What Is the Average Excavator Lifespan and How Do I Extend It?

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What Is the Average Excavator Lifespan and How Do I Extend It?


When it comes to purchasing an excavator – whether it be a brand new one or a used excavator – you definitely want to be aware of how long they last and how much bang you get for your buck. In this blog we’re going to go over what the average lifespan is and how you can ensure you get your money’s worth out of your excavator.


On average, an excavator can last between 7,000 and 10,000 hours, providing it has been looked after, not damaged and has had plenty of maintenance. This is just a ballpark, and of course the lifetime hours may differ from brand to brand.


If you’re looking at buying a used excavator, it’s recommended that you check the existing hours on it to make sure you’re definitely getting plenty of time with it before it inevitably breaks down. If the excavator has done around 2000 hours already, that’s still around 5000-7000 of use time. It ultimately depends on what you are looking for.


If you already own an excavator, and are looking to extend its life expectancy, we recommend doing a few of the following steps to ensure you are getting the most out of your excavator.


Regular Inspections

Always give the excavator an inspection. Walk around it and really look at each part and any nooks and crannies for 5-10 minutes each day before and after use. This way, you’ll know your machine like the back of your hand and if something does look amiss, you’ll be able to identify it immediately and seek the necessary repair or professional guidance. If you do find something is damaged, it’s important to get it fixed immediately, as leaving something damaged whilst still using it for an extended period of time can make the problem worse. Keep an eye on leaks, chips, areas in need of greasing and the track pad.


Regular Maintenance


Getting regular maintenance is a no-brainer, you get to have your machine looked at by a professional who can give your machine all the attention it needs to stay in top shape. This is also an added bonus for a safer working environment, as heavy machinery that is maintained often is less likely to break down or cause hazards.




Cleanliness is important and not just for aesthetic purposes. Ensure the windows of the cab are cleaned often to avoid any loss of vision to the driver as this could potentially result in collisions or more importantly, injury to the driver. You also want to be cleaning any unnecessary rubbish and clutter from the cab.


Additionally, cleaning the excavators’ tracks is an important daily task you should be doing. When mud dries, it can eventually clog up and wear down the undercarriage and tracks. This is a huge deal as you do not want any roller damage, so spend some time at the end of the day or before using the machine to clear out any rocks and muddy clumps that have gotten themselves into the undercarriage. The tracks will also need to have their tension checked, but this will most likely be covered during maintenance.


Powering Up


When it does come to operating a machine, it’s important to know how much power to put into tasks. There’s really no need to be going full power for every job, so pick and choose your battles. Using more power than you need will burn through fuel quicker and wear away at the machine. Save yourself some money whilst saving your machine!


Fill Up The Tank


Our final tip is to ensure you always fill up your machine’s tank after work so that there is a low risk of water getting into it through condensation or rainfall.


From here, you now have all the necessary information required to ensure your excavator has the best chance of hitting the higher end of hours it will last. In a nutshell, the more you maintain and clean your machine, the more hours you are likely to get out of it.


For more information on excavators and their lifespan, you are welcome to contact us with any questions you may have. Our team is always willing to help with any queries you may have and will even make recommendations on new and used excavators if you are in the market for one.