Best heavy equipment brands & why

Best heavy equipment brands & why

Whether you’re a construction, landscaping, mining, or recycling company, you need quality equipment you can rely on to get the job done. These top ten brands should come as no surprise, but we want to give you a synopsis of each. Lyon Auction specializes in auctioning second hand heavy machinery, and we know and love these brands!

1. Caterpillar (CAT)

Caterpillar, otherwise known as CAT, specializes primarily in construction equipment but also has several pieces of equipment great for the mining industry. They’re manufactured in the US, but are popular domestically and internationally, making them the best heavy equipment brand. Their array of machines, along with their strong reputation for innovation, will continue to keep them at the top of the list.

2. Komatsu

Komatsu is a Japanese company known for its heavy equipment, metal presses, machine tools, recycling, temperature control equipment, tunneling machinery, and other applications. Their high-tech way of manufacturing and broad uses make them a great choice for many companies.

3. Hitachi

Heavy equipment is just one market for Hitachi, a Japanese company. Excavators are their main sale, but loaders, recycling machines, compaction equipment, and dump trucks are popular. They are manufactured in North America, Asia, Africa, Japan, and Europe. Their focus on environmentally friendliness and inventions like the battery-powered excavators and hydraulic systems keep them a fan favorite.

4. Volvo

Volvo is a Swedish construction equipment manufacturer. They’re most notable for their hydraulic and excavation equipment. They have a reputation for safe and reliable equipment, making them a necessary choice for many sectors. They’re most popular among companies in  Europe and Scandinavia.

5. Liebherr

Liebherr is a German manufacturer. They provide construction companies with telescopic handlers, cranes, excavators, wheeled loaders, and dozers. They’re high performing machines which keeps them in the top five brands.


XCMG is a Chinese manufacturer, growing in Asia and the rest of the world. They’re responsible for the largest loader in China, a 12 tonne heavy-duty machine. It’s likely we’ll see more of their backhoes, skid steers, and cranes making their way across seas.

7. Doosan

Doosan is a manufacturing company in South Korea, and they are known for their commitment to sustainability and durable machines. They are known for their diggers, compact loaders, and excavators. They’re especially great at working in tough environments, making them a necessary brand for construction and other industries.

8. Sany

Sany is a Chinese company, known for its value and durability. They specialize in construction and industrial equipment. They’re used a ton in India and nearby countries. They create high tech machines, and are focused on sustainability as well as new energy developments.

9. John Deere

Everyone knows of this brand. John Deere is a US manufacturer of heavy machinery. They’re the best for agriculture, forestry, and construction. Their machines are built to increase efficiency and lower your overall operating costs. They’ve been attracting companies who work on the land for over 200 years!

10. JCB

JCB is a UK manufacturer. Along with heavy equipment, they’re the creators of LiveLink, a software that allows you to remotely manage the machinery. They’re most popular in Europe, but do have an international presence. They’re known for their excavators, wheel loaders, and road building equipment. Their creativity keeps them in the top 10.

Find these brands at Lyon’s second hand heavy machinery auctions

If you’re looking for any of these heavy equipment brands, it’s a great option to try an auction. Lyon Auction offers a great selection of second hand heavy machinery, these brands included. We put effort into ensuring quality and consistency. Contact us today with any questions about our upcoming auctions!


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