Compact excavators can get shoved aside in the landscape industry, with many contractors focusing money and space on skid-steers and track loaders. But before you go ahead and convince yourself that the bigger the machine, the better it is for your company, consider giving these smaller pieces of equipment a try.
For the past two years, Bobcat has been getting Tier 4 up and running on its compact excavators. Tier 4 Final is a set of emissions requirements established by the EPA, which comes into effect this year.
“It may not be that exciting, but it is what happened,” says Tom Connor, product specialist for Bobcat. “Tier 4 is a fair amount of work for one thing.”
Bobcat now offers four types of compact excavators in the 3-ton category, which is the bulk of its business in North America.
Mini and mighty
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Takeuchi. The company added a new compact track loader to its line last year.
The TL8 is Tier 4 Final compliant with high pressure common rail injection and both DOC and DPF exhaust after-treatment.