Mini Excavator Comparison Guide

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There are many reasons to consider purchasing a John Deere mini excavator. John Deere offers a few different models of these small excavators. With some key information, you can compare the models to find the right power and features to fit your needs. Continue reading to learn more about the John Deere mini excavators Koenig Equipment has to offer.



What are the different mini excavator uses?

A mini excavator is a very versatile piece of equipment that you might want to consider adding to your operation. These machines are ideal for traditional trenching, excavating, and utility work. With the boom swing, you can offset digging around foundations or walls, as well as other obstacles. The backfill blade increases use to include leveling, grading, trenching, and other tasks, most of which happen in conjunction with traditional mini excavator work with the boom swing. 


What features should I consider when selecting a mini excavator?

When looking for a mini excavator, you should compare the features that are most important to you. While all mini excavators are going to come with a boom, John Deere offers a few models with or without a backfill blade. Ultimately, the main mini excavator features you should consider with selecting a model are the maximum digging depth and maximum digging reach. See the chart below to compare the main features of the different John Deere mini excavator models.


Net Power14.5 hp20 hp23 hp23.3 hp35.9 hp53 hp
Max Digging Depth7 ft. 2 in.8 ft. 6 in.9 ft. 2 in.10 ft. 0 in.11 ft. 7 in.12 ft. 4 in.
Operating Weight3.790 lb.6,110 lb.7,220 lb.8,135 lb.10,847 lb.13,620 lb.
Max Digging Reach12 ft. 6 in.15 ft. 2 in.16 ft. 1 in.17 ft. 1 in.19 ft. 7 in.20 ft. 5 in.
Canopy AvailableXXXXXX
Hydraulic Angle Backfill Blade   XXX


What attachments are available for mini excavators?

Adding attachments to any piece of equipment increases their versatility and usability, mini excavator attachments are no different. Some attachments are only available for larger horsepower models, so it is important to take future attachment needs into consideration when selecting your John Deere mini excavator model. Available mini excavator attachments include:

  • Augers
  • Hammers
  • Plate Compactors
  • Steel Tracks
  • engcon® Tiltrotators
  • Mulching Head (50G & 60G only)
  • Rotary Cutters (35G, 50G & 60G only)


What type of maintenance do the different mini excavator types require?

Routine maintenance is key to ensuring the lifetime of any piece of equipment, including mini excavators. Initial oil and filter changes are the most important maintenance activities. General maintenance checks should occur at 10 hours (daily), 50 hours (weekly), 500 hours (every six months), 1,000 hours (yearly), and 2,000 hours (every two years). All maintenance checks are important, but properly daily maintenance is key to finding any potential problems before they arise.


Daily Maintenance

  • Check engine and hydraulic oil levels.
  • Check water and fuel separator.
  • Lubricate working group pivot points.
  • Check tracks and adjust.

The experts at Koenig Equipment offer Performance Edge Agreements, Customer Service Plans, and Off-Season Inspections to help you keep your equipment properly maintained by certified John Deere technicians. Find all the details for these programs and more in the Koenig Equipment Product Support Catalog.


Where can I buy or trade in a John Deere mini excavator?

Whether you are looking to purchase your first John Deere mini excavator or trade in your current one, the sales staff at your local Koenig Equipment can help you every step of the way. Contact them today to learn more!


Additional Resources

Where Can I Find Service Solutions for Compact Construction Equipment?

Guide to John Deere Excavator Sizes, Weights, & Types

Which Compact Construction Equipment Solutions are Available from John Deere?