After securing any large scale job, one of the most important tasks is to ensure you have the correct machinery. Excavators rank highly on the list of most commonly used machines and therefore, are a popular choice here at Jay Bee Plant Sales. But, how do you know which excavator you need? This handy guide provides the information you need to ensure the machine you choose is perfectly suited to your need job.

Hydraulic System

Consider first how much power you will need. Will you be excavating dense and heavy ground material? Will your machine be put under immense pressure throughout the entire day or are you planning on using it in spurts? Most machines will have information detailing how much power their system can supply. In addition, many include an estimation of how much work can be performed in a single day using the supplied power. By aligning your hydraulic system capabilities with the requirements of your job, you’ll improve efficiency and productivity.

Tail Swing Configuration

Many full-sized excavators will offer zero tail-swing, reduced tail swing or conventional tail swing settings. Each one of these settings has their own benefits so it is vital to understand the difference. Zero tail swings excavators won’t extend beyond the tracks as the central house rotates. Reduced tail swing configurations normally extend a few inches beyond the track. And, conventional tail swing configurations will extend a considerable distance. If you’re working in a restricted area, reduce and zero tail options may be more suitable. You reduce the risk of damaging existing buildings and can work comfortably in densely populated areas. Regardless of these benefits, conventional swing machines have repeatedly been shown to outperform their more limited alternatives.

It is also worth considering the leverage you’ll need with a reduced tail swing machine. Here, the counterweight sits closer to the excavator’s body and there is an increased risk of tipping. Conventional excavators offer the most flexibility in terms of operation and load strength.

Site location

Many excavators are specifically designed to suit different site types. There are designed that work best on flat landscapes while others fit in well where numerous obstacles are present. Manoeuvrability is a key factor here – you’ll want to reach your digging location with minimal interruption and trouble, so ensure the machine you choose is suited.

Machine weight

Some excavators are exceptionally heavy. If your site has a soft ground material, this could cause damage before building even begins. When considering this, factor in the addition of further equipment, the operator and your expected load options.

Bucket capacity

What size loads do you need to be removing with each dig to ensure efficiency? How much time do you have to get the site ready for building? Bucket capacity will help you establish the ease with which a specific excavator will fit into your life.

If you have any questions when it comes to choosing the right excavator, contact our family-run dealership on 01453 822 602.