If you are heading into the construction busines with minimal experience behind you, you may want to learn several more things about the various materials you might work with. For example, learning about steel fabrication for heavy construction equipment as it applies to your work as a foundation contractor is important. Here are a few pointers.
Steel Fabrication in Your Jackhammers
If you have to bust up concrete floors to lower a foundation, then you need a tool that can not only break concrete, but also maintain its own form. Steel is one of the hardest metals known to humans, and through certain chemical processes, it can be made harder. The steel used to create pneumatic jackhammers, for instance, is exceptionally strong because it has to withstand the repetitive force of slamming into concrete as it slams into concrete. In the steel fabrication plant, the jackhammers you use are forged through a poured molten steel process and then they may be galvanized too, depending on what make and model of jackhammer you typically use.
Steel Fabrication in the Concrete Mixers
Whether your business uses a portable concrete mixer or concrete mixer truck, steel is probably the metal that lines your mixers. It does not rust or corrode, which is very important because mixers are in constant contact with water and liquid concrete or cement. If you use an alternative method to mix very small batches of concrete to use as patches in a foundation wall, then the mixing drill you use is often made of steel as well. This is due to the fact that concrete, by nature, is a composite of ground stone with some larger aggregate thrown in, and the mixing drill bit has to withstand the constant grinding of the stone slurry and rock chunks while also maintaining a rust- and corrosion free blade.
Steel Fabrication in Excavators
The pneumatic components in your excavator trucks, specifically the tubes and the connecting joists, are more than likely the product of steel fabrication. These components, like the interiors of concrete mixers, have to remain rust- and corrosion free or they cannot and will not move in and out. Additionally, the connecting joists have to be some of the strongest parts, or the weight of the arms and digging attachments of the excavator would be too heavy for the truck. If these components were made of anything less than steel, they could bend and break.
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