Real-world Excavator Prices from BuyerZone Buyers

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We regularly survey BuyerZone users to ask how their purchases went. We've used their responses to provide a sampling of actual prices businesses paid for full-sized excavators. (Looking for prices for mini excavators instead?)

As you'll see in the prices below, most businesses purchase previously-owned excavators because of the hefty price tag of new excavators. When shopping for a used excavator, it's important to look at the number of hours on the machine as significant usage by the prior owners could mean serious mechanical issues down the line.

You also want to carefully examine a used excavator in person. Make sure to try out the equipment to see if it fits your requirements. Ask to see the engine and look for potential problems like cracked hoses or worn belts. Also, look beyond a new paint job to see if the excavator has significant repairs that the dealer is trying to disguise.

If the price of a used excavator is still too jarring, ask the dealer about renting or leasing the equipment. This will let you leverage the benefits of an excavator without a large investment. However, you should only consider these short-term options if you plan to use excavators sporadically, or want to try them out for a period of time without the purchasing commitment.

New excavator pricing

"New Holland excavator with hydraulic attachments and thumb - $47,900." -Construction partner, Tampa, Florida

"$203,000 for the excavator and an additional $70,000 for the accessories including a hammer." -General contractor, Wahiawa, Hawaii

"$85,400 deluxe cab - 3 yr or 3,000 hr warranty - 2 heavy duty buckets - quick coupler." - General manager, Williamstown, Kentucky

Used excavator pricing

"1997 Komatsu PC75UU2E with thumb - $22,500." -Farmer, Collierville, Tennessee

"1996 Kobelco SK100 with two buckets, blade, and thumb - $30,000." -Agriculturist, Mooers, New York

"2003 John Deere 160C LC with 1,500 hours for $49,000." - General contractor, Upton, Massachusetts

"2006, Volvo EC160 loaded! 1,000 hrs, hydraulic quick coupler, hydraulic thumb, 36"HD digging bucket, 48"HD smooth cut bucket (new), free delivery (400 miles): $115,500."; - Construction business owner, Glendive, Montana

"$24,000 - 2 Komatsu 120 excavators (1999 models)." - Equipment sales, Denham Springs, Louisiana

"We purchased a large (73,000 pound) 1996 Kobelco for $39,500 which included free delivery, a second bucket, a new seat, and some significant repairs." - Realtor, Woodland Park, Colorado

"1999 Case 9030B, 4,400hrs, A/C, Thumb, $10,500." -Automotive business owner, Garnett, Kansas

"I purchased a 2000 CAT 307B Swing Boom. It has a leveling blade and a mechanical thumb. The price of the machine was $38,500 with $1,800 to ship it to my location." - Construction business owner, Circle, Montana

"John Deere 490 with two buckets and ripper for $24,000." - General manager, Winfield, Kansas

Excavator rental pricing

"$112,000 rent-to-purchase for 6 months; $3,500 per month with 90% of the rental going towards the down payment at the end of six months." - Construction foreman, Murphy, North Carolina

"$5,780/mo rental PC200LC8 HD Komatsu excavator; two buckets." - Rancher, Janesville, California

Want more information on excavator prices and how to choose a vendor? Read our Excavator Buyer's Guide. Interested in viewing new and used prices for mini excavators? Check out our Mini excavators pricing guide.

Information was provided by BuyerZone users. Quotes have been edited for clarity only.

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