Tight access excavation

One of the biggest challenges in construction and in design is how equipment, specially the type of equipment performing initial and succeeding excavations will be able to penetrate project sites with very little or narrow passageways. This is a growing concern for contractors and engineers alike, since growing population, especially in urban areas, have allowed land and building owners to construct extensions and improvements within their perimeter; therefore, making worksite more tight access.

Structures that are located inwards or rather in the middlemost part of the city block or street have the difficult test of going through a lot of obstacles before commencement of construction project becomes possible. Smaller, compact and equally efficient is the answer. That is where equipment such as mini-excavators and mini-dumpers come in play.

Makinex has been the exclusive distributor of the market leading Italian manufactured Cormidi mini-tracked dumpers for over 14 years now.

Makinex understands you need a small compact dumper that allows you to access narrow and tight work sites, and that being able to manoeuvre on rough terrain makes your job easier and faster, and ultimately allows you to give a better service to your customers.

Phil Gredig from Intelligent Construction Solutions Pty Ltd and his sons use machinery that adds value to their business and allows them to quote on jobs other builders would have to pass on due to hard working and access conditions.

Their most recent job in Beecroft Sydney has a small access point with a 20-degree ramp to the worksite. With 400 tonnes of bricks to move, working without their Cormidi 50 named “Sampson” would be almost impossible.

Phil explained that “Sampson” has now become an integral member of the team, allowing them to move 8 tonnes per hour.

Phil says, “Intelligent Construction Solutions couldn’t function as a business without the Cormidi 50. It is the most valuable piece of equipment they have and is used on 99 per cent of jobs.”

All Cormidi Dumpers are hydrostatic, offering a low cost of ownership for customers, meaning no belts, chains or pulleys to repair.

Makinex stocks a complete range from 400kg to 1200kg in high or low tip and petrol or diesel versions.

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The value proposition of compact, portable generators

The prime principles of High Frequency in concrete cutting & drilling is to give greater efficiency, reduce weight & footprint, provide better performance & a longer life cycle of your equipment.

With High Frequency compatibility there is a need for the power source to produce no more than 4% harmonic distortion to minimize adverse reaction from capacitors, external drives, inverters, transformers & motors and to maintain cooling and reduce overload.

Makinex has developed the Compact Portable range with these requirements in mind and as such can deliver less than 3% total harmonic distortion (THD).

The initial product was a 10kva unit which is ideal for basic HF saws and then evolved to our 16kva unit. We have now completed development and testing of the 23kva and 32kva options and these units are coming out of production September/October 2020.

As it is, with the innovation of greater power to weight ratio and smaller footprint concrete & cutting equipment, the need has also arisen for the evolution of remote power source to also follow that path.

This allows for greater logistical efficiency in portability and manoeuvrability and thus provide better cost to return ratio as less need for grid hard wiring, large trailer or trucks for transport and the ability to utilise internal/external elevators, doorways, hallways.

The Makinex Compact Portable range of generators has evolved to give solution and benefit to this issue.

From 10kva through to 32kva, these units can now be ramp or winch/tailgate loaded and fit through a 760 x 550mm opening with a maximum weight of 380kg including fuel.

With the increased density in cities and large towns, the trend is geared toward minimal access, council compliance and vehicle parking/access restrictions.

It is thus, time spent on getting a remote power source to site and compliant with where the leads are run, is becoming an increasing issue.

The Makinex Compact Power range of generators is designed to offset these issues and reduce this non-productive time.

These generators can fit up to 64kva in a one tonne van along with other equipment.

To determine if the Makinex Compact Generator is of value to your business, contact us.

Makinex and Multiquip sign exclusive UK distribution deal

For firms in the know, Makinex Construction Products has been building a reputation for outstanding innovation and superior quality over many years and today the company is amongst the most highly regarded construction products manufacturer there is.  But … for UK businesses this exceptional range Australia designed and robustly constructed products have been notoriously difficult to obtain. Not any longer!

Makinex (which incidentally stands for: Making Inefficiencies Extinct) is delighted to announce that they have now appointed Multiquip (UK) Ltd as their exclusive UK national distributor.

This exciting deal means that the entire range of Makinex construction products will now be readily available direct from Multiquip (UK) who already enjoy an excellent reputation for their extensive range of construction industry products, their unique brand of personal service and for the excellent value for money they provide.

The impressive Makinex range, although initially designed for the construction industry, has found a growing demand within many other industry sectors, including warehousing and storage, manufacturing, repair shops and transport.

There is no question that the Makinex range is extremely comprehensive, but perhaps the jewel in the crown is the award winning Powered Hand Truck (PHT-140).  This is a universal materials handling solution that instead of requiring three or four people, now enables just one person to easily and safely lift and load equipment or bulky goods weighing up to 140kg (309lb).

It is easy to see why the PHT-140 continues to be so successful in Australia and why, in 2016, it won the coveted UK Executive Hire Show’s ‘Innovation trail’ Award because it is not only very easy to operate by a single person, it also has a multitude of uses, including lifting, moving, loading and stacking across so many industries.

The PHT-140 folds down for easy transport and storage and in addition it also offers a range of versatile accessories designed to suit many different lifting and moving requirements.

Other products within the Makinex range that are now readily available both direct and online from Multiquip in the UK include: rotary pressure washers, power generators, jackhammers and industrial mixers.

Multiquip Sales Director, Kevin Cassell, is delighted with the new deal.  He says, “Expanding our product portfolio has always been an important consideration at Multiquip (UK) and we are both proud and excited to represent Makinex and their products within the UK.”

For further information on any of the Makinex products you can contact Multiquip (UK) Ltd by calling 0161 339 2223 or alternatively you can email sales@multiquip.co.uk. You can also see and order the full range of Makinex construction products on the Multiquip website: www.multiquip.co.uk

Crystalline silica : Why you should suppress dust while cutting/ coring.

What is Silica?

Silica is present in the aggregate added to concrete, in asphalt, bricks, concrete, concrete and terracotta tiles and pavers, in sandstone and in granite. Small amounts are present in cement. Silica can be released if using power tools to cut fibre cement sheeting. During the cutting, grinding or drilling process, the mineral is broken into fine dust which is referred to as silica dust.

Why suppressing concrete dust is important

Would I be right in assuming that many concrete cutters and core drillers reading this would feel dust is simply part of the game when doing your job?

If it is, I’m sure you’re not alone.

Yet for me, it’s the potential life-threatening implications of concrete dust (Silica) that would make it a top priority for me to change this way of thinking

What is the risk?

As the total dose of Silica increases, so does the risk for developing silicosis, lung cancer, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).   Some workers become ill after many years of low exposure levels, while other workers who perform less frequent but high exposure tasks can become ill with a lower cumulative exposure.  Why?  Because a high exposure to silica dust overwhelms the lungs’ defenses and most of the dust settles deep into the lungs which is where it does the most damage.

How can I reduce my exposure to Silica?

If you’re exposed to concrete dust as a concrete cutter or core driller, then  there are some simple steps you can take to minimise your ongoing exposure to Silica dust.

  • Contain – keep the dust contained to the area where you’re working
  • Ventilation – when the dust can’t be contained within a certain work space, then provide some form of ventilation system that will prevent it spreading and contaminating other parts of the workplace
  • Suppression – use water to suppress the spread of the dust. Cut stone with water, also known as wet cutting.Wet dust can’t escape into the air.

Regulations across NSW,VIC & QLD.

  • NSW- Announced new plans to reduce cases of the disease. Under the plan, NSW workers will be better protected by the introduction of on the spot fines for those who engage in unsafe dry-cutting practices. Read more here.
  • VIC- Silica exposure standard halved. Government urging employers to take precautionary measures and only expose their workers to levels below 0.02 mg/m3 . Read more here.
  • QLD- The workplace exposure standard (WES) for RCS is 0.1 mg/m3 8 hour Time-Weighted Average. Read more here

The Makinex H2G are ideal for wet cutting. This portable, constant-pressure water supply system delivers 13.8L of portable pressurized water at 7-10psi for dust suppression and cutting-tool cooling, exactly where you need it without pumps or electronics

Learn more about our Hose2Go system and contact us now for further inquiries .

Hose2Go and Covid-19

Our Portable constant pressure water system is great for sites without water access. During these uncertain times, it makes sure you comply with the hygiene standards set by the relevant state authority.

Facts : Back injuries while working in the construction industry

The construction industry compromises of work involved with the construction, alteration or demolition of buildings and other structures. The number of workers in the industry have grown by 33% over the last 11 years. There have been significant reductions in the numbers and rates of injuries and fatalities in this industry over the last ten years or more. Nevertheless, the construction industry remains a high risk industry.

In 2012–13 the construction industry accounted for 9% of the Australian workforce but 10% of workers’ compensation claims for injuries and diseases involving one or more weeks off work. In 2013–14 the construction industry again accounted for 9% of the workforce but accounted for 12% of work related fatalities.

20% of insurance claims in the construction industry were preventable lifting/back injuries.( Source: SafeWorkAustralia). On average they cost construction firms and rental firms like yours $10,000 annually in lost productivity.

During these times of pandemic, more and more construction companies are staggering shifts in order to comply with the social distancing guidelines. This means lesser workers on site and more workload on the reduced workforce.

Check out the Powered Hand Truck (PHT-140). The Makinex Powered Hand Truck (PHT-140) lets a single person to lift heavy and oddly shaped objects, up to 140 kg, and load them onto a truck or trailer without the risk of back injuries. Improved safety and productivity gains make the PHT a no-brainer for the loading bay.

That’s why firms like Kennards Hire are putting a PHT-140 in every branch:

“We use the Makinex Powered Hand Truck to lift & load equipment.  It is a fantastic product we use it all day, every day.  This piece of equipment is saving us costs & preventing injuries.” 

-Darren Curmi, Branch Manager, Kennard’s Hire.

Power Hand Truck & Covid-19

Our PHTs meet social distancing compliance as it reduces the need for 2 people lifting in close proximity to each other .

Construction firms stagger shifts to comply with new COVID-19 regulation & keep tradies safe

Sites are operating under new rules to ensure workers stick to the social distancing guidelines.

Companies are splitting break times & locations as well as staggering shifts to make sure that they keep running on schedule. Ensuring everyone is maintaining atleast 1.5 meters of distance from each other. For a hands-on industry like constructions, increased hygiene and cleaning has become the greatest priority.

The new regulations also mean that there are, relatively fewer tradies on the site , during any given time, resulting in more workload for the tradies onsite and decreased efficiency/ productivity/workforce hours.

Our surface cleaner and mini-dumper ranges empower you with higher efficiency, greater productivity and ability to do more jobs!

Our Cormidi Mini dumpers

  • Lift, dump and load 400-800kg using a single operator. Traditional wheelbarrows are more labor intensive and less productive.
  • Mini dumpers can also tip straight into a vehicle or skip bin.
  • Minimizing downtime and boosting productivity.
  • Only 700 mm up to 810mm wide gets through gates, alleys and doorways.

Our Dual pressure washer range

  • 2 in 1 Dual pressure washer. Combines a pressure wand and rotary cleaner.
  • Gives high productive coverage of around 80m2/hr at 15lpm
  • Adjustable pressure
  • Varied nozzle tips for multiple width of spray on the wand

Australian Houses Are Getting Smaller!

Australia’s freestanding house footprint has shrunk to its smallest size in nearly 20 years. According to Comsec Home Size Trends Report, the average size of an Australian freestanding house has fallen to 17-year low.

Canberra takes the lead with the biggest houses according to data commissioned by CommSec from ABS. The comes Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland. NSW, our most populous state, is now home to houses which are 10 % smaller than VIC.

The average floor area of a new detached built in Australia in 2015/16 was 231m2, down from a record 247.7m2 in 2008/09. Meanwhile, over in the states, the US census bureau reports that average size of a new single-family house in 2015 was 249.6m2.

There are many reasons houses are getting smaller, including changing demographics, smaller blocks and affordability issues.

How does these trends affect you?

Larger homes on smaller blocks have resulted in restricted access to the backyard, which can limit the type of machinery you have available for a job. Tools like the wheelbarrow can be used in such tight access places, however the wheelbarrows are slow and labor intensive . Specially on a rough terrain they can prove very hard to use!

How The Cormidi Helps With The Trends?

Makinex Construction Products prides itself on innovation and is passionate about providing professional contractors and tradespeople with products that provide quality solutions safely and economically.

The Makinex earthmoving range of Cormidi Mini Tracked Dumpers is no exception. With the smallest width at 695mm, Cormidi Dumpers provide landscapers access to the narrowest of sites even including the front door!

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