Blade positioning is essential when operating your mini excavator

30 March 2022

When it comes to operating mini excavators, it’s important to be aware of how to get the most out of your machine and how to operate it as safely as possible.

Basic safety tips include wearing the correct protective gear, fastening your seatbelt, surveying the site before operating, maintaining three points of contact when exiting and entering the machine and using the safety interlock and your cameras once operating. 

In this blog, we want to highlight a particular safety tip… did you know that proper blade positioning is essential to operating your mini excavator as safely as possible? 

With a mini excavator of more than eight-tonnes, you’ll generally want to keep the blade in front. However, with smaller mini excavators, particularly those weighing less than three-tonne, positioning the blade in the back can provide much-needed stability and balance.

With smaller excavators, if you try to dig with the blade positioned in the front, the cab may tip backward as the bucket digs into the soil. In this case, it’s best to move the blade to the back of the mini excavator. It can grip the earth to provide stability and prevent the cab from tipping as you dig.

This is clearly demonstrated in the below video from 2015, featuring an older Cat machine and as explained by Caterpillar Engineer Greg Worley.

As always, check your machine’s safety manual or contact our team on 0800 93 39 39 or through our website if you have any questions or concerns.