Posted September 16, 2021

Compact skid excavators

The Mecalac 6MCR, 8MCR and 10MCR offer superior speed, productivity and compact operation over traditional mini-excavators.

The machines provide the swiftness of a skid steer with the 360-degree rotation of an excavator for versatility and travel speeds two times faster than any small excavator. A compact footprint brings Mecalac’s signature end-user-focused design to new applications and industries for increased safety, sustainability and efficiency.

Mecalac MCR Series skid excavator
The 6MCR, 8MCR and 10MCR offer superior speed, productivity and compact operation over traditional mini-excavators.

“One of the main goals of every Mecalac design is reducing congestion on the job site by providing one machine that can take the place of several,” says Peter Bigwood, general manager for Mecalac North America. “The MCR Series is truly multifunctional, acting as a skid steer, excavator or rough-terrain forklift, depending on the attachment. We designed the new MCR series to go faster than anything else its size because we know time is of the essence on every job site. But speed is only part of the equation when it comes to efficiency, so we added an unparalleled range of motion with the patented three-part Mecalac boom system, allowing operators to do more from a single position. Together, these capabilities produce truly game-changing versatility.”

Each of the three machines is capable of travel speeds up to 6.2 mph. This significantly reduces time spent traveling across job sites, resulting in faster cycle times and less unnecessary downtime.

The patented Connect quick coupler allows operators to quickly transition between attachments — such as pallet forks or digging buckets — without leaving the cab. Using a range of attachments, contractors can easily do the job of several machines with a single unit, freeing up resources and space without sacrificing efficiency.

With a skid bucket attachment, contractors can move up to .98 cubic yards of material at top speed or rest the bucket against the blade for applications such as grading and ground leveling. This innovative feature stabilizes the bucket, distributing the forces to the frame of the machine and reducing stress on the boom, prolonging component life.

MCR units combine Mecalac’s innovative three-part arm and a rotating ability offer extended range of movement, allowing operators to do more from a single position or within confined spaces. The three-part arm can also be tucked in, even with a full bucket, allowing for extra compactness and mobility without overbalancing the unit in the front, resulting in a true zero-turn radius. In addition, the boom system gives the MCR unprecedented lifting capacities – pound for pound, exceeding anything else on the market, sources report.