Excavator boosts steel business
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.