All You Need to Know About Compact Excavators

Compact excavators are frequently used for construction projects and you may be wondering if you should hire one for your next project. This piece of equipment can make your job easier and even safer, but first you need to understand what compact excavators are used for and what kinds of jobs they are ideal for.

While there are lots of things compact excavators can do, they are especially good at performing some tasks, and there are some things that are best left to other tools and equipment.

It’s important to keep in mind that to operate a compact excavator, you will need to be trained. These machines are small, but they can be dangerous if you don’t know how to use them. A professional can show you how to use the controls and manoeuvre the excavator before you start your project.

What is a compact Excavator?

A compact excavator, also known as a mini excavator is a large piece of equipment, driven by a qualified worker, that can be used for either digging or demolition. Because these excavators are smaller than other types of similar equipment, they are generally used for small to medium-sized projects.

One of the biggest benefits of using a mini excavator is that it brings a lot of power to a small space. Even projects that don’t provide much room for large equipment, a mini excavator may be able to handle with ease. They have a small foot print but are very powerful and can manage even tough tasks.

There are two basic types of attachments that can be used with a compact excavator, those used for digging and those used for demolition. The type of attachment you use will depend on the project you are working on and some projects may require you to use a few different kinds of attachments.

Some common mini excavator attachments include augers, compaction wheels, excavators, buckets, compactor plates and rippers. These are general categories, and there are dozens of different kinds of attachments that fit mini excavators.

Mini excavators have a cab where the worker sits to drive, manoeuvre and control the machine. Most have a cab that can rotate in a full circle and the person operating the machine needs to be trained on how to use it. The cab has all the controls to drive the excavator and move the arm and attachment to accomplish a task.

Some compact excavators have wheels and others have tracks. Wheels are used for projects where the excavator will be on a solid, smooth surface, like concrete, a road or even inside a spacious warehouse or other building.

Tracks are used when the excavator will need to manage rough terrain like dirt, grass, rocks, gravel or other type of ground. These tracks can be made of steel or rubber. Steel is generally used when the excavator needs to navigate over especially rough materials and rubber is used for smooth surfaces or areas that are susceptible to damage.

Each compact excavator model comes with different benefits and each is designed to take on different kinds of projects. Before you hire one, take things like the work space, type of ground and scope of the project into consideration.

What Kinds of Projects Require a compact Excavator?

There are all kinds of tasks that can be accomplished with a compact excavator. This piece of equipment is perfect for projects around the house or garden or for construction projects. Even though mini excavators are smaller than other kinds of equipment, they are powerful and can handle a variety of jobs.

Some projects that these excavators are well suited for include:

•    Digging Holes
•    Creating Trenches
•    Demolishing Sheds or Other Small Structures
•    Repairing Sewer Lines
•    Flattening Landscaping
•    Removing Stumps
•    Digging Garden Ponds
•    Plowing Snow
•    Digging Irrigation Ditches

Mini excavators are ideal for almost any project that requires digging or demolition that is too large to handle with a shovel or other basic hand tools. The variety of attachments available for these machines make it possible to use for all kinds of projects.

When you use a mini excavator, these jobs will be easier and safer because using the right equipment decreases risk of injury and damage to the project and surrounding areas.

How do You Use a Compact Excavator?

Compact excavators should be operated by someone that has received proper training and understands how to use it. Although this piece of equipment is relatively small, compared to other construction equipment, it is still very powerful and can still be dangerous if not used correctly.

It is always important to read the directions that came with the excavator you hired, since they will include specific instructions and precautions from the manufacturer. While these specific directions are important, there are some general guidelines to keep in mind while using a mini excavator.

Before you use the 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 and allow you to make sure you understand the controls before you start your project.

To use a compact excavator, you will sit in the cab and use the controls to move the excavator and its arm to control the attachment and complete the project. Many models have cabs that turn completely around, so the operator can easily see the area and move the excavator safely.

In most cases, the wheels or tracks on a mini excavator can only move forward and backwards, and not to the right or left. The right and left side of the wheels or tracks can be controlled separately, which allows the worker to turn the excavator to the side and move it in virtually any direction. This is different than operating a car and many other types of equipment, so a mini excavator driver needs to fully understand and be trained on the equipment and how to use it.

Compact excavators can make all kinds of projects easier and can be used for projects at home, in the garden and even on construction sites. This hefty piece of equipment can be used to make projects easier and get jobs done faster. To browse HSS Hire’s collection of compact excavators or to hire one online, please visit our Site Equipment page:

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Lauren King

Lauren works in our Ecommerce Team, with over 6 years of experience at HSS. She brings product knowledge and is able to give her advice on the right tool for the job no matter how big or small.

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