Yanmar Compact Equipment introduces a new generation of its ViO17 and ViO25 mini-excavators. The ViO17-1E and ViO25-6B are upgraded for improved operator comfort, convenience and ease of use while retaining Yanmar equipment’s reputation for high performance and reliability in tight spaces, the company said. The ViO17-1E is best suited for residential work, landscaping and small general construction projects. The ViO25-6B was also designed for building maintenance projects, irrigation, plumbing pipeline and more.
“Operators will appreciate the upgraded features in these new generation models,” said Jeff Pate, director of sales at Yanmar Compact Equipment North America. “From improved operator comfort and lighting to enhanced attachment coupling, the improvements make long days in the cab a little easier.”
The ViO17-1E offers a 4,023-pound operating weight and 14.5-horsepower engine while the ViO25-6B features a 5,908-pound operating weight and 20.4-horsepower engine. Both models feature a light footprint for minimized damage to soft, delicate surfaces in landscaping, residential and sculpting applications. The models feature dig depths of 7 feet, 7 inches for the ViO17-1E and 10 feet for the ViO25-6B.
Yanmar builds the ViO17-1E and ViO25-6B with zero tail swing technology for maximum workplace performance, the company said. Zero tail swing models are designed so that no part of the cab or canopy extends beyond the track width. This helps protect both the structure the machine is working next to and the machine itself in tight spaces.
As an added benefit, the ViO17-1E has a retractable undercarriage that allows operators to hydraulically extend and retract the track width. This makes it so the machine can access narrow jobsites. The units are paired with Yanmar’s diesel engines.
Quick-connect fitting facilitate hookup
Operators will find it simple to work efficiently in the ViO17-1E and ViO25-6B thanks to added features such as standard PTO quick-connect fittings that allow for hookup or switching between attachments. For added efficiency, the upgraded LED boom light integrated into the boom can shine directly onto the work area so operators can see what needs to be done.
The updated ViO17-1E and ViO25-6B have been upgraded to a four-point tie system for loading and unloading as well as stability during transport.
To minimize operator fatigue and further improve efficiency, the ViO17-1E and ViO25-6B also include a new seat and other creature comforts such as an ergonomic throttle and better display positions for access. With more intuitive controls, operators will also be able to improve efficiency with less training time needed. Updated positioning for displays and switches as well as control position improve ergonomics to make operating a ViO17-1E and ViO25-6B simpler.
For added productivity and efficiency on the jobsite, the ViO25-6B also includes ECO Mode, auto-decel mode and auto shift two-speed travel as standard features. ECO mode helps extend engine life, lengthen oil change intervals and reduces fuel consumption by reducing engine speed and power draw when not needed. The mini excavator’s auto shift two-speed travel design shifts the machines between low and high range automatically.
The ViO25-6B includes SmartAssist Remote, Yanmar’s telematics system, free for five years on new machines. Using the integrated theft protection, the mini excavator’s owner can set a range from a specific location or a starting time, triggering SmartAssist Remote to send a notification if that range is exceeded.
SmartAssist Remote can also detect errors with electronic components and send notifications to service personnel and directly to Yanmar to streamline the diagnostic process. The machine’s owner can view the operational status of the equipment in real time and view daily work reports that track use of the excavator, useful data that can improve jobsite productivity over time. SmartAssist Remote can track maintenance intervals and inspection items as well as notify the owner via email about upcoming maintenance requirements.