By BUILDER Magazine Staff. Builders will agree that the right hand and power tools are necessary to build houses efficiently. But one often-overlooked group of products can give your company a competitive edge: jobsite equipment.
"Having the right equipment is a must to run a successful business," says Marty Robbins, national sales manager for Tongue Twister in Mascotte, Fla. "It is convenient, and it saves a lot of time. And to a builder, time is money."
Take Tongue Twister, a line of construction trailers with a swivel design that allows the units to pivot. These pivoting trailers have front and rear ramps that make it easy to load or unload, Robbins says. Once on site, builders can store frequently used items closer to the door and less-used building products closer to the middle for effective construction management.
Another element builders must effectively manage on the jobsite is waste. Waste and debris volumes can be high, and the price to have it hauled away adds up--unless you have a piece of machinery like the Packer 750, a mobile low-speed grinder that turns waste material, such as drywall, roofing shingles, and bricks, into site resources such as erosion control material and road base, says Cynthia Poselenzny, with Mableton, Ga.-based Packer Industries.
"Tip fees for waste hauling is extremely high in some parts of the country," Poselenzny says. "Grinding up the waste for aggregate lowers the cost of what goes to the landfill and helps a builder with waste reduction."
Buying the right jobsite equipment is important, but builders must accurately determine their needs, says Torsten Erbel, director of product management for Carson, Calif.-based Multiquip, a manufacturer of construction equipment such as generators and concrete mixers. Each builder has different size projects; you want to buy the right product the first time because you don't want to have to invest money in new equipment every year.
Twist 'n shout: The Utili Twist construction equipment trailer features a swivel design that allows the trailer to pivot away from the truck for easy access. The front and rear ramps make it easy to load or unload them in less than a minute without uncoupling. Users may choose electric, hydraulic, or manual controls for swiveling the trailers, and a front stabilizing jack (or landing gear) is available in electric and hydraulic models. Tongue Twister. 877-925-8265. www.tonguetwister.net.
Pack it in: The Packer 750 features a low-speed grinder that can process drywall, solid-sawn lumber studs, OSB, masonry blocks and bricks, and cardboard waste into on-site landscape resources. Small enough to be pulled by a one-ton truck, the machine has a fully enclosed chamber and grinding hopper, and it is available with 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-inch screens. The hydraulic grinder includes a remote control, dust suppression, and a magnetic head pulley that removes nails. It is not recommended for painted lumber. Packer Industries. 800-818-2899. www.packer2000.com.
Steer clear:The Eagle compact skid-steer is designed to make landscaping work a lot easier. The unit's 35 1/2-inch loader can get into smaller spaces. It has a uni-body frame, more than 40 available attachments, a 25-horse power engine, 18-inch tires, and a 650-pound operating capacity. The machine is designed so that engine heat is channeled away from the operator for cooler working conditions. Finn Corp. 800-543-7166. www.finncorp.com.
Power alley: The GA-6HZR gas-powered generator has an 11-horse power engine and a 5-gallon fuel tank that can run for 5 1/2 hours. Its brushless design minimizes maintenance by eliminating the carbon brushes and slip rings common on other brands, the manufacturer says. It has a silent-type muffler and has noise levels of 74 decibels at 23 feet. The unit comes with 120V duplex, 120V twist-lock, and 240V twist lock receptacles. Multiquip. 800-421-1244. www.multiquip.com.