Product Focus: Mini-excavators

Case CX30C mini excavator

Mini excavator line expands
Case Construction Equipment added the CX30C to its C Series line of mini excavators. With an operating weight of 6,020 pounds and a 24.8 horsepower Tier 4 Final engine, the CX30C has 4,520 pounds of bucket digging force. This model expands the Case mini excavator line to its broadest size range ever. The models are available in zero tail-swing, short-radius or conventional design. The adjustable boom offset improves maneuverability in congested areas and an auto-shift travel system helps when working in varying terrain. An auxiliary hydraulic system with standard proportional controls, shut-off valve and easy-to-select joystick control patterns offer increased productivity. The spacious and comfortable operator environment offers excellent visibility, ergonomic controls, adjustable seating and line-of-sight digital displays to reduce operator fatigue.

Luigong mini excavator

Compact excavator
LiuGong North America’s new E-Series excavators include the 9035E compact model with an operating weight of 8,510 pounds. The 9035E is powered by a Yanmar 3TNV88F-ESLY Tier 4 final engine. This excavator features a bucket capacity up to 0.14 cubic yards; maximum digging depth of up to 10 feet 1 inch and 24.4 net horsepower at 2,200 rpm.

Yanmar mini excavator

Compact excavator
The ViO35-6A compact excavator is the most popular and most innovative, fuel-efficient excavator Yanmar has ever built, sources report. The advanced-technology zero tail-swing model features an electronically controlled Tier 4 engine and dramatically evolved hydraulic system. It comes standard with ECO and Auto-Deceleration modes for even more operational efficiency. The digital Smart Assist remote-control system allows owners to monitor up to three months of operational history to make maintenance easier, more efficient and timely. The standard Yanmar-designed hydraulic Quick Coupler makes changing buckets fast and easy.

JCB mini excavator

Zero tail-swing compact excavator
JCB offers the 45Z-1 zero tail-swing compact excavator with an operating weight of 9,866 pounds and a transport weight of 9,700 pounds. It is one of the largest and most powerful compact excavators that can be towed behind a pick-up truck. It is powered by a Tier-4-Final engine from JCB by Kohler that produces 48 horsepower and 166 foot-pounds of torque. The upgraded hydraulic system delivers up to 8,542 pounds of bucket breakout force and dipper breakout force of 4,945 pounds. The robot-welded boom and dipper are made from high-tensile steel with internal baffle plates for durability. A fully bushed dig-end with 500-hour greasing intervals reduces downtime and daily maintenance, cutting total cost of ownership for the customer and increasing productivity.

John Deere mini excavator

Compact excavator
John Deere adds the 30G compact excavator to its G-Series excavator line, filling a portfolio gap in the three to four metric ton class. It incorporates all current G-Series features, including the standard pattern changer and hand-controlled proportional auxiliary hydraulics. It offers a 22 percent increase in bucket force over the 27D model; 11 percent increase in arm force; 17 percent increase in net engine horsepower without the use of aftertreatment; 16 percent increase in auxiliary hydraulic flow; and a nine-foot, two-inch dig depth, which is an eight-inch increase. A new cab with heat and air conditioning, new seat with adjustable wrist rests and a suspension seat are standard. The foldable travel pedals maximize foot room and the low-effort pilot controls deliver exceptionally smooth, combined-function performance. Like other G-Series models, it has a third service door for improved access to the cooling core and other daily checkpoints. Extended fluid and lubrication intervals and sight gauges help minimize maintenance and expenses.

Komatsu mini excavator

Fits tight spaces, easy to maintain
Komatsu America Corp. offers the PC55MR-5 excavator with a tight tail swing radius, swing boom and convex sliding doors that hug the machine to help with work in tight spaces. Equipped with a 2.19-liter, 38-horsepower Tier 4 Final-compliant 4D88E-7 engine, the mini-excavator uses up to five percent less fuel than its predecessors with no loss to performance or productivity. The Komatsu diesel particulate filter (KDPF) and other after-treatment components are designed for operating efficiency and long life. It offers enhanced working modes that best match power to the job; wide service doors for ground-level maintenance; a high-strength, easy-to-clean X-track frame; tilt-up cab; auto-idle shutdown and economy modes. It features a Komtrax telematics system, standard auxiliary piping for attachments and a thumb mount on the arm.

Wacker Neuson mini excavator

1.5-ton compact excavator
Wacker Neuson’s ET16 compact excavator has a large cab and a small footprint. Its telescopic undercarriage can adjust from 39 to 51 inches. The swivel boom allows excavation in confined areas. The 1.5-ton class model 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 if 7 feet, 11 inches with the long dipper stick. A load-sensing hydraulic system ensures consistent flow regardless of engine speed or load changes, providing excellent handling. The two-speed drive system allows fast transport speed. It is available with a canopy or cab operator platform with plenty of leg and headroom and all-around visibility. All models feature an adjustable seat and wide entrance. The cabs feature heat and an innovative windshield system that allows both windows to be pushed up and secured below the cab roof for a more open working environment during warmer weather.

Takeuchi mini excavator

Compact hydraulic excavator
Takeuchi-US offers the TB235-2 compact hydraulic excavator that shares the same design concept of the TB230, TB240, and TB260. It is 3.5-ton unit that meets the needs of a wide range of customers including general contractors, landscapers, utility contractors and the rental industry. The models has 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 that does not require additional exhaust after-treatment systems. The spacious operator station has an automotive-style interior with a multi-information display. Cab air conditioning and heat is available. The Takeuchi Fleet Management (TFM) telematics system is standard and free for the first two years of ownership.

Mustang mini excavator

Compact excavator line
Manitou’s Mustang line of compact excavators is made up of eight models from 0.8 to 10 metric ton capacity. The models offer either zero or minimal tail swing, Power-A-Tach attachment mounting system and Yanmar Tier 4 final engines that offer an eco-mode and auto-deceleration that results in 20 percent less fuel consumption, lower noise levels and cleaner emissions. Controls can be set to operate in ISO or SAE patterns. The proportional auxiliary hydraulic system allows flow to be matched to the attachment demand.

Kubota mini excavator

Tight tail-swing excavator
The Kubota U27-4 tight tail-swing excavator features adjustable auxiliary flow hydraulics, an auxiliary diverter valve, two-speed automatic downshift travel as well as best-in-class reach and dig depth, Kubota sources report. It has one of the largest operator stations in its class; an enclosed cab option with heat is also available. Powered by a Kubota Tier 4 Final diesel engine that minimizes noise and vibration. The auto-shift feature automatically shifts travel speed, depending on traction and terrain. A third-line hydraulic return system allows oil flow directly to the tank when working with one-way hydraulic attachments for greater flow efficiency, reduced back pressure and less heat buildup. The U27-4 delivers a digging depth of 9 feet 5 inches and a bucket digging force of 7,014 pounds, which Kubota sources report are best-in-class. Two variable-displacement pumps distribute oil flow in a way that allows simultaneous operation of the boom, arm, bucket and swivel for improved efficiency.

Cat mini excavator

Flexibility for emissions-sensitive work
Caterpillar has added the 300.9D VPS (Versatile Power System) to its Cat range of mini-hydraulic excavators. The versatile design of the 300.9D VPS benefits both the owner/operator and the rental company by allowing the machine — in conjunction with its separate hydraulic power unit —to work either with its diesel engine or from a remote electrical power source with no loss of performance. Having an electrical drive system remote from the machine enhances utilization and rental options. The 300.9D VPS can be rented alone for regular applications or with the hydraulic power unit when the job requires low noise and zero emissions.

bobcat mini excavator

Next-generation excavators
Bobcat R-Series excavators feature a bold, distinct design and changes that boost operator productivity, comfort and uptime. The Bobcat E32 and E35 are 3- to 4-ton class units; more R-Series models are coming, sources report. The R Series models have a dual-flange track roller system that extends the undercarriage closer to the track edge, which results in up to a 15 percent increase in over-the-side capacity, more stability and an improved ride. The counterweight improves the center of gravity and offers open engine access for maintenance. The cab offers 15 percent more window area and 29 percent more floor space than past models; the seat and cab are also wider. Automatic heat and air conditioning systems offers complete cab climate control; a heated seat is also available. Seated operators can switch from ISO to standard controls and the repositioned second auxiliary selector switch allows operators to toggle between the second auxiliary and the boom-offset without releasing the joystick.

Volvo mini excavator

Easy on fuel, easy to operate
The new Volvo EC27D mini excavator offers five percent better fuel economy than its predecessor, a large operating range for its size class and combines intuitive operation and operator comfort with simple serviceability and versatility. The 2.7-ton unit is powered by a Volvo D1.1A Tier 4 Final-compliant engine with passive regeneration. It has more than 9,600 pounds of digging force; the precisely matched engine and hydraulics achieve greater fuel economy while using an engine with 30 percent less horsepower than its predecessor. The unit can be equipped with a ROPS/FOPS canopy or Volvo Care Cab. Proportional fingertip controls offer effortless command of the boom offset and auxiliary hydraulic flows, while the joystick enables the operator to fine-tune hydraulic flow for any attachment. The automatic travel system allows the machine to travel at high speed and will reduce speed for greater traction. A variety of attachments are available and can be easily changed with the Volvo pin-grabber mechanical quick coupler.

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