Want to Start Your Own Excavation Company? Tips for Contractors

Are you a contractor who dreams of launching your own excavation company? Nearly every construction project needs excavation services yet not all of them have the equipment nor expertise among their crew to facilitate excavation in-house. Small landscaping companies may also need extraneous excavation services. That’s where your skills come into play.

Keep in mind, however, being skillful and knowledgeable about excavation doesn’t guarantee your success as an entrepreneur. You’ll need the right excavation equipment, business prowess, positive personality, networking abilities, and financial support to become an independent businessman.

Following is a compilation of tips to help you better prepare for such a venture, assuming you have the capital to start your next steps. Continue reading

Can I Rent a Roller for Asphalt? (Models and Rental Costs)

Compaction equipment like rollers can really help get a job done more quickly and more professionally. Eagle Power & Equipment carries a complete line of Case compaction equipment ideal for working with asphalt or soil.  For those not able to purchase an asphalt roller, we can work out a power equipment rental agreement. Read on to learn what models of asphalt rollers are available and how much it costs to rent one. Continue reading

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Tips on Buying a Skid Steer / Compact Track Loader

The versatility of skid steer and compact track loaders makes them ideal for commercial and residential use. They can be used for a multitude of landscape applications and excavation projects ranging from small to quite extensive.

Check out these tips before you invest in a machine so that you’re sure to find the skid steer that meets your needs and expectations. Continue reading

backhoe for rent at Eagle Power & Equipment

How Much Does It Cost To Rent A Backhoe (Chart Available)

Contractors rely on loader backhoes to tackle all sorts of landscape challenges and to make excavation work go more quickly.

The cost to rent a backhoe will depend on the size, horsepower, and amount of time you need to complete your project. On average, rentals will cost between $300-$500 per day. At Eagle Power & Equipment, daily backhoe rentals range from $273 for a Kubota B26 with 26HP to $415 per day to rent a Case 590SN with 110HP.

We help contractors and homeowners in Montgomeryville, PA, West Chester, PA, and New Castle, Delaware save money with convenient power equipment rentals.

As an attachment, a backhoe can turn a skid steer or track loader into an agile excavator, and you don’t need to add a separate power machine to your fleet. For DIY-ers, renting a backhoe can make home improvement feasible. Continue reading

Kubota skid steer available at Eagle Power & Equipment in Pennsylvania

How to Keep a Skid Steer in Top Shape (and Which Brands are Popular)

Anyone who owns heavy equipment knows the best way to keep every piece in top shape is with proper preventive maintenance. Skid steers, one of the most versatile pieces of equipment used in various industries, require proper upkeep to help maintain peak performance and to extend the life of the machinery.

A regular checklist of routine maintenance can help you avoid costly power equipment repair bills. When it comes to which skid steer to choose, Eagle Power & Equipment can help you decide. We’re an authorized dealer of CASE and Kubota skid steers, the best in the industry. Both these popular skid steer brands offer superior performance and excellent maneuverability.

Let’s look at how you can get the most out of your landscaping and construction skid steers. Continue reading

CASE rough terrain forklift from Eagle Power Equipment in Doylestown, PA

A Rough Terrain Forklift Can Ease Material Handling on Challenging Terrains

Different types of forklifts can help increase productivity at your workplace, on your farm, or at the construction site. Where the terrain might be challenging or unfinished, a rough terrain forklift can help you save labor and money.

Eagle Power & Equipment proudly sells CASE rough terrain forklifts, which provide smooth and stable material handling performance regardless of the conditions at ground level. Continue reading

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What Coolant Should I Use For My Power Equipment?

Coolant (antifreeze diluted with water) lowers the freezing point of water and raises the boiling point of water. Yet, not all coolants are the same. Be sure to use the right one for your equipment.

The right coolant for your power equipment will depend on the type of equipment, its brand, the model,  the year it was manufactured, and even the metal parts it contacts (cast iron, aluminum, etc.).

Most heavy equipment manufacturers will carry their own brand of engine coolant. For instance, CASE IH developed an antifreeze premix specific for use with its Efficient Power engines.

Your equipment will have specific coolant recommendations in the owner’s manual. You can also ask our service technicians to assist you in finding the best coolant for your machine.

Let’s take a quick look at the different types of coolant on the market: Continue reading

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What Should Tire Pressure Be in Winter?

When temperatures decrease, tire pressure can drop. It’s reported that with every 10-degree drop in temps, your tire pressure drops 1 pound per square inch (1 PSI).

Yet low tire pressure may require your heavy equipment to use more fuel to get the job done. It can also cause more wear on your tires.

So what should tire pressure be in winter? Use the recommended tire pressure provided inside your owner’s manual. Some tires will have ideal PSI listed on the tire sidewalls. Your machine’s recommended tire pressure might also be listed on a sticker inside the driver’s door.

Dropping temperatures might cause a heavy load to need a higher PSI but start with the recommended PSI. Measure the pressure while your tires are cold. Inflate them to that recommended PSI.

Don’t depend on a visual inspection. Use a tire pressure gauge to measure the tire inflation on your heavy equipment to be certain it is sufficient. Continue reading

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What is the Best Snow Removal Equipment for Contractors?

This is the time of year to get your snow removal equipment purchased, serviced, and ready for action.

You’ll need equipment that clears snow and ice from roads, parking lots, driveways, and walkways. Depending on whether you contract with a commercial property or a residential property, your equipment can range from skid steers, tractors, and ATVs to walk-behind snow blowers, salt spreaders, and your own 4X4 truck. Eagle Power & Equipment is a full-service snow plow and spreader dealer.

Skid-steer loaders are some of the most popular vehicles for clearing snow because they work with many types of add-ons.

Check out our heavy equipment lineup of brands you can trust. Continue reading

Best Excavator Maintenance Tips to Avoid Costly Downtime

With an excavator and other heavy equipment, any moment of downtime can cost you money and lost productivity. Heavy equipment failure puts your project and your reputation at risk.

Appropriate excavator maintenance can reduce equipment failure, inefficient fueling, and overall operating costs. Continue reading