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Excavator hire is most useful for digging trenches, demolition, construction and mining. Excavators are heavy construction equipment that has a piece of shovel-like equipment attached to a mechanical arm. It also has a cab which houses the operator. This is a tracked vehicle; it uses a vehicle track propulsion system. The wheels are made of steel solid chain tracks called caterpillar track or tank tread. If the job involved is small scale digging then a mini excavator hire, bobcat hire or dingo hire would be enough. However, if there is a lot of digging or tonnes of material that has to be moved around, an excavator hire is the one to choose.

A typical excavator contains three parts, the undercarriage, house, and an arm. The undercarriage consists of tracks, track frame and a final drive which houses the hydraulic motor. The house includes the operator cab, engine, counterweight, and hydraulic oil tanks. The arm typically consists of a boom, stick and a bucket with three joints between them and the house.

There are two types of excavators based on how they function; hydraulic excavators and cable-operated excavators. Hydraulic excavators couple engine power to three hydraulic pumps rather than mechanical drivetrains. The movement and functioning are achieved with the help of hydraulic fluid, hydraulic motors and hydraulic cylinders. On the other hand, cable-operated excavators make use of cables and steel wires to move the relevant parts to perform the intended function. These are generally considered to be first-generation digging machines and hence they are rarely used they are no longer widely used. If you are looking for an excavator hire then you might also be interested in a truck hire or a tipper truck hire. Once you have dug, you can use the trucks to dump the waste.

With the availability of attachments such as the breaker, grapple or auger, the capabilities of an excavator have gone far beyond excavation. They also have a quick coupler for simplified attachment purposes. This can also increase the machine’s productivity and utilisation at the worksite. Excavators are generally used along with loaders and bulldozers.

Plant hire is very expensive; it can cost anywhere from 20% to 30% of the budget for your project. Hence it is really important to select your excavator hire supplier carefully. The supplier should be closer to the work site so that there are no delays to deliver the excavator. Generally, you would have to conduct your research of all the suppliers in your area, what they offer and how much they charge. You could use yellow pages or newspaper advertisements to find suppliers on your own. But thanks to iSeekplant, you can save all that time.

iSeekplant is Australia’s largest online construction hire marketplace. At iSeekplant you can find many top suppliers near your location. With detailed specifications and images, you get a proper idea about what you are getting. You can also find user reviews for all the suppliers that will help you choose the best one for your project. We have suppliers all across the major Australian cities like Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and Darwin.

Excavator hire also requires an experienced operator who can handle the excavator; if any untrained people use it, it might lead to accidents at the worksite. If your project does not have any professional or experienced operators then we also provide wet hire option. Using this, you can also hire a professional operator along with the excavator to complete the task in a faster and safe manner.

Some safety tips to make sure there are no unwanted accidents while using the excavator are, to first check the propel system before operation. And after the operation, make sure it's parked on a level surface with the bucket attachment facing towards the ground. Turn off the auto-idle switch and run the engine at half throttle without load for a few minutes. This helps to cool the turbocharger. Also, make sure the RPM is set to low idle before the engine is shut down with the key switch.

For excavator hire, simply search on iSeekplant with your requirements and you will get the top suppliers near you. You can compare suppliers or make a shortlist and contact each one directly.

If you can’t be bothered searching through suppliers, simply use the Get a Quote tool, submit your request and we’ll get matching suppliers to contact you with their best quote. If these don’t work, you can call us and our team of experts would find you a new supplier based on your requirements.

We understand that projects are extremely time-sensitive and missing out on your schedule can result in huge losses which is why we have a standard 30-minute response time. We have an innovative supply chain that focusses on providing faster solutions to clients. With a supply network of over 8000 suppliers, you are sure to find a suitable excavator hire supplier in your local area. And the best part is that using our site to find machines and services is free. Apart from excavator hire, we also have suppliers who offer scissor lift hire, crane hire, forklift hire, cherry picker hire, compactor hire and more.

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Excavator FAQs

Here's some tips & frequently asked questions 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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