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What is an excavator?
What is an excavator? The excavator is one of the most versatile piece of heavy equipment used in the civil, mining and construction industries. It consists of a boom, dipper, bucket, and cab which sits atop on a rotating platform and is mounted on an undercarriage with either tracks or wheels.
What is an excavator used for?
Excavators are typically used for the following jobs:
- Digging trenches, holes and foundations
- Material handling
- Heavy lifting
- Driving plies
- Demolition jobs
- Rock breaking
What are the types of excavators and their attachments?
Excavators also come in different sizes and types, which includes:
- From 6 tonnes to over 500 tonnes
- Spider excavator
- Rubber tyred excavator
- Swamp excavator
- Long reach excavator
- Vacuum excavator
- Zero swing excavator
- Mini Excavator
- Hybrid Excavator
Depending on the type of job, excavators can be fitted with different kinds of attachments to improve its flexibility and efficiency, including the following:
- Clamp / Grabs / Fork
- Compaction attachment
- Rock breaker / Hammer attachment
- Tine / Ripper
How to select the right excavator?
To ensure that you have the right excavator for your project, the following factors should be taken into consideration:
- Size of the job – make sure the machinery can access the area to be excavated
- Site conditions – check if the ground is soft or uneven, as this may affect the type of excavator that can be used
- Attachments – will the job require other attachments fitted to the machinery
How much does hiring an excavator cost?
An excavator’s hire cost will depend on its the size and type needed for the job as well as what attachment it should have. Some hire companies also take into consideration the project duration when sending out rates to hirers. 11 - 15 tonne excavators will cost you around $110 to $120 an hour with an operator, while hiring 16 - 20 tonne excavators will range from $115 to $125 an hour and with an operator. Bigger excavators, ranging from 21 - 25 tonnes will cost you around $125 to $140 an hour, with an operator.
If you are looking to hire an excavator and would like some advice on which one to hire for your project, you can reach out to our equipment hire experts on 1300 550 434 or by getting excavator hire quotes online from local vendors with Felix Vendor Marketplace.
We also have a number of excavators available for hire across Australia. Select your city below for quotes: