The Terex zero-tail-swing TC37 crawler excavator meets the demand for a compact machine in applications where space is limited. Designed to turn 360 degrees within the width of its tracks, the TC37 is designed for confined and restricted areas. 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-hp Mitsubishi 4-cylinder diesel engine and hydrostatic drive delivers the speed and power needed to dig, load, lift and place material. The unit also features an optional quick-change hitch that allows a wide range of optional attachments and accessories to be used for versatility.
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The Ditch Witch XT850 is a cross between the company's SK (mini-skid steer) and MX (mini-excavator) series. The lightweight excavator/tool carrier offers options including trailer, stands, and a variety of attachments to handle underground construction tasks. Designed for utility contractors, homebuilders, landscapers and others, the XT850 features a patent-pending 260-degree excavator sweep, which allows digging capability from one point. The machine's turf-friendly rubber tracks are controlled by independent hydrostatic ground drives, giving the operator zero-radius turning capability.
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The Vermeer CX254 mini-excavator weighs in at 11,023 pounds, measures 6.1 feet wide, features 19 feet of reach from the ground, a digging depth of 11.8 feet and bucket breakout force of 7,716 pounds. The CX254 is powered by a 52-hp Kubota diesel engine. The machine has a maximum digging height of 18.8 feet with a maximum dumping height of 13.2 feet. Combined with an independent-swing boom, the machine fits into close confines comfortably and works with ease around walls, footings and other obstacles. For expanded versatility, the boom swing angles to the left up to 55 degrees and to the right up to 80 degrees.
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New Holland introduces the E15 (pictured), E25, E30, E35 and E50 compact excavators, which feature an independent boom-swing mechanism. One pump is dedicated to the swing circuit, which enables simultaneous operation of the boom, arm or bucket without any effect on swing operation. With their zero-tail-swing design, these compact excavators can move and work in tight spaces without damaging the machine or the jobsite. They are suited for digging around obstacles, near foundations and against walls. The models range from 3,240 to 10,275 pounds and provide bucket breakout forces up to 11,128 pounds.
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Case Construction Equipment
Four Case CX compact excavators have been upgraded to be Tier 2 certified, increasing horsepower, hydraulic pressure and hydraulic flow for more efficient operation. These upgraded models — the CX27B, CX31B, CX36B (pictured) and CX50B — feature an overall 19-percent increase in engine horsepower, a 15-percent increase in hydraulic flow and a 14-percent increase in hydraulic horsepower. All models are equipped with a hydraulically controlled backfill blade for added machine stability and light dozing work. The upgraded models continue to offer zero-tail swing and a center-swing boom for maximum productivity in tight working spaces.
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The 12 mini-excavators from IHI offer digging depths of from 5 feet, 2 inches to 14 feet, 1 inch. The machines feature bucket forces from 2,160 to 14,730 pounds. The smaller units are designed for homeowners with a yard project and for small utility contractors. The IHI mini-excavator line offers versatility with three styles of excavators, and even with compact designs, they have all the features of a larger mini-excavator.
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Takeuchi introduces the TB138FR zero-swing model to its line of excavators. It features a patented side-to-side offset boom system combined with a zero-tail swing that allows the machine to turn 360 degrees. A low center of gravity offers the stability and craning capabilities of conventional excavators and the added functionality of working in confined areas. A tilt-up operator's platform combined with a full-opening engine compartment offers quick access for service and maintenance. An electrohydraulic push-button and proportional slide switch located in the left-hand joystick ensure precise control of the auxiliary hydraulic circuit.
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Yanmar introduces the Vi027-5 and Vi035-5 (pictured), two new mini-excavators in the 6,300- and 7,700-pound class. Features include increased breakout forces with dig depths of 9 feet, 6 inches and 11 feet, 4 inches, and a universal boom design that is 1.5 times thicker than previous models. The Vi035-5 model features an increase of 3.3-hp and optional air conditioning is available when the cabin is ordered. Both models offer improved fuel economy and larger fuel tanks.
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Gehl introduces the 3-ton model 383Z zero-tail-swing compact excavator. This excavator features zero-tail-swing maneuverability, which allows the machine's superstructure to rotate entirely without the tracks. The 383Z can operate close to walls and obstructions without risk of contact. Its small size, weighing 7,826 pounds with a canopy and 8,002 pounds with a cab, and maneuverability make it suitable for operating on congested sites without obstructing traffic. The canopy and cab meet or exceed all ROPS, FOPS and TOPS requirements for increased safety.
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Kubota introduces the KX080-3 utility-class excavator, which is designed for work environments where space is limited, but additional power, capacity and efficiency are required. This 8-ton, tight-tailswing excavator offers more than 14,000 pounds of breakout force, along with versatility and additional features. The KX080-3 can drive 14,660 pounds of bucket force and 8,554 pounds of arm crowd force, but still start easily in the cold while maintaining fuel efficiency. A fuel-save that helps reduce noise and exhaust emissions is the auto-idling system, which instinctively adjusts engine revolutions per minute.
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Bobcat introduces the 425 ZTS compact excavator, which is powered by a 26-hp liquid-cooled diesel engine and features two-speed travel motors. The two-speed travel motors increase the excavator's mobility around jobsites by providing a 1.2-mph low travel speed and a 2.3-mph high travel speed. The 425 standard-arm excavator delivers a maximum digging depth of 8 feet, 4 inches and a maximum reach of 14 feet, 10 inches at ground level. The 425 long-arm option has a maximum digging depth of 9 feet, 4 inches and a maximum reach of 15 feet, 9 inches at ground level for even greater spoil placement.
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Komatsu's PC27MR-2 compact hydraulic excavator is designed for contractors working in a variety of construction, utility, landscaping and other small- to mid-sized applications. The PC27MR-2 features increased strength and wider working ranges to enhance overall operating performance. The machine has an operating weight of 6,590 pounds and a Komatsu 25.5-hp engine. It features a maximum digging height of 14 feet, 9 inches; a maximum dumping height of 10 feet, 7 inches; a maximum digging depth of 8 feet, 8 inches; drawbar pull of 7,055 pounds; arm crowd force of 3,310 pounds; and a maximum digging force of 4,920 pounds.
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John Deere introduces the 17D compact excavator, which features adjustable-width tracks and a new backfill blade with foldable end sections. When the tracks are retracted and the blades' end sections folded, the machine fits through a 40-inch-wide opening. When fully extended to more than 50 inches, the undercarriage provides maximum stability for operation. The battery, fuel tank, hydraulic reservoir and coolant reservoir are conveniently located behind a single service door. In addition to the adjustable width feature, the reduced tail-swing 17D also provides improved performance specs, including 20-percent more horsepower, 8-percent more arm force and 19-percent more bucket dig force.
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