What Are The Advantages Of Mini Diggers

When you undertake construction work, at some point you will need to consider the use of excavators or diggers. In many instances, hiring a mini digger will be the best option for convenience as well as cost.

Types of Excavators.

There are many variants of the excavator namely Micro, Mini, Midi and Standard. Some questions that people ask are: Why have so many variations of the same machine? What are the differences between these?

In this article, you’ll find the answers to these questions and clues for you to choose the right type of the excavator that’s best suited for your project.

Broadly, the distinction between these machines is weight. Whether you’re looking to buy or hire an excavator, a wrong choice can prove to be expensive as well as ineffective for your task. In the subsequent paragraphs, you’ll find the main characteristics and unique capabilities of the Mini Excavator.

Mini Excavator

Commonly known as Compact Excavators, these mini excavators have great manoeuvrability and the ability to reach close spaces to go with the typical power of an excavator.

It has gained immense popularity in the construction and demolition industry as it can work in constrained locations and can reach where its big brothers can’t reach. As per the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the excavators that are less than or equal to 6 metric tons in weight fall under this category.


The multipurpose and easy to use mini excavators are a great asset not just for undertaking your projects, but also for hiring out. They find many varying applications like concrete shifting, debris removal, utility trench making, light demolition, tree plantation, renovations and repairs etc.

The Origin.

Even though the mini diggers can be seen undertaking many different tasks at various construction or demolition sites, they’re comparatively a new entrant in the market.

Developed in 1968 by Yanmar to reduce the use of human labour and increase the efficacy of work in smaller tasks, it was an instant hit. Yanmar YNB300 was the first machine in this class and its success saw the launch of Takeuchi in 1971. The mini diggers initially gained popularity in the hiring business in the 1990s, before the contractors started procuring them for their projects.

The Machine.

It’s similar to the other excavators in its components. It has an undercarriage, better known as a chassis, which may be wheeled or tracked, a control cabin for the operator and a boom with attachment.

The boom and the attachment are hydraulically operated and the latest versions of the mini excavators have a retractable undercarriage. This gives it the capability to move easily through contracted spaces.


The maximum weight for a machine to fall in this category is 6 tons, which is one of its biggest advantages. The lightweight of the equipment allows it to operate even on sensitive terrains without damaging the ground.

The light weight coupled with a smaller size makes it easy to transport from one side to the other. This is a big plus as it hugely reduces the transportation costs and hence the delivery charges as compared to the bigger machines. This leads to a substantial cut in the overall project cost.