Equipment Spotlight: Mini Excavators

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

Hitachi
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The Zaxis 85USB-3 excavator is a swing-boom ultra short enables parallel digging to walls, guard rails and foundations. Choose steel shoes, rubber pads or rubber crawler belts. The shape of the backfill blade is easier to see by the operator while providing better crowding performance and additional machine stability. The cab features a deluxe suspension cloth seat, advanced multilingual LCD monitor, slide-open front glass, generous legroom, short-throw/low-effort controls, and a tinted transparent roof window. www.hitachiconstruction.com

Ditch Witch
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The XT1600 excavator-tool carrier is designed to perform the work of three machines: a backhoe loader, mini excavator, and compact track loader. Equipped with a 59-hp diesel engine, the versatile XT1600 is a ride-on unit that features a 260-degree excavator sweep that enables the operator to dig in multiple positions in tight jobsites confined spaces, including offset digging along walls, fences, and buildings. And with 30 net hp to the attachment, the XT1600 can perform a range of general construction, utility installation, road work, materials handling, demolition tasks and landscaping. 800.654.6481, www.ditchwitch.com

Kubota Tractor
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The new Kubota U55 five-ton tight tail swing compact excavator is designed to provide outstanding power in confined areas. The U55 is equipped with a medium-length arm and enhanced arm crowd force, a wide doorway and plenty of operator space. Built with a 47.6 gross hp direct-injection Kubota diesel engine, the U55 provides plenty of power for any compact excavator job. The U55 has a tail swing overhang of only 2.5 inches and is powerful, yet compact enough to operate efficiently and carefully in narrow workspaces. www.kubota.com

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