Depending on the scale of your renovations, you may need to employ more than just basic tools. Sure, even massive projects like roofing can be handled with hand tools and ladders/scaffolding, however, this prolongs the project and exposes the workforce to more risk.
In other words, when dealing with complex tasks, you might feel inclined to get some heavy equipment to help you out.
This way, you cut the work hours short which relieves your budget by quite a bit.
With that in mind and without further ado, here are several pieces of heavy equipment that you will need for house renovations.
If you plan to add a new structure to your property or increase your living space, you might have to do some excavations.
Here, hiring an excavator can make all the difference there is. First of all, they can help break the ground surface.
Second, they can help dig holes for foundations. This task alone would take a massive workforce and have them all tired out by the end (provided that they would do it with picks, spades and shovels).
Apart from this, you can also use an excavator in order to handle and transport materials. Nonetheless, this task is best left to specialized tools. Speaking of which…
2. A forklift
Provided that you’re doing something on a great height, you might need to get yourself a forklift to help you out. Why? Well, because transporting materials stacked on pallets can be a lot easier this way, as well as lifting them to the second or third floor.
Of course, if you just want to transport these materials stacked on pallets, it’s far more cost-efficient to just get yourself a hand pallet jack.
This equipment is cheaper and simpler to handle than a forklift, which means that it can be used by anyone on the site. Still, there are some scenarios in which you really have no alternative.
In the case where there’s something that needs to be demolished, what you need is a bulldozer. The reason why bulldozers matter is because they can prepare the turf for any additional works that you need to engage in, later on.
Another thing you need to understand is that some of the old materials can be salvaged. However, it all depends on your demolition process.
A trained operative behind the wheel of a bulldozer can ensure that the damage is exactly where you want it to be and that the majority of materials are still in a reusable condition. In other words, hiring a bulldozer is not only practical but also an eco-friendly practice.
4. Dump truck
Previously, we’ve talked about excavators and bulldozers and the one thing that they have in common is the fact that there is a lot of leftover debris after they’re done.
This is why you need the means to transport these materials away from the site as efficiently as possible. The simplest way to get rid of these unwanted materials is to hire a dump truck.
Now, there are several different types of dump trucks, ranging from standard, transfer, side and articulated dump trucks. The most important thing worth keeping in mind is that the majority of works are fine with standards. Some larger projects, on the other hand, may require a combination.
5. A work platform
One of the things that we’ve mentioned as early as the introduction was the scaffolding. However, it’s more convenient and efficient to have a work platform like a mobile tower, a cherry picker or a similar piece of heavy equipment.
First of all, this method is less time consuming that scaffolding, seeing as how it doesn’t have to be set up and dismantled afterward.
Second, you don’t have to erect a structure that will take a huge portion of your property. All the space that it takes is that of the work platform. Then, you move the platform to the next location and work from there. It really is that simple.
6. Power generator
The majority of power tools (without which you wouldn’t be able to do the majority of works) require a source of electricity.
The same goes for some heavy equipment. This is why you need a power generator. A portable power generator is one of the most important items on- site, especially if your work will disrupt the regular power line to your household.
Keep in mind, however, to contact the utility company in order to ask for permission. Otherwise, you risk overstepping your legal boundaries and risking the entire project.
The thing you need to keep in mind is the fact that the heavy equipment isn’t nearly as expensive as some people make it out to be.
Other than this, such an investment is more than worth the money. Why? Well, because it saves time, labor, materials and even lives.
Working with heavy equipment (with proper training and safety protocols) is far safer than the old-school methodology.
Naturally, it all depends on whether the acquisition/hiring of these machines fits your schedule and your budget. The price, however, is usually more than worth paying.
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