Bobcat last week announced at ConExpo in Las Vegas that its new E26 minimal tail swing compact excavator will join its M-Series line later this year. The new model was built brand new from the ground up.

The E26 has an operating weight of 5,690 pounds and overall width of 59 inches. It is powered by a 27-hp diesel engine that is Interim Tier-4 compliant. The unit’s minimal 0.8 inches of tail overhang allows the machine to fit in tight surroundings, and it leaves a lighter footprint than the 325 and 425 models it replaces.

The E26 is standard equipped with a canopy ROPS/TOPS, while full climate control is optional. The unit is available in standard and long arm configurations. The E26 features joystick-mounted, fingertip control for boom swing and auxiliary hydraulic functions. This feature provides increased floor space and improved functionality for the operator.

In addition, the E26 comes with an Auto-Idle feature that, if activated by the operator, automatically returns the engine to idle if excavator functions are not used for a period of four seconds, saving fuel and reducing jobsite noise. The engine automatically returns to the preset throttle position as soon as the operator starts working again. For precise engine speed adjustments, a new easy-to-use rotary knob has been added to the controls.

For more information on the E26 compact excavator, visit www.bobcat.com/excavators.