If you are looking to set up a business, you may consider looking at the construction industry. This sector contributes nearly 8% of the Australian GDP. The annual turnover of Australian construction industry is more than AUD 350 billion. Over the next five years, it is expected to grow at 2.5%.
If you think that this industry is for big businesses, think again. There are more small businesses than large ones, and an average business owner employs around 20 people. You may like to read this report for a detailed understanding of the subject. A critical part of setting up your construction business is buying the right equipment. Here is a list of the top 6 pieces of machinery that are essential for your business. Read on.
These are used by almost all the construction companies that you can think of. Excavators are generally used for digging, but they have other applications as well. You can use them to lift and carry heavy loads like rocks, trees, etc. You can also use an excavator to dredge rivers, cut trees and demolish buildings. An average excavator works on treads or crawlers.
This machine is operated by an operator who sits in a glass cabin; He can control the long arm of the excavator by pushing various buttons or shifting gears. There is a digging bucket at the end of the long sleeve. This bucket digs as well as carries materials. Since the long arm can be rotated 360 degrees, an excavator has high maneuverability.
2. Dumpers or Loaders:
Sometimes you might need to transport large quantities of construction material over a long distance. Dumpers fulfill this purpose. A common dumper is a truck that has an open carrying space in the rear. The driver sits in the front.
The rear part of the dumper or loader can be lifted or tilted upward so that it can dump its load quickly at one spot. This lifting is done with the aid of hydraulics. A typical dumper is smaller than a truck but can carry hefty loads (1-2 tons). If you are looking for affordable dumpers, companies like West-Trans might be able to help you.
Another great piece of machinery for your construction business is the bulldozer. It works pretty much like the same as an excavator. However, this machine is primarily used to remove the topsoil and rocks that are jutting out.
It is also used to demolish small structures like houses and buildings. Bulldozers move on treads and are incredibly mobile. This machine is operated by an operator seated in a glass cabin who can supervise his operations easily. The actual digging work is done by a concave blade which is made of high tensile steel.
Cranes are used to reach out to the more upper floors of buildings. You use cranes in the building business. These machines are used to carry construction materials up to great heights. Some of the materials lifted by cranes are concrete blocks, frames, steel trusses, etc. A crane is made of 3 parts- the driver’s cabin, the arm which lifts stuff and another arm that works as a counterweight to the other arm.
If you are in the road construction business, you would need this machine. A paver is used to lay asphalt on the road. Molten asphalt is poured into a bucket which releases the latter on the way. Later, a road-roller comes and flattens the asphalt.
Lastly, you need these machines to dig trenches in the soil. This equipment is used while laying pipelines, drainage systems, cables, etc.
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