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Coal Mining Equipment 101: Borers And Coal Cutting Machines

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Coal Mining Equipment 101: Borers And Coal Cutting Machines

Modern coal mining equipment is like nothing else you have ever seen. It is no longer coal cars on a rails and men with pickaxes and shovels, but extremely large, heavy construction-type equipment. If you have never been in a coal mine before, you may be very surprised to see the following pieces of equipment in use. Longwall Machines These astounding machines are the size of an extra large dump truck but bore through mining tunnels like gophers through gopher holes. There is a platform in the middle, shielded by a large overhanging, roof-like plate. On either side is a set of rotary cutters that cut huge slabs of coal out of the mine’s walls and drop it on a conveyor belt, which then takes the coal out of the mine. Two miners generally operate this massive machine, standing on the platform in the center to operate the controls. Since they are protected by the long, overhanging plate above, the ceilings of the mine are allowed to collapse behind them as the machine bores through. If the ceiling does collapse, the overhanging plate creates a large air pocket which protects the miners from suffocation. Continuous Miners If a coal mining company does not use a longwall machine, they might use a continuous miner. This machine is similar in appearance to a frontloader in that it has a lift arm on the front end. On the end of that lift arm are a series of rotary cutting balls, very similar to the same ones used on a longwall machine. The continuous miner begins the cutting process into the mountain or the area of the earth where coal is suspected to exist. It then continues the mining process, cutting away everything in front of it and above it in an up-down and forward motion. There is nothing added onto the machine to protect miners from a cave-in, so it is generally used with great caution or used in conjunction with a roof bolter. Roof bolter A roof bolter is somewhat self-explanatory. It bolts the roofs of coal mines up so that fewer cave-ins occur. However, the very size of this machine is formidable and on par with the sizes of the other heavy construction equipment used to bore through the earth to collect coal. Often, a roof bolter will follow after a continuous miner, bolting up the ceiling to protect the miners who operate the continuous miner machine. At the end of the work day, the roof bolter and its operators may exit the tunnel completely, while the mining and boring machines may remain. For more information about large mining equipment, contact a company like Don Leslie Supply,...

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What Equipment You Can Rent For Your Garden, And When You Should Hire A Pro

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Equipment You Can Rent For Your Garden, And When You Should Hire A Pro

When you’re a homeowner that wants to gain independence, confidence, and control with DIY work in your garden, you may be tempted to take on every project that comes your way. Garden and landscaping equipment rentals can help you tackle outdoor DIY projects, giving you the chance to save money and gain confidence in taking care of the maintenance or updating of your property. Though garden equipment rentals can be a great way to save money and up your game outside, there are a few rentals that may be better left to the pros. So if you’re contemplating a few jobs outside that need to be completed, here’s what you can rent yourself, and what you should leave to a contractor. Lawn Care is a DIY Affair Lawn care equipment offers you an abundance of resources to enhance the health of your lawn or introduce a new one, as long as you are willing to understand the basics. Lawn care can be a DIY affair when you’re familiar with seeding, aerating, trimming, blowing, and the basic demands of the task at hand. Before you begin any chore associated with your lawn, do some research as to the best time of the year to accomplish the task, how often to perform it, and what it takes to get the best results, as far as maintenance is concerned. But beyond the research required to do lawn care yourself, renting the equipment you’ll need to do it can often provide you a way to proactively participate in bringing a better lawn home. Mowers, aerators, trenchers, lawn conditioners, blowers, trimmers, and even edgers are power tools that require a low level of skill and effort to use, are relatively safe (as long as you stay away from moving parts), and can make a big impact on your outdoors. Trees, Branches, and Stumps Can Be Tricky The next tier of outdoor activities can be tricky, as dealing with trees, branches, and stumps requires you to operate rental equipment that is hazardous, can require working at heights, and may cause the displacement of debris in the process. Trees and branches that need to be removed should always be handled by a professional if you don’t have experience, because the patterns where they fall can cause considerable damages and injury if not carefully calculated and executed. Chainsaws require familiarity and skill to operate, and doing so on ladders or roofs can be difficult for even a seasoned professional. And though stump grinding equipment can be tempting to rent for the day if you have a few to get rid of, hiring a professional will ensure that you correctly remove the entire stump with minimal chance of dismemberment, or damage caused by either flying debris or breaching underground utilities. Stump grinding is difficult to deal with for a novice also, because the size, depth, and type of wood being ground must be dealt with using the proper equipment–if you rent a machine that can’t handle the task you risk damaging a machine that you aren’t prepared to pay for. ...

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Plant Relocation Tips

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Plant Relocation Tips

If you are considering relocating one or multiple plants, then you have a pretty big task ahead of you. There are a lot of things that you will need to plan for and keep track of, which is made even more stressful by the fact that a small mistake could end up costing you a lot of money. Here are some tips that you should consider before seriously committing to plant relocation: Evaluate the State of Your Equipment When planning to relocate, you might want to make your destination facility as similar to the origin facility as possible. This could mean getting a facility has an identical layout or transporting all of your current equipment to the new facility. However, this might not always make the most economic sense. Buying New vs Moving Old Shipping your current equipment can be a pretty expensive proposition, so you will need to weigh that cost against the price of new equipment. Of course, you will probably also need to factor in the distance that you will need to transport the new equipment to reach your facility. In some cases, buying new equipment could be best, especially if your current equipment is particularly old. Some equipment is too fragile to be shipped normally, which might drive up the cost of shipping by a huge margin. If you are unable to secure a cost effective means of shipping such equipment, then buying new and starting over could be your best bet. You’ll also need to weigh those cost factors against the less quantitative attributes of your old equipment. In some cases, getting new equipment can improve morale and productivity. This boost could be substantial enough to tip the scales in favor of buying new equipment rather than shipping the old. Evidence for Shipping Damage Another big factor that you need to consider is the potential for damage during shipping. In many cases, you will hire an outside contractor to ship your equipment for you. If something is damaged, you will want to be able to prove that the damage happened during shipping, since that could allow you to pursue compensation (or even a lawsuit if all else fails) against the shipping company. Therefore, you want to make detailed documentation (including photos) of the status of every single piece of equipment before it is shipped. This also has the secondary benefit of improving organization and helping make the move easier, since you will have detailed records of absolutely everything that was transported. When you are moving a lot of stuff, it can be easy to lose track of certain pieces of...

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Four Sources For Used Heavy Construction Equipment

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Sources For Used Heavy Construction Equipment

Are you interested in procuring used heavy construction equipment? If you want to save money on your equipment purchases, it’s usually the best way; used heavy construction equipment will often still have a significantly long usable life and will be vastly under-priced compared to newer models. Still, it can be difficult to find used heavy construction equipment. To get the best heavy construction equipment, you may want to check the following markets. 1. Government Auctions When government jobs are completed they may occasionally auction off heavy construction equipment that is no longer necessary. This equipment could be unneeded because a particular department has been downsized or because the fleet has been renovated. Either way, the government will often attempt to recoup their budget through an auction. Look at county auctions frequently if there are items that you need.  2. Online Classifieds Believe it or not, used heavy construction equipment is sold on consumer sites. In fact, you can usually get a good deal through online classifieds and even auction sites. But there is a caveat: when you purchase construction equipment through online classifieds, you need to figure out how to actually get it to your work site. This may not be a trivial task if it’s in another state altogether.  3. Other Construction Companies Don’t be afraid to call around to ask other companies if they are thinking of selling some of their older equipment. They will often welcome the ability to unload some of their equipment without having to go through the arduous process of first finding a buyer. Used construction equipment is a rather small niche — sometimes it’s easier for companies to hold on to their old equipment than to secure a buyer.  4. Rental Services Heavy construction rental companies will often sell the models of construction equipment that they no longer use. If you don’t want to rent a piece of equipment, you can instead ask them if they have anything for sale on their lot. They may even be able to put you on a wait list and call you should the item that you want come up. And, of course, even if they don’t have the item for sale, you may be able to lease it.  If you still can’t find heavy construction equipment, you might want to consider contacting the manufacturer to find more information. Often you can get discounts or financing on new models — or the manufacturer may still have older models in stock that they are looking to...

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Moving Your Furniture Into A High-Rise Apartment

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Moving Your Furniture Into A High-Rise Apartment

Moving furniture and appliances can be one of the most challenging tasks if you live in a high-rise apartment. Rather than try to drag your furniture all the way up the stairs, risking injury or damage to your furniture, you should instead consider hiring a crane service that can bypass the very tight spaces you’d otherwise have to navigate. Instead, your furniture can be placed on your balcony or carried directly through your window. Also, if you own an older home that has stairs that are not very wide, you might need a crane. Moving It Yourself If you’d like to first try moving the furniture up the stairs yourself, you will need to cover your furniture completely with blankets and then wrap the blankets tightly to the furniture with plastic wrap. Then, you will need to get a lifting buddy who can help you carry the furniture after securing lifting straps to the bottom of it. The straps support the weight of the furniture and also free your hands for guiding the furniture. Hiring a Crane Service Before you hire a crane service, perform accurate measurements to verify that you would be able to fit your furniture through a window or the doorway of a balcony. If not, you might want to reconsider how important the piece of furniture is. Still, it is worth asking a furniture crane service to visit your home to estimate whether they will be able to somehow fit your furniture in. When consulting with your landlord, you may receive permission to remove a door or sash so that the furniture is able to fit. Choosing Between a Hoist and Hydraulic Crane Furniture can be lifted using a furniture hoist, also called a furniture crane. If the furniture is heavier than 250 pounds, it may be necessary to use a hydraulic crane. Other hoists must place the furniture on the railing or window frame at some point, but doing so can cause damage. Also, a hoist is usually only able to reach the fourth or fifth floor at best, so it may be necessary to use a hydraulic crane. Protecting Your Furniture When your item is transported by crane, it needs to be covered with protective pads to make sure that the furniture is not damaged on the way up. The cost of the padding is usually added to the bill. Therefore, the more items that you will have hoisted up by crane, the more expensive the whole process will be. To learn more, speak with a business like A C Jones Trucking...

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Renting Heavy Equipment For Your Project? Be Sure To Ask These Three Questions

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Renting Heavy Equipment For Your Project? Be Sure To Ask These Three Questions

If you have a significant amount of property and a major outdoor project to get completed, it’s worth considering renting a piece of heavy equipment. Whether you need a backhoe, loader or bulldozer, talking to a heavy equipment rental company and finding the right piece of machinery for your job can help to get the work done quickly and correctly. During your pre-rental discussion, you’ll likely have some basic questions about the price and length of the rental and whether it comes with an operator, but there are a handful of other questions to ask to ensure you’re as informed as possible. Here are three other questions to discuss. Beyond The Rental Price, What Other Fees Will I Pay? Although you’ll likely be focusing on the rental price for renting the piece of heavy equipment, don’t be afraid of asking if there are any additional fees that you’ll need to work into your budget for the project. You might have extra fees for the delivery and pickup of the equipment or for the use of the machine’s gas. Having an operator included in your rental will also often change the price, so be sure you have a full understanding of exactly how much you’ll be paying before you sign the rental agreement. Is There A Better Machine For My Job? Unless you’re experienced in dealing with heavy equipment, it’s worthwhile asking a rental agent, like those at Sound Equipment Rentals & Sales, about his or her recommendations about the machine you plan to rent. For example, if you’re wanting to grade a large area of your backyard, you might have your mind set on a bulldozer. By asking this question, however, the rental agent could shift your focus to another type of machine, such as a tractor with a grading blade. Considering other types of machinery could lead you to renting something that will cost less money or get the job done quicker. What Happens If It’s Raining Heavily On The Day Of My Rental? Although heavy equipment can typically be operated when it’s raining, prolonged periods of heavy rain can cause your yard to become muddy and make the project difficult or even risk the machine getting stuck. Given that you can’t control the weather, it’s useful to talk to the rental agent about how to proceed during periods of heavy rain, regardless of whether you need the machine for just one day or are renting it for several...

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3 Tips For Getting The Best Construction Equipment Rental

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Getting The Best Construction Equipment Rental

In order to bolster your construction business with the equipment that it needs to thrive, you will need to look into construction equipment rentals. These rentals are incredibly beneficial to you, in that they let you handle materials, build and fix without even having to finance equipment that you own. With this at the forefront of your mind, use the guidelines below, so that you are able to know what to expect when looking to rent construction equipment.  Tip #1: Know Some Of The Most Important Rental Elements When you are looking to get the most out of your construction equipment rental, there are a few nuts and bolts criteria that you will need to keep in mind. Be sure that the safety of the equipment that you are using is at the forefront of your mind. Anyone who will use this equipment throughout the course of the business should be certified and should take part in any sort of preliminary training, if necessary. You also need to be sure which party is responsible for maintaining the equipment, especially if it is a long term rental. Further, handle any red tape, such as understanding municipal laws, acquiring conditional use permits and following noise regulations throughout the course of utilizing a construction equipment rental. Tip #2: Account For Insurance And Fees Fees and insurance are highly critical points to keep in mind when renting construction equipment. Ask to see a copy of their liability insurance policy. This will protect you for the course of the rental and should not be taken lightly. You must also gain a clear, itemized breakdown of all fees prior to engaging in the rental contract. For example, you should understand whether or not you are able to take out a longer rental without having to pay late fees in the process. Flexibility in a rental contract is key. Tip #3: Understand How Much You Might Pay When you want to be sure that you are getting the most of your construction equipment rental, much of the decision will boil down to price. Shop around between plenty of different construction equipment rental companies, in order to always get the price that you can depend on. For example, a mid-level excavator might cost you approximately $1200 to rent for a week, while a scissor lift might cost you a little less than $300 per week. Rental companies also rent by the day and in four-week increments. Shopping around for the best price, especially with companies that will price match others, gives you the best opportunity to maximize on your dollar. Follow these critical steps and use them in order to make the most of your equipment...

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Removing Your Old Driveway

Posted by on Oct 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Removing Your Old Driveway

If your driveway is broken and patchy, it’s probably time to put in a new one. One way to save money is to demolish the old one yourself. If you have some mechanical ability and some rented equipment, you should be able to remove your old driveway quickly and efficiently. Equipment First, you need to rent some heavy equipment. Ask the rental company what tools they recommend for the size and thickness of your current pavement. A hydraulic jackhammer can be used to break up the concrete or asphalt while a skid loader can pick up the heavy pieces. The loader is also effective at digging up rocks and hard dirt. You may also need a backhoe for excavating larger areas.  Cost Even doing it yourself will require a moderate financial investment. The estimated cost for removing your driveway pavement is $100-$500. Some of that cost is for renting equipment, but a substantial portion may be for the landfill or recycling fee. Also, the fee for renting a backhoe may be $150 – $350 per day by itself. However, professionals can charge you $1500 or more to remove a concrete driveway.  Other Preparations Before you begin digging, dial the Call Before You Dig line or local city officials to make certain you won’t encounter any utility lines. In some instances, they may send someone out to mark the locations for you. Also, make plans to dispose of the debris. Concrete chunks and blocks are actually in demand, so you may be able to give them away through an online advertisement. If you are removing asphalt, find a nearby facility that will recycle it. Having these plans in place before you dig will save you time and may lessen disposal fees.  Digging Removing the driveway will take some time and effort. After the pavement is gone, you will have to prepare the earth underneath. If you are going to replace the driveway, you have to make sure that you add new sub-levels of dirt, sand, and gravel before adding new concrete or asphalt. If you are moving the driveway, you will have to refill the open channel that will be left behind.  If your old driveway has seen better days, you can probably handle the task yourself. You will need to rent some heavy equipment and complete some simple preparations, but the job is certainly manageable. Consult with a local heavy equipment rental company for help in acquiring the proper tools for the job....

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After The Battle Is Won: 3 Ways To Deal With The Leftovers From A Ground Tree Stump

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on After The Battle Is Won: 3 Ways To Deal With The Leftovers From A Ground Tree Stump

Now that you’ve pulverized that pesky stump to smithereens, what do you do with the leftovers? You’ve got several choices, and here are 3 to consider: Leave it as it is. If the stump is in an area that most passersby won’t notice, and you don’t plan to plant anything there for a while, you can leave the underground remains of the stump in place. Simply rake up the scattered wood chips and discard them. You can also turn them into mulch with your lawnmower, which shouldn’t have a problem handling slivers and small fragments of wood as long as the blades are sharp. If the tree was diseased or has an insect infestation, leaving the stump may be a bad idea. There could be larvae feeding on the roots or disease present in the remains of the stump that can be carried by nesting birds to nearby trees or spread via other means. Leaving the stump also may attract termites or other wood-boring insects that could spread on your property. Ants and termites will help decompose rotting stump pulp and provide food for other wildlife, but make sure any insect-infested stump is close to woods and away from human traffic and wood floor joists. Dig it up and plant something else. You can’t just dig out a few inches of the stump pulp, throw down some dirt and grass seed, and expect it to grow. The ground-stump area will not support grass or plants that can’t handle the acidic conditions of decomposing wood and roots. You’ll have to dig much deeper and try to excavate as much of the dead roots as possible around the area of the stump in order to prepare the area to grow new plants. Adding some garden lime to the soil you use to fill in the hole will help it support grass, annuals, or a new tree. It’s best to add extra soil over the tree stump hole so that it’s in a mound. As the roots collapse, so will the soil. That extra dirt will soon be below the surface level, and you will need to add more as it settles. Grow years of mushrooms. Learn how to prepare and inoculate a tree stump to grow mushrooms. If you’re a fan of shiitake or oyster mushrooms, you can have oodles of them by growing your own varieties. Hen of the woods, or Grifola frondosa, is another easy mushroom to cultivate, especially if you have an oak stump. There are many companies in the U.S. that ship the spores and kits to grow culinary mushrooms and plenty of internet resources available to help you prepare the stump and keep the mushrooms fruiting. That ugly stump area is perfect for delicious fungi farming. So what are you waiting for? Now that you know what to do with your conquered tree stumps, it’s time to go rent a stump grinder and do some...

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