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Excavators are heavy, rugged construction workhorses used for a variety of construction and demolition applications, and are available in a range of sizes.
Excavators feature an articulated arm, a bucket and an operator’s cab mounted on a pivot — all mounted on a chassis built with tracks or wheels. Their durability makes excavators ideal for many roles, including digging trenches or holes, material handling, brush cutting and forestry work, demolition, general grading and landscaping, heavy lift work and more. Their movement and operation of excavators is controlled through the transfer of the system’s hydraulic fluid.
Excavators are composed of three main sections: the house, undercarriage and workgroup. The house includes the cab and engine compartment, and is attached to the undercarriage on a rotating component.
The undercarriage includes tracks or wheels, enabling a variety of capabilities for the workgroup, which includes an independent boom swing, a dipper, or arm, and an attachment.
Compact excavators are smaller versions, also comprising an articulated arm, a bucket, and a cab mounted on a pivot above an undercarriage with tracks. Often used for brush cutting, demolition, digging and material handling, compact excavators typically feature a dozing blade, called a backfill blade, which enables grading, leveling and trenching.
A compact excavator’s size and maneuverability allows it to dig around obstacles or foundations, and enables a small turning radius, making it an exceptional tool in compact work areas.
A hydraulic jackhammer, used to break concrete and other hard surfaces, is just one of the common tool attachments available for excavators of any size.