As the name suggests, mini excavators are a small but mighty type of compact machine, typically used for earthmoving and similar small construction tasks. Typically available with tracks and in some models with wheels this piece of compact construction equipment packs some real grunt and loves a challenge, making light work of a range of activities:
To help you decide if this versatile equipment can improve the delivery of your next project, explore: three fast facts; three reasons why they are so popular; and three things to remember when choosing and using a mini excavator.
1. In Australia we rely on mini excavators more than any other earthmoving machine. They account for 40% of the market making them the most popular types of construction equipment.
2. Defined by weight rather than size, any model weighing less than five metric tonnes is considered a “mini” excavator.
3. They may be small in size but mini excavators pack some punch when it comes to heavy lifting. Depending on the lift point radius, mini excavators can have a maximum load limit of 1500kg out the front of the machine and 500kg over the side. Always check the lifting chart with the machine in the operator manual before performing any lifts.
Three standout features of mini excavators include their efficiency; safe and easy operation and transportation; and the site access they allow. Let’s dig a little deeper...
Mini excavators make a highly efficient equipment choice for a variety of reasons.
Mini excavators are one of the safer and most convenient types of equipment to use.
Mini excavators are much lighter than full size excavators, reducing ground impact on your site and allowing you to access more areas. The smaller size of mini excavators also allows you to work in much smaller spaces.
Mini excavators come in many shapes and sizes. Carefully consider the tasks you need to perform and the space you need to work in when choosing this equipment, to ensure your mini excavator is a suitable height and width, and offers adequate digging depth and lifting capacity.
Many attachments make light work. Attachments add considerable functionality and versatility to your mini excavator. If in doubt, ask us for advice on the attachments that can help you get the job done.
Mini excavators are small, but all heavy equipment comes with risk, and although a licence isn’t required for general use, some classes of high-risk work will require a special licence. Be sure to know your training requirements, regularly brush up on your skills and always perform risk assessments before use. Verification of competency assessments are available through Coates’ Registered Training Organisation.
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