What’s The Difference Between An Excavator And An Amphibious Excavator?

AMPHIBIOUS-EXCAVATORIf you need to lift heavy amounts of soil, you will need an excavator. Generally speaking, excavators are earth-moving vehicles that feature a bucket, arm, rotating cab, and movable tracks. They come in different forms and sizes. Here is a look at the difference between an excavator and an amphibious excavator:


As mentioned above, excavators are heavyweight construction equipment. Its so-called house has a cab, a boom, a dipper, and a bucket. The house is a rotating platform that rests upon an undercarriage with a track system. An operator controls the machine from the cab. A boom is connected to the house, and has a stick attached to the end known as a dipper, providing adequate digging force to pull the bucket through the earth. Buckets come in a lot of sizes and shapes to perform a variety of functions. Excavators used on construction sites are used to dig holes, trenches and foundations. Besides construction, excavators are also used in the mining industry and in forestry work. Other applications include demolitions and dredging projects.

Amphibious Excavators

Amphibious excavators are a type of excavator designed to be used for dredging in shallow water. They are better equipped with their pontoon undercarriages for operation in swamp/wetlands operations that traditional barge-mounted dredgers are ill-equipped to handle. Barge-mounted dredgers are better suited for deeper fresh waterways. Wilco Marsh Buggies’ amphibious excavators are engineered to have the most stable undercarriages constructed from the most reliable, state-of-the-art components available. Each undercarriage is fabricated to the specifications of the attached equipment to supply the lowest ground pressure, the best maneuverability, and the highest degree of buoyancy possible.

Wilco Marsh Buggies

At Wilco Marsh Buggies, we pride ourselves on producing the highest quality, most reliable amphibious equipment and replacement parts. Our equipment is best suited for coastal restoration!  With our 50 plus years of combined experience as Wilco Marsh Buggies, rest assured when you receive your order, it will exceed your expectations.  Contact us to learn more about our equipment and inventory by calling Toll Free at (877) 311-0727 or by calling us locally at (337) 233-3511.

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