Compact (Mini) Excavator Buyer's Guide

How to Buy a Compact (Mini) Excavator

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Ultimate Guide for First-Time Buyers

We offer many Bobcat® excavator models to provide the best possible match for your job. The size, machine weight, reach, dig depth and attachment capabilities all factor in. Your machine is out there, and Bobcat can guide you through all the considerations.

Introduction to Compact (Mini) Excavators

A compact (mini) excavator is a versatile and powerful piece of construction equipment designed to perform a variety of tasks in confined spaces. With numerous benefits and a myriad of models to choose from, compact excavators can be a great choice for your operation – but it’s crucial that you select the right compact excavator for your specific needs. 

This guide offers detailed insights into compact excavators, including their advantages, applications, features and factors to consider when purchasing. We'll even cover some manufacturers and models to help you choose the right compact excavator for your specific needs and budget. It’s an in-depth exploration of the world of compact excavators, preparing you to make a well-informed investment in your next piece of construction equipment. 

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What Are Compact Excavators & Their Uses E60 Excavator Rips Down a Dilapidated Building

What Are Compact Excavators & Their Uses

Learn the basics about compact excavators, including their advantages and uses across various industries.

Exploring Excavator Sizes and Specifications E32 and E35 Compact Excavators Parked on a Sandy Jobsite

Exploring Excavator Sizes and Specifications

Understand the different compact excavator sizes, available models, and specifications to narrow down your search for the right machine.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Compact Excavator A Bobcat E20 Compact Excavator Maneuvers Between a Fence and Aluminum Bleachers While Digging Dirt 

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Compact Excavator

From size to digging depth and lift capacity, get a good understanding of what to look for when you want to buy the best excavator.

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Features and Optional Upgrades of Compact Excavators

Certain features are must-haves for some jobs, and the right upgrades are key indicators for the capabilities of your compact excavator. Dive into the features and upgrades that deliver stand-out performance and improved results.

Attachments of Compact Excavators E48 Platinum Uses Nitrogen Breaker to Demolish Concrete on an Urban Jobsite 

Attachments of Compact Excavators

An excavator should be able to do more than just dig. Look into the attachment possibilities and features that can make you more efficient when using them.

Service and Maintenance of Compact Excavators Operator Checks the Air Filter on a Bobcat E55 Compact Excavator

Service and Maintenance of Compact Excavators

Proper maintenance is essential for protecting your compact excavator’s performance. Look through the typical maintenance requirements and explore how certain features can make it easier.

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How to Choose the Right Compact Excavator Size

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How to Choose the Right Compact Excavator Arm

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Section 179 Tax Deduction for Compact Equipment

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Timesaving Forestry Attachments for Your Next Project

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Product Q&A: Bobcat Machine IQ Wireless Communications

5 Ways Bobcat Equipment Can Increase Your Productivity Operator Digs A Hole With A Bobcat E35 Mini Excavator And The Depth Check System

5 Ways Bobcat Equipment Can Increase Your Productivity

R2-Series: The Mini Excavator That Will Revolutionize Your Work Operator Digs With Bucket Attachment On Bobcat R2 Series Mini Excavator

R2-Series: The Mini Excavator That Will Revolutionize Your Work

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Bobcat E35 vs. Cat 303.5E2-CR Mini Excavator

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Bobcat E50 vs. John Deere 50G Mini Excavator

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5 Benefits of a Large Excavator Rental

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The Future Is Bright: Electric Compact Equipment

Bobcat E42 vs. Kubota KX040-4 Mini Excavator Bobcat E42 Mini Excavator Tail Swing Compared to Kubota KX040-4

Bobcat E42 vs. Kubota KX040-4 Mini Excavator

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