LAS VEGAS (March 22, 2011) – Case Construction Equipment today expanded its compact excavator product line into a new class segment with the introduction of the Case CX55B minimum tail swing model. The new compact excavator provides superior lift capacity, digging force and operator comfort.

With a large boom and arm for greater reach, the Case CX55B delivers 11,240 lbf (50 kN) of bucket digging force. Its 39.3-hp (29-kW) engine, operating weight of 12,295 lb (5577 kg) and dig depth of 12 ft 10 in (3.9 m) give the CX55B enough size and power for tackling a variety of utility, commercial and residential construction applications. Plus, its compact size and cab height of 8 ft 4 in (2.55 m) make the Case CX55B excavator as easy to trailer between jobsites as a skid steer.

“The CX55B is a compact excavator with all the power of a full-sized excavator,” said Curtis Goettel, marketing manager, Case Construction Equipment. “Whether you’re digging, lifting, loading or dozing, the CX55B will satisfy the most demanding operators.” He added that the Case CX55B excavator is reliable, responsive, extremely maneuverable and easy to service.

Enhanced operator comfort

Case designed the CX55B with the operator in mind. The full-size cab design is 10-percent larger and 7 inches (178 mm) wider than other Case B Series compact excavator cabs.


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Large front and rear windows improve operator visibility. A new slide-up front window improves air flow and helps the operator communicate more effectively with coworkers near the machine.

“Operators will appreciate the CX55B’s large cab and improved visibility,” said Goettel. “At Case, we believe improvements in operator comfort and convenience translate directly into improved performance and productivity.”


Increased performance, productivity

Performance and productivity enhancements include standard proportional hydraulic controls in the joystick. The Case CX55B compact excavator is “thumb ready” with factory-installed hydraulics and an attachment bracket. The machine is also available with piping for secondary hydraulics to handle a wide range of attachments or provide a dedicated circuit to a thumb bucket.

In addition to a variety of available attachments—including buckets, hammers and augers—the CX55B includes a standard dozer blade for finish grading. The blade features a 38-degree approach angle, and its shape rolls the dirt as it pushes, leaving a smooth and level surface. An optional four-way dozer blade is also available for increased backfill and grading ability. Case offers both rubber and steel tracks for the CX55B to match the ground conditions.

The CX55B shares another characteristic design feature with other Case B Series compact excavator models: a center-swing boom that enables the operator to dig around stationary objects or alongside obstacles. Minimum tail swing allows the machine to rotate 360 degrees with less than 11.7 in (299 mm) of the upper structure extending beyond the tracks. “The Case machine sets the standard for compact performance and productivity,” Goettel said.


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The 19.8-gal (75 l) fuel tank on the CX55B is 40-percent larger than other Case compact excavators, boosting operation time. Available buckets range from 12 to 36 in (305 to 914 mm), with capacities from 3.0 to 9.8 ft3 (0.085 to 0.277 m3).


Best-in-class maintenance and serviceability

The CX55B compact excavator is designed for fast and easy daily maintenance. The convenient service features include ground-level access to daily maintenance checkpoints. An easy-access electrical compartment is under the seat, and an hour meter can be checked from the ground outside the cab.


The radiator features a new intake method that simplifies cleaning and helps prevent clogging. New features include a “no tools” fuel-tank drain valve and an accumulator that allows attachments to be safely lowered using in-cab controls in the event of an unexpected engine shutdown.


Case provides customer support via a Customer Assistance Hotline at 1-866-54CASE6 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week CST (except Sundays, December through March).

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