Reduced/Zero Tail Swing Excavators: Equipment Spotlight

April 2012, Vol. 67 No. 4
John Deere 135D

Kobelco
Kobelco Short Radius ACERA excavators use the new Integrated Noise Dust Reduction system. INDR works with incoming and outgoing air to attain low noise levels, superior system cooling efficiency and maximum particulate filtration. INDR makes the Short Radius models the ultimate choice for urban construction sites where tight areas require high performance, low noise and low engine emissions. An integrated counter weight design blends into the overall upper-body structure. The Short Radius models include the 140SR, 215SR and 235SR with operating weights from 32040 to 56,865 and maximum dig depths of 19 feet 7 inches to 21 feet 8 inches. 888.562.5201, kobelcoamerica.com

Ditch Witch
With the versatile XT855 excavator-tool carrier, you can dig around corners, offset dig along fences and buildings, and deposit spoils anywhere within its unbeatable 260-degree swing arc. Turn it around and it's ready to trench, lift, break, move or restore just about anything on your jobsite with any of its 70 quick-attach compact utility attachments. Choose from turf-friendly or aggressive tracks. Optional extension legs provide additional leveling support, improving productivity. With a turbocharged, 30-hp engine and 18 hp to the attachment, the XT855 has the power to get the job done. 800.654.6481, ditchwitch.com

Kubota

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The Kubota U55 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 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. 888.458.2682, x900, kubota.com