Getting Maximum Use from Your Mini-Excavator
Feb 31, 2014
Not that long ago, mini-excavators were considered toys by heavy equipment operators. Yet today they regarded as a piece of valued equipment. Obviously the mini-excavator is not built for large excavating jobs. But on the contrary, they are not large and bulky like heavy equipment. A mini-excavator is very durable and can deliver an exceptional performance under tight working conditions.
The mini-excavator is equipped with powerful hydraulics and a reliable engine that provides extreme efficiency. They can be used for concrete removal, repair digs, utility trenching, tree harvesting and swimming pool excavation. Moreover, there are many ways to utilize this amazing piece of equipment. Here a few ways to get the maximum use from your mini-excavator:
The mini-excavator has an independent boom swing. This feature allows the operator to offset the boom to dig around walls, buildings and existing utilities. It has a 360° rotation making it easy to put dirt precisely where it is needed. Moreover, it can be used as a tractor-backhoe, a skid-steer, rearloader or trenching mechanism.
As well, most models come with a zero turning radius or zero tail swing. The whole back never gets outside of the tracks.
A mini-excavator can generally be pulled behind a one-ton truck. The smaller models can be pulled with a three-quarter-ton pickup. As well, the operator does not need a commercial driver's license.
Minimal Learning Curve
The mini-excavator is easy to operate. To lower the boom you press the boom lever down, to raise it you pull the lever up. You use the same maneuvers for right and left. What’s more, the mini-excavator comes with both SAE and ISO control patterns. To change the operating pattern you generally just flip a switch.
Some of the most popular attachments include a hydraulic demolition hammer, a thumb, an auger and a wide variety of buckets.
Compared to larger heavy equipment, mini-excavators have a lot less maintenance. They have a design life of 8,000-10,000 hours.
However, one important maintenance factor is the rubber tracks. They are an essential and expensive wear item that is required for optimum performance. Make sure you are using the right rubber tracks. For instance, jagged surfaces require different rubber tracks than muddy slopes. You also want to inspect the rubber tracks to check for any defects or incorrect sizing. It is also essential to maintain the correct tension at all times. You can consult the manufacturer or a distributer if you have any questions.
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