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Posted: 09/18/2015

Get to Know Compact Excavators

Bobcat E32 compact excavator (mini excavator) lifts large log with clamp attachment.

Compact excavators take advantage of distinct features to deliver maneuverability, power, lift capacity, versatility and reach.

• 360-degree rotation and independent boom swing
Provides greater visibility, simple repositioning and enhanced spoil placement.

• Reduced machine width
A retractable undercarriage — available on select models — allows you to access small openings and fence gates by temporarily reducing machine width. Once on the jobsite, extend tracks to optimize digging power and stability.

Arm options
Standard power arm: Provides the best balance of machine weight, digging depth and track power.

Long arm: Offers more reach and dump height to reduce repositioning and increase productivity. Especially efficient for footing work, utility excavation and ditch cleaning.

Extendable arm: Provides both power and lifting performance with the ability to extend the machine’s dig depth and reach. Bobcat Company is the only manufacturer that offers an extendable-arm option for use with a hydraulic clamp.

• Angle blade
The backfill blade adds tremendous versatility for backfilling and grading.

• Tail-swing type
Conventional tail swing: Good for increased lift capacity, but limits working in tight spaces. Rear of the excavator’s house overhangs track width from 6 to 20 inches.

Minimal tail swing: A balance between conventional and zero tail swing, which makes working in confined areas easier. Rear of house overhangs track width by 6 inches or less.

Zero tail swing: Allows for greater flexibility to slew and deposit soil in confined areas. Rear of house does not overhang track width for optimal work next to building and other objects.

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