When Smaller is Smarter: Compact Equipment Handling Big Jobs

by Visitor RoyBrookhart ‎06-18-2013 01:53 PM - edited ‎06-19-2013 05:22 PM

For many jobs, it is not a question of if you’ll use small machines, but more likely when do they fit into the plan. I’ve seen countless situations in which a compact machine was better suited for a job than heavy duty equipment. Size requirements, weight limitations and maneuverability needs make compact machines the ideal choice to help tackle jobs of all sizes. In addition, compact machines are designed to accommodate a wide variety of work tool attachments making them more versatile. Today’s post is focused on how compact machinery can help complete big jobs.


Benefits of Compact Equipment

In addition to reduced weight, increased maneuverability and smaller size, compact machines also perform with ample power relative to their size. This means small machines pack enough power to handle those big jobs. This characteristic allows compact machines to complete tasks in a variety of applications including those typically accomplished by heavy duty equipment like construction, renovation, road resurfacing and building projects.


CATBC41316blogimage.jpgSometimes, small equipment is better suited for large-scale jobs. For instance, compact machines are better at construction and renovation tasks when working inside of buildings or on bridge and parking decks because they’re designed to work in confined areas and weigh less. During road resurfacing projects, compact machines like skid steer loaders with cold planers, remove materials that larger profilers can’t reach. Applications like landscaping rely heavily on compact machines because of the small size and reduced disturbance from tires or tracks, which directly impact the look of the landscape.


Additionally, smaller machines are used for more detailed work where larger machines are focused on one predetermined set of functions. For example, when building a golf course, large machines do the major dirt work while smaller machines are used to shape the landscape, construct cart paths and install the irrigation system. With a large assortment of work tool attachments, compact machines can be easily transformed to handle several specific jobs on any given project. Not only does this create improved machine utility, but it also dramatically increases machine versatility across the board.


Other advantages of compact equipment:

  • Easier to transport
  • Easy to rent
  • Light enough to fit into small spaces like elevators or ships
  • Easy to work in confined spaces  around obstructions or between structures
  • Similarities to larger machine operation and applications

All-in-all, compact equipment can be used on large-scale projects to complement big machines. The similarities such as machine operation, maintenance, and application profiles exist between small and large machines in the same family. For example, compact dozers work the same way as large dozers but on a smaller scale. Often, these machines are interchanged to match the task size, and additional attachments make the compact machines more versatile. These machines are designed to work together each playing vital roles in the completion of big jobs.




Designed with demanding applications in mind, Cat products are built for superior quality, reliability and durability even during the toughest jobs. Additionally, a wide variety of machine options paired with an even bigger selection of work tools makes Caterpillar compact equipment the best choice. For more information on Caterpillar compact equipment, visit us at www.catresourcecenter.com.


Now we want to hear from you. Tell us about your experiences using compact equipment to complete big jobs.

  • In what large-scale applications have you used compact machines?
  • Which compact machines prove to be the most valuable to your projects?
  • How can Caterpillar improve compact equipment?

by Roxanne Alves
on ‎03-23-2017 03:59 AM

Thanks for the details!!

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