What you need to know when looking for an earthmoving contractor
Earthmoving, also known as earthworks, involves the moving or processing of dirt, soil, rock or gravel. These materials can be moved to different locations and are commonly used to fill holes in the ground or create materials for construction.
What to consider before hiring an earthmoving contractor
There are many different kinds of earthmoving jobs. When looking for or hiring a contractor, you need to identify and specify what type of earthmoving job you will be doing. Below are the different kinds of earthmoving works contractors do:
- Bulk / general earthworks - this includes most major projects which involves the movement and placement of soil or rock. This type of earthwork is usually seen on civil, commercial and residential construction sites, as well as mining sites.
- Detailed earthworks - this pertains to smaller earthworks or detailing works such as in gardening or digging out for a swimming pool. This usually occurs on tight-access sites like backyards or on residential areas.
- Basement excavation - this involves deep excavations for a structure’s foundation, which will become a building’s basement once construction is done. Shoring or the usage of support beams, plates or walls is needed for this type of earthworks in order to avoid the collapse of the ground surrounding the dugout area.
- Spoil removal - this relates to the removal of excavated materials such as soil, rock, debris and contaminated soil.
- Filled / filling earthworks – this involves the filling out of dugout areas with soil, sand, rock or gravel.
Equipment used in earthmoving
Earthmoving requires several types of equipment, including (but not limited to) the following:
- Excavators - equipment that features an arm which has a bucket at the end used for digging.
- Graders - machinery which has a long blade that is used for creating flat surfaces during the grading process of a construction project.
- Dozers - a type of crawler which is equipped with a metal plate for pushing dirt or other materials on-site.
- Dump trucks - these are trucks with an open-box bed at the back and is used to transport dirt or other materials.
- Backhoes - has a digging arm (similar to an excavator) at the rear and a loader in front.
- Loaders - used to scoop up materials such as soil, debris or gravel.
- Scrapers - this equipment has a vertical moving hopper or bowl at the rear and a cutter in front to loosen up dirt that fills up the rear hopper.
How much would it cost to hire an earthmoving contractor?
The cost of hiring an earthmoving contractor will depend on the type of earthworks you require. Other factors such as the size and scope of the project will also affect the total cost of hiring an earthmoving contractor.
Are you looking to engage with an earthmoving contractor for an upcoming project? Our hire experts can give you some advice on finding the right contractor for the job. You can reach out to them on 1300 550 434 or you can send in an earthmoving package quote request online from local contractors with PlantMiner.
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