I follow the industry very closely. I decided to start a blog so I had somewhere to share my thoughts. I hope you enjoy reading it.


Tips for Renting an Excavator for Your Residential Project

Some people choose to hire excavation professionals to help them with residential projects, and this might be the right thing for you to do, too. Alternatively, it might be better for you to rent an excavator and do the job yourself. If you're thinking about doing this and want to be sure that you do it right, such as if you've never rented heavy equipment for an at-home job before, then you'll probably find some valuable information below.

Rent a Mini Excavator

One reason why you might not be sure of whether or not you want to rent an excavator for your residential project might be because you assume that all excavators are big. If you're installing a small swimming pool, digging a hole for an underground water tank or gas tank, or tackling another similar residential project, a large excavator may not be right for your job. A mini excavator might be a better choice for you. It'll probably be cheaper to rent, it'll fit better in your yard, and it should be much easier for you to operate, even if you're a beginner. Plus, even a mini excavator should work well for most residential jobs.

Make Sure You Rent the Right Attachments

To make the most out of a mini excavator, you should make sure that you have access to the right attachments. After all, you might be surprised by the many things that you can do with a mini excavator if you have attachments to work with, and you'll probably be happy to find that most companies that offer excavator rentals do offer attachments to go with them, too. You can choose from attachments that will shovel snow, plough and move dirt, dig holes, rake, pick things up, and more. If you don't really know which attachments you should be looking for, discuss your project goals and the type of terrain that you will be working with when you're talking to someone from the equipment rental company, and they should be able to make some helpful recommendations.

Give Yourself Enough Time to Get the Project Done

You might know that having access to a mini excavator when working on your project is a good way to really speed things along, and you might be feeling pretty optimistic about how quickly you can get the job done once you have a rented excavator to use. However, you should still give yourself enough time with the rental when you're booking it since you'll want to have time to get used to using it and get the job done, while leaving room for breaks and issues that might pop up along the way.

Use this information as you look at excavator equipment available for hire.