All about the Kobelco Sk17sr Mini Excavator

17 March 2022

A mini excavator - often referred to as a mini digger, is a cutting edge piece of equipment designed for convenient site excavations on a smaller scale. Created for ease of use. These machines provide superior comfort and power on sites with limited space.

How does a mini digger work?

Mini excavators make many construction projects safer and more efficient. Their small, compact size allows for quick movement into awkward areas. Most mini diggers consist of a single cab, driven on tracks or wheels, just like a regular-sized excavator. On the business end of the mini digger is the bucket, which is mechanised via the diggers arm and controlled by the operator. Most diggers can rotate a full 360 degrees.

Can I operate a mini digger myself?

Absolutely. They’re simple to get to grips with, and they don’t require any sort of license to operate.
That’s not to say we don’t advise in-depth training before using one - it’s still heavy machinery and as a result, can cause serious damage or injury if not used properly. If you’re ever in doubt, you can always hire an experienced operator to assist you with your project. Ask us about our wet hire options.

We also have short instructional video’s on our Youtube channel that you may find useful.

What are mini excavators used for?
Most mini diggers are used for light demolition, stop removal, construction projects, material handling or landscaping.
Because of these capabilities, they’re often used for smaller projects in construction and landscaping.

Below is a list of projects that you may use a mini digger for;

Digging trenches or holes in the ground Demolition of small-scale work (sheds and other small structures)
Repairing sewer lines Flattening land for landscaping
Removing large tree stumps Digging irrigation ditches
Installing pools and hot tubs Demoing of small buildings
Home Renos General digging projects

As you can see – it’s not just the ability to dig that has people looking to hire a mini digger; it’s also the strength of the machine. For things that are too bulky and awkward to move (or remove) by hand, the ability for a mini excavator to move it around with ease is also appealing.

So not only does it mean these machines are ideal to speed up your project, but they also make it safer too - saving you many hours of back-breaking work.

Attachments for a Mini Excavator

Attachments for mini excavators include an auger, grapple or breaker and many more. All of these attachments - and more - are available for Hire. 

A more complete list of mini ex attachment include:

Wide Variety of Buckets

Auger Drive & Bits

Block Grab
5 Finger Grab

Sieve Shaker bucket

Potential Hazards & Safety Measures

When operating any kind of heavy machinery there’s always potential risk involved. It is important to always be careful, and if in doubt, hire an operator.

Like a standard-sized excavator, the safety protocols are similar. 

They include;
Wearing a seatbelt
Cleaning & adjusting mirrors prior to use
Survey the job site before you dig
Wear the proper PPE - see our blog post about what we recommend when operating any plant hire.
Avoid sudden movements
Drive on flat surfaces where possible
Avoid rough and uneven terrain

Familiarising yourself with the specifications of the mini digger will assist with avoiding any potential hazards. 

Our website provides all the information on max weight and lifting restrictions. If at any point during your project it doesn’t feel safe to operate, stop and give us a call.


How can I hire a mini ex?
Simply visit our website or give us a call - our booking process is easy!

How long can I hire a mini ex for?
Mini excavators can be hired daily, weekly or monthly.

How much does it cost to rent one?

Our pricing varies depending on how long you want it for, and what attachments you need. We also offer discounted rates when hired for 5 days or more, as well as special weekend rates.

Do you deliver?
Yes, we deliver straight to you if you are unable to collect. Our delivery charges are based on your location and are charged as a ‘one-way’ fee.

I want to collect, what do I need?
If you would like to collect, we can supply you with a trailer free of charge, just make sure your vehicle meets the towing capacity required. To transport our 1.7 tonne mini, the minimum towing capability required is a 2.3 tonne.

Looking for attachments or plant hire? Sweeney Hire have you covered!

At Sweeney Hire, we supply a range of plant hire, excavation services and attachment hire to help assist your next tight access excavation or hardscaping project across South Perth. We never waiver from providing quality equipment and services that you can rely on, which is why our equipment is serviced every 250 working hours. Get in touch or fill out our online form to discuss your next project. 
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