Principal aspects of equipment selection:
PLANNING OF EQUIPMENT SELECTION INVOLVES TO GET ANSWER OF :
For what the equipment needed?
When is the equipment needed and for how long?
Which capacity of equipment is needed?
Which one should be selected based on past experience?
Depending upon the type of project following survey should be performed:
Availability of Fuel
Availability of labor
Availability of Electricity/ water
Factors affecting selection of proper construction equipment:
Nature of task and specifications
Quantity of work and time allowed for completion Distribution of work at site.
Interference expected and inter dependence with other operations.
Accessibility of location
Working space restriction
Altitude and weather conditions
Working season and working hours
Availability of local resources of manpower, materials and equipment.
Availabilityof local equipment hiring, repair and maintenance facilities locally.
Availability of fuel, oil and lubricants.
Type of equipment considered suitable for the task.
Production capability, service conditions and delivery time of each equipment available.
Equipment already own by the contractor.
Usefulness of equipment available for other and future tasks.
Equipment components, engine transmission, brakes, steering operator’s cabin.
Use of standard components
Warranties and guarantees
Vendor’s after sales services
Operator’s acceptability, adaptability
Ease of repair and maintenance
Vendor’s after sales service,
repairs, spares and maintenance.
Availability of spare parts.
Resale or residual value after use.
Replacement costs of existing equipment
Buy second hand or new equipment
Purchase or lease.