Equipment Spotlight: Reduced/Zero Tail Swing Excavators

April 2014, Vol. 69 No. 4
Bobcat's Tier 4 E45

Reduced/zero tail swing excavators by Bobcat, Sany America, John Deere Construction, Hitachi, Volvo, Case, Doosan Infracore Construction America, Caterpillar, Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas and Kubota.


The new Bobcat zero tail swing Tier 4 E45, with a non-DPF (diesel particulate filter) engine solution, features a machine protection system that monitors, manages and shuts down the engine if needed. This system monitors engine coolant and oil temperatures and will manage engine systems to reduce the possibility of these fluids reaching a point where the machine has to be shut down. This minimizes potential damage to the engine, stops unnecessary engine wear and keeps operators working. 866.823.7898,

Sany America
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Sany America has expanded its hydraulic excavator product line with the addition of its first two compact models, the short-tail swing Sany SY16C and the zero-tail swing Sany SY35U. The two excavators feature Tier 4-certified Yanmar engines and multi-functional attachment operation. The SY16C has an operating weight of 3,858 pounds, maximum dig depth of 7 feet 8 inches and bucket breakout force of 3,417 foot-pounds. The SY35U has an operating weight of 8,333 pounds, maximum dig depth of 10 feet 2 inches and bucket breakout force of 6,834 foot-pounds. Various bucket sizes and styles, as well as other popular hydraulic-powered attachments, are available for each new model. 678.251.2810,

John Deere Construction
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The 97 hp, IT4 John Deere 135G delivers impressive arm force, dig force and lift capacity. The reduced tail-swing design allows the 135G to work closer to objects on congested jobsites, plus it is easy to transport to the next job. Industry-exclusive double-seal swing bearing and three welded boom bulkheads deliver rock-solid durability. In addition, a highly efficient, heavy-duty cooling system keeps things cool, even in touch environments or high altitudes. 800.503.3373,