2004 Excavator Specs

Excavators have long been the mainstay of many construction fleets, and the numbers are increasing. U.S. consumption of hydraulic excavators is expected to reach nearly 30,000 units this year (up over 15% from 2003), with more than half of those units consisting of compact models (under 20 tons). There are also 29 primary excavator suppliers in the market today — making a careful comparison of operating capabilities even more critical.

But spec'ing an excavator goes beyond comparing numbers. Many other factors can impact excavator performance, with one of the biggest being maintenance. Proper preventive maintenance is essential to keeping these machines in peak operating condition. However, maintenance that is difficult to perform often doesn't get done.

We've asked excavator suppliers to provide a description of features specifically designed to reduce maintenance requirements and/or make service easier to perform. You'll find many of their responses included with the spec listings.

Caterpillar Inc.

Bobcat Co.

Brokk Inc.

Daewoo Heavy Industries America Corp.

Case Construction Equipment

Gehl Co.

Takeuchi Mfg.

Kobelco Construction

John Deere Construction & Forestry Co.

Thomas Equipment Ltd.

Yanmar Construction Equipment

Komatsu America Corp.

Kubota Tractor Corp.

Hyundai Construction Equipment

New Holland Construction

Terex Construction

IHI/Compact Excavator Sales LLC

Volvo Construction Equipment

The Gradall Co.

JCB Inc.

LBX Co., LLC — Link-Belt Excavators

Liebherr Construction Equipment Co.

Terex Construction Americas

Mustang Mfg. Co. Inc.

Vermeer Mfg. Co.

Ditch Witch

Badger Equipment Co.

Coyote Loader Sales Inc.

Hitachi Construction And Mining Products