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Best Prices on Excavators for Sale in South Africa

Excavators are inherently known for their usefulness when heavy amounts of soil must be moved on a job site. Excavators are some of the most popular earthmoving vehicles across industries in South Africa that feature key components such as a bucket, arm, rotating cab, and movable tracks.

With these components, the excavator can offer superior digging power as well as mobility, allowing it to perform a wide range of functions from digging trenches, breaking holes to lift waste away, excavating mines, and many more.

Excavators can be used in different contractor and industrial needs spread across mining, road construction, building construction, and demolition, to only name a few. There are also different types of excavators, with smaller machines that can handle digging as well as drilling operations while larger machines are used for heavy-duty projects.

When renting or purchasing an excavator, it is important to consider the size, speed, working conditions, the amount of space available on the project and the soil types that the excavator will work with.

We offer a wide range of excavators for sale in South Africa. Get in touch with our team to enquire about excavator prices.

Some of the most common types of excavators are:

  • Crawler Excavators
  • Dragline Excavators
  • Suction Excavators
  • Skid Steer Excavators
  • Long-reach excavators

Uses for Excavators


Excavators are inherently known for their extreme usefulness in different earthmoving operations. The excavators signature bucket attachments have edges that resemble teeth, enabling the machine to both dig and scoop earth simultaneously.

Earthmoving applications for excavators include the following:

  • Digging of trenches, which have several uses in construction, utilities, and several other industries in South Africa. Operators can dig trenches with excavators to accomplish several functions including setting foundations, installation of wires and pipes, or creating an ideal area where seeds can be planted.
  • Landscape Grading, which involves an excavator operator levelling or sculping the ground to prepare the area for a specific project. When used in construction, this grading process can create a level area where a piece of architecture can be built. When using grading in landscaping, it can be done to control water from an area, or to create space for pathways, plants, and many other elements.

Material Handling

Excavator operators can attach a clamp attachment to the excavator, transforming it into a powerful tool for material handling applications. With this attachment, the excavator can pick up material that would not ordinarily fit into a bucket. To further its usefulness in material handling, some excavators even have elevated cabs and heavy counterweights that ensure better visibility and stability.


When a breaker attachment is added to the excavator, the machine can perform a wide range of demolition tasks. The breaker offers hundreds of pounds of impact energy that can easily break into concrete, stone, and a wide range of other tough materials.

Excavators that are used in demolition work are typically geared to offer improved stability and a wide range of safety features to ensure that the job site is safer.


Excavators can be used in forestry to create access routes, move branches, cut, and sheer, and many other functions. Excavators have different attachments such as shears, mulchers, and others to effectively manage trees and greenery.

Removal of Debris

Excavators have additional attachments such as buckets and clamps that allow the machine to pick up debris across different removal applications. Several sizes and different types of excavators allow for the right combination of both power and manoeuvrability during debris removal jobs.

Underground Excavation

Excavators are used in underground excavation, also known as tunnelling by creating underground passageways by digging. Operators can use a combination of buckets and augur attachments for the best results. Augers can drill deep into the ground using hydraulic circuits, with compact excavators perfectly suited to these operations because of the limited space underground.

Amphibious and Underwater Operations

There are special types of excavators that can be used in water, featuring long attachment arms, roller chains, and others, making it easier for these excavators to be used in these environments.

Excavator Work Tool Attachments

Standard excavators are extremely versatile on their own, but with the right work tools and attachments, these capabilities can be stretched even further. The best excavators are those that support a wide range of work tools, with some of the following tools typically offered to excavators:

  • Buckets are standard excavator attachments that come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, with different functions. There are slim buckets that have teeth for digging and trenching while others are wide and smooth, ideal for scooping and lifting materials.
  • Thumbs can increase the bucket capacity of the excavator and extend the material handling capabilities.
  • Augers have a hydraulic spiral blade that allows the excavator to dig holes quickly and efficiently.
  • Hammers can be used to break up pavement or any other hard surface.
  • Rippers can be used to tear through tough materials.
  • Couplers allow the user to switch between work tools quickly without needing an entire team.

Excavator Sizes

Mini and Small

These excavators weigh less than several metric tonnes and are also known as compact excavators. Mini and small excavators can be used in confined spaces, and they are used for landscaping, digging, and many other applications.

These excavators have zero or near-zero tail swings, they can easily be transported, and they use a lot less fuel than larger excavators.


These excavators can weigh between seven and 45 metric tonnes, and they are the typical size for use in construction projects. These excavators offer the significant hauling capacity to handle a wide range of tough jobs.

Many hydraulic standard excavators can support a wide range of work tools, allowing contractors to customise their excavator to suit their needs and objectives.


These excavators weigh more than 45 metric tonnes, and they are perfect for heavy-duty jobs. These excavators provide significant amounts of power for major projects and large-scale demolition.

Excavators for Sale in South Africa

Africa Power Equipment is a trusted and reputable supplier of a wide range of different excavators for sale in South Africa at affordable and competitive prices.

Africa Power Equipment offers a wide range of excavators that range from Mini, Small, Medium, and Large excavators from Caterpillar, a leader in the manufacturing of different earthmoving equipment that is distributed across the globe.

There is a choice between different innovative models to choose from, each tailor-made to suit different use applications across different industries in South Africa.

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