Backhoe vs Excavator

Medium to heavy duty construction requires heavy duty equipment such as a backhoe and excavator. The two are considered juggernauts in building differ not only in size and weight, but also in terms of functionality, versatility, and transportability. Here at Clayton Concrete Pumping & Backhoe, we often recommend our clients the most effective and cost-efficient equipment and service we see fit for their project and budget.

 

If you are wondering which one is better, then there is no definite answer. We can only determine the perfect fit for you based on your needs as each kind has its own advantages. Below is a quick comparison of the two.

 

Excavator

Not only is the excavator the larger and more heavy-duty option, it is also has the advantage of being able to rotate the chassis and boom by 360 degrees. A backhoe can only reach up to 200 degrees. This benefit is perfect for transporting larger loads, perfect for industrial purposes. We recommend an excavator for heavy projects such as demolition, digging large holes, heavy-duty lifting and placement, and more.

 

Backhoe

A backhoe, which consists of a dipper and a boom, may be the smaller option, but it is without a doubt the more versatile one. It can be utilized for medium to heavy construction projects such as pools, swimming pools, building pads, footings, water lines, gas lines, septic tanks, storm shelters, tree removal, demolition, drilling holes, and much more.

 

This equipment is highly recommended for jobs that require traveling quickly, have multiple tasks at hand, and have different sizes and conditions of the space.

 

For recommendations and additional information on choosing the right kind of equipment for your construction needs, please visit our blog again soon. For more a more professional and personal consultation in the Oklahoma City or Tulsa Oklahoma area, then contact us at Clayton Concrete Pumping & Backhoe today. Have a great day ahead!

Common Concrete Problems

Adding concrete to your property can immediately boost its appearance and durability. Concrete goes with almost anything, especially with roads, sidewalks, walkways, parking lots, yards, garage, and much more. However, this building material is no different from others in terms of vulnerability to damage. Here are some of the most common concrete problems you might encounter.

 

Cracking: This might be the most common problem you might encounter. Concrete is prone to cracking because of contraction from time and weather, shrinkage, or poor application and material used. Seeing a crack for the first time might cause you to panic, especially if it’s huge. The best way to address this is to call professionals and see how deep the crack is. It is important not to let this stay exposed outside for long, especially if there is rain or snow as moisture can seep into the concrete.

 

Discoloration: Nobody likes a faded or stained concrete. Concrete discoloration can happen due to extreme weather conditions, poor material, water, different materials, or calcium chloride added during application, wrong finishing, or too much troweling. This can be addressed by certain concrete cleaners.

 

Scaling: Usually caused by poor finishing and water/moisture seepage, scaling refers to the surface of the concrete chipping or breaking. You can ask trusted professionals for the right material to use, or you can have them address this problem immediately. The flaking will continue until you have it fixed.

 

Crazing: Consider this as cracking, but on a smaller scale. Crazing involves a number of small cracks only on the surface of the concrete. In other words, this is purely aesthetic and you don’t have to worry about its stability. However, when gone unaddressed, it can appear larger, accumulate moisture, and even lead to the depreciation of your area’s value/image. You can address this by contacting the company that applied the concrete finishing because crazing is usually caused by wrong application.

 

For more information on utilizing and maintaining concrete for both residential and commercial purposes, visit our blog often. If you are looking for a reputable name in concrete pumping in the Oklahoma City or Tulsa Oklahoma area, then look no further than Clayton Concrete Pumping & Backhoe. Call us today for a free consultation. Thank you and have a nice day!

Skid Steer vs Compact Wheel Loader

Here at Clayton Concrete Pumping & Backhoe, we are often asked by our clients about what kind of equipment will fit their job order. As a reputable name in construction and concrete pumping in the State of Oklahoma, our answer will always depend on the details of the project and the overall needs of the client.

 

When it comes to carriers, the skid steer and compact wheel loader are highly recommended as they are both versatile and efficient. For those who are unaware, the former is the smaller tool that skids its tires when moving around an area while the latter has a more steerable movement and articulated view of the area.

 

Although the skid steer is often the popular choice in America, we still advise our clients to see their options before fully deciding. The factors in choosing the right equipment can depend on lift capacity and height, hydraulic horsepower, transportation needs, movement speed, and more.

 

Compact Wheel Loader

The main advantage of a compact wheel loader is its generally larger bucket which can carry more load, perfect if you need a versatile heavy carrier. Since it is bigger than its counterpart, your seating is higher; hence, you definitely have more visibility. You won’t have much trouble looking when backing. Furthermore, the wheel loader feels solid in your hands as you can easily maneuver and control the power when driving.

 

Skid Steer

On the other hand, a compact wheel loader can never out-maneuver a skid steer. Despite its smaller bucket capacity, we can highly recommend this equipment as a carrier for smaller spaces, especially with its short turning radius. A wheel loader generally wins in terms of reach and height, but a skid steer is incredibly dependable when transporting and repositioning items quickly and comfortably.

 

For more information on carrier equipment, please visit our blog again soon as we are constantly updating it. Thank you and have a nice day!

What are the Causes & Dangers of Potholes

Road safety should never be compromised. We at Clayton Concrete Pumping & Backhoe are strong advocates of better roads and concrete for both private and public purposes in the State of Oklahoma. One of the biggest hindrances in achieving this is potholes. In fact, it was tallied that six billion dollars are spent on automobile repair and medical treatments caused by potholes.

 

What is a Pothole?

A pothole is usually a large cavity on the road formed by erosion, wear and tear, and various natural activities. You can immediately spot one when the pavement or concrete can no longer bear the weight of the load above ground brought by the ruptured hole. The term originated from 15th century England wherein potters would dig ruts on the road in order to gather raw clay. This caused a lot of turmoil as the holes would cause accidents among coaches, wagons, and horses back in the day.

 

What Causes Potholes?

The most common cause is that it resulted in the combination of water and traffic. When the pavement cracks, moisture from the rain and snow will enter and loosen the soil underneath. Even after drying up from the heat, the road beneath has already expanded and elevated, no longer returning to its original solid state. When the foundation becomes weak and loose, it can no longer bear the heavy traffic that will pass through, resulting in erosion and potholes.

 

Pothole Dangers

Thousands of accidents caused by potholes among automobiles, motorcycles, pedestrians, and road workers are being recorded every year. These ruts do not only damage the appearance of roads and pavements of neighborhoods, they also bring higher risk every time they are not being fixed immediately.

 

A small pothole can cause people to trip over or bicycles to get damaged, while larger ones can lead cars to swerve or drivers to lose control and lead to a potentially fatal accident. This is why we at Clayton Concrete Pumping & Backhoe strongly encourage everyone to act fast if there is one near their homes or business.

 

Visit our blog often for more information on road and concrete safety. If you are looking for a high quality concrete pumping company that can also accommodate by supplying a backhoe or skid steer service, then give us a call today. Thank you.