So you’re starting a new project and need to hire a mini-excavator, but which one do you choose? There are many on the market but the choice you make will always depend on the type of project you’re undertaking, as some models will suit your needs better than others.

The job of finding the right kit is a lot simpler than you might think. Mini-excavators range from 0.5 tonnes right through to over 500 tonnes. From laying roads, utilities work and landscaping, to digging garden pools, forestry and construction projects, the mini-excavator is a versatile piece of equipment – the Swiss army knife of plant hire.

When considering which mini-excavator is right for you, here are some points to bear in mind:

  1. How big is the job?
  2. What type of work is it?
  3. Will you need a range of attachments, such as buckets, compaction equipment, rippers or hammers?
  4. Will you be using the mini-excavator for long periods. if so, comfort will be key.

A digger for every job

1.5-Tonne

Used commonly for landscaping projects, the 1.5 tonne digger is a nimble operator with enough mechanical power to complete simple jobs quickly and efficiently. Fit to tackle anything from domestic, back garden digging – for a pond or pool, for example – to move intensive utilities work or trench digging. The 1.5-tonner will cope comfortably.

3-Tonne

Used commonly for ground works and earthmoving, the 3-tonne digger has plenty of power and greater torque than its smaller cousin. This is coupled with a high performance hydraulic system, providing greater oil flow for faster cycle times and increased efficiency.

5-Tonne

For heavy duty tasks, a step up to the 5-tonne digger is recommended, especially for road works, big construction and large scale, professional landscaping. The 5-tonner is both powerful but compact in size – extremely versatile when in action but small enough for travel between sites.

8-Tonne

Nimble enough to navigate uneven terrain, or when being deployed in more urban settings, the 8-tonne digger has grown in popularity in recent years. Many of the best models on the market balance a number of key features: smooth hydraulics, powerful engine performance, good cycle time, efficiency and good serviceability. Choosing a model with a zero or reduced tail swing is also recommended. This ensures enhanced visibility and maximum performance when working in confined spaces.

Of course, it’s not just about the right size for the right job, reliability is an essential consideration for any hire or purchase. Minimising downtime is crucial for productivity and profitability, however big the job, so search out brands known for good reliability.

Manufacturers like Takeuchi are renowned for reliability, efficiency and performance, which is why they continue to be a popular choice for long-term hire, where minimising downtime is often top priority. Takeuchi’s heritage and proven track record for reliability are just two reasons why we’ve recently invested in a large range of new Takeuchi mini-excavators across the weight categories.

All our mini-excavators are hired out with a full set of buckets, and we can also provide you with a useful range of additional attachments, including hydraulic breakers and augers.

Because every job and customer need is different, it’s important to give ample thought to which machine might be right for you, before investing. If you need a helping hand, our experienced team will be happy to chat through your requirements and recommend a model that’s the right one for you. Give us a call or drop by to chat to one of our team.