Monday, July 31, 2006
How does one of the most puzzling and powerful pieces of literature ever written relate to the Middle East crisis? It describes bloody battles and fiery showdowns between good and evil. Some say that this ancient prophecy might be a blue print for what is happening in the world.
Whether you choose to beleive it is up to you. But I tend to err on the side of caution. Preparing just in case is a good idea. After all even if you never need the extra groceries you set aside-you can still eat them even in good times.
Good used heavy equipment is another type of insurance needed to prepare for hard times ahead. Think of all the things you can do with your homestead if you have the proper equipment. Will you need a dump truck for hauling debris in the aftermath of a hurricane of some other disaster of nature? Perhaps a good used dump trailer to haul behind your pickup truck will suffice. Better something than nothing. A backhoe is an all purpose tool for any farmer or land excavator. Dozers and bobcats are considered to be essential peices of equipment for any farm to push around, move and lift heavy objects. Think about getting the most needed heavy equipment first and work from there.
You will feel much better knowing you have what it takes to survive just about anything these uncertain times throw your way.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Is this not warning enough that our precious ozone later is being slowly burnt away as more and more carbon is released into the atmosphere by human kind creating a blanket of noxious gases that contribute to the warming of our atmosphere.
Build ye a shelter against the coming of the days when the sky will burn like fire. You will need much construction equipment with which to build this shelter. Backhoes for digging into the ground to build a storm shelter. Payloaders will be needed to move the dirt and construction materials around such as cinder block and bags of cement for the walls of your shelter.
Wheel loaders for loading soil into used dump trailers to tranport it to where you need it most.
Keep thy mind upon the task at hand for it shall become most laborious as the heat becomes more fierce...toil away now as it will only get worse. Knowing you will soon have shade and shelter when others do not will keep you focused on the task at hand.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Your reap what you sow and if you are just sitting around on your doorstoop watching the world go by you will surely reap nothing when you will be needing it most.
You will need much heavy equipment to prepare your lowlands for the coming floods to dig drainage ditches and barriers against the coming of the rising waters.
Ponds can be dug with backhoes to provide dirt for higher ground to put your trailer on.
Store fuel for your used heavy equipment in large above ground fuel storage tanks for when diesel is harder to come by and prices are higher. Mend yer fences to protect your flock and to keep out unwanted predators. You may want to have set aside a dump trailer for a place to put debris after the coming storms and hurricanes. It may be that trash pickup will be put off so you may need a place to put your trash so you can take it to the dump yourself.
You may also want to install the tracks neccessary for hurricane storm panels in preparation so it will be easier to protect your windows when a storm approaches.
God helps those who help themselves and you will be happier for your efforts in the coming days.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
On the streets of New York, a spot in the shade competed with a parking space as a valuable commodity. Men and women made their way under narrow awnings, lounged under trees and took breaks beneath the umbrellas of hot dog stands.
Could this be the sign of the coming Apocalyse where the earth is burned mightily by fire?
Is this the beginning of the wrath of God! Will the seas reach their boiling point? as it says in revelations.
Be prepared country folk and wary ones and make way for His coming.
Used Heavy Equipment will be sorely needed in these trying times. Wells for water will need to be dug. Fuel tanks for storing up diesel fuel for your heavy machinery as you never know when there will be a run on the gas stations.
Backhoes will be needed to dig holes to plant more shade trees. Be sure to have a fishing boat set aside in case of flooding or the need to fish for your own food.
If you need to evacuate in case of a hurricane you may want to get an RV which also comes in handy in case your electricity goes out. You can run the generator in the RV to stay nice and cool.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
God Bless and hope you'all have a safe and happy summer.
Monday, July 24, 2006
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Heavy construction generally refers to building playgrounds or parks and large buildings such as office complexes or shopping centers. Backhoes, bulldozers, and other earth moving equipment are frequently used to break ground, while cranes are often used to place large beams and framing elements. Agricultural interests include farming, which uses heavy equipment such as tractors, combines, harvesters, and balers. Landscaping may be included in both agricultural and forestry categories, utilizing heavy equipment such as log splitters, tillers, mowers, chippers, and stump pullers.
Friday, July 21, 2006
Is that enough warning for you?
How much more heads up do you need-get out the survival gear-we are in for a long hard storm season ahead.
Plan A: be prepared for the storm and
Plan B: be prepared for cleaning up after the storm.
One way to make cleanup easier is to get a used dump trailer. I can't emphasize enough how much easier it is to cleanup after a storm with one. It's great to have a place to throw all that storm debris and a way to haul it off for easy dumping. I think I've written enough about how to find the one that is right for you in previous articles so get started and find a used dump trailer now while the weather is fine.
You might also want to find a used backhoe or wheel loader to push debris around with and for easy loading into your used dump trailer.
You can find all different types of used heavy equipment for after disaster cleanup by going to Florida Earth Movers
Click on any listing below then click on REGISTER at the top of the listing (it's FREE)
to get more information about the Dump Trailer that you are interested in.
You can also enter a search in the box below for a particular type of Dump Trailer
A dump trailer is a trailer used for transporting materials (usually gravel or some type of soil) for construction. A typical dump trailer is equipped with a hydraulically operated open-box bed hinged at the rear, the front of which can be lifted up to allow the contents to be deposited on the ground behind the truck at the site of delivery.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Although lessors may have different names for them, you'll find that there are basically two types of heavy equipment leasing: finance and true.
Some Finance companies do things called capital leases, conditional sales, or dollar buy out leases. Finance leases are best if you intend to keep the equipment at the end of the lease because they include the option to purchase the equipment for a nominal fee. Payment terms for heavy equipment leases tend to be around the expected useful life of the equipment.
True leases, also called tax leases, operating leases, or FMV (fair market value) leases, do not usually span the full expected life of the equipment. At the end of the lease, you can choose to walk away from the equipment or purchase it at fair market value. Payments on true leases generally tend to be lower than those on finance leases. This is because lessors have the opportunity to resell the heavy equipment when the lease ends.
Tax implications of heavy equipment financing:
One of the main benefits of financing equipment using true leases is that you may be able to fully claim lease payments for tax purposes. In contrast, the IRS considers finance leases little more than installment purchase plans. Make sure you discuss the tax implications of your financing plans with an accountant before signing any contract.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Driving heavy construction equipment on and off a trailer can be a delicate operation, especially when the terrain isn’t level and flat. Sometimes a site is so uneven that an adjacent roadway must be commandeered for loading and unloading, despite the disruption of traffic.
“When you’re loading and unloading, a major concern is to make sure you’re not doing it on a side hill,” cautions Weseman. “Try to minimize the side angle so the equipment doesn’t do the crappie flop---tip over sideways like a fish.”
Loading and unloading in wet, muddy conditions causes other concerns. “The softer the ground, the farther into it your lowboy trailer is liable to sink,” Armstrong notes.
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Operators control used heavy equipment by moving levers or foot pedals, operating switches, or turning dials. The operation of much of this equipment is becoming more complex as a result of computerized controls. Global Positioning System (GPS) technology also is being used to help with grading and leveling activities. In addition to controlling the equipment, construction equipment operators also set up and inspect the heavy equipment, make adjustments, and perform some maintenance and minor repairs.
Used Construction equipment operators include: paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators; piledriver operators; and operating engineers and other construction equipment operators. Operating engineersand other construction equipment operators operate one or several types of power construction equipment. They may operate excavation and loading machines equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets that dig sand, gravel, earth, or similar materials and load it into trucks or onto conveyors. In addition to the familiar bulldozers, they operate trench excavators, road graders, and similar equipment. Sometimes, they may drive and control industrial trucks or tractors equipped with forklifts or booms for lifting materials or with hitches for pulling trailers. They also may operate and maintain air compressors, pumps, and other power equipment at construction sites. Construction equipment operators who are classified as operating engineers are capable of operating several different types of construction equipment.
Friday, July 14, 2006
Like a ship’s captain, the driver of a big rig for hauling heavy construction equipment must receive proper training and obtain a special license. Licensure demonstrates that the individual has met a government agency’s minimum standards of qualification to operate the semi—but a license alone is no substitute for experience.
“I’ve had just three drivers over the past 25 years for my low-bed trailer,” says Warren Gomes Jr., vice president of Warren E. Gomes Excavating Inc., in Rio Vista, CA. “You get surprises when you put guys into a low-bed who don’t regularly drive it. The more experienced they are, the fewer surprises there will be. They have an intuitive knowledge of weights and heights, how the truck pulls and how the tractor trailer reacts.”
Gomes emphasizes, though, that even an experienced driver can run into problems if he is driving an inappropriate rig. The truck and trailer must be right for each other.
Gomes has two low-bed trailers, an eighteen-wheeler from Kalyn Siebert of Gatesville, TX, a subsidiary of Heil Trailer International; and a 16-wheeler from Harley Murray Inc., in Stockton, CA, which does business as Murray Trailers and Murray Trucking. The firm initially built pads for natural-gas wells, but now digs trenches and installs storm-sewer and water pipes for housing developments. When Gomes began hauling a 75,000-pound excavator that exceeds the Siebert’s legal weight limit, he purchased the larger trailer.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Avoid compacting soil by staying out of wet fields and by reducing passes with heavy equipment. Extra tillage and extra power (and thus more fuel) are needed to break up compacted soil.
Reduce the number of trips across the field by combining operations where possible. Consider modifying equipment so that you can perform multiple operations in one pass. Think about using a tractor with hitches on both the front and rear (several companies are selling hitches that can be mounted on the front of tractors) so that you can attach implements to both ends of the tractor.
Match the tractor to the load. Avoid using heavy, high-horsepower tractors for operations that don’t require much power.
If you have to use a high-horsepower tractor to pull a light load, gear up and throttle down. You can usually save quite a bit of fuel by running an under-loaded tractor in a higher gear but at a lower engine speed. Make sure, though, that you don’t overload the engine; if the engine speed doesn’t change quickly when you change the throttle setting, you should probably shift down a gear. Also, gearing up and throttling down might not work for PTO-powered implements since the PTO will operate at lower speed when the engine is run at less than rated speed.
Inflate tires to appropriate pressure. Inflation pressure is an important variable for traction efficiency, tire life, and ride comfort—especially for radial tires. Check your tractor owner’s manual and/or the tire distributor for suggestions on inflation pressure.
Add the appropriate amount of weight for the load. Tractor weight, or ballast, helps control the amount of drive wheel slippage. Drive tires should slip about 15% when the tractor is pulling a load in the field. Slip can be checked by comparing the distance traveled for a certain number of wheel revolutions when the tractor is pulling a load to the distance traveled when the tractor is not pulling a load. Higher levels of slip cause excessive tire wear and poor fuel efficiency. Lower levels of slip indicate that the tractor is carrying too much weight, which wastes fuel and puts an extra load on the axles and power train. Ideally, weights should be added or removed to match the load when tractors are used for different field operations.
If you can do so without causing excessive soil erosion, lay out fields to minimize the amount of time spent turning around and the amount of time needed to haul loads of harvested crop back to the road.
Try to minimize the amount of time spent driving tractors and other used heavy equipment on the road. Try to keep tractors and other equipment in the field and use faster, more fuel-efficient vehicles to service vehicles in the field and to haul harvested crops to storage.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
The most important part of heavy construction that makes it successful is the equipment that is used. Heavy equipment is essential to the project, because without it, even the basic construction work could never be completed.
If you are a subcontractor bidding on a job on one of these big construction projects you will need lots of heavy equipment. There are many places to find new and used heavy equipment to do the job.
I highly recommend looking at Florida Earth Movers as a great place to locate all kinds of used heavy equipment such as bulldozers, backhoes, excavators, payloaders, wheel loaders, dump trucks, dump trailers, etc.,.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Each piece of used heavy equipment plays an important role in the project. For instance, as far as groundwork is concerned, dozers are used. Bull dozers set up the project and create the base. They are then used to raise and drag tons of rock and dirt from the jobsite and into dump trucks.
The biggest problem that often occurs with heavy construction is the cost of building. Heavy equipment is quite expensive, and the people needed to work these machines and tools need to have the skill and experience in order to handle them. That being the case, many companies make the decision to rent or lease used heavy equipment, sometimes even with or without the equipment operators.
Monday, July 10, 2006
You'll learn how to use the construction equipment for land clearing, culverts and ponds, ditches for utilities, pipe laying, and road building -- including safety training.
If you’re looking for a quality school that offers the best in training on heavy equipment operation (bulldozer, backhoe, wheel loader, excavator, skid steer loader), you can’t do better than National Heavy Equipment Operator School.
I hope this information has helped you to find the type of training you need to operate Used Heavy Equipment.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Finding the right dump truck for the type of work you have in mind can be a mind boggling experience. Most people prefer the tandem axle kind thinking that a single axle will not hold up for heavier loads. This may be true for hauling heavy materials like rock and sand but for general trash hauling a single axle dumptruck will work just fine. I have even seen single axle dump trucks with lighter aluminum dump trailers hauling sand with no problem.
Also why get a huge dump truck when a small one will do...if it's a one time job just for yourself you can get by with a small one. If you are in the business of hauling for others then you need something that can haul as much as possible and that can handle as much weight as possible...this way you aren't limited to what you can haul and there will be more opportunities for work. You can find a list of used dump trucks here.
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Those big tractor tires brand new start at $250 and that does not include mounting so when looking at used heavy equipment and tractor trailers be sure to notice the condition of the tires and point out to the seller what it is going to cost you to replace them. If they are in good condition the seller may also point out to you how much he spent on them and expects you to take that into consideration when you make him an offer. We sell used tractor tires on our website but good used ones are hard to find and after many years of trucking we have come to the conclusion we would of been better off to buy new. There is nothing worse than blowing a tire in the middle of a job or while on the road. I know we have stretched out the use of our old backhoes tires to the point where they were cracking all over and after many repairs we finally decided to give up and buy new. That doesn't mean of course we didn't buy a few used ones over the years-but dry rot happens pretty fast in this hot Florida climate so don't expect your used tires to last long. And changing a tractor tire in this heat can give you a heart attack.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
If you need help finding financing for a peice of used equipment you are thinking of buying wether it is a payloader, dozer or tractor trailer - please feel free to ask me even if it is for equipment that is not on my site.
I will be more than happy to refer you to a good company to get heavy equipment financing thru.
Thanks for visiting my heavy equipment blog - Ann Menke
Saturday, July 01, 2006
If you're not that adventurous you may also find it easier to peruse the classifieds under Tools and Equipment. I sometimes find bargains in the local penneysaver and free classifieds online. Last but not least I will look at traderonline and ebay. They are good when you are trying to find out what different types of used heavy equipment is worth. Also keep in mind just because someone is asking a certain price that isn't neccessarily what they are going to get for it. The best proof I have found for what something actually sold for is to look at the completed listings on ebay. You have to register with ebay first to do this, then do a search for the equipment you are looking for and check off the completed listings box on the left to see those that have already sold. Last but not least please be sure to check out my used heavy equipment as well as cars, boats, motorcycles and RV's at Florida Earth Movers