Excavators for Sale (774)

As the most popular construction plant machine, you will always find all type of used excavators for sale on these pages. This means that a mini-digger will be shown alongside a huge tracked excavator. To help in your search you can filter using a specific sub-category.

Looking for a wheeled excavator? No problem, simply filter on the wheeled excavator category and that’s all you’ll see. Looking for a smaller excavator in the sub eight tonne bracket – then filter using ‘mini-excavators’.

After some buying advice? Read our report at the bottom of the page.

Used Excavator for SaleTypical Used Excavator for Sale - here a Caterpillar 320CL Tracked Excavator
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Tracked Excavators
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Excavators
Make
Doosan
Model
DX63-3
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- Operating Weight 6,250 ' 6,370 kg - - Engine Power 36.2 kW/ 48.5 hp - - The introduction of the new'DX63-3'with conventional tail swing model provides customers with product that meet their daily demands ' high performing, reliable and cost effective machines that operate with minimum impact on...
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Tracked Excavators
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Excavators
Make
Hitachi
Model
ZX225US LC
Location
10
2018 Hitachi ZX225USRLC-6 Excavators for Sale
- Auto / hydraulic quick coupler - Hammer hydr. function - Air conditioning - Additional hydraulics - Rotating beacon - Joystick control - Steel tracks - Standard digging bucket - Hammer protection circuit -Machine is in very good condition -Everything runs and operates as it should -40%...
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Mini Excavators
Main Category
Excavators
Make
JCB
Model
15 C-1
Location
10
2018 JCB 15C-1 Mini Excavators For Auction: Leeds – 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th June 2022 @ 8.00am
2018 JCB 15C-1 Rubber Tracks, Blade, Offset, QH, Piped (696 Hours) - JCB015C1EJ2709922
For Auction at Roall Lane, Kellington, Nr. Goole. DN14 0NY on 2022-06-16
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Tracked Excavators
Main Category
Excavators
Make
Hitachi
Model
EX165
Location
TYPE: Excavators- ?- OTHER FEATURES- YEAR: 2002- HOURS: 8000- ENGINE: ISUZU- SERIAL NUMBER: 155ML0745- ?
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Tracked Excavators
Main Category
Excavators
Make
Volvo
Model
EC220EL
Location
CLEAN 1 OWNER DIGGER
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Tracked Excavators
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Excavators
Make
Kobelco
Location
10
2018 Kobelco SK135SR-5 10 Ton+ Excavators For Auction: Dromore – 24th & 25th June 2022 @ 9.00am
2018 Kobelco SK135SR-5 700mm Pads, CV, Reverse Camera, A/C - YY08-33079
For Auction at 72-74 Omagh Road, Dromore. Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland on 2022-06-24
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Tracked Excavators
Main Category
Excavators
Make
Hitachi
Model
ZX490
Location
10
2018 Hitachi ZX490LCH-6 Excavators for Sale
-Auto / hydraulic quick coupler - Hammer hydr. function - Air conditioning - Ad blue - Joystick control - Skid rails - Steel tracks - Standard digging bucket -Choice of 2 ! -Oil Quick Quick Hitch -Comes With One Bucket -Machine is in very good condition -Transport can be arranged
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Tracked Excavators
Main Category
Excavators
Make
Hitachi
Model
ZX130 LCN-5B
Location
10
2014 Hitachi ZX130LCN-5B 10 Ton+ Excavators For Auction: Dromore – 24th & 25th June 2022 @ 9.00am
2014 Hitachi ZX130LCN-5B 700mm Pads, VG, CV, QH, Piped, Reverse Camera, A/C - HCMDAD51A00091739
For Auction at 72-74 Omagh Road, Dromore. Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland on 2022-06-24
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Buying a Used Excavator

Is Bigger Better?

The choice of excavator size is almost mind-boggling, but it is important to get the right size for the job in hand.  Sometimes this may involve compromises.  If a machine is always on the move between jobs, then it needs to be easy to transport by the methods you have available.  Broadly speaking, if the excavator is too large for the truck or trailer that you were hoping to use, then it might not be best for you, even if it is perfect for the digging job in hand.

This is a particularly important consideration when looking at mini excavators that you are hoping to tow behind a car or van. The issue applies equally to a large tracked excavator that requires specialist road transport with the increased associated costs.

Tracked or Wheeled Excavator?

This depends on the type of work to be carried out and the surfaces that the excavator will be spending most of it s time on.

Operating a tracked excavator on a tarmac surface, for example, will win over no friends at all. This means that a lot of road repairs and the final stages of road building will be carried out with a wheeled excavator.  Similarly a lot of waste processing roles require the use of a wheeled excavator to move around site safely and with pace.

If the site surface permits the use of a tracked excavator then they are by far and away the best option thanks to their increased digging stability. A tracked excavator can simply move to a spot and then dig, whereas a wheel loader would need to deploy their rear dozer blade as a minimum, or use it in combination with front outriggers – or use four outriggers all round.

So, stability and resulting efficiency makes the tracked excavator the choice every time – this is why they hugely outnumber the wheeled variety on Plantpages.

What is a Zero Swing Excavator?

All excavators can rotate 360 degrees when working. Consider the shape of the tracks or chassis and they are longer than they are wide.  This means that, on a conventional excavator, the rear part of the excavator body (the heavy part where the weights are) will protrude from the side of the tracks when at 90 degrees to the tracks.  This is fine on a large, open building site, but, if operating in narrower spaces, it means that the operator would have to consider the safety of the rear of the machine when moving the digging arm left to right.

A zero swing machine will not protrude from the width of the tracks, making it a safer alternative and easier to operate from the driver’s perspective.  Most zero swing excavators will have a ‘Z’ somewhere in their model number.

Will a Standard Arm Do?

All excavators ship with a standard length arm when sold to optimise lifting ability and breakout force, but you may have an duty cycle that requires a little more dig depth.  You should look for an excavator that has been equipped with a long arm option.

Often combined with some additional counterweights, .you can do more with the excavator without having to keep repositioning

Checking the Condition When Buying a Used Excavator

Make sure that you carry out a thorough machine inspection before parting with your hard-earned money. Start off with a simple walk around the machine. Check for any cracks, welds and rust. Start the machine and listen for any unusual noises from the engine and check for smoke on start up and under load. A visual check of the engine is also helpful.  One that is covered in mud and dirt may not have received the best in terms of preventative maintenance!

Check the quality of all hydraulic joints and hoses – do any look wet?

Get in the cab and test every button and lever – if you don’t know what it is supposed to do then ask. If the seller doesn’t know either you should ask yourself why?

What about the attachments? Does the machine come with more than one bucket, for example?

What about the paperwork? Check for any service history to verify the hours shown.

Are the serial numbers in place and correct? You need to make sure the machine is a genuine item.

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New 8 tonne E88 Excavator Extends Bobcat R2-Series Range

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Most Popular Makes of Excavators

CASE Excavators (48)

Case started selling excavators as Sumitomo started supplying them to the company in 1992 which developed into a global alliance in 1998 with the CX range of Case excavators launched in 2001.

2013 saw the CX-C midi and full-sized crawler excavators launched with the D-Series hitting the market in Tier 4 final guise in 2015.

The mini excavators in the current range were launched in 2016 as the C-Series - the model numbering starts with the 'CX' as with all other Case excavators.

2018 saw Stage V production for the midi range (CX85D, CX 90D and CX350and above)

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Caterpillar Excavators (51)

There are always plenty of Caterpillar excavators for sale at PlantPages, as the company is always in the top five producers of excavators for the UK market.

Unlike a number of excavator manufacturers, Cat make a full range from the smallest mini-digger to the largest tracked excavators - with wheeled excavators available in addition.

Buyers of excavators will have a size of machine in mind, so you can filter Caterpillar mini-excavators under 8 tonnes or view all tracked excavators by using the filters to narrow the wide choice below.

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Doosan Excavators (74)

A popular manufacturer of excavators, Doosan make both mini-excavators and larger, tracked excavators for the UK market.

The heavier Doosan Excavators are more popular than the mini diggers in the UK - note that the company also owns the Bobcat brand that also markets mini excavators for the UK market.

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Hitachi Excavators (91)

Hitachi excavators are such good sellers in the UK that they can often outnumber JCB in terms of used excavators for sale in the UK market.

The company has sold their range of mini excavators in the 1 tonne to 8.5 tonne sectors since 2002, but it is in the heavier, tracked excavator segment that Hitachi are the most successful. Their broad range of tracked excavators start at 13 tonnes and go right up to an operating weight of an amazing 360 tonnes.

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JCB Excavators (128)

JCB Excavators are the most popular brand in the UK. this means that you will always see plenty coming up for sale and for auction here at PlantPages.

To make your search easier, you can filter this main, JCB excavator category further to only look at JCB mini-excavators or JCB tracked excavators for sale, for example.

JCB has recently invested tens of millions of pounds in manufacturing technology and new product development. This investment has led to the launch of brand new models including the 67C-1, 85Z-1, 86C-1 and 100C-1 models which compete in the six, eight and 10 metric ton... Read More Info & View JCB Excavators for sale...>

Kobelco Excavators (35)

Japanese manufacturer Kobelco has been making excavators for around a century. Their expertise means that Kobelco excavators large and small are well received in the UK's used excavator market. That's why there's always a great choice of Kobelco excavators for sale at PlantPages.

Both the mini excavator and the larger, tracked excavators made by Kobelco are popular - but it is the category above 8 tonnes operating weight that seems to sell best.

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Komatsu Excavators (55)

Komatsu make the full range of excavators for sale in the UK. This includes tracked excavators which are made right here in the UK in County Durham plus mini excavators and wheeled excavators.

As a full range manufacturer with a strong UK manufacturing bases it comes as no surprise that Komatsu excavators of all types are popular in the UK's used plant machinery market.

The tracked excavator range - including the mini diggers all have model numbers starting with 'PC' - the 'C' standing for 'Crawler', whilst the wheeled excavators are 'PW'.

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Kubota Excavators (64)

Kubota are one of the most popular manufacturers of mini-excavators for sale in the UK market.

The  Japanese manufacturer's range of excavators extends to eight tonne models, which fall into the PlantPages category for 'tracked excavators'.

So, if you are looking for the heaviest of the Kubota mini-diggers, then head over to this sub category. Othewise, browse the Kubotoa Mini-Excavators category. Read More Info & View Kubota Excavators for sale...>

Volvo Excavators (31)

Volvo have been making excavators since 1991.  Their range of larger tracked excavators for sale is more popular here in the UK than their range of mini-excavators.

As a result, there are typically more heavier tracked Volvo excavators for sale here at Plantpages than the lighter Volvo mini-excavators.

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