Successful Liner Refurbishment for Two Heavy-Duty Buckets

We’re proud to announce the completion of another successful project with our partners at ESCO®.

Martin Marietta Materials Southwest, Inc. was looking to have the liner refurbished for two of their Komatsu WA500 front end loaders, and we knew we could count on ESCO® to find the perfect kits for the job.

Worn Out Bucket Liner

The buckets had extensive wear, the liners were worn down and cracked from regular use in the customer’s concrete processing plant. Due to the concrete mixes that Martin Marietta Materials Southwest, Inc. works with, we knew we’d have to find something that would stand up to this material for a long period of time.

Bucket Liner With Damage

After getting the proper measurements, we sent everything over to ESCO® and they were able to engineer and fabricate the two large liner kits at their Phoenix facility.

New Liner

The new custom liners fit right over the worn-down liners and were able to be welded right onto the bucket without issue. Each liner kit came with two corner liner pieces as well for added wear protection, which were also welded right onto the buckets.

Liner Kit InstalledSide Liner Installed Linker Kit

We would like to thank Martin Marietta Materials Southwest, Inc. along with Ralph Contreras for coming to us for this project and they are extremely pleased about the end result.

At Texas Contractors Equipment, Inc., we take great pride in being problem solvers and will work with the many different manufacturers we represent to find the perfect kit or pieces of equipment you need to get the job done. No matter how big or small the job may be, we will make sure you have the g you need.

Give us a call today at 713-776-1212 to get started or to discuss any questions you have.

Texas Highway Project Information & Updates

Construction is ongoing for the Texas Department of Transportation’s SH 99 Grand Parkway project. Grand Parkway Infrastructure LLC (GPI) is hard at work on a portion of the new highway that will total $1.2 billion.

This part of the project will build segments H, I-1 and I-2 of the Grand Parkway, which runs through the northeast of Houston in Harris, Montgomery, Liberty and Chambers counties.

Highway Loop

Project Information

The new project will create a ‘highway loop’ which has been dreamed about in Houston for decades. It will span over 180 miles to help with the projected increase in drivers on local highways in the coming years.

The highway will improve connectivity with U.S. 59/ IH 69 N, IH 10 E and SH 146, will feature a two-lane toll-controlled access facility, four new toll lanes and upgraded tolling equipment.

Additionally, work will be done on several bridges as well as the building of retaining walls, drainage systems, embankment work, utility relocation and more.

The project is intended to reduce congestion, ease movement for businesses, workers and families, as well as providing more evacuation routes in the event of a weather emergency.

History & Timeline

GPI was selected for the project on March 28, 2017 with ground being broke on July 26, 2018. GPI consists of three companies, Granite Construction Inc., Webber LLC and Ferrovial Construction. It is estimated that they will have the project completed in the spring of 2022.

Construction Challenges

In September of 2019, Tropical Depression Imelda disposed of more than 30 inches of rain in the construction area, causing a state of disaster.

Layers of embankment were swept away in the storm and there was extensive damage done to equipment. Several sites needed drainage, haul roads were rebuilt, and a crossing needed repairs, causing construction delays.

Construction Stats

  • GPI’s crew is working on 70 main lane bridges, two ramp bridges, two frontage road bridges.
  • Over 10 million cubic yards of soil have been placed for embankments.
  • More than 224 parcels were cleared for construction.
  • Utility relocations account for 10 percent of construction costs.

Conclusion

When work is completed on the SH 99 Grand Parkway project in the spring of 2022, it will be the longest highway loop in the United States and will run through seven counties in and around the Greater Houston region. To keep tabs on the project and to get further updates, be sure to click here.

If you are set to begin work on a similar project in Texas and are looking for name-brand construction equipment, we ask that you call on our team at Texas Contractors Equipment. We are proud to serve the state of Texas and all of its construction contractors with high-quality construction equipment attachments for a wide range of machines. Contact us today at 713-776-1212 to learn more.

Get a Grip: Use These 3 Tools for More Efficient Excavations

Hydraulic ThumbIf your company regularly performs excavations, and you’re looking for a more efficient way to get things done, consider adding an excavation bucket attachment.

The attachments make it easier to grip things you’re picking up and will help ensure that your projects are completed efficiently.

Whatever your excavation needs may be, these tools will enable you to get the job done on time, each and every time.

Rigid-Style Thumbs

If you regularly use an excavator bucket and want to have more efficient excavations, save from added stress on your bucket and more, consider a rigid-style thumb.

This attachment is fitted to work hand-in-hand with your bucket and offers three and four tine options with recessed center tines for a better grip. Made from premium grade T-1 steel for added strength and durability, it can easily be adjusted by moving just a single pin.

For added versatility these attachments can work in three different positions and will work with 7 to 40 metric ton class machines.

Hydraulic Thumbs

Similarly, hydraulic thumbs offer a secure excavation each time and provide added versatility to your bucket by coming in both linkage and non-linkage styles.

These thumbs come with heavy gussets and reinforcements to make your thumb strong enough for any job and durable enough to last for years to come. They also come with serrated teeth with webbing that will allow you to grip tightly to nearly anything you are excavating.

Hydraulic Kits

If you need a little more power for your excavation job, hydraulic kits can provide that extra boost. These are specifically made to improve the power and stability of thumbs and offer all the hydraulic efficiency that is required.

These kits come with a foot pedal or joystick control that will allow you to use your thumbs with precision and greater efficiency.

When you’re interested in adding any of these attachments to the excavator buckets you use, we ask that you call on our team at Texas Contractors Equipment Inc.

We are proud to carry ESCO® rigid-style thumbs, hydraulic thumbs, hydraulic kits and more that will make your excavation project run as smooth as possible. These attachments will also extend the life of your equipment and will save you money on repairs in the long run.

To learn more about the excavator bucket attachments we have available, or to make a purchase, we ask that you give us a call at 713-776-1212 to get started.

Choosing the Right Excavator Bucket for Your Upcoming Project

Selecting the right excavator bucket is essential to having your excavation project go off without a hitch.

With so many companies offering excavation equipment, and the wide variety of excavation buckets available, we understand how overwhelming it can feel when looking for a bucket for your upcoming project.

To get an excavator bucket that is perfect for your job, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the different types of buckets on the market, the companies that offer them for sale, as well as the material that you will be excavating.

When you do each of these things, you will be in a much better position to choose the right bucket for your individual needs.

New Excavator Bucket

Get to know the different types of excavator buckets

Although there are many excavator buckets on the market, there are a few common types that you should familiarize yourself with. Getting to know what each is capable of will allow you to pick a bucket that is right for your specific project.

Some of the more popular excavator buckets include:

Consider the material you will be excavating

When doing your research, you will notice each bucket has its unique features that allow it to be successful with certain materials. It will be essential to familiarize yourself with the materials you’ll be excavating in order to choose the right excavator bucket.

The ESCO® STDP and DTCH are ideal for excavation jobs with lighter, sandy soil, while the ESCO® HDP and XDP are better at handling larger projects with rough, rocky material.

For specialized jobs with severe and abrasive unshot rock, coral, lava or glacial till, the SHDC is ideal as it can chop and pry materials as required.

Excavator Bucket

Get an excavator bucket from a trusted company

When purchasing an excavator, you want to make sure it is from a trusted company. ESCO® excavator buckets are some of the most reliable on the market and will stand up to whatever materials you are excavating.

ESCO® excavators will make your excavation jobs easier than you ever thought possible and will save you money in the long run through increased efficiency and functionality.

When you’re in need of a dependable ESCO® excavator bucket for your upcoming project, we ask that you call on our team at Texas Contractors Equipment Inc.

For years, we have offered the very best ground engaging equipment from the ESCO® Corporation for construction and mining companies across the southeast Texas region. Give us a call today at 713-776-1212 to learn more.

 

Housing Developments Increasing Around Houston

There has been a big boom in construction, development, and population growth in the state of Texas. In the greater Magnolia area just north of Houston, residential development is growing, and construction is increasing with projects such as these. Many Texans may not know the reason why this is the case, but it does have to do with population growth.

Housing Development Boom in Texas

Residential Development

There are several residential projects happening at the same time. This is due to people moving out of congested cities, new people moving into the state of Texas, and others looking for more property and a community to be a part of. What does this mean for the state of Texas? This is encouraging for many because it means that the state is growing and becoming more attractive for people outside of the state.

Many U.S. citizens have been stressed out over the past year and a half due to the pandemic, economy, and job loss. Many people might be looking for a change of pace, scenery, and lifestyle. Texas is proud to be a state that can offer a better lifestyle and maybe a cheaper option for many people around the country.

The Benefits of Housing Development and Growth in Texas

To some of the citizens of Texas, expanding infrastructure and development might not be the best thing in their eyes, but in reality, the expansion is a very good thing. With Texas being so large, there will still be the land mass to cater to the ones who want large pieces of property and a quiet lifestyle. Expanding on housing development and growing the population will increase the job force, create new jobs, bring in new residents, and benefit the economy.

With all the new construction and development being done, contractors and mining companies still need the proper equipment to get the jobs done. At Texas Contractors Equipment, we can provide you with the proper ground engaging tools/attachments for your projects and crew. Contact Texas Contractors Equipment at 713-776-1212 today or visit us online for more information!

Autonomous Trucks in the Construction & Mining Industries

Self-driving cars are making their way into everyday life with the innovation of autonomous and electric vehicles. Many major tech companies such as Tesla are enhancing their technologies in the field of self-driving cars. Of course, this is mainly for regular cars, but what about construction and mining trucks? We are not far off. Many major construction vehicle companies are diving deep into autonomous trucks for good reason.

Construction Crews Prepare for Autonomous Trucks

The world is changing by the minute. New and innovative technologies in the construction industry are improving the way we build and fix things. Our infrastructure will change in the coming years, and it’s safe to say that the way construction crews operate will change as well with autonomous trucks.

Caterpillar is at the Forefront

Although many tech companies are focused on self-driving cars, Caterpillar is already ahead of them when it comes to construction and mining. The benefit of having assistance with construction and mining trucks prioritizes safety and security for construction and mining crews. Remote control operations, maneuverability, and efficiency are some of the most important aspects to construction projects around the world.

The Benefits of Autonomous Trucks for Construction Crews:

  • Safety & Efficiency
  • Faster Production & Job Creation
  • Expand the Construction & Mining Workforce
  • Create Opportunities for More Difficult Jobs to be done
  • Improve the way construction crews operate

Construction & Mining Will Still Be Traditional

With all new technology, autonomous trucks, and renewable energy making their way into the construction industry, there is still a traditional aspect to mining and construction. The goals are still the same, which means ground engaging tools/attachments will always be needed for heavy machinery and construction equipment. Ground engaging tools/attachments help construction and mining crews improve their equipment and help to get jobs done safely and efficiently.

At Texas Contractors Equipment, we are proud to be serving the state of Texas and the construction contractors with high-quality and brand-named construction equipment attachments for many machines. Contact Texas Contractors Equipment at 713-776-1212 today or visit us online for more information!

Railway Coming to Texas

We’ve talked about how transportation is changing in the United States before. It’s a need that we as a nation need to address more frequently and solve the issues that we’re having. When it comes to trains, Europe and other countries have been successful with building high speed rails for countries. Many cities across the United States struggle with highways and traffic control because overpopulated cities can’t handle the amount of people traveling in cars.

Italian Construction Firm and U.S Subsidiary Partnership

There is some great news for Texas. An Italian Construction firm called Webuild is working together with its U.S. subsidiary construction firm Lane Construction to build a railway in Texas. We’ve seen many popular cities in Texas boom with population growth, transplants, and other people finding their home here. The railway will help to contain some traffic issues, give people access to easier transportation, as well as help the environment with fossil fuel emissions.

The Benefits of Innovative Transportation in America:

We’ve come a long way with technology for the environment, but we still are addressing easier transportation and more reliable ways to get places. Traffic is something that many workers dread. One way to combat this is to invest money in infrastructure and transportation.

At Texas Contractors Equipment, we are always looking into new attachments and technology for heavy machinery and equipment for the construction and mining industries. We’re proud to hear of new construction projects developing in the state of Texas because our mission is to supply attachments and ground engaging tools for contractors all over the area.

The Texas Railway Project

This railway will stretch from Dallas to Houston giving people the opportunity and access to travel between the cities. This is very beneficial for the people of Texas and businesses because it allows them to travel easily to meetings with clients and big project meetings.

If you’re looking for ground engaging tools/attachments for heavy machinery, we encourage you to contact Texas Contractors Equipment at 713-776-1212 today or visit us online for more information!

Texas: Home of the Fastest Growing Cities in the Nation

There are many cities across the country that are seeing significant increases in their populations right now. With the pandemic that hit, many families and individuals are looking for better places to live with lower taxes and more comfortable living arrangements. The state of Texas is seeing a crazy movement in increased population growth to many of its cities. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that there are 15 cities in the United States that have seen a major increase in population growth by percentage. Six of the 15 cities are in Texas.

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Texas Cities Are in the Top 15 Over the Last 15 Years

  • Frisco, TX
  • New Braunfels, TX
  • McKinney, TX
  • Cedar Park, TX
  • Conroe, TX
  • Round Rock, TX

This is great for the state of Texas, but it is also a difficult time for construction companies and contractors. The workload is much larger, which means many of us have to be patient and know that the development of cities, transportation, and infrastructure will pay off in the end.

Construction companies all across the state are keeping busy, building new properties for people to live, and work at because there are so many people coming to Texas. Texas Contractors Equipment is helping these companies by providing them with various parts for their equipment that they need to get the job done right. We are a family-owned-and-operated business that has been assisting companies with their needs for more than 40 years now, and we specialize in ground engaging tools of all shapes and sizes. From custom excavator buckets to teeth, cutting edges, and milling teeth for heavy machinery, we have everything companies need to meet the demands of their customers.

Does your company need to purchase durable, rugged ground engaging tools for your next Texas-sized project? Call us at 713-776-1212 or 800-483-9266 to speak with one of our representatives today.

 

 

The Benefits of Skid-Steer Attachments

Having a skid-steer in your fleet is one of the most beneficial investments you can make. Skid-steers are extremely versatile machines, especially because of the ability to change attachments for different applications for construction. Having the ability to change attachments for different applications allows your projects and jobs to run smoothly and be executed on time.

With new construction booming in Texas, skid-steer attachments play a major role in getting jobs done efficiently and on time.

Skid Steer attachments

Texas Contractors Equipment Has Sold Power Angle Brooms

A very cool attachment for a skid steer is the heavy-duty power angle broom. At Texas Contractors Equipment, we’ve sold this attachment for skid-steers. The power angle broom is a very important attachment designed to help with snow and surfaces.

How it Works:

The strong reinforced frame helps to easily maneuver the attachment on the skid steer to clear snow. The floating tilt helps to prevent bristle coning when it is angled. This attachment can help to make it easier for snow removal and clearing out areas efficiently and quickly.

Skid Steer Attachments for Every Application

Skid Steer attachments don’t stop at the power angle broom. There’s a plethora of attachments you can invest in to ensure you have the ability to get all kinds of jobs done properly. At Texas Contractors Equipment, we have the ability to repair any skid steer attachment you bring into us. Having different attachments for a skid steer can give you an advantage in the construction and mining industry.

Here are the benefits:

  • Versatility for Jobs
  • Decrease Downtime on the Jobsite
  • Advance Your Business
  • Have a greater Advantage in the Industry
  • Get Jobs done efficiently and effectively

Why a Skid Steer is Important in the Construction Industry

If you about how much a construction crew uses a skid steer, you’d probably believe that it is an essential machine for almost every job. From carrying loads of material to digging up material, there is no reason to not have one if you’re in this industry.

One of the benefits of contacting Texas Contractors Equipment is the fact that we’re dedicated to this industry and helping jobs move along smoothy. We want to make sure every contractor who comes to us with a need of upgrades, replacements, and repairs that we can get that done for them.

If you’re looking to expand your skid steer attachments, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Contact Texas Contractors Equipment at 713-776-1212 today or visit us online for more information!

Texas Construction & Infrastructure Enticing People to Move Here

Texas has been a destination for people for several years. Now, it’s gaining ground in the attraction of people relocating their permanent living arrangements. What is the real reason behind this? Well, the warmer weather is one of the main reasons, but also job placement in several Texas cities is a major attraction for young college graduates in the United States.

Sustainable Energy Projects Helping Texas Move Forward

Renewable energy in Texas

Young Americans are on board with sustainable energy. Texas is moving mountains with their sustainable energy projects across the state. With the amount of land that Texas has, sustainable energy projects with shoot through the roof in the coming years. This will bring more people to Texas and settle here for years to come.

Recently, the Corazon Solar Project has gained financial backers as the construction of this large solar project moves forward. It is located on 2,000 acres of private land. The more land the state has to develop is a good thing because that land can be used for renewable energy projects to help the environment and the renewable energy economy. It ultimately helps the state in bringing more people to move here and work in Texas.

Young Professionals Want a Healthy and Productive Environment to Live In

As Texas continues to invest money in large solar projects, this helps the population grow with young professionals. Young professionals aren’t only looking for a good career path and a place to live. They want to make sure that the state they live in caters to their values and career goals. Texas is proving that it is a beautiful place to live with the economic growth.

Texas Population Gains

Texas has grown in population size regardless of the pandemic. Many states saw a diminish of population due to having large cities. Many residents wanted to get out of the big cities, but in Texas, they saw more growth. As construction and renewable energy development move forward, we’ll see more and more opportunities for young professionals to move to Texas.

At Texas Contractors Equipment, we specialize in providing the construction and mining industry with ground engaging tools/attachments and ESCO® products for your heavy machinery and construction/mining equipment.

We believe Texas is a leading state in construction development and renewable energy projects. With these advancements, Texas will gain more travelers, as well as permanent residents in the coming years. We can’t wait to be able to be a part of the development of mining and construction when providing our tools and attachments to the construction industry.

Contact Texas Contractors Equipment at 713-776-1212 today or visit us online for more information!