Why Maintenance of Your Heavy Construction Equipment is Important

Maintenance is the crucial part of the sustainability, whether its human body, home, any small or big machine, similarly the maintenance of heavy construction equipment is also crucial for its sustainability. The heavy construction machinery required more maintenance compared to other machine kept inside the house or inside the plant as they are away from the dust, but construction machines are made to work outside or at construction sites which are full of dust, thus construction equipment demand for better care, maintenance and regular servicing for its productivity.

The construction machinery is very costly and even most of the parts of these machines are very expensive, therefore, the owner of the machines must give extra care and should be conscious as far as maintenance and servicing of the machines are concerned to avoid the breakdown.  Damage to any parts and connection could lead to the heavy loss to the owners. To avoid the heavy loss, owners are advised to be careful and take precaution in advance.

Generally, the operator of the construction machines is the one who either makes or breaks your costly heavy machines. The careless or untrained operators may cost you huge due to ignorance attitude or lack of basic operating guidelines. So as an owner of the machine, you should ensure that your machine is handled by well trained and certified operators.

One should also follow the manufacturer’s servicing guidelines to avoid the breakdown. Servicing on or before due date helps in increasing the productivity of your machine for longer periods.

A well-maintained machine not only gives you the better productivity but also its resale value gets increased. Usually, after one year of purchasing the machine, the value of the construction machine goes down by 20% to 30% if the machine is not properly maintained and the poor servicing record may further decrease the resale value of the machine thus you end up losing monetary value of your machine as well.

Therefore, experts suggest that if you want to rent out your machine due to unavailability of the project in hand or you have decided to sell it after a few years, so it’s advisable to properly care your machine and send it for servicing on a regular interval. Because when people come to buy a used machine, the  first thing they ask for servicing record and inspect the machine carefully (check all the attachment, engines, leakage and others) and even a contractor who is willing to hire your machine, will also check whether your machine is properly maintained or not.

The buyer of used construction equipment buy a second-hand machine only due to the shortage of money and save their project cost, so they will not prefer the machine which is not properly maintained as they are not in a position to further invest in servicing and broken parts.

Here is Why Northeast a Big Market for Construction Equipment Manufacturers, Rental Companies

The government has been giving special attention to infrastructure development in the North Eastern region of the country, especially on the road, railway, communication, and telecom network in all eight states of the region, including Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura.

Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley has increased allocation for the North East region in Budget 2017-18 to Rs 43245 crore from Rs 32180 in the previous budget and also increased the allocation of Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) to Rs 2682.45 crore from Rs 2524.42 crore.

“Railway ministry has big plans for the North East, several new projects amounting to about Rs 13,500 crore have been sanctioned in this year’s budget, including new lines, bridges and an elevated rail track project from Kamakhya to New Guwahati at a cost of Rs 3,062 crore,” Mr. Rajen Gohain, Union Minister of State for Railways was quoted as saying by the Outlook India. He said while speaking during infrastructure development conference at ConMac 2017 in Guwahati on 3rd March.

In July last year, the Railway minister Mr. Suresh Prabhu had said that railways would invest over Rs 7,000 crore in the current financial year to develop rail infrastructure in North Eastern states.

Hon’ble President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee announced that all meter-Gauge tracks will be converted to Broad-Gauge in North Eastern states by the end of the year, he said while addressing a joint session of both Houses of Parliament on the eve of Budget presentation. The central government proposed broad-gauge connectivity to all North-Eastern state capitals by 2020.

The development of the road is single most important demand in the North Eastern states and density of roads in the region is less than the national average.  The NER Vision 2020 emphasis in the expansion and development of the road network at all levels from National Highways to rural roads. Thus, construction of roads and highways in North Eastern states is the utmost priority for the Central and State governments. Therefore, both states and the central government have taken up a massive programme to expand the road network in the region.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) is primarily responsible for the development and maintenance of National Highways in the country. The Ministry allocated Rs.612.61 crore for repair and maintenance of NHs in the North Eastern Region in current year (2016-17), and Rs.979.92 crore during last three years.

For the better road connectivity in the region, The National Highway & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) has started development work and so far projects aggregation to 1188km at a cost of Rs.14,830 crore.

According to the MoRTH, as of 18th October 2016, NHIDCL was handling 134 National Highway and other road development projects covering a length of about 8,007 km in the North East states which was to be executed at a cost of approximately Rs. 100,000 crore.

In August 2016, the government had informed the Parliament that 197 road building projects of a length 4320.95 km were undergoing which being implemented under various programmes or schemes of  the MoRTH in North Eastern states at a cost of Rs 37691.05 crore. The 20 major railway projects of a length of 2624 km had been taken up at a cost of Rs 52030 crore in the region. While, for the development of telecom, Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan at a cost of Rs 5336.18 crore was under the implementation in the region.

The North Eastern Council (NEC) implemented 715 various development projects at a total approved cost of Rs 7148.65 crore in the North Indian states and the Ministry of Rural Development has been also assisting respective state governments under PMGSY programme. As of 5 August 2016, the Ministry of DoNER had also released an amount of Rs 4113.31 crore for the developments of 608 roads and bridges under NLCPR.

The huge investment in the eight North Eastern states indicates the scope for the construction equipment manufacturers in the region as the massive infrastructure development in the region will create a huge demand for construction equipment. Looking at the demand from this region, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organised the second edition of ConMac 2017 (Construction Equipment Exhibition for North East) in a partnership with Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (ICEMA) in Guwahati on 2nd to 4th March 2017.

The ConMac 2017 witnessed the presence of major construction equipment companies such as JCB India, SANY, Tata Hitachi, SCHWING Stetter, ACE, Kobelco Construction Equipment, Bull Machines, Safari Construction Equipments, Rhino Road Equipments, KYB-Conmat, Ashok Road Equipments and Manufacturer, Ajax Fiori Engineering and others.

The investments in the region will also benefit rental companies in the North Eastern states as many contractors started renting heavy construction machines in order to reduce their project cost.

Source: Information has been obtained from GoI, Outlook India, ConMac

Looking to Rent Out Your Backhoe Loader, This Website Makes Your Work Easier

Many of you must be looking for individuals or civil contractors to ‘Rent Out’ your Backhoe Loaders for the various reasons, but due to lack of local contacts or lack of potential customers who are unable to pay the market rate, must be bothering you much in an order to rent your machine which forces you to simply idle your machine at home.

Now the time has gone when people had to struggle to rent out their most versatile construction equipment to desired customers. As Equipment One Stop (www.equipmentonestop.com) recently started its Rental Services, now it makes everyone’s job easier to reach people who are also in search of hiring the Backhoe loader. The website’s Rental Service helps you in many ways like 1) Easy posting on website, 2) Your machine  viewed by people from across the country, 3) Interested  person will approach you to hire your machine, 4) Higher chance to get better renting price than your local areas, 5) Posting on the website is absolutely free.

The rental service will now not let you idle your Backhoe Loader after completing your project. Even a dealer can also avail the advantage of this online platform to search a potential customer.

As we are aware that demand for construction equipment entirely depends on the investment on infrastructure projects in any region or country. The demand of Backhoe Loaders surged in the country last year on the back of huge construction activities, especially in Roads and Highways, Railways, Irrigation, and other sectors.

The demand of Backhoe loaders and other CE products will further continue in 2017 in the country as centre announced a huge budgetary investment of Rs 3.96 lakh crore for infrastructure sector in the next financial year (2017-18).  As a result of the investment in the Infra projects, the demand of the Backhoe loader will continue to rise in the country, as it has multiple uses in different construction projects due to its versatile nature.

One of the research report says that in the next 10 years, the practice of renting construction equipment will rise in a move to save project costs. It shows that construction companies will start renting construction equipment in order to reduce overall costs.

It indicates that potential customers are there to hire your machine, but you only require the right channel to reach them, the www.equipmentonestop.com  gives you the platform to meet them to ‘Rent Out’ your Backhoe Loader/other CE.

A Guide to Understanding Major Difference Between Excavator and Backhoe Loader

Construction equipment manufacturers design and build each machine for a specific task; therefore it is equally important for users to know the task perform by the each machine before they bring it to the construction site. Here we will see the usage and functionality of two most used Earthmoving equipment, the Excavator, and Backhoe Loader. They alone consist almost 40% of the market share.

Excavator and Backhoe Loader, both are versatile construction equipment in the field of civil engineering, but the major difference between these two are the capabilities of each machine depending on the project size, the difference in weight and size of each machine. However, both these machines are available in different sizes so that contractors can perform the specific task and depending on the project size.

Excavator

This versatile construction equipment performs different tasks at construction sites. An excavator is majorly used for medium and large size of construction projects in industrial and commercial sites. It performs multiple jobs such as Digging holes, foundations, and trenches, River dredging, driving piles, Snow removal, dragging and lifting materials, and is also used for demolition.

The Hydraulic excavators can perform various other tasks beyond the excavation with the attachment like a Grapple, Breaker, and Auger; it can perform Brush cutting, drilling shafts, rock blasting and others. It comes in different sizes, like small size called mini or compact excavator, medium excavator, and large excavator and each size is designed to use for different kinds of projects, for example, the large excavators used for big projects and vice versa. In the recent time, many contractors started preferring mini excavator over Backhoe Loaders.

This versatility makes Excavator ideal Earthmoving equipment for medium to heavy-duty tasks.

Backhoe Loader

Backhoe Loader is called a standard tractor and is most sold construction equipment in India due to its multi-functionality abilities. This unique construction equipment has a combination of different tools (Boom, dipper, bucket, Shovel etc.) and each tool associated with Backhoe Loader performs different tasks at construction sites. The machine is used for small demolition, digging holes, paving roads, breaking asphalt, laying pipes, setting up drainage system, transport heavy items; it is capable of performing various other tasks. It is given the name backhoe as it pulls the dirt back towards itself.

Backhoe Loader is a right kind of machine for small to medium types of construction projects in the small budget. Backhoe Loader uses for almost all types of construction projects in India. The future market for the Backhoe Loader in India is quite bullish as various reports suggest that India will remain the most profitable market.

Difference between Backhoe Loaders and Excavators

1 – Backhoe Loaders are very small as compared to the Excavators

2 – Backhoe Loader looks like an advanced tractor, fitted with bucket/shovel on the front and a Backhoe on the back side of the machine.

3 – Excavators consist of a stick, bucket, boom and cabin mounted on a platform. It is considered as most versatile machine as compared to the Backhoe Loader. The excavator is the most specialist machines to perform its task.

4 – Backhoe Loader has tire whereas excavator comes with tracks (either rubber or metal).

5 – The advantage with excavators is that it can swing on 360 degrees while the backhoe loader has restricted rotation of 200 degrees on the left and right side.

6 – Excavators are suitable for heavy duty tasks (commercial and industrial) with sufficient open space at the sites and Backhoe Loaders relatively used for small and medium duty work. Backhoe Loader can be used in compact and constricted job locations whereas Excavators require open space.

7 – As far as cost involves with both the machines are concerned, buying a standard excavator is much higher than standard backhoe loader. The maintenance, storage, renting or leasing excavator is costly compared to the backhoe loaders.

8 – In the cabin, operators of the excavators sit on the rotating platform, whereas backhoe loaders cabin is fixed.

9 – To transport Excavators, one requires carrier vehicle to transport it to one place to another or bring it to the construction sites. While Backhoe loaders can be transported easily from one place to another. However, transporting Excavators are quite high compared to the Backhoe Loaders.

2016 Was a Record-Breaking Year for SDLG in India with Double-Digit Sales Growth in Wheel Loader

The Shandong Lingong Machinery Company (SDLG), the brand of Chinese construction equipment giant Lingong saw a record-breaking year in India last year with the double-digit sales growth in its wheel loader. The company witnessed the growth in its construction equipment sales on the back of rising infrastructure activities in India.

The Chinese brand entered in the Indian construction equipment market in 2008, in the nine years of its operation, last year its sales volume had jumped seven times from its first year. The growth in the sales of the SDLG products indicates the popularity of its machines is gaining in India.

The company expects the further growth and demand for road building equipment in India is expected from the road projects as Indian government target to achieve the ambitious goal of building 40 km of new road a day.

While talking about the future growth in India, Mr. Sanu George, Business Head, SDLG India, said, “SDLG machines have proven to be reliable and cost effective on road projects across India. The trust our road building customers have in us will most likely to transfer to other sectors. In future, we expect to see our machines used in quarries or other applications.”

The SDLG motor graders have helped the owners with low maintenance costs and fast return on their investment over the past several years; these machines have contributed to improving profitability for the owners. The SDLG’s 16-ton G9190 motor grader is a popular choice for Indian road building projects, claims the company.

Currently, SDLG sells three models of Wheel Loader in India, including its most popular model the LG958L; it is a perfect machine for the dockside applications, and also best use for mining and general loading duties.

To continue its strong momentum in India, last year SDLG unveiled two new machines a three-tonne Wheel Loader- L933, and a 12-tonne Motor Grader- G9138 at bauma Conexpo India in December 2016, and both received with enthusiasm by customers.

The L933 equipped with a Weichai WP6G125E331 turbocharged engine designed together with Deutz, the engine delivers 92 kW at 2,300 rpm which can manage a range of material handling tasks with ease. The overall working weight of this wheel loader is 10,200–10,250 kg, the machine can deliver up to 96 kN of breakout and traction force, while its steep 45-degree dump angle and high 45-degree bucket rollback allow for more efficient load carrying and quicker cycle times.

As India aims to expand its national road network, The G9138 meets the demand of smaller and lighter motor graders for narrower road construction. The G9138 is powered by a Deutz BF4M1013-15T3R/2 engine that delivers 111 kW at 2100 rpm and it’s complemented by a ZF 6WG 158 transmission. The machine has working weight of 12,100 kg and can reach maximum forward and backward speeds of 39 km/h and 24.5 km/h respectively. It can deliver up to 75.4 kN of traction force.

With these two additions, SDLG expects to maintain this success in 2017 too. Currently, the company has a dealer of 14 well-established partner companies to deliver on its commitment to provide machines and services to its customers across the country.

Source: Information has been obtained from SDLG

Three Ways of Looking Heavy Construction Equipment Before Starting Projects

To perform any task, advanced planning is required to complete the projects.  As we know a huge construction project would float in the next fiscal, as the Indian Government announced to invest Rs. 3.96 lakh crore for the country’s infrastructure, thus people associated with construction industry may soon start their planning for fleet management.

Here we will see different ways, which usually considered during the project planning regarding the management of the equipment for the projects. Generally, contractors consider three options during the planning stage, 1) Buying New Construction Equipment, 2) Rent, 3) Buying Used Construction equipment, which entirely depends on the budget and project requirement.

Buying New Construction Equipment

Buying new construction equipment has various advantages than disadvantages. Today whoever buys the new machine; they prefer the technologically-advanced machine which provides different advanced features to perform the task easily, help in increasing productivity with minimum human involvement, fuel-efficient, environment-friendly, low-maintenance cost and can also be remotely monitored.  But, buying new construction machinery is always a costly affair, not everyone can afford buying a new machine. However, big contractors prefer to purchase a brand new machine so that it can be used for a long period.

Rent Construction Equipment

People who are unable to buy a brand new technologically-advanced machine due to budget constraint, but he can still use such machine on Rent. Many contractors prefer renting the equipment rather than owning it, due to various advantages. Renting is having various advantages like one can hire the machine for temporary projects, rent any types of machinery, without owning the machine you can start the project with hired machinery, you can hire machine wherever you required, and others.

By looking at the rising demand for hiring construction equipment, many construction equipment manufacturers also started rental services and providing their new machine to contractors on rent. Renting option reduces the burden of maintenance, servicing, transportation of the fleet, etc.

Many online companies like EquipmentOneStop.com started rental services in India, where people from across the country can hire different types of construction machinery for their temporary projects.

Buying Used Construction Equipment

When the budget does not allow investing in the new heavy equipment, buying used construction equipment from resale market help you keep the overall budget in control. Buying used machine may reduce your budget 30 to 40%. Earlier due to limited reach, buying used construction equipment was a challenging task, but due to the rising number of organized players and emergence of e-commerce companies have given the new height to the resale market.

The used machines do have some disadvantage, but careful inspection or selection of the machine may help you to reduce some extent of its disadvantages.

The online companies provide all kinds of used construction machinery, like Excavators, Backhoe Loaders, Wheel Loaders, Motor Graders, Cranes, Pavers, Road Rollers, Dumpers, and others.

Volvo CE Introduces Single-Drum Compactor for Indian Market

Leading construction equipment manufacturer Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) recently introduced updated SD110BA single-drum Compactor for India market. The company has designed this machine after harnessing the skills and knowledge gained while working in India over the decades for country’s industrial applications.

The updated SD110BA single drum compactor built in India by keeping the productivity, combining powerful performance, quality compaction and versatility to adapt to earthwork compaction applications in India.

“The next generation compactor is specifically manufactured to place and compact mixed soils, crushed aggregates and base materials beneath flexible pavements capable of accommodating heavy traffic volumes. And, boasting an impressive range of productivity-enhancing features, the Volvo SD110BA ensures profit in every pass”, said the company in a press statement.

To maneuver across the different terrain in India, the Volvo SD110BA features a propulsion control lever with integrated vibration activation for precise speed control and ease of operation. This, in addition to a wide range of features including easy-to-reach controls, ample toolbox storage, and detachable sunshade ensures confident compaction, regardless of terrain or job site conditions, it said.

Operator Comfort

Due to the fully integrated traction control system, the Volvo SD110BA enables operators to access hard-to-reach areas of the site and its preventing wheel slip gives stability to the machine when operating on steep inclines and slippery surfaces.

This machine is highly comfortable for operators’ point of view; it gives ample space for continuous airflow even during varying temperatures and altitudes and enables the operator to remain comfortable and fatigue-free.

All weather condition

The engine compartment of the Volvo SD110BA designed to beat the typical weather condition of the sub-continent, and it’s also equipped with a cooling fan to reduce power from the engine, which helps the engine to stay cool in high ambient temperatures.

Fuel Efficient Engine

This single drum compactor, built for power and productivity. It offers optimum fuel efficiency and emission compliance, claims the company. It could be the ideal choice for people looking to control both operating costs and environmental impact.

Its BS-III compliant engine and optimized hydraulics system work in harmony to provide a smooth, efficient and effective use of energy. To further increase fuel efficiency, the intelligently-designed vibration system offers quicker ramp-up speeds at lower pressure.

Long Service Life

These single drum compactors are designed to ensure a long service life to the machine and increase uptime. Volvo claims its all Genuine Volvo Parts are extensively tested and approved, which provides long-lasting performance and maximize the durability of its components.

Volvo is also offering a complete range of Customer Solutions to ensure SD110BA achieve maximum uptime and generate profit and growth for their owners.

Equipment One Stop Started Rental Services for Construction Machinery

India’s one of the fastest emerging online portal for buying and selling used construction machinery, www.equipmentonestop.com has started ‘Rental Services’ for Contractors and Asset owners on the back of the growing trend of hiring construction, mining and material handling equipment in the country.

The rental platform allows people to both Hire and Rent Out any types of construction equipment from anywhere in India.
The rental service is available across the country including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan, Delhi, North India, Gujarat, and other states, thus people from any part of the country can either hire machine using this platform or rent out their machine to others.
The portal is having different kinds of machines including Backhoe Loaders, Compactors, Cranes, Dozers, Excavators, Graders, Hydra Cranes, Mobile Cranes, Pavers, Wheel Loaders and others.
Contractors who are looking to hire any construction equipment for their temporary projects or long term projects can visit Equipment One Stop’s rental section to see the machines on the website. In case you do not find the equipment on the portal which you are looking for, the team of Equipment One Stop (EOS) will arrange the specific machine for you using its wide range of a network.
Therefore, Contractors have to simply put their request on the website; EOS will help you meeting your requirement.
For the asset owners, the Rental Service gives them the opportunity to use this platform free of cost. Here, anyone can put the details and pictures of their machine on the website, which will be visible to the contractors from any part of the country and they may approach you if interested in your machines.
No matter where are you sitting, you can post the details of your asset on the website by following few simple steps.
The rental service is available on weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual basis.
In the Rental section, you will see two sub-sections, ‘Rent In’ and ‘Rent Out.’  In the ‘Rent In’ section, you can see the machines which are available for hiring. If you want to ‘Rent Out’ your own machine to others, here you can post the details of your machines.
Since the inception of companies like EOS, hiring construction equipment has become quite easy and CE rental has started becoming organized segment.
Prior to the introduction of ‘Rental’ service, the Equipment One Stop (www.equipmentonestop.com) was providing services for buying and selling used construction equipment. Besides, it also provides other services such as Valuation, Finance, and Insurance. Therefore, EOS has emerged as a ‘One Stop Solution’ for buying, selling and hiring any types of used construction equipment in a very short period of time.

Major Challenges Faced by Used Construction Equipment Market in India

The demand of used Construction Equipment in India has surged in the last few years, but the country’s used Construction Equipment segment is still in a nascent stage as compared to the global market. As the segment is still emerging, it faces various challenges.

The emergence of some the organized players, is trying to overcome the challenges faced by the segment.
Here we will see the challenges faced by used construction equipment market in India and how some of the organized players are trying to reduce the challenges by the segment with their professional approach.
 
1- As compared to the world’s most developed nations, the Indian used construction equipment market is not highly organized, relatively very small, highly fragmented and mainly dominated by small players.
 
2- Due to the lack of organized players in the segment, these small players or dealers do not have varieties of the construction machines; they usually keep general equipment like Backhoe Loaders, Cranes or Excavators. Generally, buyers face challenges getting specialized machines in used segment. With the emergence of few organized players like Equipment One Stop, is helping buyers make a maximum use of the segment.
 
3- The reach of local dealers in used segment is also very limited,  For example- a local player in Pune (Maharashtra) may not have reach outside Pune, but an organized player is not only limited to one state or one region but provides services across the country.  Few online players like Equipment One Stop, Infra Bazaar, Quippo are trying to give wings to the Indian used Construction equipment market and making the segment more credible.
 
4- It faces the lack of consistency in the demand, as the segment is mostly dominated by the smaller players. The segment also lacks the professionalism and credibility.
 
5- Buyers face challenges in getting well-maintained used construction machines. Generally, people who already decided to sell the machine do not care the machine properly. The owner must understand that more the machine is in condition, the better resale price the owner will get.
6- In the used construction equipment segment, buyers hardly get the technologically sound machines, is also one the major challenge faced by the segment. But few online players like Equipment One Stop is having a wide range of products across the country, they are capable of meeting the customer’s requirement.
 
7- Even selling second-hand machines are also a matter of concern as the segment is not fully organized in India. The online platforms are credible players where sellers can post the details of the machine which can attract the buyers from across the country, the market as a whole yet to be developed in the country.