Excavators, rock buckets, skid-steers, jetters, dump bodies, depth monitors and combination backhoes have the muscle to move ground quickly and efficiently
The latest line of excavators, skid-steers, dump bodies and electronic depth monitors have the muscle and technology to make quick work of your next big excavation project. Here’s a look at some of the equipment available.
Case Construction Equipment
C Series excavators from Case Construction Equipment feature Tier 4 Interim-certified cooled exhaust gas recirculation technology. The CX250C has an operating weight of 55,400 pounds, while the CX300C and CX350C weigh 65,900 pounds and 80,000 pounds respectively. The three models deliver 177, 207 and 266 net hp (132, 154 and 198 kW). The Intelligent Hydraulic System reduces fuel consumption and improves performance. Boom Economy Control lowers engine rpms during boom down and swing operation, while the Auto Economy Control lowers rpms when joysticks are inactive. Swing Relief Control manages hydraulic power allotted at the start of the swing operation, and Spool Stroke Control creates an automatic pressure adjustment during digging. The excavators also have a rear camera to expand the operator’s view. 866/542-2736; www.casece.com.
The Cat 349E hydraulic excavator from Caterpillar features a 396 hp Cat C13 ACERT Tier 4 Interim engine that operates on either ultralow sulfur diesel fuel or a blend with 20 percent biodiesel. The excavator has an operating weight range of 105,400 to 117,500 pounds and 203 gpm/5,076 psi hydraulic flow/main pressure. The Cat Clean Emissions Module regeneration system automatically senses when to regenerate during idle and while the excavator is working to maintain high production. Manual mode allows the operator to override the automatic setting. 309/675-1000; www.cat.com.
Crysteel Manufacturing Inc.
Select custom dump bodies from Crysteel Manufacturing Inc. are available in traditional square body styles or elliptical bodies, ranging in size from 5- through 20-cubic-yard capacities. Options include tailgate design, side height, floor material and understructure, as well as a variety of accessories. 800/533-0494; www.crysteel.com.
Hydro-Trencher units from Cusco are designed for hydroexcavating around oil and gas pipelines, installing fiber optic cables, repairing utility lines or excavating in remote areas. The units use directional hydroboring and vacuum removal of waste materials, including liquids, sludge, slurries, mud, gravel and other solid waste. Features include cyclonic filtration technology, vacuum system with airflow ratings of 3,500 cfm to 5,500 cfm, 28 inches Hg of vacuum as well as a wash pump capable of 18 gpm at 3,000 psi and high-pressure jetting. Tank volume is 3,000 to 3,500 gallons. Optional features include a high-pressure wash system, stainless steel tank, heated valves, enclosed hot water burner and storage cabinets/standup lockers. 800/490-3541; www.wastequip-cusco.com.
Delta Oilfield Tank Co. LLC
The Tornado F3 and F4 hydrovacs from Delta Oilfield Tank Co. LLC feature 13-cubic-yard debris tank, Robuschi blower (6,250 scfm), CAT 3560 water pump (30 gpm/ 3,000 psi) and Hotsy 700,000 Btu boiler. Both models offer three-stage filtration, 48-inch Power-Sweep offloading system, 48-inch by 36-inch debris door opening and wireless and manual controls. Other features include heated valves, dig tubes and wands, service monitoring center (boiler, pump and blower hour meters), beacons and work lights. The F3 has 42-inch van-body toolboxes and tandem with pusher chassis. The F4 has 70-inch van-body toolboxes and tri-drive chassis. 970/441-0148; www.fractankbuilders.com.
Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment America
Rock buckets from Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment America are available in three models with heaped capacities of 4, 4.5 and 6 cubic yards. The smaller units have buckets 128.9 inches wide and 54 inches high, while the largest bucket measures 136.2 inches wide and 68.5 inches high. All three models have a spade-nose design, standard weld-on teeth and pin-on mounting. 770/831-2200; www.doosanequipment.com.
The Bedrock dump body by DuraClass features a contemporary elliptical design with high-strength Hardox 450 steel used throughout the floor, sides and rear for dent resistance and durability, as well as low weight to maximize payload. The I-beam understructure offers maximum floor support. A heated understructure is available for cold-weather applications, along with aluminum fenders for lower weight. Bodies are available in lengths from 13 to 21 feet. 800/255-4345; www.duraclass.com.
Models 4640E and 5240E Power2 skid-loaders from Gehl feature 68 hp Yanmar Interim Tier 4 diesel engines that produce up to 180 ft-lbs of torque. The loaders measure 59.7 inches with the optional offset tire package, while the 5240E can lift 2,050 pounds over 121 inches when equipped with 12.00 tires and optional counterweight. 800/628-0491; www.gehl.com.
GO FOR DIGGER
The towable backhoe from GO FOR DIGGER features rubber torsion-block suspension that enables it to be towed at highway speeds. The unit weighs 2,800 pounds and measures 77.5 inches wide and 168 inches long in towing position. Features include two independent hydraulic drive motors for job site mobility, four independent stabilizers (80 inches spread in operating position) and 146-degree boom swing. The unit has a digging force of 4,500 pounds and digging depth of 8 feet. Powered by an 18-hp Kohler engine, the excavator can be equipped with a quick-disconnect to accommodate 12- and 36-inch buckets and a backfill blade. Hardened steel bushings and grease fittings ensure longer life. 304/296-7000; www.gofordigger.com.
The XL 4100 IV hydraulic excavator from Gradall Industries features an AutoDrive six-speed Allison automatic transmission with push-button controls in the undercarriage truck cab and in-cab switch to select either the Gradall, Deere or SAE joystick pattern. Able to travel at up to 60 mph, the excavator eliminates the need for a lowboy trailer. The remote-drive design enables operators in the upper cab to reposition the machine around job sites or over the length of a roadside ditch. Models are available with either 6 by 4 or 6 by 6 drive train. Powered by a 245-hp, Tier 4i Mercedes engine that meets U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards, the single engine also powers the upperstructure boom, including swing motions as well as telescoping and tilting boom movements. The hydraulic system has pressure-compensated, load-sensing valves with reliefs on all circuits. Maximum boom reach is 30 feet, 3 inches at grade. Maximum dig depth is 20 feet, 3 inches. Loading height is 17 feet, 2 inches. Rated bucket force is 24,900 pounds and the telescoping boom crowd force is a constant 21,940 pounds. 330/339-2211; www.gradallindustries.com.
The X-Vac X-10 hydroexcavator from Hi-Vac Corp. features a recirculation system that keeps water heated and continuously moving to prevent freezing. Air and water volumes can be independently controlled to provide the ideal mix for any application. Other features include low-profile debris tank for a lower center of gravity, full opening rear door, and dual cyclone separators with material dropout box for efficient separation and remote-controlled boom hydraulics. 800/752-2400; www.x-vac.com.
The XtremeFlow (model HJ2TA1736) twin-engine, twin-reel hot waterjetter from HotJet USA (Power Line Industries Inc.) delivers up to 17 gpm at 3,600 psi. Features include two 35-hp gasoline engines and two onboard hose reels: one with 300 feet of 3/8-inch Piranha hose and one with 300 feet of 1/2-inch Piranha hose (rated to 150 degrees) and standard 1/2- and 3/8-inch nozzles. Designed to clean drains from 2 to 18 inches in diameter, the system features manual controls and offers the option of running a 3/8-inch hose reel with a single 35-hp (Vanguard, electric-start) engine at 8.5 gpm or the 1/2-inch hose reel at 17 gpm with both engines (70 total hp). The system also offers the option of running one engine on idle to power a 1/4-inch hose for cleaning laterals and floor drains. 800/624-8186; www.hotjetusa.com.
TMX Towable Mini-Excavators from Innovative Equipment feature a quick-connect hitch system and zero-turn technology for access in tight locations. Available in gasoline or diesel models, the excavators can be towed by a light-duty tow vehicle. No trailer is needed and no CDL license is required. Lockout hubs enable towing at up to 65 mph. Weighing 2,941 pounds, the excavators have an 8-foot digging depth, 6,600-pound digging force and 7-foot, 2-inch loading height with swing radius of 140 degrees. They also have a 72-inch, four-way blade system with 21 degrees of tilt. 715/359-3002; www.tmx-excavator.com.
John Deere Construction & Forestry
The 470G LC Interim Tier 4-certified (IT4) G-Series hydraulic excavator from John Deere Construction & Forestry, designed for commercial excavating and road-building projects, weighs 47 metric tons (approximately 52 U.S. tons) and is powered by a 367 hp diesel engine. Other models include the 67-metric-ton (74 U.S. tons) 670G LC and 87-metric-ton (95 U.S. tons), 532 hp 870G LC for mass excavating and truck-loading applications. Each model features an LCD rotary-control monitor that provides engine rpm and oil temperature, as well as enabling the operator to adjust cab temperature, tune the radio and select work modes (high productivity for more power and hydraulic response, power for a balance of speed and power, and economy that limits speed to save fuel during light digging). Models are available with a variety of track widths, arm lengths, buckets and other options. 800/503-3373; www.johndeere.com.
The mid-sized 2056 Series II skid-steer loader from Mustang is powered by a 68-hp Yanmar Interim Tier 4 diesel engine that delivers 180 ft-lbs of torque. The loader can lift 2,050 pounds 121 inches when equipped with 12.00 tires and optional counterweight. The overall unit measures 59.7 inches with the optional offset tire package. Other features include tilt-back ROPS, large engine cover for easy access, clear rear sightline and open-front design for better visibility. The unit has three control options: joystick, hand-foot and dual-hand control, and high-flow auxiliary hydraulics. 800/628-0491; www.mustangmfg.com.
The ExcaVision excavator depth monitor from Ocala Instruments helps deliver precise excavations and eliminates the need for a helper in the hole. The monitor fits any excavator or backhoe and installs in less than an hour. Adding two GPS antennas enables the system to load engineering drawings and allows the operator to see pipes and other infrastructure from the cab. A top man device makes staking easy and allows the foreman to monitor the excavation from his truck. 800/344-4788; www.ocalainstruments.com.
Stampede HD and XD custom-built elliptical dump bodies from Ox Bodies feature a self-cleaning design (26-inch-radius sides). Available in 8- to 19-foot lengths and 8- to 30-yard capacities, standard features include 1/4-inch Hardox 450 interior, front doghouse hoist, air-operated tailgate, cable-to-pump air-shift PTO controls, driver-side steps, grab handle and interior steps, heavy-duty push bumper apron, LED lights, custom wiring harness, epoxy primer and polyurethane topcoat. Options include air-operated high-lift tailgate, electric or manual tarp, steerable or rigid lift axles, wood, steel or aluminum sideboards, 24- to 42-inch cab shield, one-way or two-way freight and up to a 50-ton pintle hitch. 800/844-2519; www.oxbodies.com.
Titan Series dump bodies from Rugby Manufacturing are available in 4-5, 5-7, and 6-8 yard capacities. They feature dirt-shedding top rails, 10-degree sloped tailgates and radius front corner posts. Other features include 10-gauge steel (50 grade) side construction, 8-gauge steel floor, 7-inch structural channel long stills and 4-inch I-beam cross sills on 12-inch centers. Titan bodies can be matched to a Rugby LR Series hoist. 701/776-5722; www.rugbymfg.com.
Sewer Equipment Co.of America
The Ram Vac HX12-27 hydroexcavator from Sewer Equipment Co. of America features a 5,200-cfm positive displacement blower that produces 27 Hg of vacuum with 12-yard debris tank. The rear-mounted boom rotates 320 degrees and has 24 feet of reach. Other features include Temperature Controlled Environmental Chamber that houses two 750-gallon, 3/4-inch-thick Duraprolene water tanks and hydraulic water pump that delivers up to 10 gpm at 2,500 psi. The unit also has a 400,000 Btu water heater and hose reel, wireless remote, three-stage twin cyclonic filtration system and NEMA 4 electrical system. 800/323-1604; www.sewerequipment.com.
Super Products LLC
The Mud Dog 1600 hydroexcavator from Super Products LLC delivers up to 18 gpm at 3,000 psi. Its 8-inch, positive displacement vacuum system provides 5,800 cfm airflow and 28 Hg of vacuum. The onboard boiler is heated by dual 714,000-Btu/h heaters. The unit’s 2-foot tilt debris body provides for quick unloading and washdowns, while the single-engine design offers lower fuel costs and maintenance. 800/837-9711; www.muddogeasy.com.
TA300 Generation 9 articulated trucks from Terex Corp., powered by a Tier 4 Interim Scania DC9 370-hp engine, are designed for high productivity, lower fuel consumption and shorter cycle times. Featuring a maximum payload of 30 tons, the unit has a high-capacity cooling system, ZF fully automatic with manual override transmission and retarder with six forward gears and three reverse. It has a maximum torque of 1,309 ft-lbs at 1,400 rpm, independent front suspension, oil-cooled multiple disc brakes on each axle and ergonomic cab for operator comfort. 203/222-7170; www.terex.com.
The Soil Surgeon Inc.
The Soil Surgeon hydroexcavating tool from The Soil Surgeon Inc. is designed to fit any sewer combination truck equipped with a telescopic 6- or 8-inch boom. The tool has a 1-inch water connection. The operator controls water pressure and power with truck controls. Features include 6-foot Tuff Tube with handles to guide the unit down for potholing or side to side for trenching. Six jets boring inward cut the soil, while six jets boring outward bring the tube down. Bumpers on the bottom protect the jets and lines the tool might contact. 949/363-1401; www.soilsurgeoninc.com.
The HXX Hydroexcavator from Vactor Manufacturing handles pipe and line installation, potholing, waterline repair, slot trenching, directional drilling, sign and pole installation and other large-volume excavations. The unit provides up to seven hours of continuous operation with onboard water. Other features include 12-cubic-yard debris tank, 1,200-gallon superlinear HL polyethylene insulated water tank and 320-degree rotating boom. Heated pump and cabinets and built-in boiler enable the unit to work on frozen ground in subzero temperatures. 800/672-3171; www.vactor.com.
Volvo Construction Equipment
The B Series (BL60B, BL70B) combination loader and backhoe from Volvo Construction Equipment has an average operating weight of 17,500 to 19,500 pounds and gross power of 83 to 98 hp. Features include one-piece chassis, loader arm and excavator boom, two floor-mounted ergonomic lever controls. Fitted with either 16.5- or 18-inch front tires, the units offer a tight turning radius and bucket that can rotate 205 degrees. Powered by the D5D four-cylinder 4.8 liter Tier 3 Volvo engine with direct injection and turbo charging, both models offer a differential lock on the rear axle that’s engaged via a foot switch on the side of the brake pedal for maximum rear wheel grip over slick surfaces. The backhoe loaders have flow-sharing hydraulics for multifunctioning and smooth operation. The BL70B features load-sensing hydraulics. 828/650-2000; www.volvo.com.