What are mini excavators used for?

24th February, 2023

A mini excavator is a wheeled or tracked vehicle with an array of applications in construction. They can weigh up to 20,000 pounds (about the weight of a school bus), which is the cutoff for compact machines.

Mini excavators are popular plant machinery owing to their versatility, with several uses for a variety of construction jobs. Taking mini excavators for hire is a great option as buying plant machinery can be more expensive.

Here are some of the benefits of using mini excavators:

  • Their smaller footprint means they can be used in spaces of a restricted size such as car parks, warehouses and crowded jobsites.
  • They are light in weight, which makes them ideal for use in sites with loose or soft ground.
  • While small jobs can be completed manually, mini excavators can speed up the process, saving time and labour costs.
  • Mini excavators are versatile and can be fitted with a range of attachments including buckets, augers, compactor plates and rippers.

Let’s look at some of the uses for mini excavators.

Demolition of small structures

Small structures like sheds, barns and garages can be efficiently demolished using a mini excavator. This machine is the perfect fit for demolishing small structures as it can get around small spaces easily and fit into tight spaces like gates.

In the absence of a mini excavator, you may have to demolish small structures manually using hand-powered tools, which can be time-consuming.

Digging holes for hot tubs and pools

Mini excavators are ideal for digging out holes for hot tubs and in-ground pools, even in small backyards. With this machine’s power and manoeuvrability combined with precision handling, digging holes is a breeze.


The use of rubber tracks or wheels means that mini excavators can be used on soft ground or soil without causing much damage. They can easily access crowded and forested areas with limited clearance.

Choose from a range of attachments to carry out different landscaping jobs including stump removal, ground flattening, removing heavy debris and planting. You can even use the auger attachment to dig holes for planting trees or other forestry projects.


Mini excavators are perfect for different types of domestic and industrial clearance jobs. They can be used to clear roads of collapsed banks, storm debris, rubble or even heavy snowfall. These machines are also ideal for cleaning construction and demolition debris on jobsites with tight spaces or limited access.

Mini excavators and plant machinery for hire

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