UPDATED: The top large construction equipment

UPDATED: The top large construction equipment

Whether you’re starting to build your construction dream team or looking to expand, these are the pieces of large construction equipment you should be investing in. 


Excavators are one of the largest and most versatile types of construction equipment available from landscaping, heavy lifting, demolition and cutting trees, this machine can do it all. 

Part of what makes excavators so versatile is that they can turn 360 degrees. It simplifies the job by being able to turn in a different location without having to move to different places. That’s why an excavator is one of the top pieces of large construction equipment you need to have on your team. 


There is often a confusion between excavators and backhoes. They both are very important types of large construction equipment on every construction team. However, backhoes are a little different. 

Backhoes only rotate 200 degrees compared to an excavator's 360 degrees! . Also, on the back of the backhoe, there is a boom, stick and bucket and is excellent for digging. 

At the front of the machines, there are large buckets that are used for moving heavy materials. The average weight for a backhoe is 17,000 pounds, and they are typically found on farms for light and medium work. 


Fun fact, a bulldozer is classified as a tractor! A bulldozer is commonly used for building, farming and construction. It is used for shallow digging, excavation and spreading. The tracks on the bottom are the reason why they are able to handle rough fields and move extremely heavy items. 

A bulldozer also has a ripper and a blade. The ripper is the opposite of where the blade is found and is used to rip the ground. It is similar to a claw. The blade is used for the heavy pushing. 


Graders are another type of large construction equipment that every construction owner should consider purchasing. This equipment has a horizontal blade on the front and back that is used to work the ground. It’s usually used in construction work areas to even out the ground. 

You can use it to remove soil or snow from roads, or simply to lay an asphalt layer on the ground. 


Can you guess what a trencher does? Believe it or not, but it creates trenches. This machine is usually used in creating drains, laying cables or pipelines. There are two available types of trenchers that you can purchase. 

The two types are a namely chain trencher and wheeled trenchers.  A namely chain trencher has a long arm that has a digging chain around it. 

 A wheeled trencher has a large wheel with a digging tooth around it. When it comes to choosing the correct type, you need to consider the soil. If the soil is too hard, you might want to use a wheeled trencher. 

Don’t over-complicate the job when there is a large construction equipment that can make the job simpler. 

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