The small excavator is a type of machine that can be used for small jobs around the house. If you’re looking to hire one, there are a few things you should know before deciding on which small excavator to choose.
What size do you need? How much power does it have? And how much weight can it lift? These are all important considerations when choosing the best small excavator for your needs.
In this article, we’ll go into more detail about what makes these machines so special and help answer any questions that you may have.
Types of Excavators
Choosing the right equipment for a digging project can be challenging, especially if you want to make sure that it’s not too large or small.
You should choose an excavator size depending on your budget and what job needs to get done. For example, using one with fewer functions will likely save you money in the long run since they tend to cost less than larger models but may also take more time because of their lack of functionality. On the other hand, choosing something too big could push out your estimated timeline as well as overshoot your intended budget even though it has all sorts of bells and whistles included.
To decide which is best option for each individual case considering both costs involved and level of complexity needed, let’s discuss the types of excavators based on size and lifting capacity: mini, midi, standard, and large.
Mini or Compact Excavator
The smallest class of excavators is particularly useful for fitting into small spaces. They’re also so compact that they can be hauled using Class 1 and 2 trucks. This level of transportability makes them popular among people who work at multiple locations. They can lift or carry weights up to 6 tons or 13,227 pounds.
Small or mini excavators are ideal for small tasks like indoor remodeling, sewer repairs, water line installations, and other projects that don’t require the size or power of a bigger machine.
The three most common types of mini excavators are the skid steer, wheeled, and tracked. A skid steer is a small machine that’s used primarily in landscaping and light demolition jobs. Wheeled excavators have wheels to move around on while tracked units have large metal tracks to allow them to move over rough terrain.
Midi or mid-sized excavators are a perfect option for those who need more reach and power in small spaces. They can also be used on projects like building construction and landscaping, but still provide the advantage of increased maneuverability due to their smaller size.
It is capable of lifting 6 to 10 tons of weight.
Standard excavators or full-sized excavators are known as crawler-style excavators and can be found in the 19–24 ton range. These types of machines have more power, reach, and hydraulic systems making them capable of handling multiple tool attachments.
These excavators are the largest type of construction equipment that can be used on major projects, but they require an oversized truck and trailer to transport. They’re also difficult to store when not being used due to their size.
It is capable of lifting more than 45 tons of weight.
FAQ: The Small and Mini Excavators
When to use a mini excavator?
In recent years, more contractors are using a mini excavator instead of the standard one. This is due to their ability to minimize destruction and fit through narrow spaces like parking lots or indoors. Mini excavators are lighter than regular ones but typically have reduced tail-swing in order for them not to hit any obstacles while operating on site. Take a look at the benefits of mini excavators in our last post.
Is it possible to clear tree stumps with a small excavator?
Removing tree stumps with a mini excavator is possible. Using the appropriate-sized mini excavator and the correct attachments, you can use it for a number of tasks.
How deep will a mini excavator dig?
A mini excavator will dig a hole that is as deep as the bucket can go.
It has a blade attached to its arm which digs into dirt and earth, so depending on how far down you need it to be able to reach determines how big of an area your machine needs access to or what size opening this process must take place in.
How much soil can a mini digger move?
A mini digger can move about 1.5 tons of soil per hour, or 3 cubic feet every second, which is approximately the same as filling a wheelbarrow in 30 seconds.
What is the difference between a mini excavator and a backhoe?
A backhoe is used for a variety of jobs like digging, lifting, moving and grading. It features an excavator at the front and a cab that rotates 180 degrees allowing operators to switch between operating equipment at either end. A mini excavator has one single arm with a bucket or other attachment on its end; its entire cab will rotate as well but mostly for digging purposes.
Can I rent a mini excavator in Brisbane?
Yes, Allwell Hire provides mini excavator rentals in Brisbane. Our line of Kubota excavators is extensive. We offer the U17-3 Kubota mini excavator model, as well as other excavator models from Kubota.
For how long can I hire a mini digger?
You can hire our excavator for seven days at a time, but our rental period begins at half-day. If your building project lasts for more than seven days, you may still rent our excavator.
What’s the mini excavator hire cost per day?
The mini excavator rental cost will depend on your period requirement i.e. 4 hrs, 1 day, or 7-day hire. The average cost ranges from $260 and above.
If you’re looking for mini excavators, we can help. Allwell Hire is a leading provider for building equipment hire in Brisbane and the surrounding areas. For more information about our range or any other enquiries please get in touch with us today.