Home Buying Resources Excavators What Makes the E42 and E50 Mini Excavators Different? What Makes the E42 and E50 Mini Excavators Different?What Makes the E42 and E50 Mini Excavators Different? Posted on May 20, 2020 Compact excavators, also referred to as mini excavators, are versatile machines found on jobsites everywhere. Able to tackle a variety of tough projects, including excavating, landscaping and demolition, compact excavators are essential machines for building your fleet. We’re always evolving our machines to help customers accomplish more. That’s why we’re excited to unveil the new R2-Series excavators. With their enhanced performance, control, efficiency and comfort, these R2-Series models could be considered the best compact excavators in the industry. So far, we’ve launched two mini excavators from the R2-Series line, with more to come. While the E42 and E50 compact excavators share some similarities, they also have some key differences. Check out the side-by-side comparison below to decide which excavator is right for you.