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Market Report: Compact Plant : Latest products
Upgraded Yanmar mini from A&Y
New from A&Y Equipment is the Yanmar
ViO57-6 zero tail swing mini excavator,
an upgrade of the ViO57 series. The standard long arm boom still offers a dig depth of more than 4m and a 4420mm dumping height, but the new design has a box structure which not only reduces weight by 40kg, but also increases lifting capacity by 10%.
The manufacturer says that the combination of a more powerful Yanmar engine and a hydraulic pump increases power by 14%, while a new control valve improves cycle-times. The power unit has direct injection and electronic control, allowing engine speed to be reduced by 200rpm for lower noise levels. Auto-idling is also incorporated.
Kubota’s KX101-3·4 Hi-Spec and U27-4 Hi-Spec mini excavators incorporate a number of enhancements over the standard models, such as the inclusion of extra hydraulic pipes for powering auxiliary equipment, with two independently acting proportional control circuits.
These Hi-Spec models also have new factory fitted
tie-down points to meet European legislation, whilst the machines have also been re-styled around the superstructure panels and counterweight.
Ready to lift with Toro
Toro’s range of Dingo compact utility loaders includes the TX 1000, which has vertical lift arms and offers a 454kg operating capacity. For safe clearance of the side of site trucks
and containers, the machine has a hinge-pin height of 206cm.
Two diesel powered models are available, with track widths of 104cm and 86cm, the latter being narrow enough to
fit through a typical garden gate.
are available in
the UK through Ready4Rent,
which offers a range of grounds care equipment for the hire industry.
More from Manitou
Having previewed the machines at several events this year, Manitou has introduced two new wheel loaders in both the Gehl and Mustang AL (articulated loader) series. The Gehl 650 and 750, and the Mustang 608 and 708 expand the manufacturer’s offering in the 60-75hp class.
Weighing 4-5 tonnes, standard items include a digital instrumentation display and the All-Tach attachment system that is common to all Manitou articulated loaders. An option is also available to enable mounting and dismounting of attachments from the operator’s seat.
The machines offer 45° articulation, travel speeds of up to 19mph and 360° visibility, while the seat is mounted in a high position to give a good view of attachments.
Bobcat goes Electric
Bobcat’s E10 Electric micro excavator is a prototype variant of the conventional E10 model, with the factory-installed option of an alternative all-electric power train. This allows the machine to be used in areas requiring zero emissions such as interiors and on basement construction work. It also offers low noise on-site with a quoted sound pressure rating of 64dBA.
The power train comprises an electric motor that can be powered both by a pack of rechargeable Li-Ion batteries or a 400V mains electric supply via a plug-in power cable. The batteries can be recharged in less than an hour to full capacity and can work independently of the mains for up to three hours, according to the manufacturer. The E10 Electric has the same zero tail swing profile and identical external dimensions as the standard model and is said to offer the same, or better, performance.
On track with Movex
Welsman Services is the UK distributor for the Track-O range of battery-powered stair climbing products from Movex Innovation of Canada.
The basic machine is designed to move loads of up to 500kg loads safely up and down stairs with light physical effort. Operated by remote control, only one person is required for lifting tasks, says the company.
Various accessories include a tipping hopper, jib crane, lift table and a loading attachment, as well as a number of battery options. Movex also manufactures a model for use on narrow stairway landings and for material handling applications in the demolition, construction and rail industries, as well as for underground tasks.
Avant launches frugal machine
Avant Tecno has introduced a new, low-emission model within its 7 Series of compact tool carriers to meet a demand for a more cost-effective equivalent to its top-of the-range 760i machine.
The 755 is powered by the same Tier 4 compliant Kohler direct injection diesel, designed to use 20% less fuel. Lower emissions have been achieved by the incorporation of a diesel oxidation catalyst which, in combination with the use of ultra-low sulphur fuel, eliminates the need for serviceable parts in the exhaust system. The machine, which rides on slightly smaller tyres than the 760i, develops maximum torque at 1,200 rpm, lowering fuel consumption.
Hooka picks up interest
Hook-up Solutions says that, alongside its primary role of moving
1-tonne bags and pallets into tight locations, its Hooka lift-and-carry machine is proving its versatility for other applications. Its load-locking system is designed to convert the payload into ballast for the machine, eliminating the capsize risk that can be posed by traditional forklifts with a suspended load. This allows the compact 1.8-tonne machine to be only 1m wide, yet lift and move up to 1.5 tonne.
Besides construction tasks, the Hooka is facilitating jobs in the landscaping industry where, as well as moving traditional bulk materials, it has been used to transport and install garden statues, root-ball trees, concrete fence posts and 400kg steel road plates.
Seddons’ smooth performers
Seddons’ compact plant range includes the Honda TD500HL high-tip tracked dumper, which has a carrying capacity of 500kg, and the TD650 standard tip tracked dumper that can accommodate a payload of 650kg. Both machines have hydrostatic drive for smooth forward and reverse travel.
The company’s range is described in a new parts and equipment catalogue which is available as a hard copy or online.
The publication has step-by-step guides and parts diagrams to help identify the components needed.
0845 230 4862
Mini versions from Postpullers
Postpullers (UK) has launched a range of Barrier Master post extraction attachments to fit excavators from 3 to 8 tonnes. Like the original, larger versions, they work on a principle of transferring the extractive forces down into the ground and not upwards into the air so that,
if the post should break, it will not fly up from the host machine.
The attachments are designed to do away with chains or clamps, and are operated from
the driver’s cab. They are claimed to remove posts for highway barrier replacement significantly more quickly than conventional methods, and help to enable managers to meet on-site Health & Safety requirements. The Barrier Masters can also be used with posts for street signs and fences.
Takeuchi takes off
Takeuchi says that its TB210R micro has proved popular with hirers following its launch at the Executive Hire Show. The short tail swing machine has servo controls and offers up to 110° of independent boom swing to give a wide working area. Extendable track are also incorporated. The manufacturer also reports keen interest in its 3-tonne TB230 mini, and that more hirers are adding its 4-tonne TB240 to meet customer demand for larger machines.
On 26 October, Takeuchi celebrated the 20th anniversary of its UK and Ireland operation, and the founder of the company, Mr Takeuchi, flew over to attend a commemorative event with dealers and staff at its Rochdale offices. He is still actively involved in machine design.
FuelBox nears 400th milestone
New Era Oil reports that it is close to appointing the 400th stockist of its FuelBox, which provides 20 litres of red diesel in a re-sealable container. The product also contains an additive for a shelf life of up to two years, and can be offered as a convenient source of supply to customers hiring machinery. It also ensures clean fuel is used for re-filling. The company says it has continued to invest in custom-built filling and shrink-wrapping equipment to meet demand.
0333 222 3643
Tough Digbits rake
New to Digbits’ attachment range is the General Purpose Rake, developed following demand from contractors undertaking landscaping and ground preparation, who found that conventional riddle buckets or heavy duty land clearance rakes were not wide enough.
The implement is constructed in a similar way to the ribbed-back style of a riddle bucket, but has a smaller shell resembling that of a ditching bucket, to reduce overall weight. Digbits says the extra width helps in applications where only light, shallow grading and cultivation of topsoil is required, and that it allows the operator to cover large areas faster without affecting machine stability.
Sister company BAV Crushers reports growing sales of its compact crushing and screening attachments in both the UK and European export markets and that, with waste disposal costs increasing, the option of recycling material on site is becoming increasingly attractive.
Latest JCB options
JCB’s most recent mini excavator introductions include four models with operating weights of 4.8 to 5.7 tonne, available in conventional, reduced and zero tail swing configurations. These comprise the 48Z-1, the 51R-1, 55Z-1 and 57C-1.
The dig end is of the machine has bushes throughout, giving extended 500-hour greasing intervals, and the pin pick-up points are configured to work with a number of bucket brands. Optional hydraulic or manual quick-hitches can be specified for faster attachment changeover.
Inside the cab is a display screen and control system with an automotive-style rotary controller to allow easy access to various functions. The operator can set auxiliary hydraulic flows for two separate attachments, while a menu mode button switches the controller between throttle modes, including a one-touch idle function, and menu mode.
SPS shows its teeth
Southern Plant Spares (SPS) is to introduce a new addition to its range of Rhinox buckets to meet demand from utilities contractors. It says that such users often request excavator buckets with the teeth removed to reduce the risk of cable strikes, but that this can result in greatly increased wear and maintenance.
The Rhinox Uni-tusk X1 has a combined tooth and blade configuration to both protect the bucket and reduce the likelihood of cable strikes owing to its profile. SOS will be displaying the product at the Executive Hire Show.
Compact Volvo models
Volvo’s D-Series of short radius mini excavators have an Eco mode that is claimed to reduce fuel costs by up to 10%. Auto-idle and auto-shutdown are also incorporated. The manufacturer says that extended greasing intervals of 50 hours help to decrease maintenance time.
Models available include the ECR35D and ECR40D, designed for operation in cramped working environments, and Volvo also offers the standard length EC35D.