In our troubled economy it is just good business to get the most for your money. Excavators are a large and expensive piece of essential equipment for construction. You may have asked yourself if it is better to buy new or used equipment. The most recognizable model, the Caterpillar, also known as the Cat, has been shown as one of the hardiest when well maintained. Next the Komatsu, Volvo, and Hitachi are all top notch machines. As for the JCBs the buzz is on the rise. Now interest in these machines is not limited to commercial use. Any one with a hole to dig would benefit from a mini excavator. Having seen one in action I can attest to their usefulness. But I have to stress that you be properly trained in how to use them because they weigh in excess of 12,000 pounds and can cause serious damage if used improperly.
The JCB mini digger 8014 boast a 1.1 liter capacity engine giving it 11% greater fuel efficiency, always great to save on gas, lower emissions, leave less of a carbon foot print, and a bigger diesel tank, spend less time filling up. The tubular boom design with gives it strength and durability. The design of the frame means less counter weight is needed. Retailing at over a hundred thousand it is always smart to start used. The best way to go about it is to ask questions, check the hours logged and be prepared.
Now as a counter balance is the JCB 3cx mounted on tires and not tracks this rig is better suited for residential work. It has a digging depth of 18 6 it is an excavator and front end loader. No reason to have two machines for one job. It retails at just under a hundred thousand dollars and seems to be the best tool for the job.
Full sized Komatsu, Volvo, and Hitachi brands tend to be on the expensive side. Retailing for over 200,000 dollars. They would make a good addition to any out fit, but where they are nice to look at they are notoriously hard to find parts for should they break, let alone a mechanic. I cannot say much for them but they do cost considerably less used. A 3 year old model costing nearly 75 % less than new one.
Finally we come to the king of hole. The Cat. Easily the most recognizable excavator in the world. Durable and cost effective. Retailing at about 100,000 dollars new and half that used. There is no shortage on parts or skilled labor to fix these monsters. When considering a piece of equipment for a long haul, dont overlook the Caterpillar.
Weather you go mini or full sized make sure you research your machine, sometimes the yellow pages just wont cut it. Go online, spend time looking and find the best deal for you. Every dealer now has their own website but dont be afraid to look at a smaller site.