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Choosing the Right Excavator to Get the Job Done

  • 22 Jun 2018

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Congratulations – you’ve secured a new contract. Now it’s time to check you’ve got the right equipment to get the job done. The chances are that, if you’re working on a commercial or residential building site, an excavator will be an essential part of your toolkit. However, with so many different machines to choose from, finding the best one for your application is more complex than it sounds.

To complete the job in the shortest timeframe, you need a machine that matches the requirements of your contract. Thankfully, we’ve put together some top tips to help you make the right choice. Here are three considerations to bear in mind.

Construction Site

The first thing you need to consider is whether the excavator you’re looking at meets the demands of your unique construction site. The only way to do this is to imagine all your possible needs when you’re working on the job. Different models perform best on flat landscapes, whereas others will work better with rough terrain and obstacles to navigate, so it’s best to seek advice from the manufacturer before you make a purchase.

Make a list of all the challenges you might face on this new job, and be sure you know what you’re up against. Will you need any additional buckets or attachments, such as shaker buckets, quick hitches or breaker steels, for example? If so, you can visit https://www.rhinox-group.com for attachments, wear parts and more.

Weather Conditions

You must consider the weather conditions you’ll be working in before you rent or buy an excavator. If you’re operating in particularly cold temperatures or areas where there is snowfall, you’ll need to make sure your equipment fits into overnight storage facilities, so it doesn’t freeze over. The same applies to areas with lots of rain, as leaving your machine to get damp will rust the parts and hinder its performance. In extremely hot climates, extra care should be taken to make sure the cooling components of your machine don’t overheat, so be sure to check them regularly.

Machine Size

There are typically three different excavator sizes; mini, standard and large. You’ll need to be sure you’re picking the right sized machine for the job. Small excavators tend to weight under seven tons so are recommended for small jobs and sites with tight space requirements. Standard machines are the most versatile, but they require more power and space than smaller excavators. However, they are easy to use and transport. Large excavators can weigh as much as 80 tons and are most often used on industrial projects that require constant power.

Conclusion

Most excavators are versatile, meaning they will adapt to a variety of work situations. However, you might decide that machines with additional features, such as hydraulic controls, anti-vandalism features or variable power modes, work best for your application. Choosing the right excavator is vital to the success of your project, so don’t be afraid to ask an expert for advice if you need it.     

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