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The world’s biggest and most amazing excavators

Whether you’re looking for inspiration for your next purchase or you just came here to marvel at some colossal sights, read on for our pick of some of the most unique and incredible excavators in the world.

Giant excavators, mini excavators, even excavators that walk. The construction equipment industry grinds with incredible vehicles that get the job done.

An excavator is an essential part of any fleet, and with the proper maintenance can last you a lifetime. There are many different types and sizes to choose from, depending on the style of work. Crawler excavators, demolition excavators, dragline excavators and mini excavators are just some of the varieties you’ll find on construction sites around the world, with the most popular excavator brands on Tradus being JCB, Caterpillar, Komatsu, Volvo and Hitachi. All of them are remarkable in their own way – whether for their sheer strength and lifting power or their ability to work in hard-to-reach sites – but some are absolutely awe-inspiring.

What is the biggest hydraulic excavator in the world?

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Bigger doesn’t always mean better, but it’s hard to argue with the sheer brawn of a mighty mining excavator. The monstrous Caterpillar 6090 FS is currently the biggest hydraulic excavator in the world, with a jaw-dropping operating weight of 1000 tonnes. This means, with its massive 52 m3 bucket, it can fill the largest dump trucks in just four passes. Other vehicles in the same category include the Bucyrus RH 400, Hitachi EX8000-6, Liebherr R9800 and the Komatsu PC7000-11, some of which also come in electric drive versions.

What is the smallest excavator?


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Mini excavators have in recent times become an indispensable part of any construction fleet. Neat and nimble, they really are tiny and can tackle an astonishing range of tasks, replacing many previously manual jobs with impressive efficiency. Mini excavators, also known as compact excavators, weigh around a tonne so they tread more lightly than their standard counterparts, minimizing damage to the ground and fitting between narrow sites and indoor spaces. Some can even drive through doorways! They typically provide tighter turns and greater agility by incorporating reduced or even zero tail-swing. Some of the most popular mini excavators in the market include the Takeuchi TB216H, Kubota U55-4, Bobcat E50 and Caterpillar 301.8 mini excavator – why not see which used mini excavators are available on Tradus right now?

What is the largest EVER excavator?


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That would be the mighty Bagger 293, a gargantuan bucket wheel excavator made by the German industrial company TAKRAF. Bucket wheel excavators rank amongst the largest land or sea vehicles EVER produced. These enormous mining monsters feature a large spinning wheel made up of supersized buckets which scoop material as the wheel turns, and they’re able to move earth in vast quantities – around 240,000 m³ in a single day. The Bagger 293 still holds the Guinness World Record for the largest and heaviest land-based vehicle ever constructed. Requiring a crew of five to operate, it cost 100 million USD to build, took five years to design and manufacture, and another five years to assemble.

What is the tallest excavator?


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Long-reach excavators have lengthy arm and boom sections, allowing them to work in tough, hard to reach places. Increasingly used in demolition projects in place of wrecking balls, high-reach excavators or demolition excavators from brands like Cat, JCB and Volvo can reach the upper stories of buildings in order to pull them down in a controlled fashion. Newer models include tilting cabs, on-board satellite equipment and heavy reinforcement to offer more protection from falling objects. One of the tallest high-reach excavators on the market is Volvo’s EC750E HR, which can reach up to 36 meters while carrying up to four tonnes.

What is the most unusual excavator?


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Ever seen an excavator that walks on all fours? Behold the walking excavator or, as it’s commonly known, the spider excavator. These versatile vehicles straight out of a sci-fi movie are the mountain goats of the heavy machinery world, able to traverse even the most challenging terrains. Steep slopes, bridges, mountainous landscapes, dense forest or even muddy water… the spider excavator can handle it all. Above the waist, it’s your typical construction excavator, complete with a bucket, boom and stick; and a rotating cab. But instead of tracks or wheels, spider excavators have LEGS. These can be fixed or telescopic, and come in a range of options for different uses.

Feeling inspired to shop for your next excavator? Whatever your budget and requirements, you can browse thousands of used excavators and parts on Tradus right now.

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