Excavators are essential in the earthmoving and construction business. They are also vital for general construction and utility work, demolition and scrap businesses, as well as handling waste and recycling products. If you see a construction site or earth to move, no doubt you will see an excavator nearby.
When researching excavators, it is easy to find yourself going down a rabbit hole of makes and models. You will also find several different types of excavators, such as mini-excavators, backhoe excavators, extended-reach excavators, and even excavators built to use suction rather than teeth.
The most important question of using an excavator is, “What attachments will I need to complete the job efficiently and on schedule?” There are many attachments that can be used for the same or similar applications, but there is always a best attachment for the job, there is no all-in-one attachment.
Excavators also have a surprising assortment of attachments available where each one makes a specific job simpler. For example, a digging bucket would be best for digging holes and hydraulic hammers would be best for compacting the dirt after filling a hole. Attachments can be narrowed down to these main types: Augers, Buckets, Compactors, Grapples, and Hammers. Within those categories, there are more specialized attachments that you can choose from to best fit the application you need it for.