Choosing the Right Excavator for Your Job

Choosing an excavator is not an easy task. Once you have secured the job you need to organise all the right equipment. 

One of the most frequently used pieces of equipment for construction companies is an excavator, but with so much choice how do you ensure you are using the best option? Our guide will help you choose an excavator that meets the exact needs of your task. 

Choose One that Performs to Your Standards

You are relying on your excavator to get the job done, so this is top criteria when choosing what excavator to use. You want to be sure you have enough power for the task, so look at the hydraulic systems and testing options when it comes to choosing a digger. Make sure your excavator has enough power to perform a full day’s work. More powerful hydraulic systems will offer better efficiency and productivity.

Think About Your Site

Picture your construction site, the hazards it presents and how it will change as the project progresses. The best way to pick an excavator is to imagine all your possible needs, now and further down the line. Different excavators perform better on large flat surfaces in comparison to urban sites where there are lots of obstacles nearby.

As well as the location, and landscape of your site, you also need to think about the jobs that are performed on it. The right excavator needs to be able to perform your common reach, dig, lift, carry and similar functions. Look at past jobs and think about the tasks you needed to complete, for example loads and digs, then review this information to help you choose the right excavator

Think About Specifications

Consider the following specs when choosing an excavator to match your job:

  • Engine power: You need an engine that is strong enough to navigate your job site. When looking deep into specifications look at the bore and piston stroke so you can compare the strength of different engines. 
  • Weight: You don’t want an excavator that is so heavy it will damage your site. 
  • Size: Sounds obvious but make sure your excavator can fit and move around your site. 
  • Bucket capacity: Buckets are one of the most commonly used parts of the excavator, so make sure it is big enough for what you need it for.