Big Offerings in Compact Excavators

Wacker compact excavators
Thanks to the recent merger of Wacker Corp. with Neuson Kramer Baumaschinen AG, a leading Austrian-based compact equipment supplier, Wacker is rapidly building its compact equipment product portfolio. On the heels of its recently introduced compact wheel loader line, the company has launched five new models of compact excavators.

The lineup ranges from the 1.4-ton 1404 with a 7-ft. 4-in. maximum digging depth to the 8.0-ton 8003 with a digging depth of 14 ft. 1 in. Yanmar three- and four-cylinder diesel engines generate from 24.3 to 69.5 hp.

The 8003 incorporates a short tailswing, while the 38Z3 and 50Z3 are true zero tailswing machines with a tail that stays within the tracks for greater visibility and performance in tight work areas.

Standard features include rubber tracks, dozer blades, boom-mounted working lights and control pattern selection system. Short or long dipperstick versions are offered for most models, along with a choice of canopy or full cab work platform with standard air conditioning. A full line of attachment tools are also available.

Mustang 2803ZT
Mustang Mfg. introduces a new zero tailswing compact excavator model to its 12-model line. The 2803ZT goes a step further toward enhancing stability with a longer undercarriage, a sturdy track width and an optional counterweight.

Weighing up to 5,886 lbs. (with canopy), this slim machine has a 9-ft. maximum digging depth with 5,778 lbs. of bucket digging force. Power is supplied by a side-mounted, 20-hp Yanmar three-cylinder, water-cooled, Tier III diesel engine. Rear-mounted hydraulic and fuel tanks provide easy access to all maintenance points.

Additional features include a spacious cab with a low height, two driving speeds, pilot-operated pedals and an X-shaped chassis frame constructed of high-strength steel.

Kobelco 17SR ACERA
Kobelco Construction is also expanding its zero tailswing offering with the 17SR ACERA compact excavator. This 3,638-lb. machine provides a maximum digging depth of 17 ft. 1 in. and bucket capacities from .88 to 1.55 cu. ft. It generates up to 2,900 lbf. of bucket breakout force and 2,158 lbf. of arm crowding force.

Power is supplied by a 15.2-hp, three-cylinder, Tier III-certified diesel engine. A "Smart Hydraulic System" fueled by three pumps ensures maximum power for simultaneous lifting, swinging and travel operations, as well as greater controllability for fine grading.

Adjustable track gauge enables easy maneuverability in tight spaces, without sacrificing stability when working. An in-cab lever allows the operator to move between expanded and contracted track positions without leaving the cab.

Gehl 283Z
The 2.8-ton 283Z compact excavator extends Gehl's existing zero tailswing product range in the lower weight category. Its superstructure rotates entirely within the tracks, enabling it to operate close to walls and obstructions without risk of contact. An optional 250-lb. rear weight can be added to further increase stability with no tail projection.

A side-mounted 20.4-hp Yanmar diesel engine and rear-mounted hydraulic tank and fuel tank allow for more space and legroom for the operator. Cabs come standard with heater/defroster, interior light, windshield wiper and washer system and the ability to open the cab windows for natural ventilation. A canopy is also available.

A narrow 11.8-in. track width and 3.8-psi ground pressure allow for improved traction and increased track service life.