"The MHE industry is on a torrid pace of growth," Wilson agrees. "Rental and retail numbers are way up year over year. The machine provides good value, good resale and appropriate returns as a tool for concrete contractors."
"Most concrete contractors have skid steers already," Hendry says. "This is the next machine they will buy. These will save concrete contractors so much money and they don't call in sick."
Jean Feingold is a Gainesville, Fla.-based freelance writer who frequently covers concrete and other construction-related topics.
|Transporting a compact excavator|
Contractors should check their local Department of Motor Vehicle regulations to determine the truck and trailer combination required to transport the compact excavator securely. Some states may require the driver to have a commercial driver’s license, so contractors should check local licensing laws before operating any truck or trailer, notes Tom Connor, excavator product specialist at Bobcat Company.
Compact excavators weighing up to 10,000 lbs. can be taken to the jobsite using a pickup truck and a gooseneck trailer. “Small machines can be towed behind a standard 3/4-ton truck and therefore it can travel with the crew as opposed to separate machine delivery,” Wilson points out. “This translates to less downtime for the crew waiting for machines to arrive. In most areas this distinction allows the contractor to move machines without the need for a commercial driver’s license.”
Larger machines require a class 5, 6 or 7 truck and a tag trailer or gooseneck trailer 20 tons or less. Contractors will need sufficient trailer and truck capacity to haul a skid steer or compact track loader and the compact excavator and bucket at same time, Hendry notes.