The 10 Excavator Companies 2020

1. Volvo CE

Volvo Construction Equipment, a subsidiary of Swedish car maker Volvo, develops, manufactures and sells equipment for construction related industries, including trucks, mining and construction machinery.

Volvo CE offers products and services in over 140 countries. The machinery offered by Volvo includes compactors, pavers, and loaders.

Volvo CE offers a wide range of equipment including motor graders, back hoes, hydraulic excavator, wheel loaders, pavers, asphalt compactors, and articulated haulers among others.  

Volvo is one of the world’s most popular excavator companies. Its excavators are built with responsive advanced hydraulics. Their fit systems are versatile for “easy bucket and tool change out”.

Volvo says that its crawler excavator is designed to deliver long lasting performance, strength, power and unrivaled fuel efficiency.

2. Caterpillar Inc.

Caterpillar Inc., which is headquartered in Illinois, United States, ranks highly in the list of the world’s biggest excavator companies, commanding a substantial share of the global excavator manufacturing industry.

The company owns Bucyrus RH400, a front shovel excavator that holds the title of the world’s largest excavator. The machine weighs around 980 tons.

Caterpillar excavators are widely said to be durable and easy to maintain. They include the latest technology and safety features and are used for all kinds of projects.

3. Komatsu

Japanese multinational Komatsu is the world’s second largest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment after Caterpillar.

Headquartered in Minato, Tokyo, Japan, the company is named after the city of Komatsu, Ishikawa Prefecture, where it was founded in 1921.

Komatsu manufactures technologically advanced excavators with built-in 3D GPS systems and other technology features.

The company is quite popular for its excavator range – from mini excavators to the more powerful large mining excavators.

4. Doosan

Doosan Infracore Company is a Korean multinational largely engaged in the manufacture and supply of heavy construction equipment.

The company is globally renowned for its high-performance excavators, wheel loaders, articulated dump trucks, compact loaders, and mini-diggers.

Doosan is renowned for its crawler excavators built mainly for loading, lifting, digging, scrap handling, and mass excavating.

The excavators are popular for their explosive excavating force, great performance, high fuel efficiency, and convenient control.


Hitachi Construction Machinery Company specializes in the production, sales, and servicing of a diverse range of construction and transportation machinery, as well as other machines and devices.

Founded in 1970 as a subsidiary of Hitachi Group, the Japanese company is renowned for its range of machinery such as mini and large excavators, crawler cranes, wheel loaders, light compaction equipment, and dump trucks. 

Hitachi excavators are designed to deliver top performance, versatility and fuel efficiency at minimum overheads.

6. JCB

JCB, the brand name for Joseph Cyril Bamford Excavators Ltd., is a European company that produces construction, demolition, and waste handling equipment.  

Headquartered in Rocester, Staffordshire, JCB was established in 1945 by British businessman Joseph Cyril Bamford, after whom it is named. The company is owned by the Bamford family.

Although JCB is known more for its backhoes and telehandlers in the US market, the company manufactures full-size and compact excavators. It offers 12 compact excavator models: from the 1.8-ton 18Z-1 to the 10-ton 100C-1.

While the JCB compact excavators are generally used in a wide range of construction applications, machines in the 1.8- to 4-ton range are mostly used in landscaping jobs and are a popular choice for rental fleet managers.

7. Liebherr Group

Liebherr Group is a top supplier of heavy equipment in Europe. The German company, which was founded by Hans Liebherr in 1949, produces a wide range of highly popular excavators – making it a leading excavator company.

Liebherr’s LTM 11200-9.1 is perhaps the most powerful mobile crane ever built. The excavator company also boasts the longest telescopic boom in the world, which spreads fully to 100 meters. The appliance is fixed on a double cab truck and can lift 1200 metric tons – weighing about 700 cars.

8Deere & Company

Headquartered in Moline, Illinois, Deere & Company is an American multinational that produces a range of construction, agricultural, forestry machinery and more under the John Deere brand.

Founded in 1837 by American blacksmith and manufacturer John Deere, Deere & Company is one of the world’s most popular excavator companies.

Since the 188,716-lb. John Deere 870G LC was presented to the market with its 31 ft. 5 in. digging depth, the machine quickly gained reputation as the largest John Deere excavator to date.

John Deere excavators renowned for ease of service and low cost maintenance.

9. Hyundai Heavy Industries

South Korea-based Hyundai Heavy Industries offers a range of powerful excavator models armed for nearly any digging, lifting and loading application – including restricted roadways, major structural projects, mass excavations, heavy-duty mining, scrap handling and more.

A Hyundai excavator. PHOTO | COURTESY

Hyundai’s range of excavators that include compact (mini) excavators, crawler excavators, and wheeled excavators are renowned for their speed, hydraulic power, and precision control.

   10. Case CE

Case Construction Equipment, popularly known as Case, is a brand of heavy construction equipment from CNH Industrial, a global leader in heavy machinery manufacturing business.

Case produces a range of heavy machinery including excavators, wheel loaders, crawler dozers, compact track loaders, and motor graders.

Case excavators are renowned for power, durability and flexibility

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