About Me
Mary's Heavy Construction Equipment Blog

Welcome to my corner of the internet. My name is Mary, and this blog is going to be focused around heavy construction equipment. Years ago, my husband and I ran a construction company together. Now we're semi-retired, and for the last ten years, we have been doing a bit of freelance work. I miss the big machines, and I decided to start a blog about it. If you work with heavy construction equipment on a regular basis, I plan to have tips and ideas in this blog that are designed to help you. I invite you to grab a cup of tea, get comfortable and explore these posts. Thanks for reading!


Why Chain Slings Are Better Than Synthetic Slings on Cranes

27 May 2016
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Cranes use a variety of overhead lifting slings to hoist loads. Those slings include chain slings, metal mesh slings and synthetic slings. This article discusses why you should request for chain slings instead of synthetic slings when you hire a crane for your construction project. Durability Chain slings are durable because they can be used safely in environments where high temperatures exist. However, synthetic slings may fail when exposed to high temperatures. Read More …

What to Look For When Hiring an Excavator for Home Use

16 May 2016
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An excavator can make quick work of digging up a pit for a new pool or some trenches needed for plumbing pipes or even a garden. You can also use an excavator when your property is overgrown with weeds and vegetation, and you need to simply tear up the top layer of soil rather than trying to till all those weeds or remove them by hand. Whatever your use for an excavator, note a few factors and features to consider and then discuss these with your rental agency. Read More …

A Hydraulic Design Engineer’s Checklist

16 May 2016
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If you are a student interested in this field or an electric engineer thinking of a career shift, it is important to know what hydraulic design engineering is. It is generally defined as a section of civil engineering concerned with how fluids (sewerage and water) flow. Hydraulic engineering uses gravity to force the movement of these fluids. Such engineers are very important when designing infrastructure such as bridges, canals, dams and levees. Read More …

Hydraulic cylinder maintenance | Foolproof ways to prevent to minimise seal failure

9 May 2016
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Hydraulic cylinders have got a large number of applications, particularly in the construction industry. They are responsible for the functioning of some cranes and earthmoving equipment. Seals are used to prevent leakages in these systems and are perhaps one of the most important parts. However, these cylinders' seals may fail prematurely, and in most cases, it's simply due to poor maintenance practices. Here are a few ways you can minimise such failures. Read More …

Useful Attachments You Should Consider For Excavator Hire

29 April 2016
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Excavator hire provides homeowners with a convenient way to undertake landscaping and demolition projects on their property without having to invest in purchasing this equipment on their own. However, to make the most of your excavation hire, you need to couple it with the attachments that would be most appropriate for the project at hand. Different attachments give you the freedom to an array of different tasks with your excavation hire without having to hire multiple types of equipment. Read More …