Mini Excavators: Equipment Spotlight

February 2014, Vol. 69 No. 2
Kobelco’s SK17SR

Caterpillar
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The five compact-radius Cat E Series Mini Hydraulic Excavators—303.5E CR, 304E CR, 305E CR, 305.5E CR and 308E CR SB—all Stage IIIA /Tier 4 Interim emissions regulations and incorporate features such as the COMPASS digital control panel, standard high-ambient cooling package, more efficient auxiliary hydraulics, and redesigned control layout. The models are designed to carry on the solid performance of their D Series predecessor, while adding even greater value for the customer. Built into the COMPASS monitor are an anti-theft system, which requires a five-digit alphanumeric password to start the machine, and an Economy Mode feature (3.5- to 5.5-ton machines), which potentially can lower fuel use up to 20 percent by adjusting engine speed. An automatic engine-idle system drops engine rpm to idle after 4 seconds of inactivity. cat.com/requestCatinfo

New Holland
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New Holland offers a full-line of compact excavators that range in size from the E18B with variable-width track spacing, to the E50B that delivers best-in-class productivity. All standard model configurations provide zero-tail swing for access to the most space restricted areas. Other features include center swing boom/arm combination for digging, filling and grading along near-perpendicular angles like footings, curbs and foundations. A robust hydraulically controlled dozer blade adds extra versatility for site-prep, back-filling and general grading. An optional 4-way angle blade is available for even more versatility. 888.365.6423, northamerica.construction.newholland.com

Kubota
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Kubota’s new 4-ton KX040-4 packs superior performance, versatility and comfort into one compact machine. The KX040-4 replaces the KX121-3 and prioritizes the economy while supporting the environment with its “Eco Plus” system, giving operators the option of “eco mode” for up to 20 percent less fuel consumption than the prior model. The KX040-4 features a deluxe interior that rivals larger models with a spacious air-conditioned cab, wide entrance, fully flat floor, deluxe suspension seat, and an easy access up-front control panel. The KX040-4 also boasts auto downshift travel motors, which shift automatically to improve productivity. 877.582.6826, kubota.com