Vermeer Manufacturing used the Underground Construction Technology show last week in Houston to unveil a new product line as well as several additions to its existing lines. The company announced a line of seven compact excavators with digging depths from 7 to 11.5 feet and engines from 14.5 to 50 horsepower.
The CX224 model, on display in the Vermeer booth at UCT, has a 25-horsepower Kohler diesel engine, 4,410 pounds of breakout force and an 8.3-foot digging depth. The unit comes with an 18-inch bucket, dozer blade, TOPS canopy, two-speed travel, rubber tracks and hydraulic pilot controls.
Design elements all the Vermeer compact excavators will share include a control pattern selection switch (excavator or backhoe style), load-sensing hydraulics, bi-directional auxiliary circuits for attachments and independent boom swing. One of the models will feature zero tail swing and two models will offer extendable tracks to help operators get through gates and other narrow passageways.
Also on display at Vermeer’s booth were: