How to Choose the Right Digger for Your Project

Undertaking a new project can be a daunting task. There are so many options for different kinds of machinery that all serve a similar yet distinctly different purpose; it can be difficult to know which one to choose to ensure you select the most suitable one for the task at hand.

Diggers are a common sight on construction sites. If you’re looking for a digger to help complete your project, you will need to know which size to pick. With the options of micro, mini and midi diggers available to hire, how do you make sure you choose the right digger for your project? It all depends on what your project is. Here’s a look at the different types of diggers and the kinds of construction jobs that they are the most suited for.


Types of Diggers

Micro, mini and midi diggers are all the same kind of machine but categorised by weight. There are some key differences between the different types and the kinds of construction projects which they are most suited to.

Micro Diggers

Micro diggers are highly reliable; their compact short rear end design allows efficient operation even in confined spaces. They have a hydraulically adjustable track gauge, meaning a 1ft micro excavator can reduce their track width to 760mm to fit through most doorways.

This compact size means that a micro digger can access inside of buildings where a large digger would never be able to fit. If your project needs indoor building work, a micro digger is the digger of choice. Due to their small size, micro diggers are also quiet due to their smaller engines, making them ideal for residential areas.

Micro diggers are also very easy to learn how to operate, with intuitive and straightforward controls. But their functionality is not restricted due to their smaller size, and they still offer the same 360° swing and has a range of attachments available. So, for small scale projects or interior building jobs, a micro digger is a great choice.

1.5ft Mini Diggers

Mini diggers are a popular choice in the construction industry due to their ability to work and manoeuvre in tight spaces that a larger machine could not reach. These machines can efficiently utilise concrete removal, tree planting, light demolition and renovation.

A 1.5ft mini digger is a powerful digger but light enough to work on sensitive terrain, causing less damage than its larger counterparts. Being compact and versatile, the hydraulic adjustable gauge enables you access around constricted sites. This digger is useful for landscaping, building and civil engineering projects.

These diggers are also known as Compact Excavators. Being smaller than other types of similar equipment, they are generally used for small-to-medium-sized projects. Not just used for digging, they are also used for demolition purposes too.

3ft Mini Diggers

3ft mini diggers provide high levels of productivity. The short tail swing on this appliance makes this machine ideal for working in confined spaces, and the hydraulic of the boom makes it possible to work alongside a wall, so you are not too restricted in your movement.

The bucket forces and digging depth on this machinery are amongst the best on the market for improved productivity. While being in the driver’s seat, the user-friendly fingertip controls enable the most delicate work to be done quickly and precisely.

Mini diggers can be used for the following projects:

  • Digging holes
  • Creating trenches
  • Demolishing sheds or smaller structures
  • Repairing sewer lines
  • Flattening landscape
  • Removing stumps
  • Digging garden ponds
  • Ploughing snow
  • Digging irrigation ditches

3.5t Mini Digger

Midi Diggers

Midi diggers are a larger kind of digger that are popular across construction sites. Their size allows them to have a more versatile range of options including cabs, canopies, zero tail swing, auxiliary hydraulics and rubber tracks. Midi diggers are an amalgamation of the full-sized models and mini excavators, able to provide the digging and lifting capabilities of the larger models, but still compact enough to provide easy site access and transportation.

The midi diggers have a very compact zero tail swing. The forces and digging depth are again the best on the market for improved productivity, while the long track length provides exceptional stability. On this machinery, the hydraulic offset of the beat makes it possible to work alongside a wall, and it also has the fingertip controls, same as the mini digger.

These can be used for bigger projects; with excellent serviceability and long-lasting hours, a midi digger is an excellent choice for your project.

5t/6t Midi Digger
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