4 Different Types of Excavators: Which One Should You Hire?

Excavators are one of the most common earthmoving equipment available in the market. They are ideal for a range of construction, mining, and even landscaping projects where soil removal is involved. However, there's no one-type-fits-all when it comes to excavators. You have to choose one that's designed for your needs if your project is to be successful. To do this, you will have to consider factors such as the price, the size of the excavator, its digging depth and strength, and the type of bucket it uses. However, knowing the different types available is the best place to start, and here's more on this.

Crawler Excavators

These excavators are sometimes called compact excavators. They have a considerably high horsepower, making them ideal for heavy duty applications such as mining. Unlike other types of excavators, crawler excavators use a chain wheel or track system. This type of wheel system enhances the efficiency, balance, and stability of the excavators. That's why they are the best option if you intend to work on a hilly area where there are risks of the machinery sliding or where the soil support is relatively weak, such as on a muddy site.

Suction Excavators

These excavators are also known as vacuum excavators. As the name implies, they use a suction mechanism to remove the soil. The powerful suction is usually attached to pipes that are then directed into the ground to remove the material. Suction excavators are more precise and conservative of the surrounding. This makes them ideal for use if you need the soil underground for testing purposes before the construction begins. Also, if there are underground utilities, including gas and water lines, suction excavators are better at preventing or minimising their damage.

Backhoe Excavators

These are among the most commonly used excavators. Compared to other excavators, they are usually smaller in size. However, they tend to be more resourceful and are ideal for a range of applications in mining, construction, and even landscaping. The bucket on these excavators facilitates excavating, loading, and unloading of materials in dumpsites.

Long Reach Excavators

As their name suggests, these excavators have long arms designed for demolition projects. They are highly powerful, and the arms are strong and durable to enable them to break through structures such as walls without hassle. A long reach excavator can be operated from a safer distance from the demolition site because of the long arms. This ensures the safety of the operators while at work.

Knowing about the different types of excavators can help you pick the right machine for your needs. Contact a local earthmoving equipment hire company for more information. 

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Talking about Trucks: Ed's Construction Equipment Blog Hi all! My name's Ed, and welcome to my blog. Like many children, my son loved construction vehicles when he was young. However, although he grew out of the toy trucks, he never grew out of his interest in construction. When, at 18, he announced that he was going to be attending a heavy vehicle driving course and applying for jobs in the field, I decided to see what all the fuss was about myself. As it turns out, the world of construction equipment really is interesting! Since I started looking into it, my son and I have bonded over many conversations about bulldozers and excavators. Now I'm sharing some of the things we've talked about here.




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