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An excavator is a very important piece of equipment when it comes to construction. Another name for an excavator is digger. The parts of the excavator are the boom, dipper, and bucket. There are several different sizes of excavators, and they can weigh upwards of 18,000 pounds. By coming in different sizes, it allows there to be the right equipment for larger commercial type projects, and smaller home type projects as well. One of the more popular brands of excavator is Caterpillar.

Key Takeaways:

  • Also called diggers, excavators are used for projects ranging from landscaping to skyscrapers.
  • Excavators come in various types (the crawler is the most common) and with various attachments (augers, hammers, etc.).
  • Major manufacturers of excavators include Caterpillar, Volvo, John Deere and Komatsu.

“Excavators are available with either tracks or wheels depending on the manufacturer and what the nature of a project is.”

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