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4 Practical Tips for Buying a Mini Excavator

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Update time : 2021-06-15 17:20:04
Mini or compact excavators are versatile pieces of equipment on any work sites. They can get into areas that larger machines can not. They can be used in a wide variety of tasks. They're much easier to haul than the full-size alternatives. And their rubber tracks and lightweight design make less impact on the road and the work site.
If you are considering one of these adaptable machines, the following 4 practical tips can help you to find the appropriate machine for your specific purposes:

  1. Buy New: A new mini excavator may cost a little more than a used version, but it typically makes up for it with better features. New excavators have better maintenance options and come equipped with the latest hydraulic technology for the most power and reliable performance. They also have a better variety of attachments and purchasing options. Used excavators can have dubious histories and hidden damage from past construction projects. It is safer and ultimately more effective to choose a new model than to try to make do with a more limited, older version. Nowadays, there are many reliable quality new mini excavators made in China which also equipped with certificated engines and parts, the costs averagely starts from $4000.00 to $20,000.00 FOB China. Outside of China, costs can be ranged from $15,000.00 to $200,000.00 which depending on the brand, model, size, and type for a brand new machine, while between $12,000.00 and $100,000.00 a used one, saving you anywhere from 25% to 50%. But you can also plan on paying the extra cost - and more frequently - for maintenance (more on that in a minute). If you are unlucky and happen to buy a machine with many hidden problems, then an endless list of headaches will follow up.
2. Buy attachments that save time and eliminate additional machines: Modern mini excavators come with a wide selection of options, so you will want to suit your choices to the intended job. Will you be using your excavator primarily for demolition? Then a hydraulic hammer, earth auger, or similar tool may be necessary. Digging holes for landscaping or construction? Then you will need a bucket, but you have to pick the right size. Narrow, 12-inch buckets can dig deep channels, but the broad, 24-inch buckets can quickly create holes and spaces for building construction. For moving debris, shrubbery or even large rocks, a thumb attachment can prove invaluable for the safety and capability it provides. 

3. Consider your climate: Today's compact excavator lines have a variety of comfort levels, but your work climate is an important factor. If you have to work in the rain often, consider a model with weatherproofing options such as a fully enclosed operator's seat. If temperatures are uncomfortably high at your sites, consider climate-control options. Seating padding and material are less important but still worthwhile considerations as they impact the operator's productivity throughout a shift. 

4. Remember future maintenance: Excavators will get worn and dirty, and must be cleaned regularly, typically after each project, to ensure proper performance. Study the maintenance requirements of any new mini excavator you are considering: How often is maintenance recommended? How expensive is it going to be? How easy is it to reach key parts in the engine and pumps to make repairs? Costs include major items like tracks (which can run anywhere from $600 to $1,200) and little things like grease (you'll pay $3 per tube for the cheap stuff and $9 for high-grade quality). 
A final word of advice would be to closely examine the total cost of ownership. Given the care it takes to get the most out of a mini excavator, investing in a new machine may prove to be a far better investment in the long run if the excavator is intended to serve as a major component of your operation.

Last but not the least, if you want to buy a mini excavator to do a specific job and if you are not so familiar with or capable of checking hidden details of a used machine, better to buy a new one. Especially when the cost of NEW mini excavator from China is relatively more cost-competitive than buying a used one. The costs range from $4000.00 to $20,000.00 and they are equipped with certificated engines and parts for your country's emission.

- DIG-DOG is a family brand of BONOVO -
Its story dates back to the 1980s when it was a well-known brand for excavator attachments. With years of hard work and industry experience accumulation, DIG-DOG has become a respectable brand for small earthmoving machines. We believe that "A Dog is actually more competent at digging than a Cat.  Our mission is to make DIG-DOG a reliable brand of small diggers who work efficiently in your yard and our slogan is: "DIG-DOG, Dig Your Dream Land!" Our team is fully capable to supply you all kinds of mini excavator and its relevant attachments. Please kindly talk to our sales for quick quotation or contact [email protected] 

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