Roundup: Compact excavators

IHI excavators have big-machine features
The 11 compact excavators from IHI have digging depths of 5 feet 2 inches to 14 feet 1 inch and powerful bucket breakout forces of 2,160 pounds to 14, 730 pounds. According to IHI, the compact excavator line offers versatility with two styles of excavators and dependability. In addition, the excavators have the deeper digging depth and power that landscapers expect.

Compact excavators are Tier 2 certified
Case CX27B, CX318, CX36B and CX50B compact excavator engines have been upgraded to be Tier 2 compliant – increasing horsepower, hydraulic pressure and hydraulic flow for more efficient operation. The models now feature a 19-percent increase in engine horsepower, a 15-percent increase in hydraulic flow and a 14-percent increase in hydraulic horsepower. All models feature a hydraulically controlled backfill blade for increased stability and light dozing work.

Bobcat expands zero-tailswing line
Bobcat’s new 425 compact excavator optimizes spoil placement and reduces the likelihood of contact with surrounding objects – perfect for landscapers looking for a ZTS model in the 2- to 3-metric-ton size class. The 425 delivers a maximum digging depth of 8 feet 4 inches and a maximum reach of 14 feet 10 inches at ground level. It is powered by a 26-horsepower liquid-cooled diesel engine and features two-speed travel motors – providing a 1.2 mph low travel speed and a 2.3 mph high travel speed around jobsites.

TC37 fits in tight spaces
Terex’s TC37 crawler excavator turns 360 degrees within the width of its tracks, allowing operators to access areas where conventional excavators won’t fit. Weighing in at 8,047 pounds, the TC37 offers a maximum digging depth of 11 feet 1 inch and a reach of 18 feet 6 inches. The 32.5-horsepower Mitsubishi four-cylinder diesel engine and hydrostatic drive delivers the speed and power needed to dig, load, lift and place material.

Volvo excavator suited to work all day
Volvo’s compact excavator line, including the ECR28, ECR38, ECR58, ECR88, offers ultimate maneuverability in small spaces. Standard auto-idling conserves fuel by reverting to idle if a function is not activated within seconds. In addition, the operator’s station offers various standard comfort features, making even the longest days tolerable. The compact excavator range is built for performance with features such as an X-shaped undercarriage and load-sensing hydraulics.

Yanmar mini excavator has variable width undercarriage
Yanmar’s Vi015 mini excavator features zero tailswing, a variable undercarriage with 3-foot 11-inch and 3-feet 1-inch adjustments, and left to right boom swing allowing the unit to operate close to walls and in tight spaces. Standard features on the Vi105 include a powerful hydraulic system, control pattern selector and dual auxiliary PTO. Recessed work lights and same-side engine service help to reduce maintenance. The excavator is powered by a Yanmar Clean & Silent 11.9/2000 RPM diesel engine that is fully CARB compliant. Maximum digging depth is 7 feet 3 inches.

Zero-tailswing excavator enhances operator visibility
Mustang’s new 3803ZT zero-tailswing excavator has a longer undercarriage to enhance stability and the design eliminates rear overhang and provides increased maneuverability. It features a side-mounted engine and rear-mounted hydraulic and fuel tanks, giving technicians easy access to maintenance points. The 3803ZT provides a maximum drawbar pull of 6,614 lbf, and a load-sensing system automatically shifts between low and high range to lower cycle times.

Caterpillar introduces three C-series mini excavators
Designed for high performance in tight working spaces, Caterpillar’s 303C CR, 304C CR and 305C CR feature a zero tailswing design and bucket digging forces increased as much as 22 percent when compared with the previous models. Stick digging forces have been increased as much as 5 percent. According to the manufacturer, load-sensing hydraulics optimize oil flow based on operator control inputs, resulting in a smooth, multi-function operation and greater fuel efficiency.

Roundup Bonus: Compact Utility Loaders
Compact diesel loader delivers added torque

The Toro Company’s new Dingo TX 525 narrow track compact utility loader is powered by a 25-horsepower Kubota diesel engine and delivers the added power and performance of Toro’s wide track diesel unit in a slimmer machine profile for maneuvering in tight spaces. The 5.9-inch-wide tracks distribute the unit’s weight to 5.2 psi for flotation in soft ground conditions or on lawns. According to the manufacturer, the TX 525 is a convenient choice for landscapers who use all diesel-powered equipment.

Boxer introduces its largest compact skid steer
Boxer Equipment’s 530X skid steer is an update of its previously-offered TL-224-34 model, and is ideal for landscaping applications. A fuel efficient 30-horsepower Kohler Command Pro air-cooled gas engine powers the machine, and a two-pump 3,000 psi, 14.5 gpm hydraulic system drives its auxiliary and propulsion systems. The machine has enough muscle to handle full-size attachments like a 36-inch auger or 48-inch trencher. The 530X offers an integrated track system that retracts from 43.5 inches to 35 inches. Its 9-inch-wide tracks also provide only 3.3 psi of ground pressure to reduce damage to lawns.

Track loader efficient in varying terrains
The RC-30, the smallest in ASV’s line of 11 track loaders, enables you to work on the top of a lawn without turf damage as well as carrying a load of rocks through a ditch. According to the manufacturers, the RC-30 offers landscapers more productivity and easy transportation. The machine is also available with special smooth rubber tracks that provide increased protection of turf. Available attachments include buckets, forks, levelers and augers.

Ditch Witch’s skid steer not quite so ‘mini’
Powered by a 31-horsepower Kubota turbo diesel engine, the SK650 skid steer is the only compact skid steer that directs 20 net horsepower to the attachment, according to Ditch Witch. Quick-attach fittings enable attachments to be changed with the hydraulic system under pressure, and a foot pedal auxiliary control is standard. The fuel and hydraulic tanks are mounted on the outside of the machine’s frame, increasing capacity in both tanks and allowing most jobs to be completed without stopping to refuel.

Customers dictate design of rubber track skid steer
The S600TX rubber track skid steer from Vermeer, is powered by your choice of a 25-horsepower Kohler Command Pro gas engine or a 26.3-horsepower Kubota D1105 liquid-cooled diesel engine. The S600TX’s width of 35.75 inches allows it to maneuver in confined areas, and the 7- or 9-inch tracks provide increased stability and lower ground operating pressure. Its universal attachment mounting plate and 13 gpm of hydraulic flow enables the skid steer to perform various duties.

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