In the world of utility and underground construction, compact or “mini” excavators are quickly becoming MVPs on jobsites. Combining the machines’ compact size, attachment versatility, reduced ground disturbance, improved traction and comfortable cab has made them an all-star in a utility contractor’s equipment lineup.
Acquiring a truck-mounted articulating crane for your business can seem like a complicated undertaking. When considering different material-handling solutions, some utility contractors may be hesitant to take a closer look at articulating cranes because they are relatively unfamiliar with the equipment.
No matter what the application, compact excavator operators have to have the right foot forward — or the right track. A common misconception is that one track fits all applications, when in fact there is a perfect track for each need on the jobsite. Selecting the correct style can be the difference between optimal operation and unnecessary downtime.
Safety on the job seems like an obvious must-have, like the right piece of equipment or a well-trained crew member. However, safe practices can often be overlooked in the name of getting a task done quickly or simply ignorance to proper standards or equipment operation. Forgetting safety is not an option. Adhering to proper safety procedures during a project helps to ensure that everyone gets home unharmed after the day is done.
There are many types of compaction equipment designed for different applications. Basically, soil compaction is the conditioning of soil beneath or next to construction. In the case of utility construction, soil compaction provides a solid foundation around and above pipe and other utility lines where a trench is typically used.