Medium and large excavators: efficiency is everything

Excavators remain the number one piece of construction machinery sold around the world. In 2018, more than 450,000 units were sold globally – with this year expected to break a total sales figure of over 400,000 units – according to figures by specialist research company, Off-Highway Research.

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The next generation: the new JCB 150X sizes up against sister model, the 220X

The machine quite literally shapes the landscape on which the construction industry builds, and although excavators come in many different sizes, this article will focus on the medium to larger sized excavator segment. Continue reading “Medium and large excavators: efficiency is everything”

Caterpillar unveils an all-electric 26-ton excavator with a giant 300 kWh battery pack

Caterpillar, along with Pon Equipment, has unveiled an all-electric 26-ton excavator with a giant 300 kWh battery pack in an effort to electrify construction equipment.

by Ole Henrik Johansen / Tek.no

They built a prototype in Gjelleråsen, Norway for construction company Veidekke who plan to use 8 of them.

The company expects Continue reading “Caterpillar unveils an all-electric 26-ton excavator with a giant 300 kWh battery pack”

Mecalac 11MRW excavator put to the test

Customers try out new compact wheeled excavator at Warwickshire demonstration day

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Mecalac 11MRW excavator

EARLIER this month, construction professionals from across the UK visited Adventure Sports in Warwickshire to try out the Mecalac 11MWR wheeled excavator. As well as putting the machine through its Continue reading “Mecalac 11MRW excavator put to the test”

Hitachi excavators tackle confined spaces

Hitachi has presented two new products at the Intermat exhibition in Paris, France.

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The ZX210LC-6 telescopic arm excavator

The ZX135US-6 sliding arm excavator is designed for deep excavation projects in confined spaces. Hitachi said it can dig deeper than a 30 t standard model and has a significantly smaller footprint, which makes it ideal for urban projects. Continue reading “Hitachi excavators tackle confined spaces”

Mini excavators: a mini romance

By Thomas Allen for KHL.com, 17 April 2018

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The new E26, E27z and E27 excavators from Bobcat

Almost one out of every four construction machines sold in Western Europe last year was a mini excavator, according to market intelligence and forecasting company Off-Highway Research, making them by far the most popular type of construction equipment in the region in unit terms. Continue reading “Mini excavators: a mini romance”

XCMG launches 700-tonne excavator

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The XCMG 700-tonne excavator is said to be the largest one which has been produced by a Chinese company

China-based company XCMG has launched a 700-tonne hydraulic excavator. Said by the company to be China’s largest excavator, the machine has an overall length of 23.5m. Continue reading “XCMG launches 700-tonne excavator”

New hydraulic excavator from Komatsu America

By Andy Brown, 21 February 2018, for KHL.com

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The PC238USLC-11 hydraulic excavator has a Tier 4 certified engine as standard

Komatsu America Corp has launched the new PC238USLC-11 hydraulic excavator. Equipped with an EPA Tier 4 Final certified engine and a new viscous fan clutch, engine parasitic loads are now lower, and according to the company, productivity is up to 4% higher compared to the previous model. Continue reading “New hydraulic excavator from Komatsu America”

Liebherr delivers 75,000th excavator

By Mike Hayes for KHL.com
26 September 2017

Manufacturing giant Liebherr has celebrated the delivery of its 75,000th excavator, a mere 63 years after producing its first machine. Continue reading “Liebherr delivers 75,000th excavator”