Equipment Spotlight: Reduced/Zero Tail Swing Excavators

April 2011 Vol. 66 No. 4

Reduced tail swing excavators from Kubota, Hitachi, Ditch Witch, Volvo, Case, John Deere Construction & Forestry, Caterpillar, New Holland Construction, Bobcat, Komatsu America and Kobelco.

The Kubota U55 (replaces the KX161-3 model) five-ton tight tail swing compact excavator 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. 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. Auto-downshift travel motors smooth transitions through turns, and the optional hydraulic angle blade improves backfilling efficiency. Float is standard equipment on all blades and combines with high traction force to speed the operator on to the next job. Two auxiliary hydraulics ports are also now available, expanding attachment versatility. 888.458.2682, x 900,

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The Zaxis 225USLC-3 ultra-short is the largest of the reduced tail-swing excavators that Hitachi sells in North America. It has a high-performance, fuel-efficient, four-cylinder Tier-3-certified Isuzu engine. E, P, and H/P engine modes can be selected to suit job needs. Engine performance and hydraulic flow are perfectly balanced for fast, smooth, and precise operations. The cab comes with a wider seatback, more legroom, and lots of glass on the right-hand side for improved visibility. It is prepped for auxiliary hydraulics. The multilingual color LCD monitor provides maintenance, attachment and operational information. 800.675.8459,