Are Excavators Hard To Drive?


Excavators are heavy-duty machines that are normally used in various types of worksites to perform various types of tasks including breaking holes, digging trenches, excavating mines, and lifting waste materials, as well as fulfilling the needs of different industries like road construction, demolitions, and constructing buildings, etc. These earthmoving machines perform their functions with the help of their various accessories that also help in improving their mobility and work potential like arm, bucket, movable tracks, and rotating cab, etc.

The ease and hardship of driving excavators depend upon their type and size.


Various types of excavators are used for different types of works. Small excavators are normally used for the functions of drilling and digging whereas large excavators are used for performing heavy-duty projects like mining, digging trenches, underwater excavations, road excavations, and demolitions, etc.

Excavators can be classified based on their size as well as their style of working. According to size excavators can be classified as mini excavators, standard excavators, and large excavators. On the basis of their style of working they can be differentiated as crawler excavators, suction excavators, skid steer excavators, and long reach excavators or DEMOLITION EXCAVATORS.

Brief information about different types of excavators will help you to know them more closely.

CRAWLER EXCAVATORS: The main feature of these excavators is their chain tracking system that helps them in mining and digging trenches.

DRAGLINE EXCAVATORS: The main features of these excavators are a dragline system and hoist roe that help in excavating roads and underwater applications

SUCTION EXCAVATORS: These excavators are wheeled vehicles with water jets and high-pressure vacuum that allow them to perform delicate digging projects, underground applications, and debris cleanups with the help of a high-pressure vacuum

SKID STEER EXCAVATORS: These are also wheeled vehicles that include buckets and boom away from the operator and they are used mainly to remove piled up or spread out debris at residential projects.

LONG REACH EXCAVATORS: These excavators have an extended arm to reach distant spots up to 40-100 feet away and are used for heavy-duty projects of digging land and industrial demolitions and for that reason they are also known as DEMOLITION EXCAVATORS.

A long reach excavator uses its extendable arm. Industrial demolitions and heavy-duty digging


A few decades back, it was really hard to drive excavators but due to technical improvements and the introduction of electronics and hydraulic devices in these heavy-duty machines, it has become easier to drive modern excavators.

Earlier steering wheel that needs a lot of strength was used to operate machines like motor graders but now the use of power steering has made it easier to operate modern excavators. Though early excavators were also good at work but fine controls n the modern machines have made it easier to control them and increase the degree of precision in their performance.

Moreover, various types of attachments with the modern excavators have enabled them to perform several other tasks along with digging, drilling, and demolishing the structures, etc.


The attachments that have made it easier to drive modern excavators may include:

THUMBS: This attachment on an excavator can increase the material handling capacity of its bucket. They allow the operator to excavate larger pieces of the material he is excavating as they ensure the safe excavation of that material.

BUCKETS: Though a bucket is a normal attachment on an excavator but the function of a bucket can change with the type of bucket and excavator. If you have to use it for digging trenches then you may need a slim bucket with teeth but for lifting or scooping materials a wider bucket will be the right choice for you.

HAMMERS: This attachment can help in demolishing structures as well as breaking hard surfaces.

AUGERS: They include a hydraulically operated spiral blade to dig holes efficiently and quickly on construction sites and landscaping as well as to support buildings or foliage and for installing posts for the fence.

COUPLERS: This attachment allows you to switch quickly between different tools while working with various attachments. It can increase the productivity of the team as well as the excavator.

RIPPERS: They are normally used in demolition projects and frozen ground to tear through hard surfaces.

Thus, today it is not as hard to drive excavators as it was a few decades ago.


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