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What is heavy equipment?

30 October 2015
It’s worth noting that the term “heavy” is not made in reference to weight or size of the machine, rather the heavy-duty nature of the tasks it performs

What does heavy equipment mean to you, and is there a clear-cut definition? In today’s workforce, the consensus is that heavy equipment refers to heavy-duty vehicles that are specifically designed for construction and earthmoving tasks.

What makes things a little ambiguous is that there are many terms used to describe heavy equipment, including heavy machines, heavy trucks, construction equipment, engineering equipment, heavy vehicles and even heavy hydraulics. No matter which term you like to use, it includes machines such as:

NOTHING TO DO WITH WEIGHT OR SIZE

It’s worth noting that the term “heavy” is not made in reference to weight or size of the machine, rather the heavy-duty nature of the tasks it performs. For instance, there is a massive difference in size and weight between a mining dump truck and a skid steer loader or mini excavator, and yet they all come under the category of heavy equipment.

Crucially, most heavy equipment in use today requires at least some level of operational skill and training. In some cases, heavy equipment operators are required to obtain certification, which helps to reduce accidents.

IN NEED OF QUALITY HEAVY MACHINES?

As you can imagine, heavy machines can be costly to own and operate. With tight profit margins on construction projects some companies choose to rent for use on certain projects. That’s why it pays to partner with a heavy machinery retailer that offers both long-term investment and short-term rental options.

National Plant & Equipment is a leading provider of premium quality, reliable heavy equipment for sale and hire. For all of your loading, hauling, grading, dozing and digging needs, contact us today on 1300 794 448.

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