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Largest R-series excavator
Bobcat offers the E85, its largest compact excavator that has been redesigned with performance, uptime protection and operator comfort in mind. The 66-horsepower E85 has a turbo-charged diesel engine that does not require a diesel particulate filter (DPF) or a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system. A standard lift eye helps operators lift and place objects easily. With 13 inches of tail overhang, the E85 can work on compact construction, landscaping, utilities, rental and agriculture jobs. Its boom swing frame stays within the width of the machine’s tracks. It has one of the largest cab openings in the industry with more floor space. Operators have panoramic access to the engine for routine maintenance.

bobcat E85 R Series excavator
ASV RT-40 compact track loader

Compact powerhouse
ASV Holdings Inc. adds the RT-40 Posi-Track loader as an alternative to walk-behind and stand-on mini skid-steer loaders. At just 4 feet wide, the unit can work productively in restricted areas. The Tier 4 Final-compliant engine requires no regeneration, exhaust sensors or diesel exhaust fluid. Weighing 4,175-pounds, it has a rated operating capacity of 931 pounds and a tipping load of 2,660 pounds. The loader is 48.3 inches wide and has an 8.4-foot lift height. The large rear-tilting hood provides easy access to all maintenance points.

1.5-ton compact excavator
The Wacker Neuson’s ET16 compact excavator offers a large cab with an ergonomic design for operator comfort and productivity. The undercarriage can adjust from 39 to 51 inches for stability and maneuverability in tight quarters. The swivel boom can excavate near buildings and job site obstructions. The two-piece sliding front windshield protects the operator when closed and offers optimal ventilation and easy communication when open. The 1.5-ton-class ET16 is powered by a 17.7 horsepower, 3-cylinder Yanmar diesel engine and provides a bucket breakout force of 3,439 pounds and a maximum digging depth of 7 feet, 11 inches. A load-sensing hydraulic system ensures consistent flow at any engine speed. It can be transported on a small trailer.

Wacker Neuson ET 16 compact excavator
Case CX30C mini excavator

Zero tail-swing mini excavator
The Case CX30C mini excavator has an operating weight of 6,020 pounds. It is powered by a 24.8 horsepower Tier 4 Final-compliant engine and has a bucket digging force of 4,520 pounds. Available with zero tail swing, short-radius or conventional design. The adjustable boom offset, auto-shift travel, auxiliary hydraulics with standard proportional controls, and easy-to-select joystick control patterns offer increased productivity. The spacious and comfortable operator environment offers excellent visibility and ergonomics to minimize operator fatigue.

Vermeer VX30 unit

Vacuum excavators
The Vermeer VX30 Gen 3 vacuum excavator series by McLaughlin is compact in size, but offers features found on larger machines, such as automotive-style belt tensioners, quick-grip tool storage, quick-drain technology and more. It’s available in 300-, 500- and 800-gallon spoil tank sizes and incorporates an in-tank wash-down system. Powered by a 24.8-hp Kubota 4-cylinder, Tier 4 Final-compliant diesel engine, it requires no regeneration or DEF. Its three-stage cyclonic filtration system allows wet and dry excavation that prolongs filter life and reduces maintenance costs. The chassis has a high-clearance trailer on Dexter torsion axles.

Mini-excavator line
New Holland Construction’s new E series mini-excavators feature rail and interlocking-type track and an auto-shift travel system in models ranging from 1.7 to 6.0 metric tons. The line, made up of the E17C, E26C, E33C, E37C, E57C and E60C models, offer competitive performance, including extended-life components, liquid-cooled Tier 4 Final-compliant engines, an auto-shift traveling system and lower noise levels. They automatically idle and return to the throttle setting when the operator moves the stick. The units have top-of-class ground clearance and excellent dozer blade lift height, and an Engine Start Limit (ESL) anti-theft system.

New holland E-Series mini excavators
Kubota U27-4 mini excavator

Tight tail-swing excavator
The Kubota U27-4 tight tail swing excavator features adjustable auxiliary-flow hydraulics, auxiliary diverter valve, two-speed automatic downshift travel and best-in-class reach and dig depth, sources report. It delivers a digging depth of 9 feet 5 inches and a bucket digging force of 7,014 pounds. Efficiency is further enhanced with two variable-displacement pumps that allows simultaneous boom, arm, bucket and swivel operation. It is powered by a Kubota Tier 4 Final-compliant diesel engine that is designed to minimize noise and vibration. Even with its tight tail swing, it offers one of the largest operator stations in its class. An enclosed cab option with heat is available.

Compact-radius excavator
The Cat 301.7D CR 1.7-ton compact-radius hydraulic excavator features a zero tail swing that makes it ideal for working in restricted areas. The upper frame can turn within its track width; an extending undercarriage helps it access most areas when retracted to 3 feet 3 inches wide and at 4 feet 3 inches and offers greater stability. It can be equipped with a standard or long stick for an additional 5.5 inches dig depth, an extra 4.4 inches load height and 6 inches more reach at ground level. Two-way auxiliary hydraulics can power a hydraulic hammer and bi-directional tools such as an auger. The optional second hydraulic function allows auxiliary hydraulic flow adjustment. A 17.9 horsepower engine provides smooth, fuel-efficient operation and the variable-displacement pump and flow-sharing main hydraulic valve offer smooth and effortless operation.

Cat mini excavator
Takeuchi mini excavator

3.5-ton compact excavator
Takeuchi-US offers the TB235-2 3.5-ton compact hydraulic excavator with an operating weight of 7,474 pounds, a dig depth of 10 feet 7.7 inches, maximum reach of 17 feet 3 inches and breakout force of 9,127 pounds. It’s powered by a 24.4 horsepower Yanmar engine and doesn’t require additional exhaust after-treatment systems. It has an automotive-style interior with a multi-information display. A cab option is available with air conditioning and heat that will provide year-round operator comfort.

G Series mini excavator
The John Deere 30G compact excavator fills a portfolio gap in the 3 to 4 metric ton class. It offers increased lift capacity and improved breakout forces while incorporating all current G-Series features including the standard pattern changer and standard hand-controlled proportional auxiliary hydraulics. It provides a 22 percent increase in bucket force when compared to the 27D; 11 percent increase in arm force when compared to the 27D and 26G; 17 percent increase in net engine horsepower when compared to the 26G; 16 percent increase in auxiliary hydraulic flow when compared to the 27D and a 32 percent increase compared to 26G; and a 9-feet 2-inch dig depth, which is an 8-inch increase over the 27D and 26G. Extended fluid and lubrication intervals and sight gauges help keep maintenance costs low.

Originally published in the July August 2018 issue of Pro Contractor Rentals magazine. All rights reserved,

John Deere 30G mini excavator