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Spec Rundowns on Loaders and Excavators

LC/DBM Staff Report

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Workhorses of the landscape industry, compact loaders and excavators are highly valued because of the wide variety of essential tasks they are able to perform thanks to their power, efficient and innovative designs, and the hundreds of attachments available for them.

While their utility is obvious, choosing the right machine can be much more complicated. Every company and contractor has their own needs, and trends are continually changing. For example, according to Equipment Data Associates, tracked loaders outsold skid steers 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent in the U.S. in 2015; the first time that has ever happened. For comparison, in 2010, wheeled machines bested their tracked brethren in sales 70.9 percent to 29.1 percent.

We've compiled a list of equipment and their key specifications to help you with purchasing decisions. But first, here are a couple of things we discovered along the way.

U.S. construction machinery new orders from February to May this year were reported to be down 20.8 percent from what they were during the same quarter last year. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Caterpillar dealers are under pressure to keep up with price discounts on competitors' new equipment. The weaker demand may make this a good time to look into buying that new piece of equipment - although, keep in mind that the decrease in new orders takes into account all construction machinery, not just those used by landscapers.

For the next 10 years, CNH Industrial will manufacture mini excavators using the intellectual property of Hyundai Heavy Industries for the next generation of Case and New Holland machines. The agreement includes 14 models ranging from 1 to 6 tons.

Also, we were told by a Terex representative that their excavator and wheel loader products are now being manufactured and distributed by Yanmar, and their skid steer and track loaders are being marketed and distributed under the ASV brand. And in a major milestone, Cat reached 250,000, and counting, compact loaders built.

Notes: Digging force also refers to bucket digging force/breakout force. Horsepower ratings are net, not gross, unless specified. Where manufacturers did not provide price or price ranges, LC/DBM arrived at approximate prices by researching online equipment sales sites, government purchasing contract documents, dealer price lists and other sources, which were attributed. Actual prices may vary of course depending on machine setup, region, time of year, and a host of other circumstances so caution should be exercised when using prices for comparison purposes. Machines are listed by category, by price in descending order.


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Caterpiller
Model: 279D
Engine: Cat C3.3B DIT, turbo
Horsepower: 72.9
Weight: 9,893 lbs.
Operating Capacity: 2,935 lbs. at 50% tipping load
Price: $74,980 (Machinerytrader.com)
Website: http://tinyurl.com/z7sguau
Special Features: Hand and foot controls (first time offered), single-axis joysticks, shorter joystick travel compared to traditional hand levers so operators can fully use the armrest for increased comfort.


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JCB
Model: 330
Engine: JCB Dieselmax TC-68, diesel, liquid cooled, turbocharged
Horsepower: 92
Weight: 9,334 lbs.
Operating Capacity: 1,495 lbs.
Price: $70,000-$72,000 (Fastline.com)
Website: http://jcbcea.com.au/machines/skid-steer-loaders/330-skid-steer-loader/
Special Features: With the introduction of myCHOICE, a total of six control modes are available, three for the transmission and three for the loader functions.


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John Deere
Model: 323E
Engine: Yanmar, 4TNV98CT, turbo, Final Tier 4-emission certified engine
Horsepower: 74
Weight: 9,440 lbs.
Operating Capacity: 2,590 lbs.
Price: $69,500 (Machinerytrader.com)
Website: http://tinyurl.com/ze79tjb
Special Features: An optimized boom designed for improved bucket breakout performance throughout the lift path, better reach at truck bed height, and more lift height to the hinge pin. Courtesy lighting can be preset to stay on for up to 90 seconds before shutting down. Other new options include ride control and keyless start.


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Bobcat
Model: T650
Engine: Tier 4, liquid cooled, diesel, turbocharged
Horsepower: 74
Weight: 9,320 lbs.
Operating Capacity: 3,670 lbs. at 50% tipping load
Price: $66,997 (Average Price on Machinerytrader.com)
Website: http://tinyurl.com/jse5zda
Special Features: An ultra-low particulate combustion (ULPC) engine to reduce particulate matter created in the combustion chamber, and generate increased torque over a broader range of engine speeds.


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ASV
Model: RT-75
Engine: Cummins QSF2.8, diesel
Horsepower: 74 (gross)
Weight: 9,180 lbs.
Operating Capacity: 2,650 lbs.at 35% tipping load
Price: $61,600 (Machinerytrader.com)
Website: http://asvllc.com/track-loaders/rt-75/
Special Features: Eighteen-inch wide rubber tracks and undercarriages that are supported by flexible torsion axles designed for a smoother ride over uneven surfaces.


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New Holland
Model: C232
Engine: FPT/F5H FL463A F001, turbocharged after-cooled with external EGR
Horsepower: 68
Weight: 9,630 lbs.
Operating Capacity: 3,200 lbs. at 50% tipping load
Price: $59,819 (Average Price on Machinerytrader.com)
Website: http://tinyurl.com/hm3kyok
Special Features: High-pressure common rail (HPCR) fuel system and electronic controls. Engines come with a maintenance-free diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC)-only solution, which eliminates the need for a diesel particulate filter (DPF).


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JCB
Model: 260T
Engine: JCB EcoMAX TCAE-55-Tier 4 Fina
Horsepower: 74 (gross)
Weight: 10,730 lbs.
Operating Capacity: 3,250 lbs.
Price: $56,172
Website: https://www.jcb.com/en-gb/products/compact-track-loaders/260t
Special Features: myCHOICE controls, a new controls operation software that gives operators the ability to adjust their skid steer travel and loader controls.


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Kubota
Model: SVL 75-2
Engine: V3307-CR-TE4, turbocharged
Horsepower: 74.3 (gross)
Weight: 9,039 lbs.
Operating Capacity: 3,285 lbs. at 50% tipping load
Price: $54,660 (Average Price on Machinerytrader.com)
Website: http://www.kubota.com/product/svl75/SVL75.aspx
Special Features: CRS (Common Rail System) diesel engine that electronically controls the fuel injection timing and amount for high torque at a low rpm. Its vertical lift delivers a reach of 41.7 inches, and the tip of the arm is optimally shaped for a tall hinge pin height of 119.1 inches.


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Mustang
Model: 1750RT NXT3
Engine: Yanmar 4TNV98C-NMSL Tier IV
Horsepower: 69.9
Weight: 8,605 lbs.
Operating Capacity: 2,500 lbs. at 50% of tipping load
Price: $54,088 (Machinerytrader.com)
Website: http://www.mustangmfg.com
Special Features: Will reach heights up to 127.5" and handle 1,750 lbs. of operating capacity. It has an optimized radial boom, IDEALTRAX automatic track tensioning system, and a new cab-to-canopy fold-up door.


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Gehl
Model: RT 210 Generation 2
Engine: Yanmar/4TNV98TCT-NMSL Tier 4
Horsepower: 70.7
Weight: 9,890 lbs.
Operating Capacity: 2,100 lbs. at 35% tipping load
Price: $50,850 (Machinerytrader.com)
Website: http://www.gehl.com/equipment/track-loaders/rt210-gen2
Special Features: Reaches heights up to 128". Has IDEALTRAX, automatic track tensioning system and the all-new cab-to-canopy fold-up door.


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Kubota
Model: SSV 75
Engine: V3307-CR-TE4, Tier 4, turbocharged
Horsepower: 73.2
Weight: 8,157 lbs. open cab; 8,422 lbs. closed cab
Operating Capacity: 2,690 lbs. at 50% tipping load
Price: $51,500 (Eberhard Equipment)
Website: http://www.kubota.com/product/SSVSeries/SSV75.aspx
Special Features: Dust-resistant pressurized cabin with an optimized climate control system, a sidelight for better visibility and safer operation at night, and an optional multi-function lever for fingertip control of major machine and implement functions.


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Volvo
Model: MC110C
Engine: TCAE-55, diesel, turbocharged, water-cooled
Horsepower: 72.6
Weight: 7,954 lbs.
Operating Capacity: 2,250 lbs.
Price: $48,645 (Nuss Truck and Equipment, Burnsville, Minn.)
Website: http://tinyurl.com/gqny85s
Special Features: Single loader arm allows for side-entry cab access and optimal visibility. Cab is 27 percent larger than the current Volvo B-Series skid-steer loaders.


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Takeuchi
Model: TS80R2
Engine: Deutz/TD2.9L4, turbocharged
Horsepower: 74
Weight: 7,950 lbs.
Operating Capacity: 2,360 lbs.
Price: $46,099
Website: http://tinyurl.com/gl2wzwz
Special Features: Takeuchi Fleet Management includes remote diagnostics to monitor run hours and equipment data, and utilization tracking so operator decisions can be based on actual equipment use.


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Bobcat
Model: S630
Engine: Tier 4, liquid cooled, diesel, turbocharged
Horsepower: 74
Weight: 7,610 lbs.
Operating Capacity: 2,180 lbs.
Price: $43,800 (Lano Equipment, Anoka, Minn.)
Website: http://tinyurl.com/j4c96pw
Special Features: Offers a 15 percent increase in hydraulic horsepower and a 15-20 percent hike in tractive effort than previous models. Cooling system has been redesigned for more efficiency and higher performance.


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Caterpiller
Model: 246D
Engine: Cat C3.3B DIT, turbo
Horsepower: 72.9
Weight: 7,424 lbs.
Operating Capacity: 2,150 lbs.
Price: $43,056 to $43,792 (Machinerytrader.com)
Website: http://tinyurl.com/ztoh5rj
Special Features: Cat "Intelligent Leveling" system (ILEV) has dual direction self level, work tool return to dig and work tool positioning. Speed Sensitive Ride Control option is designed to improve operation on rough terrain. All D Series skid steers have new tubular steel lift arms that are smaller than the previous fabricated box-section arms, but reportedly just as strong.


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Case
Model: SR160
Engine: ISM N844L-F
Horsepower: 57
Weight: 5,510 lbs.
Operating Capacity: 1,600 lbs.
Price: $32,500 to $42,900 (Machinerytrader.com)
Website: http://tinyurl.com/z5g2mxc
Special Features: Comes with a power stance wheelbase to optimize dynamic stability while increasing maneuverability and clearance over curbs. New electronic control module and fuel system can log operating data and have CAN-bus capabilities for easy diagnostic monitoring.


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Gehl
Model: V270
Engine: Yanmar 4TNV98CT-NMS Tier IV
Horsepower: 70.7
Weight: 8,150 lbs.
Operating Capacity: 2,700 lbs.
Price: $38,900 to $42,875 (Machinerytrader.com)
Website: http://tinyurl.com/j93sh9m
Special Features: Offered as a two-speed soft-shift drive for smooth transitions between low and high speeds. This vertical lift machine reaches heights up to 130.3".


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New Holland
Model: L225
Engine: FPT/F5H FL463, turbocharged with external CEGR
Horsepower: 76
Weight: 7,900 lbs.
Operating Capacity: 2,500 lbs. 50% tipping load
Price: $40,966.27 (State of New Jersey, Procurement Bureau)
Website: http://tinyurl.com/j3bqg7p
Special Features: All models in the 200 Series feature CAN-messaging that allow the operator to monitor and store diagnostic data points, including hydraulic oil temperature, fuel rail pressure and fuel tank level. Also have a patented vertical lift Super Boom with enhanced forward dump height (53-degree dump angle) and reach.


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Mustang
Model: 1650R
Engine: Yanmar 4TNV98C-NMS2 Tier IV
Horsepower: 68.4
Weight: 6,122 lbs.
Operating Capacity: 1,650 lbs.
Price: $38,900 (Machinerytrader.com)
Website: http://tinyurl.com/he2p52a
Special Features: All-new mid-frame provides a large operator's station, integrated digital display, and a new arm load with 10 percent increased visibility.


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John Deere
Model: 318G
Engine: Yanmar, 4TNV86CHT, turbo, Final Tier 4-emission certified
Horsepower: 61
Weight: 6,475 lbs.
Operating Capacity: 1,945 lbs.
Price: $37,900 to $38,900 (Machinerytrader.com)
Website: http://tinyurl.com/j4onwar
Special Features: One of four new skid steers John Deere launched recently, has 24 percent more engine power and 11 percent additional fuel capacity over previous models.


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Kubota
Model: SSV 65
Engine: V2607-CR-TE4, turbocharged
Horsepower: 63
Weight: 6,790 lbs. open cab; 7,055 lbs. closed cab
Operating Capacity: 1,950 lbs. at 50% tipping load
Price: $37,900 (Machinerytrader.com)
Website: http://www.kubota.com/product/SSVSeries/SSV65.aspx
Special Features: Slide-up, front-entry door that rises overhead instead of swinging out so door can be opened regardless of loader position.


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Vermeer
Model: S800TX
Engine: Option 1, Kubota WG1605 gasoline; option 2, Kubota V1505, diesel.
Horsepower: 40 with option 1; 35.1 with option 2
Weight: 2,950 to 3,065 lbs.
Operating Capacity: 840 lbs. (2,400-pound tipping capacity)
Price: $34,569 (State of Ohio, Procurement Division)
Website: http://tinyurl.com/hoy7fdu
Special Features: Compared to conventional carbureted engines, EFI gas engine offers lower fuel consumption, easier maintenance, cleaner emissions and improved starting due to the elimination of the choke.


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Toro
Model: Dingo TX1000
Engine: Kubota D1305 diesel
Horsepower: 24.9
Weight: 2,610 lbs., narrow track model; 2,790 lbs., wide track model
Operating Capacity: 1,000 lbs. at 35% of tipping capacity
Price: $31,950 to $33,500 (Machinterytrader.com)
Website: http://tinyurl.com/gu3r2bz
Special Features: The vertical-lift loader arm tops the compact utility loader category with rated operating capacities according to the manufacturer. When the loader arms are fully extended, the hinge pin clears 81 inches.


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Ditch Witch
Model: SK752
Engine: Kubota D1105 Diesel
Horsepower: 24.8
Weight: 2,926 lbs.
Operating Capacity: 860 lbs. at 35% of tipping capacity
Price: $22,000 - 24,000 (Ditch Witch of California)
Website: http://tinyurl.com/h2lnsyf
Special Features: Ten percent more operating capacity compared to similar models, according to the manufacturer. An improved operator station incorporates customer-driven control placement with standard dual-lever ground drive controls and an optional joystick.


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Kubota
Model: KX91-3S2
Engine: 3-cylinder diesel interim Tier 4 emission-certified Kubota D1703-M-E3
Horsepower: 26.9
Weight: 7,297 lbs.
Digging Force: 8,059 lbf.
Max. Reach: 17 ft. 3 in.
Max. Digging Depth: 10 ft. 5 in.
Max Digging Height: 11 ft. 7 in.
Tail Swing Radius: 4 ft. 4 in.
Price: $55,000 (Eberhard Equipment)
Website: http://www.kubota.com/product/kx91/kx91.aspx
Special Features: Third line hydraulic return to tank, auto idle are standard. Adjustable maximum oil flow on auxiliary circuit.


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John Deere
Model: 35 G
Engine: 3-cylinder diesel final Tier 4 emission-certified Yanmar 3TNV88
Horsepower: 23.3
Weight: 7,760 lbs.
Digging Force: 6,182 lbf.
Max Reach: 17 ft. 1 in.
Max. Digging Depth: 10 ft.
Max Digging Height: 16 ft.
Tail Swing Radius: 2 ft. 10.3 in.
Price: $51,156 (Minnesota Department of Transportation Contract Specifications Index)
Website: https://www.deere.com/en_US/products/equipment/excavators/35g/35g.page
Special Features: New side-by-side cooler cores with easy access service door. Multifunction monitor displays vital machine data. Wider entryway to operator station.


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Case
Model: CX31B
Engine: 3-cylinder diesel final Tier 4 emission-certified Yanmar 3TNV88F-E
Horsepower: 23.1
Weight: 7,320 lbs.
Digging Force: 6,227 lbf.
Max. Reach: 17 ft. 1 in.
Max. Digging Depth: 9 ft. 3 in.
Max. Digging Height: 15 ft. 9 in.
Tail Swing Radius: 2 ft. 7 in.
Price: $38,744 (Minnesota Department of Transportation Contract Specifications Index)
Website: http://www.casece.com/en_us/Equipment/Compact-xcavators/Pages/CX31B.aspx
Special Features: Heavy plate guards in undercarriage to help protect hydraulic motors.


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New Holland
Model: E30B
Engine: 3-cylinder diesel final Tier 4 emission-certified Yanmar 3TNV88F-E
Horsepower: 23.1
Weight: 7,319 lbs.
Digging Force: 5,418 lbf.
Max. Reach: 17 ft.
Max. Digging Depth: 9 ft. 3 in.
Lift Height: 15 ft. 9 in.
Tail Swing Radius: Zero Tail Swing Model
Price: $37,640 (Fastline.com)
Website: http://construction.newholland.com/apac/en-anz/equipment/mini-crawler-excavators/pages/e30b.aspx#sthash.s4t5Znfk.dpbs
Special Features: In high travel speed, the system automatically downshifts in turns. Integrated flow hydraulic pump system separates oil flow among three pumps to allow simultaneous operation of boom, arm, bucket and turret swing; boosted speed and power to the arm; and continued oil flow to the tracks when adjusting blade position.


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Caterpillar
Model: 303E CR
Engine: Cat C1.3 (Emissions rating not published)
Horsepower: 23.5
Weight: 7,297 lbs.
Digging Force: 6,384 lbf.
Max. Reach: 16 ft. 3 in.
Max. Digging Depth: 9 ft.
Max. Digging Height: 14 ft. 10 in.
Tail Swing Radius: 2 ft. 11 in.
Price: $36,610 (Minnesota Department of Transportation Contract Specifications Index)
Website: http://www.cat.com/en_US/products/new/equipment/excavators/ mini-excavators/1000001676.html
Special Features: Single lever controls all blade operations. Hammer and two-way lines with quick disconnect fittings are standard. Quick disconnects are located close to the tool to reduce hose lengths.


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Takeuchi
Model: TB216
Engine: 3-cylinder diesel final Tier 4 emission-certified Yanmar 3TNV74
Horsepower: 15
Weight: 3,902 lbs.
Digging Force: 4,250 lbf.
Max. Reach: 13 ft. 5 in.
Max. Digging Depth: 7 ft. 9.1 in.
Max. Digging Height: 12 ft. 3.2 in.
Tail Swing Radius: 3 ft. 6.3 in.
Price: $ 32,526
Website: http://www.takeuchi-us.com/www/docs/180/ tb216-compact-excavator
Special Features: Retractable undercarriage and blade. Hydraulic hoses protected in boom and arm. Automatic fuel bleed system.


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John Deere
Model: 17 G
Engine: 3-cylinder diesel final Tier 4 emission-certified Yanmar 3TNV74F
Horsepower: 14.5
Weight: 3,790 lbs.
Digging Force: 3,597 lbf.
Max Reach: 12 ft. 6 in.
Max. Digging Depth: 7 ft. 2 in.
Max. Digging Height: 11 ft. 7 in.
Tail Swing Radius: 2 ft. 3 in.
Price: $30,547 (Minnesota Department of Transportation Contract Specifications Index)
Website: https://www.deere.com/en_US/products/equipment/excavators/17g/17g.page
Special Features: Variable-width undercarriage and foldable blade can be hydraulically retracted. Engine meets EPA Final Tier 4/EU Stage IV emission standards without after treatment devices. New service door to access side-by-side cooler cores, coolant overflow reservoir, and battery.


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Wacker Neuson
Model: EZ17
Engine: 3-cylinder diesel final Tier 4 emissions-certified Yanmar 3NTV80F
Horsepower: 17.2
Weight: 3,803 lbs.
Digging Force: 4,203 lbf.
Max. Reach: 13 ft. 3.4 in.
Max. Digging Depth: 8 ft. 1.8 in.
Max. Digging Height: 11 ft. 8.8 in.
Tail Swing Radius: 2 ft. 2 in.
Price: $27,520 (Minnesota Department of Transportation Contract Specifications Index)
Website: http://www.wackerneuson.us/en/products/excavators/tracked-zero-tail-excavators/model/ez17-1/type/Description/
Special Features: ISO and SAE pattern control operation. Telescopic undercarriage can be extended from 39" to 51". Load sending system designed for smoother operation when using multiple functions.


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JCB
Model: 8018 CTS
Engine: 3 cylinder diesel interim Tier 4 emission-certified Perkins 403D-I1
Horsepower: 19
Weight: 4,017 lbs.
Digging Force: 3642 lbf.
Max. Reach: 13 ft. 6 in.
Max. Digging Depth: 7 ft. 8 in.
Max Digging Height: 11 ft. 8 in.
Tail Swing Radius: 3 ft. 6 in.
Price: $25,145
Website: http://www.jcbna.com/products/Machines/Hydraulic-Excavators/Compact-Excavator-1MT-5-MT/ 8018-CTS/Benefits.aspx
Special Features: Adjustable wear pads on track extensions. Dozer blade hoses are protected by steel plate. Undercarriage hoses are recessed.


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Kawasaki
Model: 45ZV-2
Engine: Kubota V3307-DI-TI diesel
Horsepower: 61
Weight: 12,220 lbs.
Breakout Force: 8,280 lbs.
Price: $84,500 (Reed Company, Lebo, Kansas)
Website: http://www.kcmcorp.com/products/wheel-loaders/45ZV-2
Special Features: Wrap-around counterweight lowers the center of gravity increasing stability; Eco Mode provides a fuel efficient setting designed for better fuel economy without affecting productivity; Electronically controlled HST stabilizes engine speeds.


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JCB
Model: 3CX
Engine: JCB 55/68kW, Stage IIIB/Tier 4 EcoMAX
Horsepower: 74
Weight: 17,196 lbs.
Operating Capacity: 17,160 lbs.
Price: $79,074
Website: http://tinyurl.com/j5ra7fo
Special Features: Thirty-five percent smaller than JCB's standard 3CX backhoe. The engine meets emission standards without a diesel particulate filter or after treatment, minimizing maintenance costs.


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Volvo
Model: L30G
Engine: 4-cylinder diesel final Tier 4 emission-certified Volvo D3.3D
Horsepower: 74.8 (gross)
Weight: 12,125 lbs.
Breakout Force: 13,713 lbs.
Operating Capacity: 2,175 lbs.
Price: $64,960
Website: http://www.volvoce.com/united-states/en-us/products/wheel-loaders/compact/l30g/
Special Features: Portal axels designed for high ground clearance to protect the axles and propeller shaft from damage. Articulated body style.


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Avant Tecno
Model: 755
Engine: Kohler KDI 1903 TCR, diesel
Horsepower: 57
Weight: 4,420 lbs.
Lift Capacity: 3,080 lbs.
Price: In the $50,000s to low $60,000s
Website: http://www.avanttecno.com/www/us/machines/700-series/
Special Features: Articulated design meant for more efficient travel, less tire wear, less horsepower consumption than skid steers. Speeds of 18.5 mph. Telescopic boom, safety canopy and safety roof standard. Multiple cab options available.


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Avant Tecno
Model: 528
Engine: Kubota D1105, diesel
Horsepower: 26 (gross)
Weight: 3,130 lbs.
Lift Capacity: 2,090 lbs.
Price: In the $30,000s
Website: http://www.avanttecno.com/www/us/machines/500-series/
Special Features: Articulated design meant for more efficient travel, less tire wear, less horsepower consumption than skid steers. Telescopic boom as a standard; all cab variants available.


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Avant Tecno
Model: 420
Engine: Kubota D722, diesel
Horsepower: 20
Weight: 980-1,030 lbs.
Lift Capacity: 1,210 lbs.
Price: Mid-$20,000s
Website: http://www.avanttecno.com/www/uk/machines/400-series/
Special Features: Articulated design meant for more efficient travel, less tire wear, less horsepower consumption than skid steers. Telescopic boom is an option.




As seen in LC/DBM magazine, October 2016.








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