DiggersExcavators are vehicles which are used in the construction and mining industries. Excavators are primarily designed for digging applications, but are exceptionally versatile, and are often used for a wide variety of purposes, such as : digging foundations or trenches; forestry; landscaping projects; demolition work and heavy lifting or tool carrying. They consist of a cab with a hydraulic arm, with a bucket affixed to the end, all set upon an undercarriage equipped with either continuous tracks or wheels. Depending on the nature of the project, as well as the nature of the terrain, tracks or wheels will be better suited; tracks will give stability and traction on uneven ground, but will damage roads, whilst wheels are suitable for working on concrete or paving.
Diggers for sale in the UK
Diggers are extremely valuable pieces of equipment to have on site, primarily because of their versatility. Diggers can be fitted with a wide rang of attachments which allow them to perform tasks which are auxiliary to their original function. The majority of diggers are compatible with a quick-coupler, or quick-attach system, which simplifies the process of detaching and fitting hydraulic attachments. The range of attachments available is expansive, with the most common being: a breaker attachment, for penetrating hard surfaces; an auger attachment, for boring holes, and a grapple attachment for handling logs, for example. Most diggers are also equipped with a horizontal dozer blade at the front of the vehicle, which renders them capable of small-scale grading operations, as well as moving or pushing material around a site; a hole can be re-filled after it has been dug, or the earth can be moved away.
Used diggers for sale are available in a wide variety of sizes. The smallest diggers are called ‘mini diggers’ or ‘compact excavators’, and they begin at weights of around 1610 Kg. At the other end of the scale, the largest digger for sale in the world is the Bucyrus RH400, which weighs 980,000 Kg and delivers 4500 hp. Mini diggers are ideal for residential renovations, as the smallest of them can fit through a standard doorway, or access gate, and so are perfect, for example, for digging foundations for an extension.
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