Mini excavators are usually rented for digging purposes, so customers are sometimes surprised when we ask them if they need a breaking hammer or grapple along with their rental. A mini excavator can be utilized for a wide range of tasks around the workplace with the right attachments. These are the five jobs that can be accomplished with this machine:
- Demolition Jobs – Demolition projects can be performed with a mini excavator. Attachments such as buckets, grapples, and clamps help you tear down even the most stubborn structures. Concrete breaking hammers are ideal for destroying pools, stone pathways, roads, driveways, retaining walls, and foundations.
- Debris Removal and Vegetation Clearing – Using mini excavators to clear debris and vegetation is an effective method. Put on a hydraulic thumb, a mid-sized tooth bucket, or a grapple to start clearing out dead trees, roots, small rocks, branches, shrubs, debris, and stray brush. Excavators have tracks that distribute their weight evenly, allowing them to easily navigate delicate landscaping.
- Grading & Compaction – The grading and compacting process can take hours and require advanced equipment, like skid steer loaders and walk behind compactors. However, you can use your mini excavator for the job if you have the right attachments. Start by loosening the hard-packed ground with a ripper attachment. Once you’ve graded your work area, tamp it down with your grading bucket or trenching bucket. Your excavator can also be used for leveling and backfilling with the grading bucket. Our rental team can assist you with selecting the appropriate bucket.
- Plant Trees and Set Posts – Your excavator can also be equipped with an auger. This handy tool allows you to set posts and plant trees in minutes. By modifying the auger’s spinning action, it can drill perfect holes for tree planting or set specialized rods for setting posts deep underground.
- Blazing Trails – Excavators can create the perfect hiking or off-roading trail. Among the functions discussed earlier, such as clearing vegetation and debris, grading, and compacting, you will need a rake attachment, trenching, and grading bucket. Use your auger and thumb to place a barrier or trail marking on top of the stumps pulled with your excavator bucket.