Different Excavator Tail Swing Options

excavator tail swingUsing the right machine increases productivity, cuts down on hazards, and reduces downtime. This is precisely why you need to know which type of breaker and hoe pack is right for the job. You should also know which excavator tail swing configuration is best when renting an excavator.

Excavators Have Different Tail Swings

Excavators generally have three different tail swing configurations: zero tail swing, reduced tail swing, and conventional tail swing.

Zero and Reduced Tail Swing Advantage

Zero and reduced tail swing excavators are designed for operating in tight spaces. Zero tail swing means the excavator's housing doesn't extend beyond the vehicle's tracks when rotating. With reduced tail swing, the housing extends beyond by just a few inches.

This makes the unit easier to maneuver and minimizes the chances of colliding with buildings and other obstructions. These tail swing types are especially useful for working in a single lane closure. Being able to work in a single lane means keeping more lanes open for commuters.

Conventional Tail Swing Advantage

Conventional tail swing excavators require more room to work due to the housing's rear extending out a lot more. The extension, however, provides a greater counterweight, thus allowing more arm breakout force and bucket lifting capacity.

Which Is Best for Your Job?

Contractors must carefully evaluate the jobsite and determine whether maneuverability or lifting power takes precedence. Depending on the scope of the project, you may require both zero/reduced and conventional tail swing excavators on site. Our knowledgeable staff can determine which style is best for your particular project.

We Supply Excavators of all Tail Swing Configurations

Learn about us and our agency serving Puget Sound contractors. Be sure to also look up our directions and operating hours. Active Excavator Rentals provides different excavator tail swing configurations for tackling even the most imposing trenchwork.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

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