How To Operate An Excavator

How To Operate An Excavator

It should go without saying that something as serious as an excavator isn;t to be taken lightly. Here’s how you should approach operating one.

Image: Bill Jacobus

This infographic walks you through the basics of excavator operation, should you find yourself with a need to dig particularly large holes. As always, it’s a good idea to also do a little research before you start, in case you’re about to dig through power cables or water conduits.

How to operate an excavator [Capshire]


  • If the Power Rangers took the time to learn this skill, they’d be able to better defend themselves against those towering beasts.

  • This will depend on the control pattern of the machine, there are two standards, ISO and SAE – many excavators have a switch to change the controls to the pattern you prefer.

    • I was working on the revamp of the Main Southern Line back in 2007 (?) at Galong, and one of the small excavator operators couldn’t drive ‘his’ excavator – I wonder if the “switch” had been switched or if he preferred/knew the other style of operation. I thought he was drunk at the time, but maybe there was a better explanation?

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