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.
Daewoo Heavy Industries America Corp.
Case Construction Equipment
John Deere Construction & Forestry Co.
Thomas Equipment Ltd.
Yanmar Construction Equipment
Komatsu America Corp.
Kubota Tractor Corp.
Hyundai Construction Equipment
New Holland Construction
IHI/Compact Excavator Sales LLC
Volvo Construction Equipment
The Gradall Co.
LBX Co., LLC — Link-Belt Excavators
Liebherr Construction Equipment Co.
Terex Construction Americas
Mustang Mfg. Co. Inc.
Vermeer Mfg. Co.
Badger Equipment Co.
Coyote Loader Sales Inc.
Hitachi Construction And Mining Products