Think About Additional Options
Optional features can make a big difference in an excavator’s efficiency, versatility, and comfort. After assessing the specific demands of their particular work, buyers should take the time to consider which additional features might help.
In addition to the standard bucket, which is good for average jobs, there are many other kinds of attachment. Having multiple attachments on hand means an excavator can perform a variety of tasks, simply by switching the attachment. Heavy-duty buckets and severe-duty buckets are made tough for lifting rocks. There are also specialised buckets for pavement removal. When grading or digging a slope, tilt buckets can adjust their side-to-side angle for optimal performance. Sorting buckets are used to separate large rocks from finer debris.
Buckets aside, there are also a number of other attachments, including augers for drilling, thumbs for grasping objects, hydraulic hammers, rakes, mulchers, and rippers.
Consider Buying a Used Excavator
Excavators are built to last: on average, they can operate between 8,000 and 10,000 hours before any major parts need to be replaced. Buying a used excavator , therefore, is a good way to economise while still getting a quality machine. That said, buyers should take certain steps to make sure the used excavator they’re buying is ready to work; if it is not, they should have an idea of the extent and cost of necessary repairs.
If buying online, the shopper should carefully inspect photos, which must be of the equipment for sale rather than stock images. Communication between buyer and seller is crucial: if a seller withholds information or does not answer questions, it may be best to walk away.
Know the Excavator’s Specifications
Product specifications give buyers an idea of how powerful an excavator is, and also help them gauge whether it is the machine for their needs. Some of the basic specifications are explained below.
Weight – Expressed in metric tonnes or kilograms (kg); gross weight is the maximum operating weight including operator and equipment.
Dimensions – Important dimensions include length, height, track width, width of cab, ground clearance, and reach (the maximum length which the boom can reach). These are important to know when considering how to transport the machine.
Engine Power – Normally expressed in kilowatts (kW).
Stroke – Total distance a piston moves upwards or downwards in engine cylinder; stroke-to-bore ratio is also connected to engine power and efficiency.
Number of Cylinders – Indicates the number of cylinders in the engine; another factor contributing to power.
Dig Depth – Indicates the maximum depth the excavator can dig; normally expressed in millimetres.
Specifications help give the buyer a better sense of how an excavator will perform and some can often be deciding factors when it is time to choose which model is best suited to the job.
Consider Reliability and Ease-of-Use
Buyers get the most out of their excavator when it is user-friendly and reliable: ready for long stretches of work, and easy to operate for maximum productivity. If shopping for an excavator in person, buyers should test out the different machines they are considering. If not planning to run the machine themselves, they should ideally bring along the person who is going to be using it. If buying online, shoppers should research user reviews for that model and ideally get to know more about the manufacturer. Possible sources of information include trade magazines, online forums, and experienced professionals.
An ergonomic design gives the operator comfort and control, with everything within reach. The seat should be adjustable and getting into and out of the cab should be easy. Visibility should be excellent, both for trench work and driving. Another benefit is uncomplicated access to the engine and hydraulic systems to perform basic preventative maintenance. Finally, buyers should research the reliability and power of a particular model, so they have an idea of what to expect from their chosen machine.
Whether you’re looking for a new or used construction excavator, micro, mini, or standard, you can find a large selection of affordable options on our stock list.
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