Internet forums and reviews discuss each machine with the owner’s preference. Having a broad topic, most people only share what they have experienced with the machine. There is no definite limitation on which manner these excavators were graded. For example, some people claim that Doosan has a great reputation in UK but they use BOBCAT for mini tasks. However, there are factors considered in ranking these machines. With so many machines being designed by manufacturers from all over the world, the likes of CAT, VOLVO, Hitachi, Doosan and Deere are considered for the review.
The aspects considered for comparison are as follows:
- the machine cost;
- running cost;
- back up parts availability;
- finance availability;
- residual value;
- reliability; and
CAT Inc. has been serving the construction industry since a century ago in Stockton, California, USA. In 2011, its sales and revenues were up to $60.138 billion making the company the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, and engines. Caterpillars are considered as great machines, the company has a wide range of models starting with their minis of 13-65hp to large hydraulic excavators with 291-523hp net flywheel. Operator comfort is ascertained with a world-class cab, and ACERT engines for improved performance and lift capabilities.
However, these machines are rather expensive compared with the others. Cat excavators’ price range start from $100,000 for small machines to more than $850,000 for demolition models. The price depends on features such as size and weight and others. Nevertheless, dealers offer financing options for anyone intending to have one.
Started as a car manufacturer, the Volvo Group originated in 1927 in Gothenburg, Sweden. 2010 revenues for the company reached SEK 264.75 billion. This brand takes same respects of qualities as the CAT’s and also cost as much. Excavator models are designated as compact, wheeled and crawlers basing the differentiation on weight. With the numerous dealers of this brand, it would be easy for one to take parts or ask for service. An operator could also reach the dealer online via Volvo construction equipment website.
Hitachi Construction Machinery was established in 1970 from Hitachi, Ltd. to produce the first mechanical excavator of Japan. Currently, it has 58 companies comprising the HCM Group. Excavator lineup is categorized into six depending on size – mini, medium, large, wheeled, and on barge. A top quality excavator, which is not as much expensive as CAT or Volvo.
Claimed to have 150 dealers all over the world to provide customer equipment at a maximum performance level but drawbacks result from dealer backup and parts supply.
Doosan was a product of Seoul, South Korea in 1896. In 2010, Doosan Group’s revenue was $21.3 billion and was ranked 4th among the “World’s Best 40 Companies 2009”. Excavators are classified according to the base – crawler or wheeled. Machine is viewed as a basic solid performer like New Holland’s with the right price. Although in UK, Doosan’s larger excavator types and wheel loaders have a good reputation over the minis.
The downside is unavailability of spare parts and resale price is low.
Deere & Company was known by its brand name John Deere, a heavy equipment manufacturer founded in 1837 in Moline, Illinois, US. Revenue as of 2010 is $26.005 billion. Excavator models are classified as compact, construction-class, and production-class. Some states only have Deere machineries with CAT and Hitachi. The company also offers extended warranties for the machines to relieve worries from unpredictable machine-repair costs.