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30th January 2019

A step-by-step guide to building a new driveway

Steps to build a driveway: Check for underground utilities Survey your land and know your boundaries Mark your project area and stake out boundaries Excavate topsoil and level out project area Lay wooden forms around the project area, anchored with stakes Add in sand to firm up the soil, and gravel to ensure base thickness Compact gravel and soil Lay steel reinforcing mesh or bars Pour concrete Smooth out and level the concrete Set and cure concrete (don’t rush it!) Park your car!

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4th August 2019

Do you need a licence to operate a grader?

When it comes to operating licences for earthmoving machinery like graders there have been changes in recent times that make a yes/no answer complicated. Officially, if you are in Australia you no longer need a licence, such as an earthmoving or particular crane certification (EPC), to operate most earthmoving machines. However, it doesn’t mean you can just rock up to a worksite and hop on a grader with no experience. It does mean that you have to take the necessary steps to become a competent grader operator. As graders are a vital finishing machine on any worksite the project manager or the Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) are very particular with a grader operator’s experience and skills. The need for an EPC licence was revoked in 2011 by the Australian Federal Government to make it easier for workers to responsibly use a range of plant equipment. Although this then meant that a range of other management and operator responsibilities took its place to ensure the safety and productivity of the worksite.

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19th July 2019

What is a grader?

Not quite sure why you need a grader for your next project? Knowing what a grader does and what type you need is important when planning out your project - from residential projects to road constructions. The name ‘grader’ alludes to what the machine does, which is leveling the ground to a certain grade in preparation for laying asphalt or concrete on top of the area. This construction machine can also be used for the removal of snow, debris and earthmoving based on the projects’ location and requirements.Graders are almost always found on road construction, infrastructure projects and building developments, working the ground to an even level that is safe to build on. If the ground is not properly compacted and graded before construction works are undertaken the project’s structural integrity is at risk. This is why having an experienced grader operator is integral to the entire projects survival.

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Grader Hire Toowoomba: How to consider total cost to your earthworks project

Finding a grader for your project has never been easier with iSeekplant. Whether you’re looking for a grader hire in Toowoomba, or anywhere else in Australia, you’re sure to find the right grader for your project, fast! But how do you know if you’re getting the most cost effective grader for your project that won’t cost more in the long run? We’ve got your questions answered.

When considering the difference between the most expensive and the cheapest grader to rent in Toowoomba for example, never forget to think about why the cheapest grader rate is so cheap and how that could affect your project. Occasionally, you will see a difference in Australian grader hire price of up to $30 per hour: – which is between 20% to 40% difference.

There are four ways a grader rental company can potentially offer dramatic savings and some of these come with risk to your earthworks project. These reasons are as follows:

  • The company owns the grader outright and they have very little overhead cost in debt on that machine.
  • The grader is being maintained cheaply or upkeep is done in a low-cost way
  • The grader operator is less experienced, and therefor inexpensive.
  • The grader rental supplier is not making a profit.

To avoid these implications, here are some critical questions to ask the grader hire company:

  • Is their grader owned outright? If so then ask if the grader is very old. Then ask yourself the question, does an old machine present an unreliability risk for my project?
  • Does the grader hire company in Toowoomba keep maintenance records and does it appear to be in good condition?
  • How experienced is the operator and how long has this operator been driving a grader?
  • If the company is not making a profit on hiring their grader then will they be able to continue working on my project until completion or will I lose them half-way through and suffer expensive down-time?

Calculation for Grader Hire Operator Competency

For this example we have an earthworks project that entails building a road in Toowoomba, which requires a water cart, roller, grade checker along with multiple truck and dogs that supply gravel. We are considering two Toowoomba-based grader rental companies for a wet hire earthworks project, however one company is $30 per hour cheaper than the other. The expensive grader will cost an extra $300 per day and the sell rate for gravel to the client is $110 per m3 trimmed and compacted. However, if the expensive grader comes with a highly skilled and experienced operator, then the operator only needs to be able to place two extra ‘Truck and Dogs’ worth of gravel each day (extra 30m3) to make you a considerable profit. To put this into perspective, that’s 30m3 x $110 per m3 = $3,300 additional revenue per day for an extra cost of $300 per day in grader hire.

Calculation for Grader breakdown costs

Let’s consider a breakdown of costs if the grader is unreliable. If the grader breaks down then the entire roadwork’s crew comes to a stop.

We know that grader hire breakdowns are not the quickest incidents to recover from. Depending on the severity of the breakdown, it can often take two days or more. This dramatically affects the earthworks project as the rest of the crew would need to be stood down and re-allocated to other areas, therefore the earthworks project critical path suffers a blowout.

So when it comes to hiring a grader for your next project, consider reliability and quality as being the most important factors. An example of how to search our site to find graders to hire in Towoomba has been provided below. If you require any further information on the above or want to know how to search for Grader Hire Toowoomba, please call us today 1300 691 912 or email your requirements to projects@iseekplant.com.au.

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