Bobcat adds new zero tail-swing excavator to the range


Bobcat has launched a new zero tail-swing excavator to complete its 1-2 tonne range of the compact machines.

Despite its 3.45m length and 1.36m width, the E17Z Zero Tail Swing canopy model has a shipping weight of 1.6 tonnes.

When its bucket and operator are added, the model is 1.7 tonnes and is powered by a Kubota D722 engine that provides 10.2kW of gross power at 2,500rpm and gross torque of 43.5Nm at 2,000rpm. The result is a top travel speed at high range of 4km/h.

The vehicle’s front upper structure is fully protected by ensuring the front corners are kept within the swing circle when the tracks are fully expanded and so the company’s zero house swing design enables 320?of free rotation safely when working close to walls and other obstructions.

A Bobcat spokesperson said, “The uncompromized operator environment on the E17Z, in combination with excellent visibility, provides unmatched operator comfort and safety; in fact, it is built around the operator, providing optimal ergonomics for operators of all sizes with easy access to the pedals and controls.

“The large canopy and entry/exit space provide the driver with plenty of room to get into and out of the operator’s seat and this is further helped by the left-hand control console lifting completely out of the way. In addition, when not in use, the pedals can be folded away to increase room for the operator’s feet, leaving a large flat floor area that is easy to clean.”

Incorporating hydraulic architecture from the larger E20 model, the machine has a combination of variable piston pumps and a gear pump. Fast cycle times from the hydraulic system also maximise productivity on the new model, while boom and arm cylinder cushioning enhances smoothness of operation.

The dump height of 2.2m allows it to load trucks easily, while the reach at ground level (3.9m) means the machine does not need to be repositioned as often when digging. When fully retracted, the undercarriage allows the excavator to go through narrow spaces; and when fully expanded, provides optimum stability for the excavator, especially when working over the side.

March 31, 2017

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