If you are in the market for a mini excavator, you likely have a lot of questions about what they can do. In this article, we address some of the most commonly asked questions about compact excavators, the models we have available, and how to maintain them. After reading, you should have a good idea if compact excavators are a good fit for you.
Mini excavators are great for demolition work such as breaking up, concrete, driveways, and small structures. They can also be used for digging trenches and drainage areas. You can take on landscaping jobs, digging pools, and repairing sewer lines. Mini excavators are some of the most versatile machines on a jobsite.
John Deere’s smallest compact excavator, the 17G, has a max digging depth of 7 ft. 2 in. The largest compact excavator, the 60G, has a max digging depth of 12 ft. 4 in. With these digging capacities, you can take on jobs with varying digging demands. You can do jobs as small as clearing debris up to as large as digging swimming pools.
If digging jobs make up a large part of your to-do list or company’s operations, then yes. These machines are small, efficient, and made to last. Buying a John Deere compact excavator means you can boost your productivity, reduce down time, and elevate much of the stress that goes along with cramming to meet a deadline.
To keep compact excavators running smoothly and efficiently, it’s important to do regular service checks to make sure nothing is messed up, and if something is, fix it before it causes a bigger issue.
One of the simplest ways to keep small excavators on the jobsite and operating is to make sure every time an attachment is hooked up, it is done correctly. Hooking up an attachment incorrectly can damage the machine and even shorten the lifespan.
Make sure to regularly check the air filter, hydraulic fluid, and fuel level. If you are doing a lot of work in dusty and dirty environments, the air filter will likely fill up and restrict airflow into the engine. To make sure the engine always has enough air flow, frequently check the air filter and replace when necessary. Not having enough hydraulic fluid or using the wrong type can result in a reduction of hydraulic power. It is important to make sure you have enough fluid and are using the correct type in order to get the most out of your machine. It goes without saying, but running out of fuel not only completely stops work flow, it is also difficult on the machine. To be as productive as possible, make sure to keep an eye on the fuel levels and fill up whenever it’s getting close to empty.
It is important to check the tracks to make sure they are tightened correctly and that they are tightened the correct amount. If they are too loose, they will fall off, if they are too tight, they will wear prematurely and cause the track to need replacement sooner.