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Land Characteristics That Determine the Type of Residential Excavation Equipment to Use

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Excavation is arguably one of the most crucial parts of any landscaping project. Not only does the landscaping team have to reach the desired depth, but the crew must also choose the right equipment for the job. Any wrong decisions here can lead to sub-standard results that do not meet your requirements. To make the right decision concerning the choice of excavation equipment, a landscaping service provider must first examine your property. This article looks at how different ground conditions determine the selection of landscaping equipment.

Muddy/Soft vs. Dry/Stable Ground

If you live in an area that mostly consists of clay soil, then landscapers will likely encounter soft unstable ground during excavation. Therefore, the landscapers cannot use any excavator. For instance, a wheeled excavator will not maneuver well on such ground since the weight of the equipment is localized on the wheels. Consequently, the excavator will sink into the muddy ground, thereby restricting movement. A tracked excavator is the most appropriate equipment for a landscaping project on loose soil or muddy terrain. The tracks assist in the equal distribution of weight, thereby ensuring that the machine stays on the ground. 

Rocky Ground

It is usual for landscapers to come across rocks when excavating residential properties. Since small stones do not pose a threat to excavators, models with bare underbellies can do the job comfortably. However, if there are large boulders on and underneath the ground, then an excavator with an unprotected underside will not suffice. The reason is that large rocks will get caught on the bottom as the excavator moves. The rocks expose an excavator to damage since the underside of the equipment houses critical wiring. A landscaping service provider will, therefore, use an excavator that has an armoured underside to protect any vital components on the machine's underside. 

Confined vs. Spacious Ground

The size of your property plays an integral role in the type of excavator that a landscaping excavation service chooses. For a large and spacious property, a landscaping company will choose big excavators to ensure that operations are kept within schedule. Moreover, the ample space can readily accommodate large-sized excavators. On the other hand, if you are landscaping a small piece of property, then the landscaper will turn to smaller devices. This allows both easy access and maneuvering within confined spaces. Besides, a small excavator can get as close as possible to a house foundation without causing damage.