New and used mini excavators for sale, all ready to roll.
For pricing and availability on mini excavators, call 763-307-2800.
New and used mini excavators for sale, at competitive prices.
When you need an excavator that gets into tight spaces to move large volumes of material, Lano Equipment has a huge inventory of quality new and used mini excavators for sale from top brands like Kubota, Bobcat, Doosan, Sany, and many others. We represent the top brands and can always count on Lano Equipment for prices that will compete with any dealership, anywhere, anytime. Click the links below to see our inventory of Kubota, Sany, Bobcat, and Doosan mini excavators. Need a rental? We have everything from attachments to skid steers available for daily, weekly or monthly rates! We offer a wide variety of new, used and clearance machines at three convenient locations.
Mini excavator or compact excavator, what’s the difference?
For pricing and availability on excavators, call 763-307-2800.
Huge inventory of mini excavators of all sizes and prices ranges:
2022 Bobcat E42 Mini Excavator 229054$76,900.00
In stockUnit#: 229054Condition: Used
2022 Kubota KX057 Mini Excavator 220815$69,900.00
In stockUnit#: 220815Condition: Used
2022 Bobcat E35 Mini Excavator 215620$45,900.00
In stockUnit#: 215620Condition: Used
2021 Bobcat E50 Mini Excavator 206658$59,900.00
In stockUnit#: 206658Condition: Used
2015 Bobcat E35I Mini Excavator 230073$56,000.00
In stockUnit#: 230073Condition: Used
2022 Sany SY60 Mini Excavator 216219$62,900.00
In stockUnit#: 216219Condition: Used
2022 Kubota KX057-5 Mini Excavator 222795$75,900.00
In stockUnit#: 222795Condition: Used
2021 Kubota U48-5 Mini Excavator 203627$54,000.00
In stockUnit#: 203627Condition: Used
2013 Bobcat E60 Mini Excavator 34057$39,000.00
In stockUnit#: 34057Condition: Used
2023 Kubota U10-5 Mini ExcavatorCALL FOR PRICE
Coming SoonUnit#: KBN-U105Condition: New
Everything you need to know before you buy or rent an excavator.
What’s in a name? Mini or compact excavator?
It can be a little confusing, but some manufacturers like Bobcat and Kubota classify their products as compact excavators, which simply means that they can handle approximately up to six metric tons. But the same is true for mini excavators. Either way, it doesn't matter. But at Lano Equipment, we have begun classifying our excavators in this category as 'mini' excavators simply because the vast majority of consumers search the internet using those terms.
What’s the difference between a standard excavator, a mini excavator, or a compact excavator?
Whether you’re considering Bobcat, Kubota, Sany, or other brands, it’s good to understand that the mini excavator evolved in the early 1960s to help small contractors move lots of materials in tighter spaces. FYI, also called the ‘compact excavator’ by many brands, the most popular term according to Google is overwhelmingly ‘mini excavator’ by an almost 8:1 margin.
All that aside, here are the five main criteria that define the mini excavator, and why it is different from a standard excavator:
- Size – The mini excavator is smaller than the standard excavator (obviously), with varying lift capacities, and narrower widths that allow them to get into tighter spaces.
- Tail Swing – Mini excavators also have a reduced tail swing or even a zero tail swing, which makes it easier to make tight turns in small, narrow job sites, like parking lots, streets, housing sites, and many others.
- Narrower Undercarriage - helps mini excavator operators maneuver a narrower undercarriage through tight spaces, like doorways or gates.
- Lighter – A mini excavator weighs less than a standard excavator, which makes it easier to transport between sites.
- Fuel Savings – Being smaller, a mini excavator also consumes far less fuel.
Why choose a mini Excavator, and what are the best applications to use it?
What projects are ideal for excavators?
Mini excavators are typically not used on large excavation projects, like large road projects requiring hundreds of thousands of yards of material to be moved. But for smaller projects like parking lots, streets, housing sites, utility projects, and many others, they’re perfect. It's crucial to use a mini excavator whenever there's a possibility that a larger excavator may hit a wall or any obstacle. This can not only damage the obstacle but also the excavator itself. When renting or purchasing a mini excavator, here are a few things to keep in mind as you make a decision.
Is your Jobsite a flat, empty landscape, or an urban area with a lot of buildings and other obstacles? Terrain will also determine which type of machine and attachments you'll need to complete the job efficiently and safely.
What’s the lift capacity of a mini excavator?
- Machine size & lift capacity –The weight of the materials you'll be lifting will likely determine the excavator size you'll need. These are the basic size guidelines for most excavators.
- A mini (or compact) excavator typically handles up to six metric tons (or 13,227 pounds)
A mid-sized excavator handles 6-10 metric tons (or 22,046 pounds)
- Full size he standard (or full-size) excavator will lift up to 10 - 90 metric tons (or 22,046 - 198,416 pounds)
What are other reasons for choosing a mini excavator?
- Storage availability – If you're purchasing an excavator, you may need an indoor storage facility to house the excavator during frigid, stormy, or excessively rainy weather.
- Weight – You'll want to know the excavator's maximum operating weight. The last thing you want is an excavator that's too heavy, as this could damage your site.
- Bucket capacity, digging depth, and reach – Different buckets can handle different weights. You'll want to make sure the excavator you choose can handle the size of bucket your job requires. Your digging depth and length requirements will help determine excavator size and attachment type.
Should I buy or rent a mini excavator?
To purchase an excavator, you'll either need a sizeable amount of cash or decent credit. While a purchase requires a larger upfront cost, it could save you money over time, especially if you plan on using the machine frequently. Use this general rule of thumb: if you use the machine more than 65% of the year, a purchase makes sense. If you use it less than 65% (or less than eight months in a year), then you should rent. There are also possible tax advantages of buying as well as the potential return on investment, ask your accountant what makes sense for you.