The one thing that you quickly come to terms with when it comes to earthmoving equipment is that there are number of different types and each one has its own unique set of functionalities to consider alongside the usual attributes that would expect from this type of equipment.

Here is a look at some of the main factors to consider before you make your final purchasing or renting decisions.

Saving you time and money

It is important to take into consideration a number of fairly crucial factors before you make your final selection and always bear in mind the type of work you are going to be doing, the site conditions and what your available budget is likely to be.

Selecting the wrong equipment or accessories can lead to reliability issues and cause downtime which will cost you money if you fall behind schedule and potentially create unsatisfactory working conditions. Always try to use the best quality equipment and fittings within your budget range and by using specialist suppliers such as Statewide Bearings and V Belts, you can always get a bit of expert advice if you need some guidance on what you need for the job in hand.

Tow distance is important

If you are going to successfully identify the right earthmoving equipment for the project that you have been tasked to complete then tow distance should be one of your primary considerations.

If the tow distance is expected to be a relatively short distance then you should be able to choose a smaller vehicle, but if the earth has to be transported over a greater distance then you need to ensure that the equipment you choose is capable of fulfilling the duties you have in mind.

It stands to reason that a strong and powerful vehicle will be needed in order to be capable of sustained pressure over a longer period of time and if you make the wrong choice, the additional strain on a smaller vehicle will almost certainly result in a breakdown at some point.

Type of material being moved

Earth Scraper by Bill Jacobus

By Bill Jacobus

Another important consideration is the type of material that you are going to be moving and transporting.

Certain substances that are to be moved will require a scraper or a truck to be able to perform with a degree of competence. Sandy soil is a good example of when a scraper will be essential for maximum efficiency but if the soil happens to be more clayey and wet, a scraper would not be the best option.

Paddle type scrapers won't be ideal for lifting rocks or soil with small to large boulders whereas augur scrapers would be considered ideal for this scenario. Top loader trucks are rightly popular for supplying and excavating earth but some other materials are often more suited to be tackled with a tractor scraper.


The seasons can also play a part in your choice of equipment, as scrapers are not able to perform at their best when the soil is wet and the weather is wet or snowing, but summer weather when it is hot and dry will be just fine.

If you are working in wet weather conditions then top load trucks would be a good choice of equipment and articulated haulers often good functionality when you are faced with tough terrains and difficult weather conditions.

Take your time to consider your earthmoving equipment carefully and you should be rewarded with reliability and performance that will help you to get the job done.

By John Barnes

John has been a construction site manager for several years. With insight and experience under his tool belt, he often blogs about common construction projects, equipment, and safety.

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