Choosing The Right Excavator For Communal Work


On communal construction jobs, the scale of work to be performed often demands the use of heavy equipment. “Heavy” is a relative term, though, and you can usually handle all of the tasks you need to do on a communal job with a compact excavator. Here’s how to go about selecting and renting one.

The Range Of Options

For the very smallest jobs, like basic small-scale earth-moving and trenching, your needs may be met by a skid steer. These wheeled units weigh less than a ton, but they can be equipped with a vast range of attachments to handle whatever kind of job you have. They can even be used for digging moderate excavations by operating inside a hole.

Most communal projects call for the use of a compact excavator. These tracked vehicles are miniaturized versions of conventional excavators or backhoes. They can weigh up to 8 tons, although 3-4 tons is the most common weight class. Most modern compact excavators are easy to operate and have features which are very useful for communal projects, like zero tail swing (i.e. the operator’s cab and counterweight does not extend past the tracks in any orientation).

Assessing Your Needs

Of course, the ruling factor the influences your choice of equipment is exactly what you intend to do with it. Work to define your needs as carefully as possible before you start looking at rental options. Try to gauge the overall depth and reach you need your excavator to have. If you expect to do additional work besides ordinary digging and dumping, define the extra attachments (e.g. auger, breaker, etc.) you’re going to need.excavators

Consider the restrictions of the site before renting, too. Take a look at where you’ll be operating your excavator to see how much clearance the machine will have. Note the ground surfaces you’ll be using it on; you may need to get a unit with rubber treads to protect delicate ground.

Don’t be too conservative in your estimates. Overall it’s more cost-effective to rent a machine which is a little overpowered than to rent one you’ll need to replace with a bigger unit to get the job done.

Choosing Your Rental Company

As long as you have a good understanding of your needs, your choice of rental company is far more important than what brand or model of excavator you wind up with. You shouldn’t select a company based on financial considerations alone. The very cheapest options will provide you with minimal guidance and may even expose you to unacceptable levels of risk.

It’s much wiser to work with a company that gives you a proper level of customer service, even if you end up paying a little more. If you’re a first-time operator it’s especially important to work with a company that will show you how to operate your excavator safely. Good rental companies can even help you to define your needs properly and guide you towards a machine that will meet them fully. Be on the lookout for unscrupulous salespeople who will attempt to over-sell you, though.

A compact excavator can play a huge role in a communal project. It’s so important to the job that doing a little extra research on your options is well worth the time it takes. Making a smart selection will give you the equipment you need at a price that fits your budget.

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