Used Excavators

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This guide highlights general features and specifications of an Excavator, a machine bidadoo recently sells on auction. We have excavators available from many of our locations across the country including:  Washington, California, Arizona, Texas, and South Carolina.


What is an excavator?

Excavators are a piece of heavy equipment consisting of a boom, dipper, bucket and cab on a rotating platform known as the “house”. The house sits on an undercarriage with tracks or wheels. Hydraulic fluid is used to create movement and functions with hydraulic cylinders and motors. 


What is an excavator typically used for?

Excavators are an extremely versatile piece of machinery that can be used for many functions such as; Digging of trenches, holes & foundations, material handling, brush cutting, forestry work, forestry mulching, construction, demolition with hydraulic claw, cutter and breaker attachments.

Additionally they provide utility for general grading/landscaping, mining, river dredging, driving piles, in conjunction with a pile driver, drilling shafts for footings and rock blasting, by use of an auger or hydraulic drill attachment & snow removal. 


What is a crawler?

Many large excavators run on wheels, crawlers run on large two endless tracks. Crawlers are often used in mining and heavy-duty construction jobs of larger scale.

2012 John Deere 290G LC Excavator

Pictured: 2012 John Deere 290G LC Excavator

What is a dragline?

The dragline excavator is a larger excavator that operates with a different process than typical excavators. This style utilizes a hoist rope system that attaches to a bucket via a coupler.

What is a suction?

Also known as vacuum excavators, these excavators feature a suction pipe capable of up to 400 horsepower. The excavator first releases a water jet to loosen the ground. The pipe, which contains sharp teeth at the edge, then creates a vacuum that carries away soil and debris up to 200 miles per hour.

2013 Ditch Witch FX60 Vacuum Trailer Excavator
Pictured: 2013 Ditch Witch FX60 Vacuum Trailer Excavator

What is a skid steer?

Unlike standard excavators, skid steers have booms and buckets that face away from a driver. This allows the attachments to reach over the cab instead of around it, making them useful in more narrow areas and maneuvering tricky turns.

What is a long reach excavator?

A long reach excavator features a lengthier arm and boom sections. The design allows for better operation in hard-to-reach locations

2010 Link-Belt 240x2 Long Front Hydraulic Excavator
Pictured: 2010 Link-Belt 240x2 Long Front Hydraulic Excavator


What is a mini excavator?

An increasingly popular style, the mini excavator is a smaller and lighter version of the standard excavator capable of minimizing ground damage and fitting through crowded, narrow sites like parking lots and indoor spaces.

 2014 Bobcat E50 Mini Excavator

 Pictured: 2014 Bobcat E50 Mini Excavator


What are Popular Excavator Models?

Some popular excavator models include:

Caterpillar 336F L, 323F L
Komatsu PC360LC-11, PC210LC-11
John Deere 210G LC, 85G


What are some General Features of an Excavator?

Excavators may include the following:

- Fully Enclosed Cab
- Auxiliary Hydraulic
- Suspension Seat
- Air Conditioning
- Work Modes
- AM/FM Radio


For more info on a specific excavator we have on auction, please contact us at or 206.442.9000.