We often see heavy pieces of machinery working on construction sites but are rarely aware of their uses. From moving tonnes of heavyweight construction materials to digging gigantic holes in the ground—sometimes even hundreds of feet deep—to lay building foundations, different types of heavy equipment facilitate construction activities in different ways. This means a big construction project can only get successfully completed within the due time if it is planned with the right type of construction equipment.
So, what are the most common construction equipment in Pakistan, and their applications? To help you learn more about these heavy equipment, we’ll list down and discuss each of them in this post.
Most Common Construction Equipment in Pakistan
Some of the most common types of heavy construction equipment in Pakistan have been listed and discussed as under:
- Dump Trucks
- Tower Cranes
You would probably have seen it working on many construction sites. A backhoe loader is one of the most common types of heavy construction equipment used in Pakistan. Usually made up of a tractor, a loader, and a backhoe, it’s a piece of heavy construction machinery that has a variety of applications. For instance, it can be used for loading, unloading, and excavating. Furthermore, a backhoe can also be used for lifting heavyweight construction material to different levels of heights.
Compactors, commonly known as rollers in Pakistan, are construction machines used to compact and press materials on the ground, to level a surface. Once the ground or base gets ready, compactors make it suitably even for creating smooth surfaces we usually travel on like highways and other types of roads. The road rollers you normally see in road constructions in Pakistan are soil compactors.
However, there are also different types of compactors, depending on the nature of the task. For example, there’s a landfill compactor. It is ideal to be used in solid waste management. Similarly, another very famous type of compactor is a soil compactor. It works best with soil and dirt.
Dump trucks are known by different names. They are also called “dumper trucks”, “tipper trucks” or just “dumpers” in Pakistan. In a dumper truck, the chassis of a truck is attached with a dump body that is mounted on its frame. The bed in this heavy construction machinery is raised with the help of a vertical hydraulic ram that is mounted between the frame rails or under the front of the body
Dumpers are also among the most common heavy construction equipment. You will often come across dumpers running around the city. A dump truck is required in almost every other construction project. These are widely used for the transportation of large quantities of construction materials in Pakistan, such as sand, gravel, and soil, within the city as well as across the country.
Loaders are basically large construction machines with tracked and normal wheels that assist construction activities in loading heavy materials onto dumper trucks among other vehicles. It features a large-sized bucket that can carry tonnes of different types of heavy materials including soil, rocks, raw materials as well as debris from a demolished building.
As discussed they come in normal and tracked wheels (as you see in military tanks). Loaders with normal wheels are generally used on construction sites, whereas loaders with tracked wheels have better traction and are used in hard-to-reach areas, especially for wheeled loaders.
Bulldozers are also among the most common construction equipment in Pakistan. They are primarily used for excavating shallow levels of surfaces up to a particular point. It significantly facilitates construction activities by removing or pushing massive amounts of construction materials such as soil and sand, clearing the required area.
Similar to loaders, there are two types of bulldozers in Pakistan: with and without tracked wheels—and their uses also depend on the requirements and technicalities of a construction project.
As the name suggests, tower cranes are commonly used in the construction of high-rises and skyscrapers. They are also among the most common construction equipment used in Pakistan. Living in a megacity like Karachi, where tall buildings are being constructed in almost every neighbourhood of the city, you can easily come across the sight of tower cranes working on different construction sites.
These cranes are fixed and are installed to facilitate a construction project of a high-rise tower in terms of hoisting different building materials as well as construction tools. The tower cranes can easily carry different types of construction materials such as frames, concrete blocks, bricks, steel pipes, wooden frames, and even labourers to different levels of height.
Safety Tip: Maintaining a safe distance from all of these heavy equipment is one of the most important safety tips for visiting construction sites.
These were some of the most commonly used heavy construction equipment in Pakistan. We hope now it’ll be easier for you to identify heavy construction machinery and differentiate between their uses. For your queries and feedback, you can simply email us at email@example.com. We’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible.
On a side note, you may also like reading about some of our construction-related blogs listed below. Have a look:
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