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Your Guide to Buying a Compact Excavator

Your Guide to Buying a Compact Excavator

When searching for a versatile machine for your construction site to clear debris, dig trenches, and break solid materials into more manageable slabs, look no further than an excavator. Thankfully, there are compact excavators for working in narrow workspaces and around obstacles, and you want to invest in one of these models for your small or medium-sized project.


Keep reading this guide to learn more about the strategies to buy the perfect compact excavator, and for more information, contact Gateway Dealer Network.

Consider the Right Size and Weight

Although compact excavators are smaller than standard-sized models, they come in various sizes and weights. Make sure you pick a machine you can maneuver in narrow workspaces and around obstacles.
You also want to consider the weight of the heaviest material you will be moving with your equipment before making any payments.

Ideal Engine Power

Essentially, the engine power matches the size of the excavator—the larger your machine, the more power it will offer. You want to buy a compact excavator, so it will be good to try striking a balance between the size of your equipment and its power.

We often recommend that our customers select a compact excavator that allows them to do their job without paying for more power than they will ever use.

Your Guide to Buying a Compact Excavator

Essentially, the engine power matches the size of the excavator—the larger your machine, the more power it will offer. You want to buy a compact excavator, so it will be good to try striking a balance between the size of your equipment and its power.

We often recommend that our customers select a compact excavator that allows them to do their job without paying for more power than they will ever use.

Finally, get a bucket that can handle the largest and heaviest materials you intend your compact excavator to transport. This way, your equipment can tackle payloads without compromising safety or efficiency.

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If the standard bucket on your compact excavator is too small, get another one that fits your needs. But make sure that your machine is compatible with the size you want to buy.


We hope you find this excavator buying guide handy! If you need more advice or want to explore a few models in person before finalizing your decision, visit Gateway Dealer Network. We are in Columbia, MO, and we proudly serve our patrons from California and Nevada—so swing by today.

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