Machines Needed to Build a Bridge, Part 2

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Bridges are truly marvels of human ingenuity, and we’ve been building them since we’ve been walking this planet. They are ingrained in our memories from childhood (who hasn’t sung “London Bridge is Falling Down,” which is a children’s nursery rhyme about London Bridge in the sixteenth century that boasted more houses than anything else), and some of the most beautiful sights today are bridges, such as The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco or the Rialto Bridge in Venice.

However, undertaking a bridge-building project today, while not quite as arduous as in ancient times, still takes a lot of planning, organizing, and machine power to accomplish the job safely and effectively.

Wagner Equipment Co is the best Caterpillar dealer in Colorado, New Mexico, and west Texas. We have both new and used CAT equipment for your purchase and for rent in order to complete your heavy-duty (and not-so-heavy-duty) construction projects. Combined with our stellar customer service, repair service, and parts store, we’re the top choice for heavy equipment rentals. Below, we’ll continue our look at what equipment you need to build a bridge. If you missed Part 1, you can catch it here. Visit us online for CAT equipment, and call us today to book!


Skid Loader

Skid loaders, in general, are one of the most versatile construction machines because of their compact size and maneuverability. Skid loaders can excavate, grade, help with demolition and lifting, and remove debris. Once the holes are drilled for the substrates, you will need dirt for backfill, which is where the skid loader comes in. Once the support structure is put into place (abutments and piers), it’s time to secure them. This is done with concrete, dirt, and other substances. Skid loaders do most of the earthmoving at this point.

Wagner Equipment Co offers many skid loaders (otherwise called skid steer loaders) for your purchase or rent. Our 232D Skid Steer Loader is perfect for just such a job as bridge building and many other uses around the job site. Most construction and demolition companies invest in at least one skid steer because they have so many uses. Consider purchasing one of our CAT skid steers, or contact us for rental availability.


Backhoes are another must-have piece of construction equipment and are very useful when it comes to bridge building. These heavy duty construction machines have a digging bucket on the end of an articulated arm that is typically mounted on the back half of the loader (hence the name, backhoe loader. Plus, it draws dirt back, rather than forwards). On the front end, it’s a front loader. The seat swivels so the heavy equipment operator can face whichever end he is using. Thus, backhoes are two machines in one, which is what creates their immense versatility. In bridge building, these CAT equipment machines can dig holes and trenches for the abutments and piers, as well as move dirt and rock for backfill.

Wagner Equipment Co offers many models of CAT equipment backhoes for you to choose from for your needs. Next to the skid loader, the backhoe is the piece of heavy duty construction equipment that most construction companies invest in. These machines are powerful and comfortable, allowing you to do the work needed quickly and efficiently. Our 420F2/420F2 IT Backhoe Loader is perfect to move from site-to-site quickly and is very compact. The digger folds up nicely, and this model features an additional sixth gear and optional lock-up torque converter. When bridge building, having a backhoe is a nice addition and helps to get the job done quickly. Browse our selection today!


Cranes are wonderful heavy duty work machines that are equipped with a hoist rope, chains, and sheaves, which allows them to lift heavy objects or materials up and down and move them into place. Named after the bird because of its long neck, cranes are simple machines that use mechanical advantage to perform the weight. They have been around since early humans, with the first documented use of them by the ancient Egyptians who used an early version of a crane to lift water out of the Nile River to their fields.The Greeks used cranes to lift blocks of stone for temple building since the late 6th century BC. Of course, like everything the Romans did, they took the Greek idea and improved upon it, making bigger cranes capable of lifting heavier loads. Since then, cranes still are simple machines, they are just built out of heavier materials, such as steel, which allows them to lift more.

In road building, cranes are essential, as they are used to lift the insanely heavy pieces of the bridge into place. They lift the beams and the rest of the substructure, as well as lift other objects that trucks just can’t get to. Cranes can also be used to shore up supports. They are essential for bridge maintenance and basically anytime any other building is being built upwards. While Wagner Equipment Co does not rent crane equipment, we thought it essential to mention it here.

Utility Vehicles

While not completely necessary to building a bridge, having a utility vehicle can make moving around the job site a lot easier, as well as carrying small hand tools, such as saws, hammers, and nails, or other items, such as lunch for the crew, easy. Wagner Equipment Co offers both two-seater and four-seater options, including those that are diesel powered or gas powered. These utility vehicles, once used, will be able to do so much more than you had originally thought possible. Our CUV105 D is a diesel-powered utility vehicle that will be able to handle rugged terrain and transport you and items from one end of the job site to the other effortlessly. With an all-steel cargo bed with a manual dump, a three-cylinder diesel engine, and sway bars, this utility vehicle is a workhorse, ready to work all day, making small jobs easy. Browse our selection of utility vehicles today!



While building a bridge is easier in the 21st century, you still need the proper heavy duty equipment to do the job. Wagner Equipment Co serves Colorado, New Mexico, and west Texas with the best CAT equipment rentals. Our mission is to make your life easier by supplying top-notch commercial, residential, and industrial heavy duty equipment for your improvement projects, no matter if you are building an addition to your home, or you are building a bridge.

In addition, Wagner Equipment Co understands that these machines are huge undertakings and if something goes wrong, you may need expertise to troubleshoot. This is why we offer over 200 field service technicians to go where you are at and help you get your CAT equipment running again. At every location in Colorado, New Mexico, and west Texas, you can expect to find a full-service parts counter. We also offer used parts and 24-hour emergency service. The last thing we want is for you to be stranded somewhere with no help in sight.

Wagner Equipment Co is very proud of its core values, which include teamwork, excellence, accountability, safety, integrity, and communication. We work together to ensure your needs are taken care of, from the purchase or rental process through service and parts. We leverage our expertise to ensure you are safe when operating our CAT equipment rentals, and we ensure our team is accountable to each other and to you, our customers. We communicate with you regarding your service and love helping you complete your projects, such as building a bridge. Whether you need new or used CAT equipment, or you just need some heavy equipment advice, we’re here to help. Contact us today for all of your CAT equipment needs!