Electric Plant equipment – What’s your opinion?


With the construction industry constantly evolving, we have seen the likes of autonomous and even electric plant equipment join the market. Would you be willing to do your bit for the environment and upgrade your fleet to hybrid machinery, or even electric?

Find out the benefits of doing so, as well as the excavator attachments we can offer you here at Masterhitch.

Myth Busters

There are various advantages that many fleets will benefit from when they upgrade to electric including:


Plant fleets could be reducing the emissions in the current climate. When using electric diggers and other plant equipment, the operator will not be emitting any emissions. That’s right, ZERO!

Cheaper running costs

Running a standard digger can be costly. If it is left on when the machine is not in use, then fuel will be wasted. Therefore an extra cost! Electric diggers can cost as little as £1 per hour. This will include charging the battery up to full. How cheap is that?!

Noise levels

Electric Plant Equipment

Finally, every operator knows that a construction site can get very loud, when a lot of machinery is in operation. Loud sites can also mean more accidents! When using an electric digger, there is virtually no noise at all when operating. Construction workers will now be able to hear any external noises around them, and even be able to communicate better with other workers.

With every advantage, always comes a disadvantage, but who said they are true! Most individuals will say that the plant equipment may run out of charge or they will have nowhere to charge it. We can safely say that electric diggers are built with large capacity batteries, allowing them to hold a charge of up to 8 hours work. Most sites will have a generator of some sort, meaning that the machinery will be able to be charged. Problem solved!

Electric diggers currently available on the market

Elise 900 – Electric Skid Steer Loader

In recent construction news, the only battery-powered skid steer loaders have become available in the UK. The Elise 900 is built with either a 240Ah or a 400Ah battery, running up to 8 hours.  Released by Slovakian company, Kovaco, the Elise 900 is fitted with a two joystick remote controller, or it can be operated using a standard smartphone.

Volvo EXR25 – Excavator

Along with popular manufacturer JCBVolvo have also recently released an electric digger. The Volvo ECR25  is a compact excavator that has a 20kWh battery that is capable of 4 hours work before the need to charge up.

Brokk – The original electric digger

Materhitch Brokk Attachments

With all this talk of electric diggers, lets not forget the original electric digger, the Brokk range. In 1976, the Brokk brand was developed. In 1981, the Brokk 250 emerged as the first remote controller demolition machine. Although they aren’t completely on the same page with batteries, the Brokk brand are plugged in, and are fully electric. They have been used for projects that are in noise-sensitive areas, including urban and built up areas. Will this become the new norm for electric diggers? 

Here at Masterhitch, we can offer customers brokk buckets and attachments for their machinery. Not only this, we also offer brokk repairs, for anyone not wanting to buy replacement parts.  

Plant accessories available at Masterhitch

Are you now thinking about switching to electric? Not so fast. Have you thought about attachments for your plant equipment?

When you buy excavator buckets and attachments from us you’ll be guaranteed maximum productivity and up time. All of our plant accessories are made using British Standard Steel and state-of-the-art equipment.

Trapezoidal Buckets

If you‘re looking to buy an electric digger, ensure you buy high quality attachments to pair with them. We would highly recommend investing in trapezoidal buckets. They are a great addition to have on any site, depending on the type of tasks you need to do.

Digger Breaker

9 out of 10 times, diggers are used on a site that will involve demolition work at some point of the process. The Masterhitch Digger Breaker can be made to fit 1 – 80 tonne machines. They are highly effective at breaking up concrete, rock and other hard material that require breaking down. When you buy a Digger Breaker from Masterhitch, you will have peace of mind knowing that the durability will not be affected.

Ram Guards

Now you’ve invested in a machine, protect it! Ram guards made at Masterhitch can fit onto any size machine. We also provide the option of having them welded on, or just bolted onto the ram.

About H.E. SERVICES (Plant Hire) Ltd

H.E. SERVICES (Plant Hire) Ltd are the hire division of H.E. Group. With over 3500 various items of plant equipment, there will be a machine to suit all types of projects. H.E. SERVICES operate on a 3 year policy, whereby machines are replaced once they reach 3 years of age. Therefore, ensuring that their customers are receiving only the best plant equipment on their construction site. 

If you’re looking to hire any of the following, we would highly recommend getting in touch with the team:

  • Excavators
  • Dumpers
  • Rollers
  • Telehanders
  • Skid steers
  • Backhoe Loaders

Get a quote today by emailing or calling H.E. SERVICES on: 0208 804 2000.

About Diggerland


Diggerland Theme Park is a well known sister company of ours, that have 4 UK based parks. With a range of 20 different rides and drives on site, children and adults can be let loose on construction machinery.

Being the only construction based family day out in the UK, we are on hand to assist with every bespoke digger attachment and bucket that may be required for the plant equipment. 

Spindizzy is just one example of the type of work we have completed. Here at Masterhitch we have custom built a bucket to fit a Komatsu PC210 excavator for customers to sit in to enjoy the ride. Unfortunately no work as of yet for any electric diggers! 

In the not so distant future, Diggerland are hoping to upgrade their fleet of diggers to include hybrid and electric diggers. 

About BuyADigger

Are you looking for a second hand electric digger? BuyADigger would normally be the company to go to. Unfortunately as H.E. SERVICES (Plant Hire) Ltd and Diggerland have not expanded their fleet to include electric diggers as of yet, BuyADigger has none for sale at the moment.

However, you can buy standard diggers and other plant equipment. When you buy a machine from BuyADigger you will benefit from:

  • A machine with low hours that is in excellent condition
  • 3 months warranty on all major components
  • International delivery if requested
  • Fully serviced machine with all the required documents

Take a look at the range of construction machinery available, and get in touch with the sales team today. If you would like an additional quote to include any of our excavator buckets or attachments, they can also accommodate this.

Get in touch with the sales team today on: mail@buyadigger.com or call them on: 01634 779123. 

Contact the Masterhitch team

Our expert team of designers will work closely with you to meet your every requirement. When you buy a digger attachment from us, you’ll be guaranteed high quality and durability, due to our expert welders and state of the art machines. 

If you would like to get a quote from us email: sales@masterhitch.co.uk or call us on: 01634 290022.

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