LBX Co. has announced the Link-Belt 355 X4S excavator for North America. This machine is the flagship model of the upcoming X4S Series, built upon the strong foundation of the X4 Series with added functionality and some new features. It’s also the largest minimum swing radius excavator in the Link-Belt product lineup, weighing approximately 78,709 pounds.
“Through customer and dealer feedback, the 355 X4S has incorporated features and performance that have come to be expected from the Link-Belt brand,” said Adam Woods, LBX manager of innovation and technology integration. “The 355 X4S offers the power of a large machine at a lower weight, and the fuel efficiency and high productivity provide operators with lower daily operating costs.”
A shortened tail swing with plenty of balance and power gives the 355 X4S versatility. The unit is designed for road construction and maintenance, residential or commercial excavation, site prep, pipeline construction, sewer, utilities work, and demolition projects. Adding to that versatility is a long list of available buckets, thumbs, and coupler options available to order with the machine.
The 355 X4S is powered by a 6-cylinder Isuzu Final Tier 4 engine that produces 205 hp while maintaining fuel efficiency and high productivity without the need for a DPF to maintain. There are now four work modes, all with varying levels of selectable rpm settings giving the operator greater flexibility and more options to fine-tune the level of work they are trying to complete. The new Eco mode offers a solution to those who hold fuel economy as the top priority, and the new Lifting mode ensures power boost is always on during those lower rpm crane tasks. An optional reversible fan is available to help clean out the radiator and keep the engine running cool and free of debris.
The 355 X4S is equipped with a newly designed, full-size cab that offers more operator room and comfort when compared to a traditional MSR machine. Its ROPS and FOPS Level 1 certified from the factory and has mounting bosses already installed to add factory guarding packages. The additional headroom and legroom pair nicely with the high-back air suspension seat with heat and tilt functions built in to enhance the operator experience, the manufacturer says. The cab layout has been improved by adding on-screen climate controls with better airflow, onboard Bluetooth, dual cup holders, and a smartphone storage tray relocating the 12V outlet upfront, a free-swing switch, better spaced and more comfortable footrests, and a straight travel pedal.
A new 10-inch LCD monitor gives the operator greater visibility of machine functions and safety features. This is evident in the ability to display three camera images, if equipped, at the same time while still monitoring machine information and notifications. The 355 X4S comes standard with two high-resolution cameras, one at the rear of the machine and one on the right-hand side of the machine. The optional Waves camera system adds a third camera and gives the operator a full 270-degree view around the machine. Also, through the new monitor, operators can customize joystick button assignments and the monitor buttons themselves to activate frequently used functions and screens instead of relying on the factory defaults alone.
Customization has also made its way to some new hydraulic functions on the machine. When setting up work tools, individual names can be created and stored in the monitor, making it quicker and more user-friendly to choose the correct settings for the installed tool. Operators can also prioritize and distribute hydraulic flow to arm-in, boom-up, or swing functions, depending on the immediate need of the job, directly through the monitor.
This machine is also fully backed by a 5-year/5,000-hour full machine warranty and a 5-year/10,000- hour structural warranty.