If you need a heavy-duty piece of equipment that can handle multiple different tasks, you've come to the right place. Excavators can dig, scoop, load, move, demolish, and haul materials of all types and sizes. These machines consist of a boom, dipper, and bucket. Tracked machines sit on a rotating base. Excavators are versatile and useful across nearly every industry and application — including construction sites, mining, urban worksites, demolition projects, quarry and aggregate sites, waste centers, landscaping, and small-scale forestry projects — thanks to their ability to pair with various attachments to complete a range of tasks.
Some popular attachments for excavators include:
- Post drivers
- Concrete breakers
- Brush cutters
- Grading buckets
- Log splitters
- Tree shears
At Thompson Tractor Company, we have several types of Cat® excavators for sale, including hydraulic, mini-hydraulic, wheeled, and straight boom machines.
Hydraulic and Mini-Hydraulic Excavators
A hydraulic excavator refers to a broad category of excavating machines that use the power generated by hydraulic fluid to move a boom and stick to complete different tasks, depending on the attachment at the end. Mini-hydraulic excavators can perform the same functions as a standard hydraulic machine but on a smaller scale. They have less power than a standard-size machine, but their lightweight and compact frame make them faster and easier to operate with little to no swing movement. They can also fit in smaller spaces, including indoors, and can handle narrow and sharp turns around a jobsite. Mini-excavators can be either diesel or electrically powered.
Wheeled excavators operate exactly like tracked excavators, except there are wheels at the base instead of tracks. Compared to tracked machines, wheeled excavators are usually a better fit for jobs that require repetitive trips to complete tasks because they move faster, letting you save time and accomplish what you need to quickly.
Wheels also allow you to drive to and around the worksite when necessary. These conveniences make wheeled excavators a popular choice for urban development projects, flat or large construction sites, and building demolition.
Straight Boom Excavators
If your project has hard-to-reach areas, a straight boom excavator has an extended boom that can help you get the job done. You can use a straight boom machine for low-level demolition, sorting, at excavation sites, and for jobs requiring plenty of safe distance between the operating cab and the bucket or attachment.
With specific Cat straight boom excavators, you also get additional safety features like:
- Impact-resistant windshields
- A travel direction indicator
- A ground-level shutoff switch
- Rearview, sideview, or 360-degree cameras
- Anti-skid plates to prevent slipping on the service platform
Find Cat Excavators for Sale at Thompson Tractor
As a full-service provider and dealer of Cat equipment, Thompson Tractor has an extensive selection of straight boom, wheeled, hydraulic, and mini-hydraulic excavators for sale across Alabama and Florida. Contact a Thompson Tractor representative to learn more about which excavator is best for your project, or request a quote for your new equipment today.