Frequently Asked Questions
Mini excavators are not something you buy regularly. Therefore, you may have some pressing questions which you need to be answered. Find below the frequently asked questions and their answers.
How Much Does a Groundhog Mini Excavator Cost to Buy?
Most Groundhog mini diggers are within the $9900-$24,900 price range.
How Long Do Groundhog Mini Excavators Last?
Typically, mini excavators’ lifespan is measured in service hours. The maximum a good Groundhog mini digger can work is 10000 hours, enough time to complete your current project. By this time, every major component except the engine has already gone through some major replacement or repair.
What Is the Cheapest Groundhog Mini Excavator?
The cheapest Groundhog mini excavator is the Groundhog KH14G which goes for $9,900. The 14 Horsepower machine packs a lot of power in a small compact frame for all your small projects. The zero tail swing design ensures that the model can fit in narrow urban settings such as alleys to get the work done.
- 14 HP American Briggs and Stratton engine
- Rear counterweight
- 8′ 3″ Max reach
- 2,100 lb operating weight
- Push blade
- 16″ bucket with teeth
- Hydraulic thumb
- One-year powertrain warranty
- LED boom light
- Auxiliary hydraulics
- Grease gun
Where Are Groundhog Mini Excavators Made?
Groundhog Equipment LLC is a family business that deals with the production of mini skid loaders, excavators, and road rollers. Most Groundhog equipment is manufactured and assembled in their Pennsylvania heavy equipment factory.
The company has a flawless track record of making quality pieces of equipment and being the go-to brand for heavy-duty machinery. They also make spare parts and various attachments which can be customized to suit your needs.
What Engine Is in a Groundhog Mini Excavator?
Most Groundhog mini excavators are either fitted with a Kubota V1505 or a Kubota D722 engine. The Kubota D722 engine weighs a mere 139 pounds and runs at 3600 rpm to produce 14.9 kW.
The Kubota V1505 engine is a bit heavier at 243 pounds and runs at 3000rpms, 600 fewer revolutions than the D722. However, it produces more power at 26.5kW.
Both engines are Tier 4 accredited, meaning they burn fuel efficiently to maximize power, thus reducing the carbon footprint. Additionally, the two are easy to maintain because they use water as a coolant—no need to buy special coolant liquids.
What Is the Smallest Groundhog Mini Excavator Made?
Groundhog KH14 is perhaps the smallest and the newest mini excavator Groundhog Equipment LLC has produced so far. The machine only weighs 139 pounds but produces enough power for all small-scale excavator operations. Whether digging a small trench or loading light trucks, the KH 14 is ideally suited for these functions.
What Is the Newest Groundhog Mini Excavator Model?
The Groundhog KH14 is the newest mini excavator from the Groundhog brand. The 14-horsepower mini digger is suitable for all your small-scale digging needs. It can also fit in the tightest of spaces helping your employees do their work in narrow urban spaces.
How Much Is a New Groundhog Mini Excavator?
The price of a new Groundhog mini excavator starts from as low as $16900, depending on several factors such as size, weight, engine power, and model.
What Factors Should I Consider When Buying a New Groundhog Mini Excavator?
With a wide range of equipment to choose from, you may get confused if this is your first time purchasing these machines. Here are a few guidelines to consider:
The mini diggers’ operating weight determines the jobs they can do and the amount of material they can lift. Therefore, it is important to look at the written specifications before purchasing. Machines with higher operating weights can handle rough, heavy-duty projects that their lighter counterparts cannot manage. The average operating weight of a mini digger should not exceed 12000 lbs or fall below 15000 pounds.
The bucket is the scoop-like structure at the end of the arm. The bucket size shows how much material you can displace with each scoop. Pay a lot of attention to the bucket size because different models have different capacities.
Bigger digging projects often need a larger bucket to save time. However, you can pick something with a small digging bucket if your project involves moving materials around. You can also check the attachment size depending on whether you want to scoop materials or dig to specific depths.
Mini excavators come with different digging attachments, some smaller or more prominent than others. You should consider the amount of digging you need to complete the projects. Some projects will need deeper digging. Ensure that the mini excavator model you choose can complete the task comfortably.
Get a model with a longer boom if you want to attain greater digging depth.
The arm’s length is another key factor when purchasing a mini excavator. The arm length determines the distance the mini digger can reach, which is vital when working in tight spaces.
Models with shorter arm lengths are especially suited for working in limited spaces.
Mini excavators move around with the help of either wheels or tracks. When buying a mini excavator, know that each has its pros and cons. For instance, tracks offer better traction and stability in rough conditions. However, tracks are difficult to maneuver in certain terrains.
On the other hand, wheels offer less traction and stability but are easily maneuverable.
As the name implies, mini diggers are small. However, the models differ in size and weight. Consider the size of your construction site before making a choice.
Choose a model that can easily pass tight spaces, such as doorways, when completing daily tasks.
Some mini diggers are more compact, while others are quite large. Choose a machine that matches your specific needs.
People first consider this when choosing heavy equipment without even looking at the specifications. Note that price is an important factor because it will determine the size of the model you will get and also the capabilities. Different brands have different price tags for their micro diggers, so you need to choose.
Cheap does not always mean good. Stick as close as you can to the budget you drew before when started shopping. Expensive micro diggers may have more features than cheaper ones. Further, don’t sacrifice quality for the price.
All heavy construction equipment needs regular maintenance to last their maximum lifespans. A properly functioning machine is crucial for utmost productivity and efficiency on the site. Like full-size excavators, the mini excavators also need regular upkeep.
Luckily for you, mini excavators have small sized fewer moving parts. Therefore, their maintenance routine is not as demanding as their larger counterparts. Regular maintenance ensures you achieve the given timeline due to a lack of glitches.
Safety is paramount at every construction site. It would help if you got a mini digger that offers enough safety features to guarantee the security of the operator and those around the machine. Mini diggers offer several safety features depending on the model and the price.
Safety features include rollover protection, emergency cut-off switches, and seat belts. Get a Groundhog model with safety features matching your needs.