Excavation Companies Illinois and Southern Wisconsin 

What do excavation companies in Illinois and Southern Wisconsin  offer? There are several in the area for you to choose from, so it is important that you understand what to expect from a contractor who offers excavating services.

This article will give you an idea of what excavating contractors do. Fans of reality television shows, such as “Gold Rush,” know the value of an excavating contractor. Excavating equipment like those used by gold miner’s cost between $100,000 to half a million dollars and weigh around 10 tons.

Obviously, safety is a concern, and a professional licensed excavator is well worth the price of their services. But operating huge and expensive equipment is just one part of an excavating contractor’s job. Testing and ensuring the ground is at a compact level to lay a foundation is often an overlooked skill that professional excavators offer.

Preparing a Site

Excavators prepare the ground for a foundation. This involves testing and compacting. On a residential project, the survey crew determines the lot size and property lines. Then the excavation contractor removes the soil to a depth appropriate for a new foundation. The contractor ensures that the soil is firm enough. Sometimes further compaction is necessary. The site must then be leveled so the contractor uses a transit and level to do this. After the foundation is poured and a stem wall is created, the excavator backfills on all sides of the foundation.


Most excavator service providers are subcontractors for a general contractor. In other words, their services are a small part of a large project. Although they do perform personal projects such as digging a hole for a swimming pool, they do not work alone. They work for the general contractor who solicits bids, organizes project timelines, and pays the excavating contractor for his service on the project.

Dirt Removal

The main task of an excavator is to remove dirt from a site and make way for roads or foundations for businesses and homes. Also, they dig ditches for gas and water lines. Sometimes they dig holes for ponds and agricultural terracing. They even operate trenchers to install pipes underground.

Equipment and Training

Most excavation contractors start their careers as heavy equipment operators and train under a licensed excavation expert. Excavation operators often own or rent equipment such as: excavators, dump trucks, bulldozers, trenchers, compactors, and front-end loaders. It’s expensive, but landing contracts can more than make up for the operating expenses of an excavation business.

Building client relationships are important for return customers, and the contractor must learn the going rate for excavation work in order to submit competitive bids for new projects. As a business owner, the contractor must be knowledgeable of tax policies. They must pay quarterly income taxes. Bookkeeping and payroll administration are skills the contractor needs in his skill set as well. Financial and insurance questions can be answered and learned through small business courses often offered through a local community college.

Since heavy equipment is dangerous and sometimes accidents can be fatal, it is wise for a excavation professional to take an Occupational Safety and Hazard Association (OSHA) safety course. When choosing excavation companies Illinois, make sure to check customer reviews on Google and home improvement list sites. To find out more about excavation companies, click here

Bob Mahoney Excavating, Inc. Service Areas

Mahoney Excavating services Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin, including:

  • Lake County, IL
  • McHenry County, IL
  • Boone County, IL
  • Northern Cook County, IL

Here are some other areas that we service. However, we are not limited to these areas. If you have a project near one of these areas, but it is not listed, contact us. We would be happy to accommodate most requests within reason.


  • Richmond, IL
  • Fox Lake, IL
  • McHenry, IL
  • Antioch, IL
  • Crystal Lake, IL
  • Wonder Lake, IL
  • Waukegan, IL
  • Round Lake Beach, IL
  • Vernon Hills[/one_third]
  • Libertyville
  • Mundelein, IL
  • Hebron, IL
  • Marengo, IL
  • Woodstock, IL
  • Harvard, IL
  • Spring Grove, IL


  • Burlington, WI
  • Elkhorn, WI
  • Lake Geneva, WI
  • Paddock Lake, WI
  • Kenosha, WI
  • Wilmot, WI
  • Twin Lakes, WI
  • Genoa City, WI
  • Salem, WI

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