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Comparing Excavators: The Difference In Sizes

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As with any project, it’s important to consider the equipment your building or renovation project will require. You might need to purchase or lease different machines depending on your projects’ needs. There are a ton of different machines that you can use in construction work. And even then, most machinery has subcategories. Did you know there are different sizes for excavators, for example? If you’re buying an excavator and you happen to purchase one that’s too small, the job might get done poorly. On the other hand, an excavator that’s too large will push your budget over its limits. So, what to pick? We’ll help you decide.

Your first option: a mini excavator

A mini excavator, often called a compact excavator, is the smallest class of excavators available on the market. They work best in small spaces and can also be used indoors thanks to their small size. They weigh up to 6 tons and are a favorite for construction workers, as they are easily transportable between locations. Perfect for moving smaller amounts of dirt, gravel and rocks.

If a standard excavator is too big, there’s a middle way

Looking for something that’s bigger than a compact excavator, but not as big as the standard model? A midi excavator might fit your needs. This size provides more power and a bigger reach than a mini excavator and although they’re not fit for indoors use, they are still small enough to work in smaller spaces that require a little more flexibility. Their weight ranges from 6 to 10 tons, making them capable of carrying out most standard construction work.

A standard excavator weighs up to 45 tons

A full sized excavator can weigh anywhere between 10 and 45 tons. These are the most sought after models and are the standard for most construction work. At this point in size, a hydraulic system is added to the machine, which makes this machinery capable of handling multiple attachments that might come in handy. They can damage roads and other surfaces and are the go-to for most construction and industrial applications.

Need a size up? Get ready for the largest excavators available

The largest class of excavators weigh in around 45 tons and are often used in industrial applications such as digging mines, demolishing buildings and massive construction projects. Thanks to their size they pack a whole lot more power than its predecessors, although that power comes at a cost. Large excavators cost way more than a smaller sized excavator and they are evidently harder to move to a construction site.

What to consider when deciding on an excavator?

Although it seems handy to invest in a large sized excavator, it might actually be better to purchase a smaller excavator for your project. Consider the lifting capacity necessary for your project as well as the power you might require when demolishing constructions or surfaces. The depth to which you’ll be digging is also important, as you don’t need a large model for most digging activities. And of course the worksite is important as well. If you have an open space with plenty of room, you might be able to fit a normal sized excavator and get the job done quicker. But if you’re working with tight spaces and limited room, or perhaps even multiple locations, consider buying a smaller excavator.

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