The Mini Excavator: An Indispensable Tool for Construction and Agriculture
A mini excavator is a vehicle that is primarily used for excavation tasks. Weighing anywhere from 0.7 to 6 metric tons, the machine runs on either wheels or tracks and utilizes a backfill blade that operates with an independent boom swing. It differs from a compact excavator primarily due to its size, as compact excavators often reach up to 8.5 metric tons in size. Though intended for excavation tasks, the mini excavator can also use a variety of other attachments such as an auger, grapple, tiltrotator, and breaker.
How Is the Mini Excavator Powered?
The mini excavator relies on hydraulic fluid for movement. The hydraulic fluid activates the blades and propels the vehicle to move. There are two main types of mini excavators; the conventional tail swing excavator and the zero-tail swing excavator.
What’s the Difference Between a Conventional Tail Swing and Zero-Tail Swing?
A conventional tail swing utilizes a counterweight at the back of the vehicle that moves beyond the tracks of the vehicle as the body of the vehicle rotates. A zero-tail swing excavator has a house that remains within the tracks as it rotates. This can be beneficial as it allows the driver to focus more fully, without worrying about the swing of the counterweight, thus improving the potential safety of the vehicle.
How Does the Boom Swing Work?
A boom swing is intended to assist with digging around foundations or other obstacles. Any region that is too narrow for a cab rotation can utilize the boom swing instead. By utilizing a very short swing motion, the boom swing can fit into areas that are tighter and more difficult to reach.
What Are Mini Excavators Used For?
Aside from excavation tasks, mini excavators are useful for a variety of purposes. It can be used for agricultural and construction tasks, assisting with:
- Digging trenches, irrigation ditches, and holes
- Performing complex excavation tasks in narrow or obstacle-ridden areas
- Flattening ground
- Digging ponds
- Stump removal
- Snow plowing
- And more!
A useful, multi-purpose tool, the mini excavator can perform a multitude of gardening, agricultural, construction, and yard work tasks. Though equipped with a backfill blade, it can also accommodate a variety of other attachments, providing workers with a diverse and highly functional tool.
Lansdowne-Moody Company sells a wide variety of mini excavators in Houston and surrounding areas. Contact us today for more information.