The Uses Of Heavy Construction Machinery, And Why We Should Be Investing

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Recently the market size for heavy construction machinery was valued at $176.2 billion in 2020, and is expected to reach a staggering $346.36 billion by 2030! We would be right in saying that this industry plays a particularly critical role in the construction sector. They provide the machines and equipment to increase productivity as well have a hand in the completion of projects.

It’s important to know how this type of machinery can be used, and what machines are currently available for sale. Plus find out more about second hand machinery for sale at International Plant Sales. 


Any machines typically weighing over 45 tonnes are considered heavy construction machinery. Excavators, cranes, forklifts, bulldozers and even backhoe loaders are just a few examples that can be included within this category.

Anyone in the construction, forestry, and even agricultural sector would often rely massively on the use of this heavy construction machinery. But what are they used for?


The most common type of machinery is an excavator. Of course, they will be available in all sizes and models. In this case we are focusing more on the larger excavators for sale. As the name suggests, they are used for excavation, and due to the sheer size of the diggers, they can be used to move heavy materials, and even take down building structures and remove trees. How impressive!


Along with bulldozers and pavers, cranes are another type of heavy construction machinery found on construction and demolition sites. Typically, operators can use a crane that uses a hoist rope, chains or wire ropes to safely transport objects/materials.

Dumper Trucks

Dumper trucks, also known as tippers, can be considered as heavy construction machinery. Due to their large skip size, they are fantastic for carrying heavy loads of material and transporting to another location on site. 

Articulated dump trucks in particular will be more expensive than a typical rigid skip dumper. However the operator will find that they are a lot easier to move around, and work a lot better on rough terrain. So what’s the benefit of using any of these machines?


Let’s start with the main benefit, profit.

Investing in heavy construction machinery will certainly make your business more profitable and run efficiently. This type of plant is made to offer high levels of productivity and performance. They also offer durability, meaning plenty of years of use before they need to be renewed. These are just a few ways to save you money in the long run.

Versatility, just another huge advantage to using this type of equipment. For example, if an operator is using a backhoe loader, with the correct attachments this could double up as a digger. Which will potentially save companies buying more machines than they actually need. 

Fuel is something that could be considered as both a positive and negative reason to buy heavy construction machinery. Bigger machines mean bigger fuel bills. However, due to the way in which these machines are built, they are also very efficient in terms of fuel, and they won’t use as much as some of the smaller machines. 

Heavy construction machinery is versatile, perfect for large scale projects and can often be cost effective. Let’s take a look at the used plant equipment for sale at International Plant Sales.


Currently on the market, there is heavy construction machinery being made by the following manufacturers to name a few:

  • Komatsu
  • JCB
  • Caterpillar
  • Deere
  • Volvo
  • Hitachi
  • Kubota
  • Plus many more!

Here at International Plant Sales, we stock only the best and biggest manufacturers of construction equipment. If you’re looking to buy a Komatsu digger, or even shopping around for a JCB 3CX backhoe loader, we’ve got you covered.

Our customers can download and view our current sales list to see exactly what we have for sale. Find out more here!


Not only do we have an array of machines for sale, we will also provide customers with ample photos and videos. Buying construction machinery isn’t a small purchase, let alone heavy construction machinery. It can be costly, and we want you to make sure you’re making the right choice!

View all of our machines for sale in action over on our YouTube channel. We are also more than happy to send any additional information over to you, if you’re not able to see the machine in person.

Ensure you follow us on social media to keep up to date with the latest machines for sale.


The backhoe loader is possibly the most recognisable piece of machinery. As seen on pretty much every construction site, these machines have a front bucket and a backhoe loader. They’re mainly used for digging trenches, filling holes and levelling the ground. 

Despite their size, operators can dig, lift and manoeuvre the machine very easily. We currently have one JCB 3CX available, which has only clocked 574 hours! As we said, all of our second hand machines come from the four Diggerland theme parks across the country. These are regularly replaced so our stock of machines is always growing. 



Are you looking for a machine we haven’t mentioned in this blog post? Not to fear – we have plenty of used plant equipment and machine accessories available on our website. You can find our full range of construction products here.


All information correct as of 19/08/22

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