If you’re looking for a new excavator, you’ve probably come across two highly-rated brands: Komatsu and Caterpillar. These two options are often the top choices for decision-makers in need of an excavator. If you happen to be in this situation, we can help. Read on to learn about the differences between Komatsu and Caterpillar excavators.
Caterpillar is one of the foremost names in the construction equipment industry. This manufacturer is often the one to beat. CAT has a long history of making excavators, and you’d be hard pressed to find another construction manufacturer with as much brand visibility as this one. CAT parts, though usually manufactured overseas, are typically easily available here in the U.S. ready to be shipped. It should also be noted that the CAT mini excavator is smaller than the Komatsu mini excavator, which is useful for workers who are looking for a lightweight machine to work quickly onsite. Users have mentioned that Caterpillar excavators have a better turning radius, and they are often better at digging.
Komatsu excavators are still worthy competitors of Caterpillar. There are some important advantages that this manufacturer has over the other. The first is price. Komatsu’s machines tend to be lower priced than similar Caterpillar machines, on average. The brand also maintains its lower prices for renting and buying used Komatsu excavators. As far as maintenance and repairs, Komatsu users report less time in repair shops than Caterpillar users. This increases the value of the machine over its lifespan. In reference to the mini excavators again, Komatsu’s line has more horsepower than Caterpillar mini excavators. Additionally, Komatsu has more options for mining excavators.
Aftermarket parts are readily available for excavators from both manufacturers. As mentioned in our aftermarket parts blog post, there is very little difference between aftermarket parts and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts. Therefore, you’ll be in good standing regardless of which brand of excavator you choose. And if your Caterpillar or Komatsu excavator happens to malfunction, Broken Tractor is here to help. We have plenty of parts in stock for both Komatsu and Caterpillar excavators, from used, rebuilt, new aftermarket, and new OEM. Contact us today to speak to one of our experts!