The Top 5 Excavator Brands for Reliability and Safety

There’s a stack of excavator brands to choose from in the Australian market. Whether you’re working on civil, construction, infrastructure, or local government projects, you need a machine that’s fit for the task, safe, comfortable, and reliable enough to get the job done.

We’ve summarised our top 5 excavator brands for reliability, performance and safety.


Kobelco has been around since 1930 when the company was first founded in Japan. from small beginnings, the company is now one of the world’s leading manufacturers. With a heavy focus on consistency and quality across the globe, Kobelco focuses on refining every component of their machines which enables regular continuous productivity gains. The company specialises in excavators from mini versions up to 100 tonnes, many of which have high tech features to keep you safe on the job.


It’s hard to think of excavators without thinking of Caterpillar. From American roots, Caterpillar made its way to Australia in the 50s, and had a manufacturing plant located in Tullamarine up until 2015. Producing everything from construction machinery farming equipment, marine, forestry and mining machinery, Caterpillar has become one of Australia’s best-loved heavy equipment brands.


Sumitomo, like Kobelco has its roots in Japan. The company has a history beginning in the 60s and is now a producer of a solid range of excavators and asphalt paving machines. We carry a range of Sumitomo excavators in our fleet because they are reliable, functional and durable. Designed with fuel efficiency in mind and backed by Japanese technology, Sumitomo machines can hold their own on site.


Hyundai Construction Equipment is another well-known brand, known for its ergonomic engineering and use of advanced technology. Since beginning production in the mid 80s, the company now manufactures a wide range of construction equipment including hydraulic excavators, wheel loaders, backhoe loaders, skid steer loaders and other industrial vehicles.


Yanmar has concentrated its product development on the small to medium end of the market, introducing the first compact excavator in 1971. With machines including powerful and efficient excavators up to 10t, wheel loaders and more, the brand continues to innovate with a strong focus on technology and robust performance.


Need a reliable, safe and efficient excavator?

Get in touch with Orange Hire – we have a wide range of mini through to large machines, along with medium-sized excavators from 10t to 14t.

Our team is here to help you get your project completed safely, on time and on budget. Our low-hour fleet has an average age of around 2.5 years, meaning you get reliable equipment that is guaranteed to perform on site.

Give our friendly team a call for competitive hire rates on excavators, as well as other earthmoving equipment, portables, fencing, barriers and more!

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