Different types of excavtors

Different types of excavtors

With the new year, you might start to want new heavy machinery. When you are searching for heavy machinery for sale, what comes up? If you are searching for a particular type, you’ll come to find out that there are several different types of most equipment. For example, you will find different types of forklifts or different types of excavators. We’ve discussed ALL about the different types of forklifts, but what about the different types of excavators. 

A crawler excavator is used for mining to lift heavy debris and soil. They have special wheels that help them go down hills with less risk making it the perfect heavy machinery for uneven fields. This machine is known to be slower than other excavators but it has good balance and flexibility. 

The dragline excavators can dig up to 213 feet or more! They can be used for deep excavations, road excavators or under-water operations. These machines are known to be larger than most, operate differently and should only be used for specific jobs. This machine operates by using a hoist rope that is attached to a bucket and there is a dragline that controls the bucket. 

If you have work to do on flat land or hard surfaces, a wheeled excavator is what you should be looking into! This machine is fast and moves seamlessly on concrete. It has similar functions to the crawler, but instead, it has wheels for better mobility. It is not recommended to use this on hills, soil or mud. 

For an underground project, the excavator you should be using is the suction. Using this machine reduces the chance of damaging anything in surrounding areas or other utilities that are underground. One drawback to this machine is that it is small in diameter which means its best used for small projects. 

If you are working in an area that is hard to reach, the heavy machinery for sale that you want to get is long reach excavators. It is extendable up to 100 feet horizontally. The best projects to use this for are; demolition, crumpling or breaking down anything that is over water. 

If you want to clear the path, look for skid steers. They have buckets that face away from the driver and it can be used for debris removal, site cleaning or residential work. 

Have you heard of hydraulic excavators? They are a popular choice for their versatility! They are used to excavate material, take down structures and grade ground. It also has the ability to swing 360 degrees! Hydraulic excavators are made by large brands such as; Caterpillar, Komatsu, Hitachi, John Deere, Kubota Bobcat, Volvo and more! 

Now that you know more about the different types of excavators, are you ready to dive in and start looking for heavy equipment for sale? A popular option is to shop at auctions! You can find brand name heavy equipment at a cheaper price. The moment you purchase any vehicle off the lot, it loses value immediately but buying at an auction the heavy machinery will not depreciate as much. 

At Lyon Auction you can expect high quality and honesty! All of our equipment is at one location and we make the buying and selling portion headache free for both sides! Get your heavy equipment today, contact us!


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