After packing on years of experience as a contractor, it becomes even clearer that the success of a project ultimately depends on three factors: 

  1. The skill of the professionals bringing it to life
  2. The degree of planning before the project commences (and associated level of care and attention to detail)
  3. The dependability, efficiency, and durability of the equipment involved in every step of the project

While the first two components of the project bear their respective levels of significance, the last factor actually bears a much larger impact than one may expect. In fact, part of the capability of your firm to satisfy the needs, wants, and requirements of every client that put their trust in you significantly lie in a handful of equipment that you use in each project. And the most prominent of these essential tools is the excavator. 

But, this brings about a question that you will have in mind at one point or another: “How do I best judge the durability of an excavator?”

What to consider when assessing the durability of your excavator

We’ve all heard of the horror stories before: back jobs, project delays, disgruntled clients, and courtroom settlements all being caused by excavators that suddenly malfunctioned and left workers stranded or handicapped. Although you’ve probably dedicated much of your training (and those of your workers) to improving in certain aspects such as controlling, digging, and lifting, the chances are that you aren’t well-versed in keeping it all durable.

However, what if we told you that you wouldn’t ever have to worry about setting your firm up for more trouble by accidentally purchasing a shoddy piece of equipment without some trial and error? Well, this is definitely possible as long as you watch out for these key factors and keep them in mind as you judge the overall durability of an excavator before purchasing it: 

The upper and lower frame 

At Heavy Duty Direct, the one thing we like to teach any customer about purchasing a durable excavator is to look at two things before all else: the upper and lower frame.

Generally, the average excavator will be put through its paces as it goes through rough terrain and challenging working conditions—most of which tend to target both parts of its frame. If you want to ensure that the type of machinery you’re working with is built to last, then it’s best to ensure that it’s well-equipped with various pieces of protection, like: 

  • Reinforced upper and lower frame materials 
  • Protective belly guards (which are responsible for protecting the hydraulic swivel and driveline hoses of an excavator)
  • One-piece deck plate
  • Reinforced idler frames

The boom and arm

When it comes to usage, no set of parts of an excavator takes a bigger beating than the boom and arm.

As you use the tool in question to handle dozens of tasks over many hours from the start to the finish of a project, the boom and arm that you use to move things around is guaranteed to take the brunt of the abuse that it gets. Fortunately, you can ensure that these parts are ready to withstand the hecticness of construction work by ensuring that they’re protected with thicker steel and covered by a warranty!

The electrical harness

One of the main reasons excavators end up failing during the most inconvenient times during a project lies in the risk of having their electrical areas exposed to water. This is why many end up having to buy new ones. If you want to avoid such a problem affecting your piece of equipment, then it’s important that you ask for a sort of waterproofing add-on that will help keep things nice and dry where it matters most!


As you find yourself depending more on the excavator to help ensure that the construction projects under your care go smoothly, it’s important that you also keep your tool as durable as possible. Through the key considerations mentioned above, you’ll be able to protect your valuable equipment and secure it from many points of vulnerability!

If you’re looking for durable excavators and used international machinery in British Columbia for your construction site’s needs, look no further because Heavy Duty Direct has an array of tools that you can rely on. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our services and listings!