An excavator is easily the most used earthmoving equipment. Its applications are endless, especially when fitted with the different attachments available in the market. In most cases, an excavator does not work alone. Other heavy machinery equipment are also needed to supplement what it can do. So if you are planning to hire an excavator, you may need to hire these 4 other equipment as well.
Dump trumps are often used hand-in-hand with excavators. When excavators dig the ground and break the soil, the collected earth is removed and loaded into dump trucks. The dump trucks then remove the soil from the site and take it to another site. As such, you may need to hire a few dump trucks if earth removal from the site is needed. If so, you will need to evaluate how many trucks are needed depending on how much earth you need removed and under what timeframe.
Loaders are also commonly used anywhere there is an excavator. Their job is to scoop earth and to load it into awaiting dump trucks. In large scale operations where the excavator is busy full time, it makes more sense to have a loader putting soil into the trucks. This ensures that the excavator is not diverted from its digging tasks. Loaders, in turn, are able to load earth faster because they have bigger buckets.
Dozers too may be needed on your site. Dozers are mainly used to backfill earth. Once the excavator has scooped earth and the necessary installations have been carried out, the dozer can push large amounts of earth back into the ground. Dozers can also be used to carry out simple grading on loose soil once excavation has been carried out. When loaders are removing soil that has been dug out, dozers can consolidate piles of earth to allow easier scooping by the loader.
Last but not least, you may need to hire compactors. Compactors are useful when you need to compact the ground after excavation or grading. This ensures that the ground is stable and flat. This is a common step in most earthmoving and construction processes. You can opt for vibrating plate compactors or drum compactors. The former is ideal for small sites while drum compactors are ideal for large sites. If you need more earthmoving machinery or are not sure which machines you may need, talk to your project manager or consult an earthmoving hire company.