How much does an Excavator Weigh?

January 29, 2022

If you keep up with the latest in new construction equipment, you may know that Kubota recently announced two new excavators that will hit the markets within the next year. These excavators are designed to do heavy lifting inside and outside.

But how much does an excavator weigh? Now that is an excellent question! The simplest way to answer would be to say that it depends on the machine and what you need it for. After all, excavators come in all sorts of sizes! Here are some different types of excavators and their average weight.

  • Mini Excavators: 2 to 2.5 tons
  • Compact Excavators: 4 to 15 tons
  • Medium Excavators: 25 to 30 tons
  • Large Excavators: 39 to 57 tons

Remember that these are just average weights. Different brands may design their excavators to be bigger or smaller than this.

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Why do I need to know how much an excavator weighs?

Now, you may be wondering why it’s important to know an excavator’s weight in the first place.

Well, knowing the excavator’s weight will help you determine its load capacity. Exceeding this load capacity puts the machine at risk of tipping over, which can damage the machine and cause serious death or injury to you the operator.

An excavator’s weight will also determine the kinds of projects it can be used for. For example, a mini excavator would be ideal for digging up your backyard for a landscaping project, but not for heavy projects like constructing or demolishing a building.

Furthermore, an excavator that is too big for a worksite will not be able to operate at peak capacity because it doesn’t have enough room. Likewise, an excavator that is too small will not keep up with the work that is needed.  

There is a lot to unpack when you consider an excavator’s weight; what it can do and how much it can handle are only a couple. Before diving in to an excavating project, be sure to do your research so you can pick out the best excavator for the job.

Most importantly, take time to be properly trained! The Hard Hat Training Series has online training courses on several types of excavators to help ensure your safety on the jobsite, so be sure to check them out!

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Good luck and stay safe!