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Tips and guides to help you find the right excavator

Here's some tips and guides on how to find the right excavator for your job

1. What is a track mounted excavator?

Excavators are useful for moving large amounts of soil and earth material during demolition, earthmoving, excavation, dredging and trenching projects. Excavators operate using a hydraulic system that controls the front arm with a bucket attached for lifting and digging needs. Track mounted excavators (or crawlers) are a specific type of excavator that can drive on less stable surfaces with their continuous conveyor belt tracks rather than wheels. These tracks evenly disperse the excavator weight to handle unstable sand and mud terrain.

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2. How to hire an excavator?

iSeekplant offers a vast range of excavators available for wet and dry hire across Australia on your next project. Although, it is important to consider a few key steps before excavator hire. These steps involve:

  • Decide on your excavation project location across Australia
  • Choose the correct sized excavator that ranges from mini excavators to 150 tonne mining excavators
  • Identify if you are required to hire a licensed operator to conduct the excavation tasks
  • Identify the duration of your excavation project along with specific dates
  • Provide the excavator suppliers with contact details or any other relevant details

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3. What is the right excavator for my job?

Excavators are available in a wide range depending on the size and type required for your specific project. Firstly, dismantling and demolition tasks can be completed by the demolition, high-reach, long-reach, and chameleon clamshell excavators. Secondly, clearing salty clay and shallow water work tasks can be ideally completed by amphibious excavators. Thirdly, track mounted excavators operate on rough terrain, whereas wheel mounted excavators can only handle stable terrain.

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4. Do I need a ticket to operate an excavator?

Excavator operators do not legally require a certificate or license to operate excavators, apart from a general drivers license. However, workplace owners will be held responsible and accountable for all machinery and equipment operations on site. Therefore, it is recommended to hire an experienced excavator operator if your project does not already have one, as they will complete the project faster with their skills.

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5. How much should I be paying to hire an excavator?

The cost of hiring an excavator depends on wet or dry hire and the size of the excavator. It is recommended that you submit a quote to your ideal excavator supplier to get an accurate cost, but generally a larger excavator and wet hire are more expensive than a smaller excavator and dry hire. Wet hire ranges from $115 to $270 per hour, and dry hire ranges from $40 to $180 per hour.

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6. What are common attachments for an excavator?

The most common excavator attachments that are found on the market are buckets, breakers, blades, augers and grapples. Excavator buckets get attached to the excavator arm that is useful for digging and lifting. Excavator breakers are designed for breaking and demolishing concrete and other solid materials. Grapples are claw-like attachments that are used for logging operations. Augers are useful excavator attachments that drill holes for pipes or poles.

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7. What are the best excavator brands?

Australia has 10 top excavator brands that provide quality excavator hire for safe construction and earthmoving projects. These brands include:

  1. Caterpillar
  2. Komatsu
  3. CASE
  4. Kubota
  5. Volvo
  6. JCB
  7. Yanmar
  8. Kobelco
  9. John Deere
  10. Wacker Neuson

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8. Where can I hire an excavator?

iSeekplant has a nationwide network of quality excavator hire suppliers operating in all capital cities from Brisbane to Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne to Darwin, Perth and Adelaide. We also offer excavator hire solutions in all major towns and cities from Cairns to the Gold Coast down to Newcastle, Ballarat, Geelong and Bendigo.


9. Can I hire individual machines by size through iSeekplant?

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