All you need to know about mini excavators
A mini excavator, or a compact excavator, is typically a tracked or wheeled machine used in the plant and construction industries. Their usual operating weight ranges from 0.7 tonnes to 8.5 tonnes. Mini excavators have a standard backfill blade and an independent boom swing.
Mini excavators are favoured in place of full-sized excavators when space is an issue on a construction site. They are operated by licensed workers, who use the machine to dig or demolish on construction sites; depending on what is needed. Mini excavators are more likely to be used during small to medium sized projects, rather than on larger construction sites.
Why hire a mini excavator for your job
Mini excavators are very versatile, and as such, by using one for your construction job, you’ll be able to see a huge difference in operation and productivity than what you may experience by using other machines.
A mini excavator gives you more movement than full-sized excavators, because they are built to allow you to get into even the tightest of spaces with no problems. Mini excavators are often more adaptable, and easier to use in more difficult terrains or in small or awkward construction sites.
What to look for in a mini excavator
When you’re looking at various plant hire companies to hire or buy your mini excavator from, you should look for younger machines. Younger machines (that are around 3 years old or less) will be more able to take on a range of tough jobs without the risk of breakdown that you might experience with an older machine. Younger machines also have less wear and tear.
What projects require a mini excavator
While there are many construction projects that will require a mini excavator, some of those include:
- Digging holes
- Creating trenches
- Demolishing small structures
- Flattening landscape
- Removing stumps
- Ploughing snow
- Digging garden features, such as ponds
Mini excavators are perfect for almost any project that requires a tool for digging or demolition that is too large to handle with handheld tools like shovels.
Compact excavators also typically come with attachments, making it easier to complete your construction job.
Using a mini excavator
Mini excavators should always be operated by licensed workers who have had recent training in using the machinery. Although this piece of equipment is relatively small, compared to other construction equipment like full-sized excavators, it is still very powerful and can still be dangerous if not used correctly.
It’s always important to read the directions that will come with the excavator you hire, since they will include specific instructions and precautions from the manufacturer. Most plant hire companies will send out fully trained staff members with any of their equipment, and some even ensure that your workers know how to use the equipment before they leave.
Before you use an excavator for your project, it is a good idea to test the machine and controls in a large, open area with a smooth and level surface. This will give you a feel for the machine before you start your project.