Why Should You Buy Long Reach Excavators?

Used Long Reach Excavators for Sale

When it comes to purchasing used digger equipment, long reach excavators should be at the forefront of your mind. They should be at the top of your list for any construction and demolition projects. With a large range of long reach excavators available from the top industry brands, including Komatsu, Caterpillar, Hitachi and JCB to name a few, it can be difficult deciding on the specific long reach excavator you require. We will cover why you would use this particular type of plant equipment. Also we take a look at the long reach excavators available here at International Plant Sales.


For those of you that are new to the construction industry, long reach excavators are the development of a standard excavator. They are equipped with an extra long arm to allow operators to reach areas that would have initially been hard to get to with other diggers. They are designed to be used for the following type of work:

  • Construction
  • Demolition
  • Dredging rivers and large bodies of water
  • Deep excavation

There are a wide variety of projects and businesses that would definitely profit from using a long reach excavator in particular.

If you see these abbreviations you’ll be clued up when it comes to construction machinery, especially long reach excavators.

SLF = Super Long Front 

LR = Long Reach


Long reach excavators can be used for many tasks, but are commonly seen on demolition sites. The iconic wrecking ball used to be the go-to equipment for demolition, but a long reach excavator has surpassed this. They are incredibly versatile machines and we can understand why operators are opting for long reach excavators instead.

There are a wide range of other types of projects that will benefit from the use of a long reach excavator including quarrying, deep excavation and railway work.

Due to the increased reach of the arm, long reach excavators are great for any work that involves bridge repairs, multi-story car parks and water. With the right attachments operators can remove material from the sea bed without having to risk damage to the machine.

To find out everything you need to know about an excavator, view our blog post on tracked excavators, and find out how to operate one!


Why choose a long reach excavator over other diggers we hear you ask?


All construction sites benefit from additional safety, when they choose to use long reach excavators. There is a substantial risk of hazardous materials falling from high places, and collapsing structures to all site workers, especially on demolition sites. A long reach excavator will permit operators to safely control objects by handling the material in a controlled approach.


Long reach excavators come as standard with a bucket. Due to the wide range of attachments now available, there are no limitations to using this type of excavator. By using a breaker, or power rakes, the operator can scoop, crush, as well as pick up and handle heavy material with increased precision.

There aren’t just a small handful of plant accessories to choose from, attachments and buckets have dramatically improved in relation to the diversity and adaptability. To enhance your digger why not add attachments?


Masterhitch Europe Ltd is another sister company within H.E. Group. They are engineering experts that create digger attachments and buckets for all plant machinery. 

With the latest design equipment and skilled welders in the workshop, the sky’s the limit when it comes to attachments. In the last year alone, Masterhitch have welcomed new excavator attachments such as:

All Masterhitch buckets and attachments are made and stocked to fit standard sized diggers. The Masterhitch team can also create attachments to fit all makes and size of diggers and other construction machines.


Whether you’re looking to reach new heights on a building, or bring down a structure on a demolition site, we have a range of long reach excavators to suit your need. Here at International Plant Sales we sell:

These machines have a maximum reach of 12M – Komatsu PC138 SLF 

The Komatsu PC210’s have a maximum reach of 15M – Komatsu PC210 SLF

The Komatsu PC360 SLF can reach up to 22M – Komatsu PC360 SLF

When used digger equipment is bought from International Plant Sales, our customers leave knowing that they have purchased the best quality equipment possible.


All of the second hand diggers for sale are obtained from new. They are then distributed to our sister companies Diggerland Adventure Theme Parks and H.E. SERVICES (Plant Hire) Ltd, for customers to hire out, and for operation at all four UK based Diggerland parks.


H.E. Group follow a three year policy for all used digger equipment. Every three years new construction machinery is purchased for the companies, and the second hand equipment is then passed onto us here at IPS.


When we acquire the plant machinery from our sister companies, we restore the machinery and remove any dents, scratches and broken parts in the diggers, and sell them on as if they were brand new. We like to go the extra mile for our customers to ensure our machinery is in excellent condition, and as good as new.


Customers that purchase any used construction machinery from IPS will benefit from warranty on all major parts. The warranty will begin from the date that the machine is collected or delivered.


Not only do we sell used digger equipment in pristine condition, we can also help our international and UK customers with delivery if it is required. We work with reliable and trusted shipping companies to ensure your machines arrives in the great condition.


If you’re looking to purchase used digger equipment or get a quote, contact the sales team at International Plant Sales today. Call us on: 01634 779123 or email us: mail@ipsplant.com

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All information correct as of: 4th November 2019.

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