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Market Report: Compact Plant : Latest products
Stage V Bobcat skid steers
Bobcat has launched new versions of its M-Series S450, S510 and S530 skid steer loaders, the first models in the range to have a specially developed Stage V-compliant Bobcat engine equipped with a diesel particulate filter (DPF).
The new engine also allows for a new high-flow hydraulics option for the S510 and S530 models, enabling them to be used with higher flow attachments such as sweepers, planers and wheel saws.
There is also a new air conditioning option on these two machines.
By offering the same power at lower rpm, the new Bobcat engine is designed to provide a significant decrease in noise levels, reducing operator fatigue and lowering fuel consumption for the same type of work. The S450, S510 and S530 have operating weights of 2,436kg, 2,816kg and 2,952kg respectively.
Tag it with HTS
HTS Spares has introduced a tagging solution for categorising plant and equipment in hirers’ workshops. Users can quickly identify whether a machine is ready for hire (green tag), awaiting check (yellow) or under repair (red).
The durable tags are designed to be easy to attach to any piece of equipment, from a small drill to a large excavator, and are made from a heavy-duty plastic that is easy to write on.
Altrad Belle dumper proves popular
Altrad Belle’s 1-tonne DX1000 HT high-tip dumper has been specifically designed for the hire industry in terms of safety, strength, operator comfort and convenience in conjunction with site productivity.
The company states that the machine has quickly proved popular and has been purchased by a growing number of national and independent hire companies throughout the UK and Ireland, including Speedy, Redpath Tool Hire, Luscombe Plant Hire, Magnito Tool Hire, Hire Services (Southern), Hirepoint and Project Hire & Sale (Guernsey).
The machine has full 4-wheel drive for traction on poor terrain and has a tight turning circle. The skip has fully returned edges to prevent ingress or concrete accumulation, while a hose guard cover plate prevents damage to the steering ram. A fuel level indicator is provided, along with
a warning light to show when refuelling is required.
Enhanced JCB dumper line-up
JCB has added front and swivel-tip 3-tonne capacity site dumpers to its range that runs from 1-tonne high-tip to 9-tonne forward-tip machines. These include the new 6T-1 Hi Viz model and the 7-tonne 7T-1 Hi Viz machine designed for enhanced site safety.
The 3-tonne models have an easy-to-operate hydrostatic driveline and use the same all-steel construction as the manufacturer’s larger models.
The 3T-1 FT and 3T-1 ST machines have a dual centre-pin articulation joint, with hydraulic hoses routed through the centre. JCB has improved service access on the machines, with a tilting seat base and an opening rear grille, putting regular maintenance items within easy reach from ground level.
The 1-tonne capacity 1T-1 HT model is also being updated to the 1T-2, with a move to a Stage V certified diesel engine.
True Plant Hire on track with Hinowa
True Plant Hire, which is based in Wymeswold, Leicestershire, recently added a Hinowa TX2500 TraXporter tracked dumper to its fleet, supplied by Access Platform Sales (APS).
MD Tom Macfarlane said, “It will be a very useful piece of kit for moving material over particularly rough and unstable ground, or where low ground pressure is needed to protect delicate surfaces.”
The machine is diesel-powered and has a maximum load capacity of 2.5 tonnes. Its driving seat can be swivelled through 180° so the operator is always facing forward.
Volvo duo for D K Plant Hire
D K Plant Hire of Aberfeldy has added two Volvo compact excavators to its fleet, namely a 2.5-tonne ECR25D model and a 1.5-tonne EC18D.
The ECR25D is the smallest zero swing model in the Volvo mini range, and is powered by a 1.1-litre low emission engine, developing 21hp. It is available with a choice of short or long dipper arm, giving a reach of either 4.48m or 4.77m, and a dig depth from 2.67m to 2.96m.
Both machines have automatic two-speed travel, shifting gear from high to low according to the travel load. The EC18D also has a hydraulically extendable undercarriage as standard.
Wacker Neuson’s Dual View benefits
Wacker Neuson’s DV60, DV90 and DV100 Dual View dumpers allow the operator to conveniently and quickly change the seat position through a 180° rotation of the entire operator control panel and the seat console. This always gives a clear view in the direction of travel, during transport, loading and dumping operations.
Time-consuming turning and manoeuvring are therefore avoided, which can be particularly important when working on small confined construction sites, such as in urban areas, in tunnels or on busy roads. The DV60, DV90 and DV100 models offer payload capacities of 6, 9 and 10 tonnes respectively.
Versatility from Kubota
The tracks on Kubota’s 1.6-tonne KX016-4 mini excavator tracks can be expanded to a maximum width of 1,240mm or retracted to 990mm to optimise stability or to facilitate passing through narrow doorways. These adjustments can be made quickly by operating the independent track gauge lever.
The machine incorporates the manufacturer’s D782 13.1 PS diesel engine and the balanced arm and bucket allow the operator to dig faster and more efficiently even in tough conditions.
Kubota says that the larger than average cabin gives ample legroom and a wide door provides easy access. A multifunctional digital display panel is also included.
Expanded Takeuchi line-up
Takeuchi has increased its mini excavator line-up for the tool and plant hire market during 2019. The TB215R, pictured, has been upgraded to give similar performance to that of the popular TB216 1.6-tonne machine in terms of digging depth and power, but has the added advantage of short tail swing. The TB215R can be used with new slim-line TKB52 and TKB72 hydraulic breakers for trenching work and other tasks in confined spaces.
The TB235-2 is a new-style 3.5-tonne excavator with an engine that is rated at under 19kW to comply with Stage V emissions regulations. It has a roomy cab, an MP3 socket and a colour VDU. The machine comes with factory-fitted hydraulic hitch pipework as standard and all-round LED lighting.
Further up the weight class, the TB240 and TB260 excavators have been upgraded with diesel particulate filers (DPFs).
Doosan mini quintet
Doosan Construction Equipment has expanded its range of mini excavators with the
launch of five new Stage V-compliant machines: the DX27z, DX35z, DX62R-3, DX63.3 and DX85R-3.
The 2.7-tonne DX27z and 3.5-tonne DX35z are zero tail swing models. The former has a large cab and is available with an optional long arm. The DX35z is new-generation model designed for productivity and comfort.
Doosan has also launched new Stage V versions of its DX62R-3 and DX63-3 6-tonne and DX85R-3 8-tonne minis. The last-mentioned model is a reduced tail swing excavator powered by a Yanmar 4TNV98C common rail direct injection diesel engine. The new Stage V versions of the DX62R-3 RTS and DX63-3 conventional tail swing machines have the same engine, giving a 22% increase in power over their predecessors, says the manufacturer.
Fosseway fits Engcon
Fosseway Plant Hire is now fitting the mini excavators in its fleet with tilt-rotators from Engcon UK.
Trevor Palmer, Sales Director of the Cotswolds-based hirer, says that the devices can improve functionality and machine performance by up to 50%. The company is now aiming to raise awareness of the benefits, such as greater operational versatility and enabling jobs to be completed more quickly.
Latest Cat minis
Finning UK & Ireland, the UK’s sole Cat equipment dealer, recently launched the Cat Next Generation range of mini excavators.
Inside their cabs, LCD monitors allow users to access information on operational parameters and the entire range have cruise control and ‘stick-steer’ functions. These allow operators
to switch between conventional lever/foot-pedal steering to joystick control at the touch of a button, and to move efficiently across the job site. The cabs themselves are pressurised, providing increased comfort and dust suppression, and can be specified with air conditioning.
A load-sensing hydraulic system is incorporated, and the Cat engines have in-built idle control and automatic shutdown systems.
Hitachi has announced a new range of mini and midi excavators, designed for comfort and easy maintenance as well as productivity.
The next-generation ZX-6 machines, which were revealed at Bauma earlier this year, have communication devices which will be linked to Hitachi’s Global e-Service. This allows users to geographically locate their machine and track the hours recorded on it.
The machines can be used with a range of attachments and are equipped with a new Stage V-compliant engine to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. These models are ideally suited for rental, utilities, foundation work, landscaping and indoor demolition.
The cabs are spacious and ROPS-compliant, and LED lights have been fitted across the range, which have a longer lifespan than halogen equivalents.
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Yanmar for tight spaces
Yanmar’s C08 compact tracked carrier measures just 1,930mm long and 2,595mm wide. These dimensions facilitate work in tight spaces, and the machine is available in four model variations.
These include the standard-tip Power version and the Power+ which has a self-loading capability, as well as the Hi-Tip model which is similarly offered in a Hi-Tip+ format.
Payload capacity is 800kg and an oscillating roller assembly is incorporated for stability on uneven ground.