Why 3- To 4-Ton Compact Excavators Are Just The Right Size To Get Most Jobs Done

David Tregenza By David Tregenza, 9th Dec 2016 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/ugiuh8c5/
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These excavators also offer versatility, a range of popular features, transportability, maneuverability and fuel efficiency. It’s important, however, that you do your research and don’t simply assume that a 3- or 4-ton machine will be right for you.

Why 3- To 4-Ton Compact Excavators Are Just The Right Size To Get Most Jobs Done



In the eyes of many people, 3- and 4-ton compact excavators are the perfect size for just about any job – they’re able to go where larger machines can’t and can dig what smaller machines are ill equipped to. These excavators also offer versatility, a range of popular features, transportability, maneuverability and fuel efficiency. It’s important, however, that you do your research and don’t simply assume that a 3- or 4-ton machine will be right for you.

Feature Up & Feature Down
These excavators borrow features from both larger and smaller size classes, ensuring that they’re equipped with pretty much everything you need. Some of the features that have been moved down from larger units include hydraulic quick-attach, enclosed cabs with heating and air conditioning, and rubber-over-steel tracks. Some of the features that have been moved up include a backfill blade, centre pivot boom and zero tail swing design.

Displacement
We have found that compact excavators are displacing other equipment in contractor fleets, as (when combined with a skid steer loader) they can be a nice substitute for a backhoe loader. We have also found that they’re displacing hand tools. When fitted with a hydraulic hammer, they can replace an operator with a jackhammer. Their compact size means that these machines can get into backyards and complete tasks that once required several days by hand.

Specs are Just-Right
Although the basic configurations for these excavators are similar across brands, it’s important to note that different markets want different versions. All of the machines in a weight class are roughly the same size and dig about the same depth with close to the same horsepower engines – the options are where you see differentiation in the product. The rental sphere, for example, generally want a featured down machine with as few breakable components as possible.

What Matters Most?
When it comes to choosing a compact excavator, you need to decide what matters most – is it reach, or dig depth, or breakout force, or dump height? Each of these is affected by your arm and stick choices. They can also affect the functionality of the attachments – if your task involves drilling, cutting, breaking, moving, clamping and so on, there is likely an attachment for it. Track type is another important consideration when making your decision.

Blades
Although blades come standard on many 3- to 4-ton excavators, it’s important to remember that not all blades are created equal. Standard blades are typically fixed, but angle blades are becoming increasingly popular – they can be angled left or right, left end up or right end up, neutral or float. But, even with the best blade, the machine will have limitations when it comes to dozing and grading – and not every customer will require an angled blade.

Future Developments
In the coming years, you should expect to see the growth of this industry continue with more people switching from backhoes to compact excavator and skid steer combinations. It’s expected that applications for these machines will expand into areas where, traditionally, backhoes have been the preferred piece of equipment. With emissions requirements also continuing to evolve, manufacturers will be focused on how to meet these.

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