Mini Excavators: Equipment Spotlight

Mini excavators from Volvo, John Deere, Bobcat, Case, Hitachi and
Hyundai Construction.


Powered by a Volvo D2.2D water-cooled diesel engine, the Volvo EC35C compact excavator is equipped with an auto-idling system that helps deliver lower fuel consumption, less on-site noise and longer engine life. The automatic two-speed travel system engages at high speeds, automatically shifting gears from high to low, according the travel load. The EC35C is equipped with a case-steel X-frame undercarriage for sturdy operation and improved load distribution. 828.650.2000,

John Deere
The 35D’s design allows this nimble machine to rotate fully without banging its tail into something. Combined with independent-swing boom and 360-degree rotation, it slips into close quarters comfortably and works with ease around obstacles. But it’s not just its shape and small stature that make the 35D such a valuable asset. Equipped with standard quick-coupler and auxiliary hydraulics, plus any of the many available Worksite Pro attachments, it’s the perfect machine for a wide variety of work. 800.503.3373,

Bobcat Company

Bobcat’s E35 compact excavator with an option for extendable telescoping arm provides the best of both worlds — power and reach. The extendable arm option provides an additional 30 inches of reach, beyond the standard arm, while the extendable arm cylinder is operated through a rocker style thumb switch located on the joystick. Versatility of operating attachments is not compromised since it can use Bobcat’s optional Hydraulic X-Change mounting system, which allows for even faster attachment changes. 866.823.7898,

With a large boom and arm for greater reach, the new Case CX55B compact excavator delivers 11,240 lbf of bucket digging force. Its 39.3-hp engine, operating weight of 12,295 pounds and dig depth of 12 feet 10 inches give the CX55B size and power for a variety of applications. The cab is 10 percent larger and 7 inches wider than other Case B Series compact excavator cabs. The machine is “thumb ready” with factory-installed hydraulics and an attachment bracket. It includes a standard dozer blade for finish grading. 262.636.6011,


This Dash-5 series excavator will launch in March 2013 — the ZX60USB-5 delivers the same reliability and performance as the preceding Dash-3 series, but packs more customer-driven enhancements, including better cab visibility, a Yanmar engine that meets EPA IT4/EU Stage IIIB emissions regulations, and more.

Hyundai Construction

For projects requiring small excavators, the R27Z-9 zero tail swing model offers a tail-swing radius of 2.7 feet. The 6,350 pound R27Z-9 is powered by a reliable 24.7 hp Mitsubishi S3L2 engine. The machine has a dig depth of 6.10 feet and bucket-digging force of 4,520 lbf. Select either rubber or steel tracks on the R27Z-9. Hyundai designed all compact-radius excavators with operator comfort and convenience in mind. Features and benefits like fully adjustable seats and armrests, large foot pedals, ergonomic joysticks, large-capacity air conditioners, improved ventilation, MP3 player/AM/FM radio and water- and dust-proofing seals all add to the overall comfort. 877.509.2254,

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