Excavators have numerous uses with a variety of attachments available. These machines feature booms, sticks and buckets that come in various sizes and configurations. With an excavator, you can perform multiple tasks necessary in many heavy industries. Discover the top seven uses for excavators from Caterpillar and other trusted brands.
Many people know excavators for their usefulness in earthmoving. Their signature bucket attachments have teeth-like edges that enable the machine to dig and scoop earth. The earthmoving applications for excavators include:
When an operator attaches a clamp attachment to an excavator, it becomes a powerful tool in material handling. The excavator picks up materials that would not fit in a bucket attachment. Some excavators have elevated cabs and heavy counterweights for better visibility and stability during material handling.
Using a breaker attachment, an excavator can perform various demolition tasks. Breakers provide hundreds of pounds of impact energy to break into concrete, stone and other tough materials. Excavators geared toward demolition offer stability and safety features for a safer job site.
Also known as tunneling, underground excavation involves creating underground passageways through digging. Operators can use a combination of bucket and auger attachments to get the best results. Augers bore deep into the ground using hydraulic circuits. Compact models tend to suit these operations due to the limited space underground.
Some types of excavators can operate in water. Features such as long attachment arms and roller chains make it easier to navigate an excavator in these environments.
In forestry, operators use excavators to create access routes, move branches, cut and shear. Excavator attachments include shears, mulchers and many other options for managing trees and greenery.
Attachments such as buckets and clamps enable excavators to pick up debris in removal applications. Different excavator types and sizes allow you to choose the right combination of power and maneuverability for debris removal jobs.
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