When you have an excavator that is in some way or another broken or damaged, not only can it be incredibly harmful for your project, as it will almost certainly set you back in your timeline goals, but it will also be dangerous for those who are working either with the machine or who are on the site.

For the most part, excavators are the most commonly used machines on any construction project. They are able to do all sorts of things, and can even be customised to suit your specific project needs. Excavators are well-known for their tough and sturdy nature, since they often take quite a beating on the construction grounds. But just because these machines are made to withstand a lot, doesn’t mean that they can’t be damaged.

When machinery is damaged, it can take a while to get repaired, which can be a problem if you are an excavator owner or if you have hired a machine from a company that only has a limited number of machines available.

At Fast Pulse Plant Hire in Nelspruit, we have a range of great machines available for hire and our list of construction equipment includes a variety of excavators. Should you wish to hire one of our machines or if you need some advice about the machines we have available you can contact us. But in this blog, we are going to help you understand more about the most common causes of excavator damage, so you know what to look out for.

  1. Bad attachments

One of the greatest things about working with an excavator is that there is the possibility to add various attachments to it to customise the excavator in such a way that it will work perfectly for what you need. But if the attachments are not correctly put in place, they can cause damage to the excavator. Attachments need to be added in a certain way, and if you are unsure of yourself, you should always contact an expert.

  1. Tipping

When an excavator is used on an incline or slope, especially if the slope is really steep, it can cause the excavator to slip and then tip over. As you can imagine, if the excavator were to take a tumble, it would without a doubt cause an incredible amount of damage to the machine, not to mention it will also endanger the operator.

  1. Knocking into things

Power lines and branches can be a real concern for the excavator operator. Driving into either of these things can cause a huge amount of damage to the machine, as it is usually the arm of the machine that will end up taking the hit. There is also the concern of the machine digging into lines and other underground infrastructure and being damaged.

The best way to avoid damage is to take extra care and to always keep a look out for possibly damaging situations.