How narrow a space can your equipment fit into?

Believe it or not, that's generally the first question someone asks us when looking to get some excavation work done on their property. If you're not sure how much space you'll need in order to fit excavation equipment to your worksite, then read on!

Tight access and narrow entrances are one of the areas Dial A Digger operators specialise in, which is why our operators are able to work within such limited workspace. Our earthmoving and trenching equipment can get real small, with the smallest machines only requiring 850mm of access space. We're able to maneuver one of our micro diggers into a tight space, making it ideal for job types such as:

  • Trenching between housing and fences
  • Entering backyards that have limited access
  • Narrow spaces that require soil removal
  • Complex spaces require maneuverability

What To Look Out For When Measuring Your Workspace

Usually the narrow access is down the side of the house which can be tricky to measure. Don't fall for the trap of measuring from your homes brickwork to the fence line - be sure to factor in smaller obstacles, beginning with:

  1. Check if Stormwater downpipes are restricting access
  2. Look for home utilities such as taps, airconditioners, hot water systems, gas units and more
  3. Check for any window ledges protuding from the wall
  4. Gate hinges and other objects that might stop us from getting our excation equipment in.

Always measure the least wide point of your work area to get a more accurate idea of the space required.

The right equipment for narrow spaces

One of the advantages of having an experienced operator on your workplace is that we'll have access to a variety of equipment to best suit your job requirements. Some machines have better turning circles and are better suited to difficult spaces, while other machines might work better for straight line trenching or digging. We use a range of equipment from leading brands, including Dingo, Kanga, Bobcat and more.

Other considerations when bringing in Excator Equipment

Other important factors to take into account is to look at tracking through access points, including how flat the surface is, and wether there are slopes to account for. Having to excavae on an angle or gradient can affect

Another important thing to consider when tracking through a narrow access point is to assess how flat is the surface is that the equipment will manoeuvring through. If the surface is on a gradient or angle, then the equipment will also have to work on an angle. This may potentially change the amount of space required in order for the digging equipment to gain access.

Finally, you should always check for service or drain pipes that might be sticking up out of the ground. Wider access areas give us space to weave around obtacles like this, but can be more difficult when access is narrow

Dingo Diggers Are Ideal For Tight Access Areas Dingo Diggers are great for tight access areas, while still having enough grunt to get the job done

Just another reason to Dial A Digger!

While getting in some heavier excavation equipment into tight access areas might seem intimidating; with the right preperation, knowledge and equipment it's still possible! We offer free quotes on all jobs and will be able to answer any questions you might have. You can learn more about our Tight Access Services at the dial a digger website, enquire online for any work required, or call us on 1300 234 443.