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Optimising your wheel loader in today’s demanding construction and mining projects can significantly improve productivity, efficiency, and overall project success. By implementing strategic techniques and practices, you can unleash the full potential of your wheel loader, ensuring it operates at peak performance while meeting project requirements. This article explores the various aspects of wheel loader […]
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The ever-changing dynamics of the mining and construction sector call for versatile and high-spec wheel loaders. Also known as front-end loaders, wheel loaders are large four-wheel drive machines with mighty strength and durability to carry out heavy earthmoving tasks. Its purpose is to lift, hold and transport materials on a mining or construction job site […]
The ever-changing dynamics of the mining and construction sector call for versatile and high-spec wheel loaders.
Also known as front-end loaders, wheel loaders are large four-wheel drive machines with mighty strength and durability to carry out heavy earthmoving tasks.
Its purpose is to lift, hold and transport materials on a mining or construction job site including loading trucks or stationary equipment such as conveyors or screening machines.
Know what to look for when searching for these mighty machines, and you’ll find a loader to help you move more material in less time, at a lower cost per ton, for a faster return on your investment.
So, let’s have a look at everything you need to know about renting a wheel loader.
When you are talking wheel loaders, size truly does matter. From small to medium to big wheel loaders, it’s vital to select the right size machine for your project requirements.
When considering the right size loader, you can assess the horsepower, the tipping load or the bucket size.
Wheel loaders are typically segmented in the market according to their horsepower. Compact wheel loaders are loaders with 80 horsepower or less, then it’s usually broken down from 80 to 150 horsepower, 150 to 200 horsepower, and 200 to 250 horsepower.
When looking to rent or buy a wheel loader, you could assess the tipping load, also referred to as the payload, which is the max load that the wheel loader can handle safely and remain stable.
And finally, the bucket size. Loaders can meet and exceed the requirements of any job when equipped with the right bucket.
For instance, choosing a wheel loader with a bucket size from 3 – 5 yards is popular for moving heavier material types on construction sites whereas the larger wheel loaders are 8 yards and more, are used on mine sites.
Ensure you choose the right combination of bucket to achieve your production targets.
It’s important that you choose all the right components to maximise your machine’s performance.
The type and density of the material that needs to be lifted and transported, determines the power and payload capacity needed from your wheel loader.
Another important component is the machines arm length – consider if you need a standard lift loader or a high lift loader.
The type of removable attachments you need on your loader also determines the power of your machine. At Plantman, you can customise any wheel loader to suit your work requirements, from heavy buckets to various work tools to quick couplers for maximum versatility.
Another vital aspect to keep in mind is that fuel capacity needs to meet the demands of the job.
The distance to be transported and the frequency of mobility will require higher fuel capacity to see the work through.
For example, a big wheel loader with heavy horsepower, working steadily with no idle time at a demanding job site, might burn more than 12 litres of fuel per hour and you need to account for this estimate when choosing your machine.
One significant factor in comparing productivity among various models and brands is fuel efficiency. It measures how much work a loader can do with one litre of fuel, that is, the amount of material it can move, whether measured in cubic metres or tons, with that volume of fuel.
One of the best examples of fuel-efficient machines available is the CATERPILLAR 980M WHEEL LOADER - WL044.
Its high-power density and fuel efficiency set it apart from other models. It is certified to meet emission standards; its engine features Cat electronics, an "FI" (fuel injection) process and air-management systems. Its efficient engine structure delivers significantly improved performance through engine speed and overall system heat load reduction.
Plantman offers this magnificent machine for hire in Perth and across Australia.
Another major factor to consider when renting a wheel loader is the safety and protection offered by the machine.
Check the protective components and don’t overlook things like light shields, guard screens, and hydraulic hoses protection when evaluating the machine.
Look for an operator-friendly cab and choose one that offers maximum operator comfort, safety, visibility and productivity.
By forming relationships with suppliers who you trust to advise on the technical aspects of the machine, you will be more likely to rely on them for support and maintenance, including stock of spare parts if needed, to avoid unnecessary operational downtime.
Plantman prides itself on being a recognised ISO 9001 supplier with a rental fleet that is specified to comply with mine site safety standards and provides exceptional technical and customer service support on all its machines.
Call 08 9274 7820 today if you would like to discuss hiring a wheel loader from Plantman.
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Now that I’ve found Plantman and they’re local which is a bonus, I won’t need to look elsewhere. They also have an extensive range of equipment that suits our requirements for servicing the mining industry. I have no hesitation in recommending Plantman to any of our clients. Well Done!!!
Steve Kuklinski Owner Operator
From the start working with Frank regarding setting up a different style of service body was more than helpful, and this enabled us to get a truck that meets our requirements. Pricing was good and there were no issues when we made changes when they were requested. The response was excellent, I have made multiple requests to have other things added and modified from learnings here on-site and these were done to a great standard. The delivery was good even due to the Covid restrictions. We were very happy with the result and will be recommending Plantman if requested and hopefully dealing with Plantman in the future when we upgrade trucks again. Thank you again for the work put into the truck and body.
Rob Mclean Mine Maintenance Foreman
The flatbed has been very well received across the MEM department. As expected it was delivered in a clean and ready-to-go condition as promised and all facets of the truck have been put to good use. Overall everyone is impressed with the truck and having it on-site has allowed for work to flow a lot smoother.
Steven Nixon Field Supervisor
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