Ex­ca­va­tor boosts steel busi­ness

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

A PROJECT to re­fur­bish a 23-tonne ex­ca­va­tor bucket may be the big­gest project DJ’s Steel has un­der­taken.

The PC3000 ex­ca­va­tor bucket has been sit­ting in the DJ’s Steel Monto work­shop since Au­gust, and will soon be ready for use.

DJ’s Steel manager Damien Zi­eth said more than 1000 man-hours had gone into the work, which had pre­sented a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of chal­lenges for the com­pany.

“Dur­ing the weld­ing stage, once we got the bucket to the right tem­per­a­ture, we had to run day and night shifts, which was a first for us,” Mr Zi­eth said.

“To save let­ting it cool down and hav­ing to get it up to the right tem­per­a­ture again, we just kept peo­ple weld­ing on it for two to three weeks.”

Dur­ing the weld­ing stage, four work­ers in to­tal welded full time on it, al­ter­nat­ing in shifts of two.

DJ’s Steel presently has 29 work­ers across the board, and the bucket has taken up most of their man­power.

Due to the size of the bucket, the com­pany have had to hire an ex­tra crane to move it.

This, com­bined with other ex­penses have made it a dif­fi­cult project to man­age, but Mr Zi­eth hopes do­ing so will al­low the busi­ness to ex­pand and un­der­take more large projects.

This in turn could al­low them to hire more staff.

“We’ve hired a cou­ple of ap­pren­tices re­cently and we’re look­ing at hir­ing more trained ap­pren­tices if we can,” Mr Zi­eth said.

Al­though the con­tract was for a re­fur­bish­ment of an ex­ist­ing bucket, at this point Mr Zi­eth con­sid­ers the project to be a work from scratch.

“All we saved off the old bucket was a cou­ple of com­po­nents,” Mr Zi­eth said.

“We’ve had en­gi­neers in­volved to draw it up, then we had the ma­te­ri­als pressed in Bris­bane to be shipped up here for con­struc­tion.”

Once sand-blasted and painted, a lo­cal con­trac­tor will ship the bucket to the Mt Perry mine.


BUCKETLOAD OF WORK: The largest project un­der­taken by DJ Steel.

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