The Machines and Equipment Bob Mahoney Excavating Uses for Demolition Projects

Here at Bob Mahoney Excavating, we don’t believe in a cookie-cutter approach when it comes to demolition work; each demolition task is unique in terms of its requirements and specifications.

Therefore, before deciding on the approach we’ll take and the equipment we’ll use in a demolition project, we take a number of factors into consideration. These include the location of the site, its accessibility, the size of the structure, and its surrounding environment.

But, having said that, there are some construction machines that are used prevalently in almost all types of demolition tasks. Here are a few of them:


Perhaps the most prevalently used equipment in demolition projects, excavators are extremely powerful, efficient, and versatile. Concrete, steel, or mixed-material—excavators can be used to aid in building all types of building structures.

Generally, hydraulic excavators are used for deconstructing small buildings, while long-reach excavators are used for larger structures. However, both long-reach and hydraulic excavators can be used to perform a variety of tasks with the use of various attachments, such as thumbs, buckets, shears, claws, grapples, hammers, pulverizes, etc.

Skid Steer Loaders

A powerful, rigid, versatile, and compact machine, the skid steer loader is one of our go-to machines for demolition projects on smaller sites.

Just like excavators, skid steer loaders can be modified according to the needs of the project. The machine’s front bucket can be replaced with different attachments, such as pallet booms, mowers, hydraulic breakers, and augers to execute various tasks.


Also referred to as ‘dozers,’ bulldozers are one of the most powerful and heavy-duty machines you’ll find on a construction site. They’re characterized by their hydraulically controlled giant blade at the front, and are primarily used for shifting huge rock and dirt piles on site. Bulldozers come in both track and tire variants.

Wheel Loaders

Also known as bucket loaders and front loaders, wheel loaders are characterized by their front-mounted square-shaped bucket that is connected by a couple of hydraulic arms.

Wheel loaders have the ability to scoop up materials from the ground cleanly, which makes them great for loading debris and scrap. Designed for quick movement, wheel loaders come in various sizes.

Backhoe Loaders

These are typically used for small demolition tasks. Backhoe loaders feature an excavator-like digging mechanism at the rear and a wheel loader-style bucket at the front. Backhoe loaders also come with various attachments, such as a hydraulic boom which can be used for breaking concrete, rock, and other tough materials.


Being one of Southern Wisconsin’s and Northern Illinois’ leading demolition contractors, we offer a range of services, including land clearing, grading and leveling, and excavation services. Call us at (847) 489-3153 or get in touch with us online for further information.

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