Where Are Excavators Made?

Excavators are one of the most common pieces of construction and earthmoving equipment. And for good reason. Renowned for their power and versatility, excavators are ideal for demolition projects, land clearing, digging trenches and more. Available in a range of sizes with a variety of attachments to suit different jobs, excavators are an essential piece of heavy equipment.

Due to the popularity and ongoing demand for excavators, there’s a huge range of high-quality brands to choose from. But where do the best excavators come from? Here’s a rundown of 5 of the top excavator brands and where they’re manufactured.


Kobelco has been producing high-quality excavators in Japan since the 1930s. Since then, the company has established manufacturing facilities in China and Thailand. Committed to quality and innovation, Kobelco continues to be an industry leader.

Kobelco excavators are known for being highly fuel efficient, reliable and quiet to operate. Their excavator range includes mini excavators, medium excavators, large excavators and specialty excavators that have been developed for specific jobs and projects.

While Kobelco doesn’t manufacture its own range of excavator attachments, most third-party attachments are compatible with their machines.


Kubota is one of Australia’s leading suppliers of agriculture, construction and power equipment. Established in 1890, it wasn’t until 1953 that Kubota first entered the equipment market with their construction range that included power shovels and marine deck machinery. They extended their range to include excavators shortly after. 

All of Kubota’s excavators are still produced at their manufacturing facilities in Japan. Kubota machines are known for their durability, reliability and high performance. Their range of excavators starts from 0.8T to 8.2T, and includes both conventional swing and zero turn models. In particular, their mini excavators have been manufactured in line with European safety standards, which are considered the most rigorous principles in the world. 

And if that wasn’t enough, Kubota is committed to protecting the environment by investing in advanced technologies to create equipment that offers powerful performance while also reducing emissions. 


Sumitomo has been producing Japanese-designed and engineered excavators for the construction industry since the early 1960s. Representing the highest quality, performance, reliability and fuel efficiency, Sumitomo excavators have been designed to provide a complete solution for the demands of construction projects. 

Sumitomo is known for prioritising durability, and efficient engine system, safety and comfort. With increased cooling capability, enhanced operator comfort and a new generation engine and hydraulic system that helps to save fuel and money, Sumitomo is a popular choice when it comes to quality excavators. They also pride themselves in delivering exceptional after-sales service to ensure an unparalleled customer experience. 


Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is a leading manufacturer of heavy equipment, including excavators. Headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, Volvo CE has a number of manufacturing facilities all over the world, including Sweden, France, Belgium, Germany, the United Kingdom, USA, Brazil, India, China and Korea. 

From compact excavators to medium wheeled excavators and large crawler excavators, Volvo CE’s range of excavators boasts superior comfort and control, exceptional performance and proven fuel efficiency.


With over 100 years of experience in manufacturing engines and half a century of innovation in excavator technology, Yanmar is known for its cutting-edge technology. Yanmar excavators are made at their design and manufacturing base in southern Japan. 

Guided by their brand statement ‘a sustainable future’, Yanmar aims to provide sustainable solutions. Yanmar’s range of excavators are available in several sizes, making them an ideal choice for various construction projects. Featuring a powerful, yet fuel-efficient engine, Yanmar machines are comfortable, durable and powerful.

At Orange Hire, we’re home to the largest fleet of dry hire and earthmoving equipment on the East Coast of Australia. We pride ourselves on providing only the best excavators from the world’s leading manufacturers, including Kubota, Yanmar, Volvo CE and more. Our fleet is regularly serviced, so you can count on us to supply the most reliable and efficient plant for your job. And with our Orange Hire guarantee, if you’re not happy with your excavator on delivery, we’ll happily replace or return it free of charge. 

Explore our range of high-quality, low-hour excavators, ranging from 0.8T to 35T machines.