Choosing the Right Excavator for Your Needs

One of the most common pieces of construction equipment, whether it’s for a large or small job, is the excavator. However, there are so many choices available, that it can be difficult to know if you are choosing the right unit. When in the market for an excavator, Seattle based companies and property owners need to be sure that the equipment they purchase is well suited to their job requirements, the work that needs to be done, and the location at which they will be doing the work. Further, they need to know that the company with which they are working is one that can provide support when necessary.

Excavator Performance
First and foremost, the excavator you purchase needs to be able to get the job done in a timely manner. Therefore, you must be certain that the unit has enough power. Most companies should list the work for which the machine is capable. Be sure the one you choose can perform the job for which you intend to use it. Also, you’ll want to be aware of the unit’s configuration and whether it has zero tail swing or zero house swing features, which can let the operator work closely to a wall or other obstacle.

Match the Excavator to Your Job Site
When looking at equipment, be conscious of your job site. If you are working in a more urban area, you may need a different model than someone who is working on a large, flat landscape. You also need to consider the typical work you expect to perform and match the engine power, operating weight, size, and bucket capacities to that job.

Finally, take weather into consideration when purchasing a unit. If you are in an area where the machinery will need to be stored indoors, make sure it will fit in your storage facility. Also, consider the comfort of the operator. For smaller jobs and agricultural use, compact excavators come in convenient sizes. However, if you are working somewhere with extreme weather conditions or, for Seattle residents, dealing with a fair amount of rain, getting a unit with an enclosed cab may be a priority for you.

The type of unit you choose changes as you need more versatility. Fortunately, there are excavators on the market that have a variety of attachments, such as buckets, couplers, compaction wheels, vibratory plates, rippers, and hammers. These options allow companies to match their excavators to their exact needs.

Working with the Right Company
Once you have chosen the excavator that is right for your needs, be sure you spend at least as much time choosing a dealer that will offer the services you would like. You will want to find a dealer that offers quality customer support. Some dealers will also service the equipment they sell, which provides a convenient way to keep your machines in prime running condition.

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