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3 Tips for Excavating a Foundation with a Rockwheel

Posted by Ryan Leech

May 26, 2014 7:30:00 AM

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In a competitive industry such as construction, every detail matters.

This makes the planning and evaluation process so crucial. Construction teams do diligent work on the front end to evaluate the specifications of a project and submit a competitive bid.

By accurately determining the tools necessary to complete the job, companies take an important step towards setting themselves up for success.

A company that submits a winning bid has obviously done the requisite research to put together a viable plan, so what is the difference between successful and unsuccessful projects?

In any construction project, one of the most critical components to being successful is time.

Seemingly inconsequential details can drastically change the nature of a project by creating time-killing delays or by increasing efficiency.

This is especially true for excavation projects.

There are several reasons that using a RockWheel will provide you with a performance advantage over competing tools, but simply choosing to use a RockWheel will not make your project as efficient as possible.

Here are three tips for excavating a foundation with a RockWheel that will improve your efficiency and cut down on unnecessary delays.

Pay Attention to Operator Form

Ensuring that your operator understands the best way to operate a RockWheel will create a better, more consistent rockwall that will improve the quality of the operation.

Proper technique will also allow for a cleaner precision cut.

Precision cut footers or foundations mean less money spent on over breaking, rock crushing and backfill.  

Giving operator form the attention it deserves will save time and money.

Plan Out the Best Procedure

Since getting the best vertical walls will take some excavator maneuvering, it is important to plan out your procedure.

If you just start operating without planning your movement, you may start creating an uneven wall. Without the proper strategy, it is easy to create a situation that cannot be easily corrected.

By failing to create a proper game plan you will end up using more time correcting situations that could have been entirely avoided in the first place.

If you can identify the maneuvers you will have to perform, you can adjust your worksite to make those movements as fluid as possible.

This can be done by moving equipment and other objects to ensure the necessary pathways remain open.

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Equally important to excavating the material is having a process in place to remove the excess excavated material.

The great thing about using a RockWheel is that this material will be finely crushed and can often be used as backfill directly on site.

Instead of the large, uneven chunks that are the result of using hammers, the excavated material of a RockWheel does not need to be transported.

This eliminates an expense from the project and it also saves valuable time, which will help meet deadlines.

Removing muck is a simple step in the project that is easy to overlook, but neglecting to have a process in place beforehand can result in a costly halt in production.

To prevent any unnecessary delays, detail a muck removal plan that can be implemented immediately following excavation.

By implementing these three tips you will get the most out of your RockWheel and take a big step towards becoming more productive and efficient.

 

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Topics: Excavation, Rockwheel

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