Three Critical Specifications for Construction Excavator Selection

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Three Critical Specifications for Construction Excavator Selection

9 February 2018
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Purchasing an excavator for your construction company can be beneficial for the growth of your business. In general, this choice will help you reduce your long-term earthmoving expenses because you will not need to hire the equipment for every project. Also, the availability of the excavator will ensure convenience, minimising delays during pertinent work. However, you should note that the utility of the new excavator will depend on the specifications of the equipment. If the specs are not suited to your projects, you will not gain the maximum benefits. Here are the most important specifications to consider before choosing and purchasing an excavator for construction applications.

Maximum Digging Capabilities

You should check and compare the maximum dig depths for the different excavators on the market. In simple terms, you should hire an earthmoving machine which can supply sufficient power for digging holes and trenches of sufficient depth. You should be careful not to choose equipment which can only be used for shallow digging. On the other hand, you cannot afford to spend all your money on a super powerful excavator. Therefore, it is advisable to consider the general range of dig depths that you are required to handle in your line of work. Then, you should purchase the best match for your budget and functions.

Excavation Bucket Volume

You should think about the appropriate bucket size for your new excavation equipment. The bucket is the most critical attachment in construction earthmoving. Therefore, its performance will have an impact on your productivity during your excavation tasks. Under ideal circumstances, a huge bucket is more beneficial for earthmoving than a smaller one. The large volume will allow you to dig the land faster and dump more soil at once. However, you should remember that a big bucket comes with a bulky excavator. If you choose an excessively high bucket volume, you will experience problems manoeuvring your worksite. Moreover, the cost of purchase will be high. So, you should choose a large bucket, but it should not be large enough to cause inconvenience.

Earthmoving Machinery Weight

Finally, you should consider the operating weight for the different excavators you would like to purchase. The operating weight can be defined as the weight of the counterweight, and it will determine the load-carrying capacity of the equipment. You should check this parameter and make sure that the machine can handle your weight-bearing needs. Additionally, you should evaluate the weight of the excavator. If you will be working in paved or landscaped areas, you might want a lighter machine.