Equipment Spotlight: Mini Excavators

February 2011, Vol. 66 No. 2
Volvo's EC20C compact excavator.

Mini excavators from Volvo, John Deere, Bobcat Company, Case, Hitachi, Ditch Witch, Kubota Tractor, Doosan Infracore, Caterpillar, New Holland Construction, Kobelco Construction Machinery and Komatsu.

Volvo
The new EC20C compact excavator sets new standards in the 2-ton class and joins the compact excavator team as the smallest model in the Volvo Construction Equipment line. The EC20C is powered by a Tier 4 compliant 16.2-hp diesel engine and sports a new cab and digging equipment design. The operator can now use an electro-proportional fingertip control on the joystick for swing and offset movement at the same time. The attachment circuit and offset function foot controls have been replaced by the joystick button, providing operators with more leg and foot room. Maximum hydraulic oil flow for the first auxiliary circuit can be set to adjust the maximum speed of a tilting ditching bucket. The adjustment is easily made from the right-hand joystick using the proportional roller and maximum flow switch. Productivity is enhanced and fuel consumption lowered during traveling movements since travel speed automatically shifts from high to low according to the working load. 828.650.2000, www.volvo.com

John Deere
The 60D compact excavator excels in close quarters and is easy to trailer. With its powerful dig forces, impressive digging depth, and spacious comfortable cab, this highly capable compact produces and feels more like a small mid-size excavator. And with a rugged interim Tier 4 engine and excellent serviceability, operators get more done with low downtime and operating cost. Zero tail swing, independent-swing boom, 360-degree rotation allow maximum flexibility and exceptional maneuverability for work in tight spaces. Standard quick coupler and boom mounted auxiliary hydraulics accommodate a wide variety of buckets and Worksite PRO attachments such as breakers and augers. 800.503.3373, www.deere.com

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