Equipment Spotlight: Mini Excavators

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

Bobcat Company
The re-engineered design of Bobcat’s M-Series excavators reduces the weight to create a lighter machine. A new load-sensing piston pump and closed center-valve system deliver exceptional metering for smooth control of machine functions. With the new advanced hydraulic system, arm breakout force increases by 20 percent over previous models. The E35 is a Zero Tail Swing excavator that excels at working on space-constrained jobsites, such as next to buildings or other obstacles. The Auto-Shift travel feature automatically shifts to high-range for easier transport and turning of the excavator and an Auto-Idle feature decreases fuel consumption and overall jobsite sound levels. Fingertip boom swing control is easier to operate and opens up space on the floor for the operator’s feet. Integrated slew brake offers infinite braking positions. Overall sound levels have been reduced by more than 50 percent for quieter operation. Twenty percent greater arm breakout force. 866.823.7898, www.bobcat.com

Case
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The CX31B compact excavator has a net engine power of 28.4 hp and an operating weight of 6,679 pounds. Zero tail swing allows unobstructed operation in tight spaces. A foot pedal swing-boom control allows for simultaneous moves of swing boom and house for rapid machine positioning. A swing-boom control button allows for easy operation and flexibility to tackle any restricted job site. Standard, durable rubber tracks provide low ground pressure reducing job site surface damage. Optional steel tracks provide protection in adverse ground conditions. The hydraulically controlled backfill blade provides added machine stability and is ideal for backfilling. An optional angled blade enhances back filling of trenches. Pilot controls and proportional flow hydraulics are smooth and intuitive for responsive performance, low fatigue and precise attachment control. A one-piece, swing-out, side access panel gives ground line access for easy servicing and maintenance increasing uptime while lowering operating costs. 262.636.6011, www.casece.com

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