You will see both wheeled and tracked excavators around, there are some advantages and disadvantages between them, and the wheeled ones are more flexible. You might lose some depth when you dig as the wheels gives added height to the excavator, so the boom is higher above the ground, however the stabilizers that the wheeled excavators have give the added stability to the machine so that you actually have more power for lifting and digging power.
The main advantage of the wheeled excavators is in that they are more flexible when it comes to moving around. Both the better ability to maneuver as well as the higher speed, can speed up job projects when you have a wheeled excavator. Wheeled excavators don’t need to be transported between jobs if the distances are not that great, as you can drive them on normal roads. Not having to use a trailer to transport the excavator between jobs can save you costs and time.
With a wheeled excavator you also have the flexibility to change tires depending on the working surface or area. This will definitely give you an extra degree of freedom and ability to always have the best grip. There are a lot of different excavator tires to choose from. Check the technical tire manual to assess which earthmoving tires are the best for your excavator.
Excavators are mainly used in earthmoving and road maintenance jobs, so you tend to see them all over the place. Combining the best equipment with the best tires, tend to save you money in the long run in terms of running and maintenance costs and your productivity should increase. When you have a wheeled excavator it is important to check the tires at the end of each workday, to see that the tires are ok and that they are free from any cuts or cracks. You always want to detect problems at an early stage, preferably during the scheduled maintenance. Having unscheduled downtime due to equipment or tire failure can be vey costly and dangerous. The tires have very high pressures and accidents can happen if you don’t follow the safety guidelines. Breakdowns always cause delays and can jeopardize your timelines to get the job done. If you have a lot of breakdowns, you need to schedule more maintenance opportunities.