Mini excavators have their own set of advantages for certain projects, especially light projects such as home renovations, pool building, demolishing small structures and landscaping. Mini excavators are perfect for a variety of tasks due to the possibility of fitting them a variety of additional attachments or components for different tasks.
The attachments that can be added to these mini excavators practically transform them into multi-purpose tools that enable them to be used for tasks that are beyond their conventional roles. Most of these mini excavators come with a hydraulic coupler system that allows the operators to replace or change the type of attachments rather quickly (swap system).
For instance, for demolition work which generally involves breaking concrete, tools such as jackhammers, stone cutters and grinders would suffice. But, on the other hand if the task requires the project manager to demolish large concrete walls or retaining walls/ garden paths a mini excavator would be the best way to go about doing the job quickly and thoroughly.
However, to do this, the operator would need to firstly attach a concrete breaker to the coupler system. Rippers or pulverisers as they are commonly referred to would be able to handle these types of jobs very effectively rather than using raw labour.
This is due to the fact that hydraulic pulverisers are able to pulverize concrete in its jaws. Attachments such as these would be able to smash and level driveways and unused swimming pools or retaining walls very quickly.
The added advantage of using these machines to handle these kinds of jobs is that they reduce waste or debris into smaller more manageable pieces which makes clearing a breeze. There are also attachments for compacting soil that operators may choose from including tamping rollers, pneumatic tired rollers, smooth rollers or even vibrating rollers.
However, generally these mini excavators are fitted with what is commonly referred to as a plate compactor which is used for compressing soil which settles the task much faster than hand-operated equipment. Other common uses of mini excavators for small projects include the building retaining walls as these machines could efficiently lay rocks, logs, pavers and an assortment of other heavy materials needed for retaining walls.
Added features such as using different attachments would enable the operators to break rocks into small pieces that can then be used to fit into the retaining wall. If the wall is to be built using logs than the claws of the mini excavators can be used to pick up and move logs quickly.
In general, mini excavator hire is often the best option for small construction projects compared to a standard excavator due to a number of reasons with the main reasons being their practicality, versatility and cost effectiveness. Another factor that is equally crucial with regards to renting mini excavators is getting an excavator driver/ operator who has the right amount experience to get the job done according to the specifications of the construction project.
This is based on the simple fact that, no matter how versatile, powerful or practical the excavator is, without the right individual behind the controls the project could end up becoming more complicated than necessary.