Types of Heavy Equipment Used in Construction

Heavy equipment plays an essential role in construction projects, whether that means excavating old roads or building new ones. With such massive vehicles helping contractors complete jobs on schedule and within their budget.

Heavy equipment like forklifts under $25k at Boom & Bucket is necessary for construction projects, yet its misuse can be hazardous. Workers should receive proper training in its use to reduce risk of injuries.


Cranes are used to lift heavy materials for use in building projects or other structures. Their pulley system helps reduce their workload based on the principle that energy equals force multiplied by distance.

Cranes come in many varieties, each designed for specific uses. From small jib cranes used in workshops to tower cranes used to assist with building tall buildings, plus ship deck cranes used for loading and unloading cargo from ships when docks are unavailable, there are cranes designed specifically to fulfill a range of purposes.

Truck cranes are similar to rough terrain cranes, but can travel on public roads using heavy-duty suspension and power train. This makes them more versatile for larger projects requiring increased lifting capacity. You may transport these vehicles using special trailers or disassemble them into sections so as to fit on smaller trucks for transporting.


Trenchers are used to dig earthen depressions known as trenches, which serve to protect pipelines, sewer and drainage systems, power or phone lines and other equipment from weather-related threats and misfortune.

Landscapers use trenchers to quickly dig paths for sprinkler piping, while electricians utilize this piece of equipment to dig the necessary length of trench for wiring from a power pole to homes. Utilizing trenchers saves your organization both work hours and labor costs by eliminating manual digging of long pathways by hand – saving them both precious work hours.

Trenchers come in various sizes and types, ranging from walk-behind models that require the operator to push, to ride-on trenchers which can be driven. Some trenchers can even be attached to skid steers or compact track loaders (CTL) making them the ideal solution for projects taking place in difficult terrain while simultaneously minimizing how much dirt needs to be moved on the job site.

Feller Bunchers

Feller bunchers are special pieces of heavy equipment used in logging. Their name comes from their dual purpose of felling trees down and grouping them together; hence the name. Feller bunchers may either be tracked or wheeled and come equipped with various kinds of felling heads depending on tree type and size.

These machines feature excellent traction for climbing steep terrain. In addition, they’re great for clearing and thinning trees; as harvesters do not provide as much control over how the trees are cut down, more residual stand damage may result.

Wagner Used Equipment offers both tracked and wheeled feller bunchers. Tracked machines are better suited to rough environments as they place less pressure on the ground and can navigate more easily through difficult conditions. Cat 800M- and 900M-Series track feller bunchers feature spacious operator stations designed by loggers for improved productivity and ergonomics, along with their innovative Rapid Cycle System that combines automated head arm cycle controls with simple boom controls to reduce operator fatigue and effort.

Track Loaders

Compact track loaders perform many of the same functions as skid steers; however, they excel at taking on more demanding jobs such as digging, bulldozing and material handling on slopes. Furthermore, these loaders work well in dirt, sand or snow conditions.

Tracked machines’ even distribution of weight means they cause less damage to soft surfaces than wheeled loaders would, saving both time and money on worksite repairs. Furthermore, their compact form makes them easier to maneuver on tight job sites than their counterparts while still carrying large loads at once.

Manitou offers seven models of small to large framed compact track loaders (CTLs) suitable for radial lift and vertical-lift operations, with capacities ranging from 1,049 lbs on the smaller end to 3,201 lbs on the larger end – perfect for any job! They include features like cab enclosures, air conditioning/heating/suspension seats to ensure operator comfort during extended work sessions.