When planning residential and commercial projects, there is much to consider and choosing the correct excavation equipment is vital to the success of the job.

What are the different types of excavation projects?
  • Earth Excavation – The process of removing the earth to form a cavity within the ground.
  • Trench Excavation – This job is carried out principally to allow an installation or repair of utilities, drains and sewers to serve the populated areas.
  • Drainage Excavation – The process of excavating a hole or trench next to the drainage pipes to allow for a repair, maintenance, installation, or replacement.
  • Rock Excavation – The removal of material that cannot be excavated without using special methods, such as drilling or the use of explosives.
Which types of machines are used in building projects? 

These are just some of the most commonly used excavators in the UK today:

  • Vacuum Excavators.
  • Tractors and Power Shovels.
  • Bull and Angle Dozers.
  • Scrapers.
  • Draglines.
  • Clamshells.
  • Motor Graders.
  • Rippers.
  • Dredgers.

The available types of excavation equipment are dependent on the project and ground conditions, so it is important to note that some machines aren’t suitable for particular jobs.

How to choose the right excavation equipment and what to consider

With this vast amount of machinery to choose from, when thinking about your upcoming project, it is important to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of each piece.

Vacuum Excavators are a versatile piece of excavation equipment and are used on a daily basis by the Safe Excavation operators for jobs that entail digging a trench, removal of trees and debris, utility modifications, landscaping and much more.

So, what do you need to consider? 
  • Your site: No matter the size of the on-site area, powerful excavation equipment can be beneficial to both small and large projects.
  • Your project: Is it going to be a one-day task or do you need to hire equipment for a longer period length? Would your project consist of different phases? What is required for digging, lifting and carrying may be different from the tools that you need to dredge or to avoid obstacles.
  • The operator: You should never forget the person who is operating the machinery. If the person seems to be uncomfortable or does not have the correct tools, the job won’t finish in a satisfactory manner. Ensure that the seats provide flexibility and that the controls are easy to use. A better performance and result will happen when these simple aspects are set in place.

Vacuum Excavators are six times more productive than manual excavation, even where pipes and cables are located in heavy soils. This allows the contractors to schedule the work more accurately and enables utility companies to achieve a faster repair, service and connection times.

Our excavators ensure that you have the perfect tool to dig any area, in a clean and safe manner and can break up any hard ground by using air lances and air breakers. This ensures a speedy excavation of your site.

About Safe Excavation

Established in 2016, Safe Excavation assist an array of customers with their Vacuum Excavation requirements such as motorway works, civil engineering, building and construction projects. It is our aim to continue to promote our service throughout the industry and to provide a safer working environment for all.

Vacuum Excavation is a technique that is also known as Suction Excavation and is the most economical approach that is available today. Hiring a Vacuum Excavator is ideal for construction jobs, both big and small. The on-site operatives provide a far safer excavation than when using more traditional excavation techniques, such as manual digging and this is a method that offers a much lower risk option for companies.

To enquire about hiring our Vacuum Excavation equipment, please email info@safeexcavation.co.uk or alternatively, call 01634 505 505.

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