Whether it's a simple home garden or a major outdoor construction project you're tackling, you need to hire the right earthmoving equipment. Not all pieces of earthmoving equipment are the same, and you may be asked some questions about what you need and its use when you're ready to hire. Knowing the terminology used in the industry can help you to better understand your choices and ensure you get the right piece for your project. Note a few of those terms and phrases here.
1. Mini loader
Loaders or diggers come in a wide variety of sizes, and you may not realize that some are so small that you actually walk behind them as they dig. A mini loader can be good for an everyday garden trench or for when you need to move larger piles of earth that are too heavy to move manually with a wheelbarrow but not so heavy that you need an actual backhoe. They can even be used for moving heavier pieces of equipment, bags of grain, and the like.
2. Skid steer loader
A skid steer loader is often called a backhoe, and it's probably one of the smallest pieces that you actually get in and operate from the cab. It's good for home projects, as its small size allows you to fit through spaces like those between your house and your fence to get to areas that may be inaccessible to larger equipment, but note its load limits. While a skid steer loader is good for cleaning up after a project, you may not be able to lift heavy chunks of concrete or large loads of rocky soil.
Note that the term "skid" refers to the treads on a loader, versus a wheeled loader, which has actual tires. A skid may be safer for your lawn as it disperses the weight of the equipment so it's less likely to leave those long, unsightly trenches in your yard that you would otherwise have left behind by tires.
The basic difference between an excavator and a skid steer loader is that an excavator will have a crane arm that reaches around obstacles or that can reach a longer distance as needed. If you need to dig into a pond or water feature, the longer arm allows you to keep the excavator safely on the edge of the water body while reaching into it with the crane arm. It's good to know this differences, as you may assume the term "excavator" refers to any type of digging equipment, whereas it actually means this longer crane arm that might be too large and cumbersome for many home projects.
For more information about your options of earthmoving equipment, contact a local rental company like Eastern Plant Hire.