Mini excavators are just like standard excavators, but smaller and more convenient! Their compact size makes them popular tools in construction projects, even used for some residential projects. The mini excavators sit at no more than 20,000 pounds, so they’re still pretty hefty and ready to take on some digging for your next project. Today we’ll be sharing some insight into what these tools can do, and how to use these machines safely. Be sure to check out the blog for more information on tools of the trade. 

Safety First
Before one of our team members begins operating a mini excavator, they load themselves into the machine using three points of contact. This is one of the ways we stay safe on the job site so as to lower the risk of falling. Though this tool might give off a gentler look due to its small stature next to the regular-sized excavator, the mini excavator can still prove dangerous when not used properly. 

Versatility and Balance
It’s true: the mini excavator is great for projects that the regular excavator is simply too big or heavy for. The mini variety can get into tighter and narrower spaces and do 360-degree turns. It can still be knocked off balance, so be sure to test the machine before getting started with the project. Run the excavator on a level surface prior to beginning the project to test for issues. You can also utilize this time to check lubricant and coolant levels. 

Projects for Life
Mini excavators tend to have a longer shelf life than their regular-sized counterparts. This is because the loads are smaller and lighter, leading to less strain over time. The mini excavator can be used for many different projects over its lifetime, including digging and demolition, repairing sewer lines and installing swimming pools. For help with residential projects, visit our website

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