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Material handling excavators are purpose-built machines for specific applications. These material handlers are built on an excavator base, and come in wheeled or crawler versions. The machines usually have heavy-duty components designed for harsh conditions, and weigh more than typical excavators due to the use of more steel and counterweights. The excavator turntables, which allow the upper structure to rotate, are usually heavier than normal excavators.
Heavy-duty hydraulics allow the machines to lift more than their excavator siblings. Additional filtration of both fluids and air keep the debris associated with these applications out of the machines componentry and operator’s station. Tracked undercarriage and tires are designed for rough terrain and harsh conditions. Steel tracks are usually higher and wider than standard excavators, and solid tires are common.
Cabs differ from typical excavator cabs in that they feature hydraulic elevation and tilt, providing visibility for operators as they manipulate the materials they are moving. Additional safety features include sound suppression, tempered glass, barred windows, overhead visibility, and installed cameras that monitor surrounding areas.
Markets using material handling excavators include scrap, recycling, waste management, forestry, and others. Attachments available for material handlers include grapples, magnets, clamshell buckets, and others.
When determining how to specify a material handling excavator, the primary factor is application. Users of material handling excavators need to consider the size and weight of the load, how far it has to be moved, both horizontally (reach) and vertically (height). Environmental factors must also be considered.