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RER Spotlights the Latest Mini-excavators

Extend Manufacturing

Extend Manufacturing introduces the new line of TMX towable mini-excavators, which feature a quick-on and quick-off hitch system. The TMX units can be hooked behind a standard ½-ton pick-up, van or light-duty tow vehicle. TMX units eliminate tracks by using zero-turn technology common on lawn mowers. The zero-turn rotation enables access to tight locations and allows work on well-established lawns or greens. Weighing 2,941 pounds, the TMX features an 8-foot digging depth. It offers a 72-inch, 4-way blade system for efficient backfilling and grading.
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A redesigned work group allows the new Bobcat 324 compact excavator to reach farther, dig deeper and dump higher compared with previous models. The 324 excavator is a conventional-tail-swing unit in the 1.5-ton operating class. Its boom cylinder is attached to the top of the boom instead of the bottom, giving it more protection from damage while digging. It also features a lighter weight boom fabrication with cast pivot joints. The 324 offers a maximum dig depth of 8 feet, 6 inches, reach at ground level of 14 feet, and dump height clearance of 8 feet, 8 inches. A 13.9-hp, Tier 4 water-cooled diesel engine powers the 324, and two travel speed ranges are standard.
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The 18-hp Terex TC20 compact crawler excavator is designed with a top-mounted boom cylinder to provide maximum protection during operation. The boom on the TC20 is offset to the right in order to provide improved visibility to the operator. A quick-couple bucket adaptor makes it easy for bucket and attachment changes, and this unit is plumbed with an auxiliary hydraulic circuit with open (pressureless) retune to provide additional flexibility in adding attachments. The TC20 has an operating weight of 4,455 pounds with a maximum dig depth of 8 feet, 2 inches and a maximum reach of 14 feet, 4 inches. It has a bucket capacity of 1.38 to 6.18 cubic feet.
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Kubota introduces the U55, its largest model in the U-Series of compact excavators. With a medium-length arm that enhances arm crowd force, a wide doorway and plenty of operator space, the U55 replaces Kubota's KX161-3 compact excavator. A 47.6-gross-hp, direct-injection Kubota diesel engine features single-side servicing and includes an auto-idle feature that conserves fuel and reduces noise level. A new, load-sensing hydraulic system employs a combination of closed and open center controls to ensure strong digging forces and minimize slow down during travel when using attachments.
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Gehl adds the 283Z zero-tail-swing compact excavator to its line-up. The 2.8-ton 283Z can be transported on a passenger car trailer with a permissible weight of 3.5 tons. The size of the operator's compartment is maximized by mounting the 20.4-hp Yanmar diesel engine on the side of the machine, and the hydraulic and fuel tanks on the rear of the machine. This provides the operator with more space and legroom. To maximize serviceability, a large, lockable engine hood opens to allow complete access to hydraulic system test ports, hydraulic pumps and all engine components.
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IHI Compact Excavator

The all new 40VXL is a 10,206-pound zero-tail-swing mini-excavator with a digging depth of 11 feet, 10 inches, and a digging force of 9,854 pounds. Standard equipment includes a Yanmar, 38.5-hp engine, 4-post canopy, rubber tracks, auxiliary hydraulic piping, pattern change valve, suspension seat, arm rest and backfill blade.
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Komatsu America Corp. introduces the PC78US-8 compact hydraulic excavator, which is equipped with the latest KOMTRAX technology to send machine operating information to a secure website. Data such as operating hours, machine location, maintenance notifications, out-of-area notifications, machine utilization and residual fuel levels are just a few features relayed to the web application for analysis. The PC78US-8 is powered by a 55-hp Komatsu SAA4D95LE-5 engine, and has a maximum digging height of 24 feet, 11 inches, and a maximum digging depth of 15 feet, 5 inches.
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Wacker Neuson

Wacker Neuson's 38Z3 excavator is designed to combine the performance of a conventional track machine with the maneuverability of a zero-tail machine. The 3.5-metric-ton class unit is powered by a fuel-efficient Yanmar 3-cylinder 28.2-hp diesel engine with two travel speeds. Its maximum digging depth is 10 feet, 2 inches. The 38Z3 comes with rubber tracks, dozer blades, boom-mounted working lights and a control pattern selector switch.
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Ditch Witch

The new XT855 excavator-tool carrier is a compact, multi-function machine that features an excavator with a 260-degree swing, plus a tool carrier that can drive as many as 70 compact utility attachments. The new XT855 is equipped with a 30-net-hp engine that directs up to 18 hp to the attachment. It also offers optional extension legs for leveling support in difficult digging conditions.
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Volvo Construction Equipment

The Volvo EC35C compact excavator features a conventional excavator design for stability with minimal superstructure swing. It has a cast-steel X-frame undercarriage for sturdy operation and improved load distribution, and is powered by a low emission, water-cooled Volvo diesel engine. The EC35C features a forward-style cab with right-side-mounted engine for enhanced service accessibility. Service points have also been placed together for fast daily maintenance. The EC35C is also equipped with a standard auto-idling system that lowers engine speed to idle if the operator does not use the controls for five seconds.
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John Deere

John Deere introduces two new sizes in its family of D-Series excavators, filling out the line with the compact 60D (pictured) and the mid-sized 85D. Both new excavators feature reduced tail-swing designs that allow them to rotate freely within a small radius and get closer to objects on congested jobsites. The 60D has a height of 8 feet, 5 inches and a width of 6 feet, 7 inches. The 60D's engine is interim Tier 4 with 40.5 hp at 2,000 rpm.
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