As part of the construction industry, your business will likely be charged with many different and varied jobs. Whether this is installing grounding for a new high-rise building, constructing a home or installing major infrastructure, the scope of work needed is sure to be vast. And, for this reason, you’ll need a range of tools, equipment and machinery on hand to assist. Thankfully, the variety of plant machinery available on the market is equally vast, with options available to suit every need. In this blog, we’ll take a look at the different types of plant machinery and their role on your job site.


Excavators are versatile heavy-duty machines that allow you to dig and move materials such as earth, rock, stone and more. Excavators feature a 360 degree rotating cab, with robust digging arm and numerous suitable attachments such as buckets, shears, breakers and many others. Modern technology means that most excavators are powered by hydraulics, making them extremely powerful and able to approach the most intense of projects. They are used for a variety of tasks, including:

  • Creating trenches
  • Moving material around a site
  • Demolition
  • Landscaping
  • Mining
  • Driving piles and shafts into ground
  • Snow removal


Dumpers are also designed to carry large loads of materials across building sites. In contrast to excavators, they don’t participate in the act of shifting or digging up the soil. Instead, dumpers are used solely for transportation and can carry high quantities. The most distinguishing feature is the large skip that sits in front of the cabin. Here, the material can be loaded and dumped in full or partial loads on to the designated area. There are a range of different types of dumper, including:

  • High-tip skip dumpers
  • Swivel skip dumpers
  • Heavy-duty front tip dumpers
  • Tracked dumpers and carriers


Rollers are used to tightly compact or densify ground materials. This can include soil, sand and other fine materials. They are a popular option within larger-scale construction projects and are powered by hydraulics. These machines are used widely for road surfacing projects, as well as anywhere the final surface needs to be laid accurately and precisely. Some of the most popular options on the market are, as you may imagine, road rollers which have been designed specifically for road-based projects. There are also other options, depending on your industry, including:

  • Twin drum rollers
  • Vibrating rollers
  • Trench rollers
  • Pedestrian or walk behind rollers


A versatile machine that can lift, move and place different materials at height. The ‘boom’ or extendable arm can be extended forwards and upwards from the vehicle’s body. There are also a selection of attachments available for telehandlers, including forks, buckets and winches which can be used in various applications. With these, they can be adapted to suit a variety of job sites and types. Some projects that they are best suited to are:

  • Staging initial materials
  • Lifting and moving pallets
  • Transporting suspended loads
  • Cleaning up a site at the end of a job


Backhoes offer loading and digging in one machine. The front end loader lifts and maneuvres material while the backend loader allows the operator to dig and move material from the same cab. As a general-purpose machine, they are highly popular and can take the place of other machines such as excavators and wheeled loaders. They are generally used for:

  • Small-scale demolitions
  • Transportation of lightweight building materials
  • Excavation and digging
  • Landscaping
  • Breaking up materials such as asphalt Roadworks

The range of plant machinery is vast and offers unlimited solutions for your jobsite. If your team is lacking one of the machines we have listed above or if you would like any information about the used plant machinery we have on offer here at Jay Bee Plant Sales, get in contact today.