Are you looking to dig a trench, level your land or dig a pool? Several earthmoving machines can help you do the task. These heavy-duty vehicles can move big foundations and vast amounts of soil. Most of them use hydraulic drives as their sources of power, but there are other trucks you could rent or buy that could help you accomplish youe earthmoving project in New Zealand.

Whether you have a big or small project, the following power implements can get your work done:


Also known as a dozer, a bulldozer is arguably the heaviest earthmoving apparatus. It is incredibly strong and used in cultivation, street building, and serious demolitions. Its large front blade is controlled by hydraulic pistons to push dirt. At the rear end is a ripper attachment to breaks up hard materials. Here’s what a bulldozer can do.

  • Clearing the land
  • Cutting and filling
  • Leveling the ground
  • Stripping topsoil
  • Towing with a ripper attachment
  • Battering and benching
  • Massive excavation


An excavator is used over treads and wheels. It can lift heavy tools and shovel dirt. It features a long bucket arm and a cab where the operator sits and drives. You need an excavator to perform these tasks:

  • Stockpiling
  • Trench digging
  • Loading, lifting, and mixing construction materials
  • Breaking rocks
  • Cleaning up sites
  • Benching and battering
  • Drilling holes
  • Backfilling
  • Laying pipes
  • Demolition work
  • Landscaping
  • Compacting materials
  • Cutting and boxing


The most distinctive feature of a trencher is a metal chain made of high-strength steel teeth. The teeth can rip into the soil just like a chainsaw does with trees. Unlike using hands to dig trenches, this piece of machinery takes little time to complete the job. You can choose between two types of trenchers: wheel trencher (for rocky areas) and chain trenchers (for hard grounds). Use them for these tasks:

  • Snipping roots
  • Shoveling
  • Cutting pavements
  • Digging ground for electrical wiring
  • Drainage installation

Wheel Loader

A wheel loader has a self-propulsion mechanism and a huge bucket mounted at the front. The removable bucket is attached to the arms and booms. The person in charge of the machine sits in a cab to load and move materials from one place to the other. Other attachments can be added to the wheel loader to carry out operations such as the following:

  • Drilling holes with an auger
  • Lifting materials with a pallet fork
  • Ripping the ground surface to spread topsoil
  • Loosening and mixing materials
  • Stockpiling
  • Clean-ups
  • Backfilling

Backhoe Loader

Backhoe Loader

You might confuse a backhoe loader with a tractor. It is commonly used in suburban areas and mounted on tires. It has a shovel at its front which differentiates it from a conventional tractor. Then there’s a rear bucket for digging. If you have a small task in a restricted area, a backhoe loader is the best power implement to use. Its applications are as follows:

  • Shifting dirt
  • Shoveling trenches
  • Positioning pipes into place
  • Backfilling
  • Breaking rocks
  • Lifting and loading
  • Mixing materials
  • Boxing and cutting
  • Landscaping benching and battering

Skid Steer Loader

A skid steer loader performs a broad range of earthmoving activities on wheels. Since it has a tight turning range, it’s one of the easiest pieces of machinery to use in small sites. It does well in tough conditions, including mud and snow. Thanks to a tread system, it makes a small impact on finished surfaces. The skid steer loader is suitable for:

  • Soil compaction
  • Excavation
  • Breaking rocks
  • Loading
  • Spreading and stripping soil
  • Lifting and mixing materials
  • Cleanups
  • Benching and battering

Ready to get a truck for hire?

The wide range of earthmoving equipment on the market makes it essential to know the function and features of each. Then you can make the right choice when it comes to hiring or buying.