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Uncertainty is a given in construction. Deadlines tighten, job scope creeps, the weather turns, new opportunities emerge. Although adapting to change can be tough, it helps to have versatile equipment in your fleet. And when to comes to versatility, nothing beats an excavator. Here’s why:

Size range. The world’s smallest excavators weigh less than a ton. The biggest models can be 100 times heavier. Somewhere along that spectrum, you’ll find machines sized to meet your job requirements.

Tracks or wheels. Most contractors choose steel tracks when working in dirt, mud, rocks or other poor underfoot conditions. But if you spend your days on concrete or asphalt, wheeled excavators can be a good option. Rubber tracks are also available on some models, especially in the mini class.

Compact radius options. The performance and stability of a standard excavator with a smaller footprint—that’s the value of the compact radius design. These models typically feature shorter undercarriage assemblies and near-zero tail swing so you can work safely and productively in tight quarters.

Boom and stick choices. The front end of the excavator is where much of the versatility happens. Boom options could include heavy duty, extreme service, mass excavation or super long reach designs. Each can be paired with multiple stick lengths. Choosing the right boom/stick combination is a complex process. It pays to get a professional involved.

Couplers and work tools. With a quick coupler and a selection of attachments—buckets, grapples, hammers, thumbs, augers—you name it—excavator users can take on just about any job.

Application-specific configurations. Loggers, waste handlers and others can tailor their excavators for extreme applications with special structures, hydraulics, filtration systems, guarding packages and more.

Technology. Today’s excavators can be equipped with innovations that save time and money. 2D or 3D grade control systems allow fast, accurate grading with less fuel and materials. Payload technologies optimize loading and hauling efficiency. On-board monitoring systems capture data for equipment management. And safety technologies protect people and assets. Your equipment dealer can help you determine which, if any, of these technologies is right for your business.

Stay flexible. Change happens in your world—every single day. Stay ahead of it with versatile equipment, a flexible strategy and suppliers you can depend on, no matter what the future holds.