What Size Excavator Do I Need To Rent to Dig A Basement?

Undergoing home improvements or renovations can be a mammoth task, so you must plan adequately to ensure you get the job done right the first time. You don’t want to have to go back over it again.

You could be making home improvements for a variety of reasons; perhaps you’re looking to expand your living space, or maybe you’re looking for a way to add value. Whatever your plans are, they usually start from the bottom up. If you’re putting in a new living room, conservatory, or garden room, you’ll need to ensure you have sound foundations to keep your building work looking great for years to come.

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Getting Started On Home Improvements

Your foundations need to be solid. If you’re looking to add a basement room, you need to ensure that the hole you dig to add in cement foundations is large enough to support the rooms above. To ensure a solid base to limit subsidence, a bigger hole is always better.

Selecting The Correct Excavator For The Job

Generally, for large-scale projects, a large excavator is best for the job. If you want to achieve the biggest hole in the shortest amount of time, it makes sense that a larger excavator would be the right choice. Smaller excavators are typically used for projects such as pools and ponds and wouldn’t work for digging down deeper to set house foundations.

The Benefits Of Large Excavators

Hiring a small excavator might be tempting due to the lower cost. However, if you have a large-scale project, like building a basement, you may come to regret selecting the smaller version. Yes, hiring a larger excavator will undoubtedly cost a little more money, but it’ll save you a lot in the long run.

·        Productivity

A large excavator can dig out more soil and has a stronger attachment for removing tough clay and stone that may be buried beneath the surface. The more waste material you can remove in one go, the faster your job will be done.

·        Depth

A large excavator will have a long arm. This means that you’ll be able to get the depth that you need. Adding a basement, or solid foundations for an extension to your house means that you’ll have to dig down deeper than a small excavator can reach.

·        Arm Configuration

The way that the arm is attached to a larger excavator allows for greater maneuverability. The reach is further, so the vehicle doesn’t need to be as close to the edge of the hole, maintaining the integrity of your home’s structure and the arm can be twisted and turned to dump waste materials more easily at a further distance.

·        Attachments

Unlike smaller excavators, a larger excavator meant for large-scale projects usually comes with multiple arm attachments for varied types of work. Your normal digger attachment is the one most used to remove waste material. However, you can also get claw attachments to remove heavy objects from the bottom of the hole – large rocks or old pipes, for example. You may also be able to hire a drill tool attachment, which is incredibly useful if you’re removing an old foundation and replacing it as it can drill through the old concrete.

Undergoing home renovations can seem like a mountain to climb, so to limit the mess, stress and to save you time, it’s important to ensure you hire the right tools for the job. For further information on Digger rentals and hiring please contact Hi-Gear at 01162 543999 to discover the best excavator for your project or fill out our contact form today.