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ONE SIZE DOESN’T FIT ALL: TIPS FOR RIGHT SIZING YOUR EXCAVATOR

Excavators offer your worksites a tremendous range of power and versatility. Because there are so many machines and options to choose from, it can be a complex process to determine what model will deliver the most productivity at the lowest operating cost. With today’s tight bidding climate, it only makes sense to “dig in” to your decision-making process and do everything you can to increase your profitability. Use these tips as a solid starting point:

TIP #1. UNDERSTAND THE SIZE CLASSES AVAILABLE

Mini or compact excavators:
(Approximate weight: up to 13,000 lbs./6 metric tons)

Midi excavators:
(Approximate weight: 15,400 lbs./7 metric tons – 22,000 lbs./10 metric tons)

Standard excavators:
(Approximate weight: approximately 22,000 lbs./10 metric tons – 99,200 lbs./45 metric tons)

Large excavators:
(Weight: more than 99,200 lbs./45 metric tons)

 

TIP #2. KNOW WHAT YOUR JOB REQUIRES.

Every time you estimate a job, you use the volumes of dirt you need to move, grade, slope or compact as a basis for costs. But it’s not often that you compare multiple jobs based on the digging depth, reach, breakout force, bucket capacity and lift capacities. So before you shop excavators, consider these questions:

BUDGET

WORKSITE CONDITIONS

DIGGING DEPTH & REACH

LIFTING CAPACITY

BUCKET CAPACITY

COUNTERWEIGHT

HYDRAULIC ATTACHMENTS

TRANSPORTATION

TECHNOLOGY

 

TIP #3. GET SOME SEAT TIME.
Finding the right excavator requires research and running the numbers. Once you know what targets you want the excavator to hit, then it’s time to talk experts you trust and to demo some machines. You may be able to rent the models you’re interested in and try them on several jobs, or you can talk to your local dealers. The most important thing is to measure all the options against what will add the most to your business.

Your Cat® dealer can help you figure out what excavator works best for you, talk to them today.