How to Choose the Right Excavator for Your Job?

6th October, 2020

So, you have won a project and it’s time to have all the right equipment in place. Excavators and mini excavators are some of the important construction equipment that every construction company needs. Given the wide range of options to choose from, choosing the right one can prove to be a tough task.

In this post, we look at some important aspects to consider when choosing the right excavator for a job.


When it comes to using the appropriate excavator for your construction project, it is important to choose the correct size. Begin by exploring the different excavator types and sizes available in the market.

Depending on your requirements, you can choose from micro, mini and midi excavators. At MTS Plant, we provide excavators in a range of sizes, starting from 0.8 tons going all the way to 12 tonnes.

Consider the following types of Yanmar excavators:

  • Micro – Weighing from as little as 0.8 tonnes to about 1.2 tonnes, these are the most mobile excavators. This is a great option for small jobs and projects with tight space requirements.
  • Mini – Excavators in this range can weigh between 1.6 to 3.8 tonnes these are highly versatile and work well for any space and job.
  • Midi – These excavators can weigh between 5 and as much as 12 tonnes and are typically used for large scale construction and industrial jobs.

Site Requirements

Every jobsite is different and has its own specifications and requirements. Often, it is the terrain or topography of the site that will influence your choice of excavator.

Therefore, be sure to inspect the worksite beforehand. This will give you a fair idea about the requirements of the job.

Take into consideration specific aspects such as the excavator’s engine power, bucket capacity, size and weight when planning.


Excavators have a variety of attachment options based on the model, digging and ditching buckets, breakers, augers pallet forks and many more. So, it is extremely crucial to pick an excavator that is compatible with the relevant attachments needed for your construction projects.

Additional Features

Like any other heavy and earth-moving machinery, excavators too have rapidly evolved over the past few years. Most excavators today boast practical features like hydraulic controls and power mechanisms. The additional functionalities that your preferred excavator should feature will also have a bearing on how effectively you can use it.

Mini Excavator Applications

Yanmar compact mini excavators weigh anywhere between 1.6 tons and 5 tonnes. Their compact frame makes them an ideal choice for a variety of worksites. At the same time, their innovative and ergonomic design makes them suitable for an assortment of attachments.

You can use a mini excavator for trenching, excavating, landscaping, drilling holes in tight spaces and demolition jobs.

Benefits of Using Mini Excavators

Mini excavators have a distinct edge over standard and large diggers in the following ways:

  • Smaller footprint – Compact excavators can easily access cramped and small spaces.
  • Lesser impact – Mini diggers cause less damage to the ground, thanks to their lighter weight and compact size.
  • Low towage weight – Towing a mini excavator is easier than hauling large and standard-sized diggers owing to their lower towage weight.

Contact MTS Plant for Yanmar & Gehl Plant Machinery Sales & Hire

Be it demolition, building, groundworks, highways, civil engineering or any other type of construction, MTS Plant has an extensive range of equipment. Whether you are looking for excavators, dumpers, skidsteers or tracked and wheeled loaders, we have you covered.

We cater to the needs of large, small and medium-sized businesses. Numerous clients including public authorities, national construction firms and subcontractors have benefitted from our services.

MTS Plant can be your valuable partner for your construction project equipment needs. We have an extensive fleet of Gehl and Yanmar plant machinery for sale and short/long-term hire.

Contact the MTS Plant team today to discuss your upcoming project:

Tel: 08000 156 555


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