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Reduced/Zero Tail Swing Excavators: Equipment Spotlight
Excavators from John Deere, Hitachi, Volvo, Case, Caterpillar, New Holland Construction, Bobcat, Kobelco, Ditch Witch, Kubota, Doosan and Komatsu America.
John Deere Construction & Forestry
Equipped with an EPA Tier 3 emissions certified 93-hp engine, the John Deere 135D delivers impressive swing torque, drawbar pull and lift capacity, with low emissions and noise. The reduced-tail-swing design allows the 135D to rotate freely within a small radius, so the unit is more productive around obstacles or in confined spaces. More efficient cooling systems and a beefier undercarriage delivers long-lasting durability. A quieter, more spacious cab offers ample legroom and noticeably more glass for unsurpassed comfort and visibility. 800.503.3373, deere.com
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, hitachiconstruction.com
The 34.8-ton Volvo ECR305CL short swing radius excavator features a precisely-engineered weight distribution and increased swing torque for optimal swing performance when working on slopes. Maximum digging depth is 22.8 feet with up to 38,810 pounds of breakout force. The rounded cab features a color LCD monitor, providing a built-in service display and selectable hydraulic control options. 825.650.2000, volvo.com
The CX B Series compact excavators from Case offer zero tail swing and a center-swing boom for maximum productivity in even the tightest working spaces. The Case CX17B, CX27B, CX31B, CX36B and CX50B can reach job sites and work in confined spaces where other machines cannot tread. Yet they possess large excavator features, such as an undercarriage with heavy-duty travel motors that provide excellent speed and traction, and heavy plate guards that prevent damage to the hydraulic motor piping. CX B Series compact excavators also are equipped with a hydraulically controlled backfill blade for stability and light dozing work. 262.636.6011, casece.com