The market for mini excavators is growing all the time: data from specialist forecasting and market research company Off-Highway Research shows that sales of this equipment type accounted for approximately 23% of the one million pieces of construction equipment sold around the globe in 2018.  This trend is expected to continue, with key markets such as China and India embracing this machine type in much the same way as many markets in Europe did in the 1990s and 2000s. And the need for the mini excavator’s mobility, agility and general utility will continue to grow, with uses in landscaping, excavating, demolishing, picking and placing and materials handling all adding to its range of construction activities. Where heavy construction equipment was formally under-utilised, or where tasks were labour-intensive, the mini excavator has stepped up. Furthermore, the machine’s increasingly impressive power output capacity and performance capabilities make it far more than a budget alternative to a large excavator – it has the unique potential to fulfil numerous niche roles. This, added to the ease of getting a mini excavator to and from sites – and around them – make it increasingly b...