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A Beginners Guide to Using a Mini Excavator

A mini excavator is one of the most versatile excavators, offering unbeatable power for its size. As one of the easiest construction machines to use, it is no surprise that a lot of people turn to the mini excavator when the opportunity presents itself. As you don’t need a license or a specific qualification to operate a mini excavator, anyone can hire and use one. To the less experienced, this could be quite a daunting task, which is why we have put together this beginner's guide to using a mini excavator.

How to Get the Most out of Your Mini Excavator

Before you hop into the mini excavator you have hired, it is a sensible idea to plan out how you’re going to use the machine. By mapping out what needs to be done before you fire up the engine, you can ensure that all tasks are completed with maximum efficiency and accuracy. Preplanning also alleviates any chance of you becoming boxed in and unable to move.

Checking ahead of time that you have the appropriate attachments for your mini excavator will save you time in the long run. As far as machine maintenance, if you are using an excavator that you haven’t used before, running it on a level surface before working is advised as this will highlight any imbalances.

All machines in the CA Plant Hire fleet are kept and maintained to the highest standard meaning you can always rest assured that the machine you are hiring from us is in its best possible condition.

How to use a Mini Excavator Safely

Of course, despite its smaller size, the mini excavator can still pose a significant risk to the operator's safety as well as those in the surrounding area. There are a few things you need to consider before every movement in a mini excavator.

First, safety is non-negotiable when operating heavy machinery. Before starting the engine, conduct a thorough pre-use inspection. During this circle check of a mini excavator, you must examine the tracks for wear or damage, check fluid levels, and ensure attachments are securely fastened.

Next is the standard for all machines, ensure that the operator has their seatbelt on, and the cab door is properly closed.

When it comes to rotating the excavator, if the arm is close to the cab and not extended to a certain degree, rotate with caution. This should be done in order to avoid hitting the tracks with the bucket, causing damage to the machine. It is also worth noting to take considerable notice of the area surrounding you when rotating. This should be done to prevent hitting any nearby objects or people. All our machines are fitted with mirrors, so be sure to take full advantage of them.

Find out more about Hiring a Mini Excavator with CA Plant Hire

If you’re considering hiring a mini excavator, make sure you do so through CA Plant Hire. We offer not only a wide range of mini excavators but also a variety of other plant machinery that might be just what you need for your next job. Get in touch to find out more about our machines today.
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