Excavators are one of the most important tools a landscaping company needs. These powerful machines come in three sizes: compact excavators, mid-size excavators, and large excavators; and can completely transform a residential landscape for the better. Landscaping projects of all sizes can increase a home’s resale value by 14% and excavators are perfect for these tasks.
It’s important to select the right machine for landscaping tasks, however, and know what size excavator you need. Landscaping companies rely primarily on compact excavators for the majority of their work, but larger machines can be great for clearing land for major projects.
“When properly matched to the project; there really are no limitations to what these machines can do,” said Jeff Jacobsmeyer, product manager for excavators, wheel loaders, and TLBs at Kubota. “Advanced load sensing hydraulics with an adjustable auxiliary flow allows the operator to ‘dial’ in the flow rate needed for any attachment.”
In addition to size and specs, you should focus on a few other aspects when selecting an excavator.
“It’s very important to get into the machine and operate it to see how it feels and performs,” added Jason Boerger, marketing manager for Bobcat Company. “Just like you wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it first, you shouldn’t buy a compact excavator without doing the same.”
Not only are these powerful machines great for landscaping purposes, they offer plenty of attentional benefits, as well. Here are some great applications for excavators:
- Park maintenance — Many of the landscaping jobs performed on residential properties are typically needed in municipal and federal park maintenance. Excavators are great for moving broken concrete, logs, brush, tree stumps, boulders, and other odd-shaped objects like playground equipment.
- Demolition — Excavators are able to perform all sorts of demolition projects thanks to their durable attachments. Armed with breakers, grapplers, clamps, buckets, and other accessories, excavators are able to tear out asphalt driveways, sideways, swimming pools, and other structures.
- Trail Development — Constructing trail systems and pathways are quite popular tasks for excavator operators. Rather than throwing on some gloves and grabbing a shovel, these machines are ideal for clearing and prepping paths that are 5-feet wide with minimal disruption.
- Tree planting and fence posts — Thanks to fast and efficient digging, excavators can provide quick tree planting, fence post installation, and efficient methods for other vegetation. Though these tasks can be used for residential purposes, these projects are great for large commercial landscapes.
Whether you want to improve the look and feel of your lawn or significantly enhance a park or commercial property, excavators are great and essential machines!