Equipment Spotlight: Reduced/Zero Tail Swing Excavators

April 2011 Vol. 66 No. 4

John Deere Construction & Forestry
The 60D and mid-sized 85D feature reduced tail-swing designs that allow them to rotate freely within a small radius and get closer to objects on congested jobsites. The 85D’s swing boom allows it to dig parallel to walls and foundations. With increased swing torque and drawbar pull, the 85D produces like a larger machine. A comfortable cab features an advanced LCD monitor for following key machine functions. The 60D provides the strength of a larger excavator in a smaller package. This compact checks in at a height of 8 feet, 5 inches and with a width of 6 feet, 7 inches. The tail swing overhang is only 12 inches when rotated 90 degrees. A long arm/heavy counterweight option adds 573 pounds of counterweight and 12 inches more dig depth and reach. Steel tracks and rubber pads are optional. The 60D’s engine is interim Tier 4 with 40.5 hp at 2,000 rpm. 800.503.3373, deere.com

Caterpillar
The 308D CR SB Mini Hydraulic Excavator delivers superior performance and comfort while reducing your operating costs. The spacious cab provides a comfortable work area. Intuitive seat-mounted controls are easy to use for greater job accuracy and efficiency. The compact radius design allows jobsite work where other machines cannot operate, significantly impacting your bottom line. This swing boom version increases machine and customer versatility by allowing the operator to dig box sections without repositioning the machine. The swing boom also allows you to accurately and safely dig along obstacles like fences, walls and buildings. catrequests.com

New Holland Construction
The E18B zero tail swing, compact excavator delivers more digging performance and an adjustable track gauge for easy maneuverability in tight spaces. A “Smart Hydraulic System” provides three pumps that ensure maximum power and smoothness for simultaneous lifting, swinging and travel operations. With the New Holland E18B you can expect fast cycle times, high productivity and low fuel consumption. Key E18B features: 58.1 cubic inch Mitsubishi diesel engine, 3-Post Canopy ROPS/FOPS, foldable dozer blade matches width of undercarriage in extended or retracted positions. 262.636.6011, www.newhollandconstruction.com