Versatility Of An Excavator

Versatility of an Excavator

Take a look at any construction site in the country and chances are that you will see at least one excavator. Easily recognizable, the excavator is identified by its tracked body and long, jointed boom and large bucket at the front, but the reason that it is found everywhere is that it can be used in so many ways. Of…

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Ditches Are Dangerous For The Untrained Excavator

Trenching, or digging a ditch, may look like it is a simple process that anyone with a shovel or a rented backhoe can do. But that mistake causes many accidents and even deaths every year. According to OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration), "the fatality rate for excavation work is 112% higher than the rate for general construction." Here are…

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3 Dollars A Day And A Shovel In 1854

On February 15, 1854, an engineering marvel was opened: The Horseshoe Curve in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania. This piece of railroad track meant that travelers between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh could make the trip entirely by rail in about 15 hours. That was a big improvement from the 4 days of canal & train the trip involved in previous years. Here…

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Excavators Do A Dangerous Job

According to OSHA, "Excavating is recognized as one of the most hazardous construction operations." This is because excavators dig holes and trenches that can easily collapse if proper safety procedures are ignored or the soil is not analyzed correctly. An excavator operator has a very important job, one that requires a lot of knowledge and skill. It may not look like…

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Excavator Mistakes Start Here

There are a lot of ways an excavator operator can get into trouble. Some of them are dangerous, like undercutting your machine when digging a trench, or working on a slope the wrong way. Others are really kind of funny, like Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. In this classic children's book, the challenge to do the work in a…

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The Shovel’s Descendant Is The Excavator

Do you know how a lot of the work used to be done in this country? By teams of men with shovels, spending their lives digging tunnels and trenches. Many of the roads and railroad tracks still in use today were first established by a lot of shovels working hard to do the job. The guy using the shovel had…

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How Easy Is It To Become An Excavator Operator?

Ask people what they thought an excavator did and they would most likely say they dug trenches. Modern excavators do far more than that; in fact, they are one of the most important units of heavy equipment on a demolition site. Excavators are also some of the primary units of equipment in mining, although the machinery itself bears a passing…

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Excavators Taking To The Roads

Excavators have always been tracked vehicles. This made them slow and cumbersome, but very stable. The latest excavators have replaced tracks with wheels, and can be driven on open roads. These wheeled models can reach speeds of 60 miles per hour with some being four wheel drive and able to handle off-road terrain. One of the benefits of tracks was…

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