A mini excavator has a lot of capabilities. It is just what you need to get your project done. These versatile pieces of equipment are generally used for digging or demolition. The nice thing about the mini excavator is its ability to get these tasks done in a small space and do it with power. Most other types of equipment aren’t able to maneuver in tight spaces and around corners as the mini excavator can. We provide any attachment necessary to get your job done with the mini excavator rental.

The Basics Of The Mini Excavator

A mini excavator consists of a cab where the operator is located and controls the machinery. These have 360-degree rotation capabilities. Connected to the cab is a boom. This is a long-hinged extension that connects to the attachments. Underneath is a roller track. The track is what moves the excavator along the ground. And they weigh-in at less than 10,000 lbs.

The mini excavator is perfect for a variety of construction and landscaping jobs. For example, it can handle both large and small scale projects. They frequently perform jobs like:

  • Digging irrigation ditches
  • Pool and hot tub installation
  • Removing stumps or unwanted trees and bushes
  • Small building demolition
  • Landscape flattening
  • Sewer line repair
  • Dirt grading
  • Gravedigging
  • Digging trenches
  • Landscaping projects
  • Moving snow
  • Many more
Full-size excavator

Standard Vs Mini Excavators

It can be hard to know which type of excavator is the best fit for your needs. The best way to accomplish this is to have a complete and thorough plan before you get started. Then you will know exactly what you will need the excavator to do. Using this information will allow you to make the best choice.

The standard and mini excavators each have their own strengths and reasons for use. For example, a mini excavator is both smaller and lighter. A tremendous benefit of this is that you’ll leave much less damage and fewer track marks to the ground where you are working.

This version of the excavator is commonly used for projects in worksites that see a lot of traffic and/or other equipment. They are much easier to maneuver through your worksite. In addition, transportation between projects is much easier. Mini excavators handle smaller, less intense projects. As a result, they also have a longer lifespan. Both excavator versions can use a variety of attachments to perform the work you need to have done.

Mini Excavator Attachments

Just what attachments are available to replace the bucket located at the end of the boom? Some attachments that work with a mini-excavator include:

  • Buckets and couplers
  • Augers
  • Rakes
  • Grapples

You can also have them fitted with dozer blades. These move things around the work area with ease.

People often seek out mini excavators for projects where machines must be able to simultaneously fit within small areas and around tight corners, while still being able to lift heavy and large amounts of materials.

History Of The Excavator

The excavators that we see today were born through nearly 150 years of development. They go back all the way to the late 1800s! The previous versions used cables instead of hydraulics. Of course, they have changed quite a bit in that amount of time.

The mini excavator came along about 60 years later in Japan. There was a need for the construction of new houses in a hurry. And the existing excavators were just too big. This is what led the Yanmar Construction Company to a solution — the YNB 300. The design included a wheeled self-propelled mini excavator. And it could fit into the tight construction sites. It was a success. And by the 1980s, there were several companies producing mini excavators.

There have been several improvements made to come to the mini excavators available at Mountain West Rentals today. Due to these enhancements, today’s equipment has better efficiency, increased comfort and safety for the operator, and more.

Renting A Mini Excavator

You will need to be able to provide certain credentials if you wish to rent a mini excavator. This is because responsible rental companies cannot provide heavy machinery to people who are without the proper training to operate equipment and use machinery safely. A mini excavator operator should be in good physical shape, have mechanical aptitude, and good vision. Experience with other machinery like bulldozers or forklifts is also helpful. You must have a driver’s license to operate a mini excavator. You may also need a commercial driver’s license. You’ll need to check on this in your area because it may vary from state to state.

Mountain West Rentals

Mountain West Rentals And Sales is proud to be the leading mini excavator rental company. We provide mini excavators manufactured by Kubota, one of the most trusted and reliable global manufacturers of construction, dirt, and concrete, and lawn and garden equipment. Having been engineering these quality products since 1969, there is a reason why Kubota continues to be an industry-standard in landscaping and construction of all kinds. Have questions about mini excavators? We’re here to answer them.